Senior Program Manager

Portland, OR

Title:                           Senior Program Manager

Status:                       Regular, exempt position

Reports to:                Programs Director

Location:                    Portland, OR (Remote location considered)

Hours:                        Full time

Starting Salary:         $75,000-$85,000 annually


Forth is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) trade association with a closely related 501(c)(3) charity, the Forth Mobility Fund. Forth works to advance electric transportation in the Pacific Northwest and beyond through innovation and industry development; demonstration and pilot projects; policy advocacy; and consumer engagement.

Our continued growth and increasingly nationwide scope of work has created an opening for a Senior Program Manager to lead a team of 3-5 staff. This team’s focus is on delivering cutting-edge projects and programs that increase access to electric vehicle charging, particularly in traditionally underserved communities. The Senior Program Manager will provide leadership to this small but growing team and lead Forth’s efforts to make charging less of a barrier to electrification.

We seek candidates who have demonstrated supervisory experience and passion for maintaining a strong team; who are enthusiastic about electric mobility; and who share our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The successful candidate will be expected to wear many hats, work independently, and play an active role in the organization’s development.


Programs Team Management and DEI (50%). The Senior Program Manager manages a small team of staff responsible for delivering projects and programs around the country and supports the Programs Director in team vision and restructure. This person is expected to coach and support staff in their work, encourage their career development, and drive outstanding performance and program impact in support of Forth’s strategic plan.

•      Serve as an industry strategic support to the Programs Director in internal department projects.

•      Provide guidance and direction for direct reports, ensuring that projects are completed on time, on budget, and efficiently managed

•      Lead a team of employees and contractors to support their initiatives and project milestones; create an inspiring team environment

•      Manage continuous improvement and performance evaluation processes; including goal setting, annual reviews, and professional development

•      Actively promote and support diversity, equity, and inclusion in Forth’s workplace culture and practices, program operations, and interactions with all stakeholders

•      Participate in board and committee meetings, as appropriate

Program Management (30%). The Senior Program Manager effectively manages programs that expand access to electric vehicle charging and advance goals outlined in Forth’s strategic plan.

•      Support the charging team in project development, budgeting, management, and evaluation

•      Develop projects focused on electric vehicle charging initiatives and manage these and other transportation electrification projects as needed

•      Collaborate closely with cities, transportation companies, electric utilities, nonprofits, and other partners to develop and deliver high-quality programming

•      Develop strategies and advocate to share best practices and scale their adoption

•      Promote a high level of coordination between projects and programs and other Forth teams; address areas of potential conflict

Business Development (20%). The Senior Program Manager works with other staff to develop new project ideas and cultivate new sources of funding from governments, foundations, transportation companies, and other partners.

•      Maintain Forth’s position as a thought leader in electrification with a specific focus on charging; speak on behalf of Forth at public events, as needed

•      Maintain knowledge of current industry trends and best practices to identify emerging opportunities, threats, and needs

•      Develop and refine new project ideas to carry out objectives within the charging team’s focus area

•      Draft proposals and support staff in preparing RFP responses in collaboration with Forth’s business development team

•      Communicate any updates or feedback from clients or partners to Forth’s Leadership Team as needed

•      Other duties as required



•      A passion for Forth’s mission

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

•      Strong project management and organizational skills; ability to independently manage and prioritize multiple projects and tasks

•      Subject matter expertise in electric vehicle charging or related area

•      Demonstrated strength in team management; passion for supporting and developing staff; strong ability to motivate team members and assess performance

•      Demonstrated interpersonal skills; ability to cultivate professionally collaborative relationships from all levels from direct reports to members of the board

•      Exceptional attention to detail

•      Ability to work independently and maintain “big picture” perspective

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

•      Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years of experience in transportation, energy, or related field

•      Willingness and ability to travel, occasionally overnight; valid driver’s license


•      Experience working for a nonprofit organization with a mission-driven staff and board

•      Experience working for at least one of these key stakeholders: electric vehicle charging providers, electric utilities, local governments, consulting firms, or major transportation companies

•      Existing relationships in the electric vehicle charging industry

•      Demonstrated ability to manage multiple conflicting projects and meet deadlines while maintaining a healthy work-life balance

•      Advanced degree in a relevant field


Starting salary range is $75,000 to $85,000 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, employee assistance program, and a flexible working schedule.


To ensure full consideration, please apply 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 at