Policy Associate

Portland, OR

Title:                      Policy Associate

Status:                    Regular, non-exempt position

Reports to:              Senior Policy Manager 

Location:                 Remote or Portland, OR

Hours:                      Full time

Starting Salary:        $40,000-$50,000 annually

 

BACKGROUND & SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY

 Forth is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) trade association with a closely related 501(c)(3) charity, the Forth Mobility Fund. Forth works to accelerate the use of electric transportation to move people and goods in more efficient, clean, and equitable ways. Learn more on our website and check out our introductory video.

 

We seek candidates who are focused and organized; enthusiastic about collaborative electric transportation solutions that mitigate climate change and reduce barriers to access; and comfortable working with diverse consumers and organizational partners. Electric vehicle experience is helpful, but not necessary. Forth remains a growing, dynamic organization; the successful candidate will be expected to wear many hats, work independently, and adapt to evolving projects and developments.

 

The Policy Associate for the Towards Equitable Electric Mobility (TEEM) Community of Practice will assist Forth and the Greenlining Institute in building collaborations across multiple states with organizations that focus on transportation and environmental and social justice to effectively advance shared policy objectives. This role will help facilitate and implement the Community of Practice by providing hands-on support for shared learning experiences, teaming advocacy, and community building to participating organizations. The Policy Associate reports to the Senior Policy Manager.

 

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

 Program Coordination (70%). Working closely with Forth Senior Policy Manager and Greenlining Institute’s Transformative Communities Program Manager, the Policy Associate will assist in coordinating, facilitating, and implementing the TEEM Community of Practice. 

●      Assist TEEM Program Managers in coordinating and note taking for meetings related to the Community of Practice.

●      Support research related to transportation electrification, equity, and policy. 

●      Support TEEM communications efforts including blogs, social media, and one-pagers.  

●      Work closely with TEEM organizations and help build relationships within the cohort.

●      Assist TEEM program managers in coordinating and facilitating the TEEM Annual Convening.

●      Assist the Senior Policy Manager to organize, deliver, or support other gatherings, meetings, and projects related to equity, electric mobility, and policy.

Development and Organizational Support (20%). The Policy Associate works with other staff and the TEEM program managers to cultivate funding support from foundations and other sources. Forth operates with a small staff, so the Program Associate must be flexible and prepared to assist where needed.

●      Support efforts to cultivate financial support; collaborate on draft proposals and progress reports.

●      Maintain knowledge of industry trends and best practices in order to adjust strategies over time.

●      Other responsibilities as required.

Policy and Program Support (10%). The Program Associate assists other policy and program initiatives to advance transportation electrification, particularly in historically underserved communities.               

●      Encourage, support, and collaborate with cities, electric utilities, community organizations, and other key stakeholders to advance transportation electrification.

●      Promote electric mobility in traditionally underserved communities.

●      Encourage the use and promotion of state and regional incentives to advance equitable transportation electrification.

 QUALIFICATIONS

 Required:

●      A passion for Forth’s mission

●      Demonstrated commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion and understanding of key DEI concepts

●      Minimum two years of experience in transportation, energy, or related field (such as housing, environmental justice, public health, environment, etc.)

●      Experience assisting cohorts, networks, or communities of practice with a specific focus on peer-to-peer learning, social justice and equity, and/or leadership development

●      Demonstrated self-motivation, ability to work independently, and attention to detail without losing a “big picture” perspective

●      Strong written note taking and synthesizing skills are essential 

●      Excellent cross-cultural communications skills, both written and verbal

●      Team player who inspires collaboration, lifts up the work of others, and maintains balance and perspective with patience and a sense of humor

●      Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance the campaign’s effectiveness

●      Willingness and ability to travel regionally, occasionally overnight

 

Desirable:

●      Working knowledge of local government, electric utilities, transportation or related fields

●      Existing relationships with relevant stakeholders, especially in cohort states (Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia)

●      Experience working in a nonprofit with a mission-driven staff and board

●      Bachelor’s degree in transportation, policy, energy, or related field

●      Demonstrated ability to manage multiple conflicting projects, meeting deadlines while maintaining a healthy work-life balance

●      Experience with key markets such as historically underserved communities, fleet managers, or electric utilities

●      Valid driver’s license

            

COMPENSATION

Starting salary range is $40,000 to $50,000, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation annually, fully paid health, dental and vision insurance for the employee and all dependents and an employer retirement contribution after six months (no match required.) We also provide access to electric vehicles for business use, a professional development budget, an Employee Assistance Program, and a flexible working schedule.

 

TO APPLY

 

To ensure full consideration, please apply by November 23 by submitting your resume and cover letter through our HiringThing site. We will continue accepting applications after this date, but cannot ensure all will be reviewed. All candidates will be notified once we have made a hiring decision.

 Forth values a diverse workforce. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQI(+) community are strongly encouraged to apply. Forth believes an equitable and inclusive work environment and a diverse, empowered team are key to achieving our mission. We’re looking for candidates who can expand our culture, challenge business as usual, and bring their whole selves to work. We strive to provide those candidates with an equitable and accessible recruitment process. If we can offer accommodations for you in the recruitment process or you have feedback on how to make our recruitment more accessible, please contact Associate Director Gina Avalos-Limardo at GinaA@forthmobility.org.