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Federal Policy Director

Job Location

Washington, DC area


Type of Job



$125,000 plus

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Published Date

May 13, 2022

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CALSTART is seeking a Federal Policy Director to advance our work nationally. The Federal Policy Director will play a key role in working with us and our 270+ member companies to identify, develop, and secure passage of new laws, regulations, and investments that will accelerate the growth of the clean transportation industry. The Federal Policy Director will also support business development efforts with federal agencies. Advancement of policy is a core CALSTART strategy to grow the industry.

Additionally, the Director will:

  • Lead and manage CALSTART’s federal policy efforts, including in Congress and across key federal agencies and the Administration
  • Work with the Initiative leads to identify, prioritize and execute on key federal policy goals
  • Develop relationships with our member companies to secure funding from federal agencies for high impact projects
  • Coordinate industry coalitions and lead them to achieve specific policy outcomes
  • Report to the Vice President of Policy and be expected to coordinate efforts closely with the State Policy Director, Regional Policy Director and the organization’s growing policy team
  • Oversee and lead federal policy efforts of CALSTART’s member-funded Policy Action Groups (PAGs) and CALSTART’s US EV Battery Initiative
  • Oversee and lead efforts with CALSTART’s federal government affairs consultants


CALSTART‘s mission is to improve air quality, combat climate change, strengthen the economy, and create jobs by growing the clean transportation technology industry. With more than 29 years of experience, CALSTART is recognized nationally and internationally as an industry catalyst. CALSTART’s member organizations are diverse and include, among others, Tesla Motors, UPS, Ford, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Kenworth, General Motors, Southern California Gas, and Southern California Edison. CALSTART focuses its work in four major initiatives: cars, trucks (including non-road vehicles), bus/mobility, and fuels/infrastructure. CALSTART is a national organization with offices in several states. If you want a career where you are making a real impact and benefiting society and the environment, you should consider working for CALSTART.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, an advanced degree in public policy, law, business, or engineering preferred
  • 8 years of experience in clean transportation, sustainability, and/or policy advocacy and a passion for advancing the commercialization of clean transportation technologies
  • Familiarity with clean air, climate, and transportation policy (legislation and regulation) nationally
  • A comfort level working and communicating with diverse stakeholder groups
  • The ability to be a “bridge” between policymakers and leaders from the environmental community and industry
  • Strong ability and desire to find common ground and “win-win” policy solutions that advance the clean transportation industry
  • Strong interpersonal communications skills, that include listening and understanding the positions of various groups, as well as speaking/presenting in different situations
  • Ability to speak with technical industry stakeholders, policymakers, and environmental stakeholders with knowledge of tailoring the message and points accordingly
  • Strong written communications skills, ideally including experience with formal written comments (legislative, regulatory) as well as more general writing (white papers, policy memos, short fact sheets, etc.)
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and processes simultaneously in an environment with shifting deadlines and priorities
  • Comfortable learning about, understanding, and discussing new vehicle and fuel technologies
  • Strong facilitation skills with the ability to develop and manage events and workshops
  • A tenacious attitude and belief in being able to overcome significant opposition
  • A passion for the CALSTART mission of working with industry to make air healthy to breathe and to protect the climate and environment

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Experience with writing proposals and securing grant funding from foundations, government (including basic knowledge of the federal budget and appropriations process)
  • Experience organizing outcome-oriented events
  • Experience working with and securing funding from federal agencies

Salary and Benefits

  • Competitive annual salary based upon experience
  • Performance-based growth opportunities
  • Competitive company-paid health plan that includes dental and vision care
  • Retirement plan with a generous company contribution
  • Employee Incentive Program (bonus) yearly based on performance
  • Employee Wellness Program that includes on-demand fitness and mindfulness classes
  • Telecommuting and flexible work hours as appropriate
  • Rewards for alternative commuting to and from work
  • Committed to employee growth and development

To apply: If you are up to this challenge, we invite you to apply. Qualified candidates, please apply online with your resume and cover letter at


CALSTART, Inc. is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and one that celebrates diversity in all forms. Our inclusive environment focuses on making decisions based on merit without regard to race, color, hair texture, gender, religion, age, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, LGBTQIA+ status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, genetics, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This applies to any terms, conditions, and privileges of employment, including recruiting, hiring, transferring, training, pay, incentives, benefits, discipline, promotion, lay-offs, and termination. Underrepresented candidates are encouraged to apply.

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