Electric Vehicle Planner

Location
Alexandria, VA
Salary
$66,459.64 - $116,956.84 Annually
Posted
Jun 10, 2022
Closes
Jul 01, 2022
Ref
2022-00425
Function
Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Electric Vehicle Planner

The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 160,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter of the City’s square miles have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Electric Vehicle Planner position.

Overview

The Electric Vehicle Planner position serves as the City’s principal planner and program manager supporting planning and implementation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and increasing the adoption of zero emission and electric vehicles. The Electric Vehicle Planner leads the development and implementation of inclusive and equitable planning, programs and policies that target the reduction of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions to achieve the goals of the Environmental Action Plan 2040 , Alexandria Mobility Plan (AMP) , and Energy and Climate Change Action Plan (ECCAP) . The Electric Vehicle Planner’s will focus their expertise and effort on:

  1. implementing the City’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy (EVRS) ;
  2. supporting the implementation publicly-accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the Alexandria community through coordination and partnership of internal and external stakeholders, state and federal agencies, private charging infrastructure providers, other partner organizations, and members of the Alexandria community;
  3. developing and implementing outreach, education, and programs to support Alexandria’s residents, businesses, institutions, and organizations to adopt zero-emission and electric vehicles, and implementation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure;
  4. supporting the transition of the City’s vehicle fleet, DASH transit bus system, and Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) to zero-emission and electric vehicles, and planning and implementation of supporting electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

This position contributes substantially to the City’s sustainability, energy, climate change action, and resiliency vision and goals related to reducing transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions by advancing zero emission and electric vehicles, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Alexandria. This position serves under the general supervision of the City’s Energy Manager in the Office of Energy Management (Department of General Services), but necessarily works closely across multiple departments, including, but not limited to, General Services; Transportation & Environmental Services; Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities; Planning and Zoning; and Code Administration with considerable latitude for initiative and independent judgment on assigned projects. The Electric Vehicle Planner will work closely with numerous City, community, and private stakeholders to develop and execute our strategy and ensure accountability for our results.

What You Should Bring

Are you someone who is enthusiastic and passionate about electrifying transportation systems to achieve urban energy, climate change action, resiliency, and sustainability goals?

We are looking for someone who is dynamic, creative, entrepreneurial, and has a strong background developing and implementing plans, policies, and programs to support an equitable and inclusive transition of transportation systems to include zero-emission vehicles, electric vehicles, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. You will need strong written and verbal skills to communicate a range of complex issues to a variety of stakeholders. In addition, you may need to conduct various research and write and communicate the results from time to time; thus, not only are written and verbal skills necessary, but demonstrably strong analysis and critical thinking skills are also important. A great candidate will have considerable knowledge of policies, strategies, laws, and technologies related to expanding and accelerating the transition to zero-emission and electric vehicles, and implementation of private and publicly-accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure, as well as experience in stakeholder engagement and community outreach. An ideal candidate will also have experience in strategic plan development and implementation; technical, engineering, geospatial, or economic analysis of electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging infrastructure; grant writing; and program and project development and management. The successful person is a self-starter who can thrive working independently or as a member of various organized or organic teams, and can work with a variety of stakeholders, including City, community, and private stakeholders. Certainly important is having comfort and ability to work within a large organization with multiple priorities, being highly organized and detailed oriented having excellent interpersonal skills including having the ability to deal tactfully, effectively, and equitably with people.

Occasional evening or weekend work outside of normal business hours may be required.

The Opportunity

The Electric Vehicle Planner is responsible for implementing the City’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy (EVRS) , and serving as the City’s lead, point of contact, and outreach coordinator to engage with the Alexandria community and stakeholders on electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and zero-emission and electric vehicles matters. Examples of the types of work the Electric Vehicle Planner may be responsible to lead include, but are not limited to:

  • Outreach and programs supporting synergies for charging needs for residents of multifamily dwellings and Alexandria businesses.
  • Right-of-way electric vehicle charging policies and programs;
  • Collaborating and coordinating charging infrastructure networks with local, regional, state, stakeholders, including governments, utilities, businesses, residents, non-profit organizations, vehicle manufacturers, and the community at large;
  • Leads ongoing community-wide electric vehicle charging infrastructure planning needs, including coordination of City departments integral to electric vehicle charging infrastructure implementation;
  • Develops and manages City standards, policy, and governance for electric vehicle charging infrastructure owned, leased, or operated by the City or on City property;
  • Supports the transition of the City’s vehicle fleet through electric vehicle and electric vehicle charging infrastructure planning, implementation, and operation;
  • Coordinates with City facilities teams to evaluate and implement vehicle-to-grid and vehicle-to-building technologies, and utility rate and energy market opportunities;
  • Coordinates with utilities, regulators, and government organizations to develop rates and utility programs supporting economical and equitable electric vehicle charging costs;
  • Support DASH transit bus system’s zero-emission bus (ZEB) program, and Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) battery electric school bus program in planning and implementation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure;
  • Leads development and adoption of electric vehicle charging infrastructure design criteria, standards, and integration with the City’s capital improvement program, new and existing development review processes, and Green Building Policy implementation;
  • Supports City’s advocacy, advancement, and coordination of state and federal electric vehicle and electric vehicle charging infrastructure policy, funding, and regulatory opportunities;
  • Participates in presentations to the City Council, City Commissions, City Manager’s Office, and community;
  • Performs related work as required.

About the Department
The Department of General Services' mission is to provide exceptional management of the City's real estate, property, and other support services for all our customers, internal and external, and to support community environmental sustainability. The Department of General Services staff strives to provide our customers with unmatched services by proactively managing the City's assets to support the delivery of services to the City of Alexandria, responding to service requests in a timely manner, listening to our customers, and ensuring that our customers are satisfied with the resolution. The Office of Energy Management is the City’s principal agency providing energy management services supporting City operations; community energy efficiency and renewable energy programs; climate change action planning and program management; green building engineering design and operations support; energy capital project implementation; energy assurance and critical infrastructure energy reliability management; and public utility regulatory, policy affairs, and consumer advocacy subject matter expertise.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in transportation, urban planning, sustainability, engineering, public administration, environmental policy/planning, or closely related field, and five years of relevant training and experience at the intersection of transportation systems, urban planning, and engineering focusing on transportation systems electrification, electric vehicles, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure planning, policies, and programs with increasing responsibilities for complex projects and reports in the public sector or private sector organizations, or in private consulting.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree from an accredited college or university in transportation, urban planning, sustainability, engineering, public administration, environmental policy/planning, or closely related field and two years of relevant training and experience at the intersection of transportation systems, urban planning, and engineering focusing on transportation systems electrification, electric vehicles, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure planning, policies, and programs, with increasing responsibilities for complex projects and reports in the public sector or private sector organizations, or in private consulting. Relevant professional certifications such as AICP, PE, CEM, LEED AP, or equivalents.

Notes

The Department of General Services (DGS) is a first response department and as such all DGS employees are deemed essential or emergency personnel and maybe required to report to work when the City government is open with liberal leave or closed during emergencies.

This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to a criminal background.

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