chief of staff

Permanent

JOB DESCRIPTION

Our automotive / e-mobility organization centers on accelerating the equitable transition to zero-emission electric, connected, autonomous, and shared vehicles. Our growing organization is looking to add an energetic, experienced Chief of Staff to help us change the world for the better. 

 

This is a full-time virtual position. The person that fills this role will wear multiple hats. The ideal candidate will have formal experience providing strategic support to an organization, strong interpersonal and relational skills, critical thinking, strong written, visual, and verbal communication skills (Spanish and additional languages a plus), and the ability to take on special projects. 

 

ABOUT OUR CLIENT

Our client is the nation’s largest network of diverse electric vehicle drivers and enthusiasts. The mission of our passionate and dedicated team is to advance electric vehicles (EVs) and other multimodal solutions and to ensure those solutions are inclusive and equitable. We engage with communities often left out of e-mobility discussions, advocate for e-mobility solutions in underserved communities, and shift the narrative about e-mobility to be more inclusive of diverse populations. Specifically, our work involves a mix of grassroots engagement, media outreach, research, speaking engagements, and advocacy and decision-maker education. That work spans many aspects of e-mobility and equity, including climate justice, workforce development, public health, multimodal mobility, and creative financing of e-mobility solutions. We’re currently expanding to meet the demand for our advocacy efforts and thought leadership.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a senior advisor and partner to the Co-Founders on all matters related to annual planning and strategic priorities, program oversight and operations, staffing, contract management, internal communications, and external affairs. 

  • Act as the “right hand” to the Co-Founders -- a key partner who acts as a sounding board and provides critical feedback. 

  • Strategically manage the Co-Founders’ time and involvement in projects and decision-making processes, ensuring an appropriate balance of attention to highest priority items. 

  • Work with program leadership to set and track performance expectations and metrics. Inform Co-Founders regularly on progress toward program objectives and recommend strategies to course-correct, as needed.

  • Work with senior leaders to identify opportunities to improve alignment, increase cross-functional collaboration, and support the execution of strategic priorities.

  • Lead organization and writing of company’s annual report

  • Facilitate regular staff meetings with program leadership to pace, organize, and execute program goals, in alignment with strategic priorities set by the leadership team.

  • Increase funding in the institutional portfolio for the organization.

  • Lead the full grant management cycle, conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, report on, and manage grant proposals to individuals, foundations, and corporate sources.

  • Advise the team on program design and monitoring and evaluation.

  • Lead cross-functional project teams to achieve specific initiatives. 

  • Recommend/develop new systems and processes to streamline programmatic operations.

  • Work with the Executive Assistant to strategically manage the Co-Founders’ calendars ensuring all professional engagements are prioritized appropriately, internal/external communications leading up to meetings/events are well managed, personal commitments are noted, and travel. 

REQUIREMENTS

  • At least 5-7 years of related experience in transportation or a similar field

  • Knowledge of transportation electrification broadly

  • Experience with nonprofit fundraising, grant writing, and prospect research

  • Highly collaborative with a proven track record of developing high-performing teams 

  • Experience as a thought-leader and a strategic partner at the most senior level

  • Exceptional project planning/management with a proven track record of developing cross-functional teams

  • Ability to operate with independence, high integrity, and acute understanding of matters requiring extreme discretion to best serve the interest of the organization

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, business acumen, leadership skills 

  • A proven ability to manage and complete multiple tasks with minimal supervision, ideally in a remote working environment

  • High-speed Internet access

  • Passion for seeking equity and justice, and appreciation for how e-mobility intersects with issues of equity, diversity, and justice

 

Desirable Skills & Experience

  • Staff management experience

  • Experience, including lived experience, applying an equity lens to transportation advocacy

 

If you meet a majority of but not all of the criteria for this position, but you think you'd be a great fit in this role, then we encourage you to apply.

 

BENEFITS

You will play a key role in our organization working with innovative international companies who are industry leaders in the mobility space. You will gain valuable experience in an emerging automotive technology space. 

We provide our team members a competitive salary commensurate with experience and industry norms. Our client is committed to creating a workplace that supports our staff to do their best work and develop professionally. Our client offers the following to help us achieve that goal: 

  • Medical, dental, and vision premiums along with other employer sponsored and employee-optional health benefits;

  • 401k retirement benefits;

  • Generous paid vacation, sick time, and holidays;

  • Coaching and management support; and 

  • A co-developed initial work plan to help you hit the ground running and have clarity on your role and responsibilities.

 

Our client is an equal opportunity employer with a justice-centered mission, and we make a particular effort to recruit people of color to apply for open positions.