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Director, San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center

San Joaquin Valley

Salary: Competitive

CALSTART will be hiring a very capable person, with strong leadership skills, to open and lead the San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center (SJVCTC). This person will be responsible for accelerating the rapid deployment and use of clean and low carbon fuels, cars, trucks, buses, and non-road equipment in the valley.

This is a growth opportunity, with significant potential to build programs and expand CALSTART’s office and presence in the San Joaquin Valley. CALSTART is the leading organization in California dedicated to improving air quality and protecting the environment by working to accelerate the growth of the clean transportation technology industry. CALSTART has a 22-year track record of successfully working with industry and government to deploy leading edge clean vehicles. With funding from a California Energy Commission (CEC) grant, the Director of the SJVCTC will be focused on the following five areas: zero
emission passenger cars; zero or near zero emission buses; clean and low carbon trucks; high efficiency non-road equipment; and low carbon fuel production. A prototype example of what CALSTART wants to do in the San Joaquin Valley already exists. In 2012 CALSTART secured a grant from the CEC that allowed the San Joaquin Regional Transit District (SJRTD) to buy the first two zero emission buses placed into revenue service in the valley. In early 2015, CALSTART
partnered with the SJRTD to win federal funding for five more electric buses. In part due to these programs, the manufacturer of those buses is now establishing a manufacturing facility in California. This is the type of success that the Director
of the SJVCTC will have the opportunity to expand.

Duties and Responsibilities
While CALSTART has been operating for 22 years, this new program is a start-up. The Director will be in charge of launching and growing the SJVCTC. The Director will serve as the primary interface between the stakeholders and needs of the Valley and the capabilities of the CALSTART team and its 150+ member
companies. The Director will need to take the lead in identifying and building teams, and securing federal, state, and regional funding to expand the use of clean and low carbon vehicles in the Valley. Creating new programs and growing the team in
the SJV will be the responsibility of the Director. The Director will need to build and help manage at least two key advisory groups consisting of leaders from industry, government, and the non-profit sector in the Valley. One Advisory Committee will be chaired by an executive from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. The second Advisory Committee will be focused on transit properties in the Valley, and will be chaired by the General Manager of the SJRTD. In addition to building teams and winning proposals that will have concrete
results in terms of deploying cleaner vehicles and fuels, the Director will need to become familiar with the Governor’s GoBiz office and look for opportunities to grow the industry and encourage economic development in the San Joaquin

Necessary Skills and Experience
The following are considered necessary knowledge, skills and attributes for the SJVCTC Director position: strong communication and writing skills; personal confidence; the ability to make presentations and be understood and respected;
be passionate about the CALSTART mission; the ability to listen and learn; the ability to lead and organize; the tenacity to get done what must get done; and a 24/7 insistence on doing things right.

The ideal candidate will have lived in the San Joaquin Valley and be aware of or know many of the key stakeholders. This candidate would also be knowledgeable about the clean transportation technology industry and either know or be able to
quickly learn about different technologies.

The ideal candidate should be comfortable communicating with a truck driver, an elected official, a senior government executive, a farmer, a fleet manager and an engineer. The ideal candidate will see a problem as an opportunity. 

The candidate should possess at least an undergraduate degree, preferably though not necessarily one with a technical emphasis. It would be very helpful if the candidate already was familiar with the broad array of California clean transportation and climate policies, funding sources, rules, and regulations. Familiarity with government contracting and strong program management skills would also be significant pluses.

Compensation and Benefits
CALSTART offers a strong compensation package. In addition to competitive salary, CALSTART provides its employees with a full HMO health plan (with no monthly employee contribution) including dental and vision care. The compensation plan also includes a retirement plan equivalent to eight percent of
annual salary. CALSTART also allows for flexible work hours and provides funding for transit.

The position is located and will work out of two offices in the San Joaquin Valley: one in Fresno, co-located with the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Office, and the other at the UC Kearny Agricultural Extension Center in Parlier.

How to Apply for Employment
Applicants should submit their resume with a cover letter explaining why they should be considered for this position. A salary history is also requested.

Applicants should submit their information to: Margaret De Guzman at

Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of CALSTART to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, CALSTART will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.


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