Virginia Clean Cities at JMU serves the Commonwealth of Virginia and surrounding states through a project portfolio. VCC manages programs that advance vehicle technologies and to educate people, corporations, agencies, and others about problems related to excessive dependence on and use of imported petroleum and about near-, mid-, and long-term solutions to our transportation energy obstacles. The use of natural gas, propane, biofuels, electricity, hydrogen, and other energy efficient mobility systems helps produce a cleaner environment for the cities, suburban zones, and rural areas of the United States, helps minimize our national need for and dependence on imported petroleum, and it increases the health and welfare of people adversely affected by air pollution.
The Program Coordinator acts as the project manager for Virginia Clean Cities efforts and coordinate various local events and initiatives to best leverage resources, increase the number of alternative fuel vehicles on the road, and increase alternative fuel use to facilitate petroleum reduction. The Program Coordinator helps develop and implement policies for achieving various long-range Coalition goals. The Program Coordinator builds consensus among Coalition members to move forward on grant proposals, legislative agendas, and the deployment of advanced vehicle technology.
JMU and Virginia Clean Cities have a commitment to inclusion and diversity. VCC received the 2020 One for All: Outreach to Rural and Minority Communities award from the Department of Energy, for outreach and being inclusive to rural and minority communities. The coalition has connected with underserved communities in the Commonwealth. VCC has done education and outreach with rural electric utility staff and customers. Moreover, VCC has connected with the Virginia chapter of the NAACP and EV Noire to work with minority communities on EV education. Virginia Clean Cities was also recognized by the Virginia chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy for their alternative fuel presentations in 2020. Virginia Clean Cities has a nondiscriminatory policy in accordance with the applicable provisions of federal, state and local law. In furtherance of this policy, VCC will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin or gender in the administration of its policies and programs.
- Assist with management of existing and future Virginia Clean Cities grant portfolio.
- Secure and leverage diversified funding that creates jobs and commercial opportunities to support and expand local and statewide petroleum reduction efforts.
- Research grant opportunities and develop Coalition grant proposals.
- Evaluate applicability and implications of various federal, state and local laws and other regulatory or policy activities on the Coalition’s and the City’s current operations and future activities. Support local, regulated fleets with efforts to meet EPAct AFV acquisition requirements.
- Work collaboratively in a team environment.
- Prioritize project activities and establishing timelines for implementation. Establish work groups to share the workload, build support for goals, and facilitate progress.
- Represent the Coalition, and communicate effectively in a variety of public and private forums, workshops including national conferences, meetings, fundraisers, dedication ceremonies, and media events. Regional travel is expected.
- Educate stakeholders about related policies and regulations.
- Generate positive, frequent media coverage.
- Meet with representatives for state, county and federal regulatory agencies, other divisions/departments, interest groups, consultants, the media and other relevant parties in order to coordinate work and exchange information.
- Facilitate communications among membership. Create content for the Coalition web site, newsletter, as well as current stakeholder mail and email distribution lists.
- Organize and facilitate meetings and events.
- Provide public education, facilitate member recruitment and develop media contacts.
-Contribute to a work environment committed to inclusive excellence and culturally sensitive and equitable programming for those of all gender identities, races, ethnicities, sexualities, abilities, ages, nationalities, religious beliefs and non-beliefs, and socio-economic backgrounds.
Knowledge of federal and State grant funding and the development of grant proposals is helpful. This position requires considerable political insight and negotiating skills to avoid alienating a diverse group of Coalition members from the public and private sector. Strong consensus building skills are helpful.
Ideal candidates are excellent oral and written communicators, self-starters, motivators, and leaders, creative, organized, and have a functional understanding of technical issues related to alternative fuels and alternative fuel technologies (e.g., electric vehicles, natural gas, propane, biofuels, efficiency, etc.). Candidates should possess a strong interest in and capacity for grant writing and project management. Candidates should also have experience with the following:
- Grant writing and project management;
- Excellent written and oral communication;
- Planning, organizing, and managing multiple priorities;
- Developing and implementing strategic plans and programs;
- An understanding of legal and regulatory environment and government programs, including laws, regulatory mandates and grant programs;
- An understanding of intergovernmental relations, political implications and barriers;
- Working with a minimal amount of supervision;
- Knowledge of environmental/ecological principles;
- Preparing and managing budgets;
- Research, evaluation and analytic skills;
- Ability to prepare and present technical materials to a wide variety of audiences;
- Excellent computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases and website development; and
- Excellent customer service skills.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree, in relevant discipline, a plus.
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