Nov 20, 2019Full time
THE ROLE: New transportation technology and business models are changing how people get around. Help us analyze what this means for pollution, congestion, equity and access, and what policy solutions can steer us towards better outcomes. Then, put your analysis to work, collaborating with a crack team of advocates, media and outreach experts to bring your analytical findings from the world of models to the real world. This position will challenge you in many ways, requiring skillful analysis, persuasive writing for a variety of audiences, public speaking, and many other skills you have or will acquire. RESPONSIBILITIES: Ride-hailing and Automated Vehicle Research and Policy Analysis carry out research and analysis aimed at understanding the climate, transportation equity, and air quality implications of ride-hailing services and emerging autonomous vehicle technologies. Develop and evaluate state and federal policies and strategies to ensure positive transportation equity and pollution impacts of ride-hailing and anticipated automated vehicle deployment. Communications Inform the public, policymakers, business leaders and the media about the latest policy-relevant findings on advanced transportation technology and new mobility issues in a clear and accessible manner Write web content, magazine articles, and Op Eds for newspapers Act as spokesperson for UCS on these topics and prepare responses for media requests; write and review blogs for UCS blog, The Equation. Advocacy Help UCS advocate for smart transportation policies with decision-makers at the federal and state level. Engage in legislative and regulatory efforts to advance UCS’ policy agenda. Effectively work with UCS colleagues, coalition partners, and other stakeholders to advance campaigns. Materials Prepare compelling written materials in a variety of formats ranging from short factsheets to longer reports, testimony, technical comments, and peer-reviewed journal articles. Expert Engagement Build and maintain working relationships with other experts in academia, government, NGOs, and industry through conferences and policy-relevant research collaborations. REQUIREMENTS: The position requires strong quantitative and analytical skills with a preference for candidates with expertise in transportation planning, vehicle technology research and analysis, and/or vehicle or transportation policies. General knowledge of transportation, energy, and climate policy is also required. Work requires a minimum of 5-7 years of successful relevant and comparable experience for candidates with master’s degrees, including background in research and analysis. A prerequisite for this position is proven advocacy and communication skills, experience developing analysis to inform policy, and demonstrated technical analysis skills. The position also requires knowledge of effective issue campaign development, understanding of the policy process, including advocacy techniques and legislative strategy. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with technical experts and other professionals as well as with policymakers and the public is strongly preferred. Media experience a plus. A Masters Level Degree in a relevant area (science, engineering, economics, public policy) is preferred. Training or experience in supervision and project management is also desirable. Proficiency in word processing and computer spreadsheets is required and experience with energy and transportation models is strongly desired.