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Policy Advisor and Analyst – Clean Transportation Program


Headquartered in Boston, NESCAUM is the nonprofit association of state air quality agencies in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. NESCAUM is governed by a Board of Directors composed of the lead state air quality officials in these states and has a small staff of dedicated professionals with expertise in science, technology, and policy. NESCAUM’s mission is to provide scientific, technical, analytical, and policy support to state air quality and climate programs in the Northeast. To accomplish this, NESCAUM participates in regional and national dialogues, conducts research, helps create regional policy solutions to shared problems, facilitates information sharing, and sponsors training programs.

NESCAUM works directly with states on adopting and implementing California’s emission standards for cars and trucks under Section 177 of the Clean Air Act and hosts a workgroup for the “Section 177 states” to facilitate cross-state collaboration and coordination. Recognizing that complementary policies and programs help to accelerate deployment of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), NESCAUM spearheaded the signing of a multi-state ZEV memorandum of understanding (MOU) to accelerate adoption of electric cars in 2013. NESCAUM helped the ten signatory states move from commitment to action by convening the Multi-State ZEV Task Force, drafting two Multi-State ZEV Action Plans released in 2014 and in 2018, and ensuring steady progress on implementing those plans. The ZEV Task Force continues to serve as a unique forum for galvanizing state leadership on transportation electrification through research and analysis, information sharing, collective strategizing, and coordinated state action on shared priorities. In 2020, NESCAUM announced a new MOU, signed by 15 states and the District of Columbia, to advance deployment of zero-emission trucks and buses. NESCAUM is currently working with the ZEV Task Force on developing a Medium- and Heavy-Duty ZEV Action Plan.

Job Summary

NESCAUM is seeking a full-time Policy Advisor and Analyst that will play a supporting role in NESCAUM’s multi-state ZEV initiative by conducting research, providing environmental and policy analysis, and helping to facilitate state workgroups. The right candidate will be sharp, ambitious, and possess the skills to operate and thrive in a highly collaborative and dynamic environment. This position reports to NESCAUM’s Policy and Program Director for Clean Transportation and will serve on a team that includes additional staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research and analyze policies that advance transportation electrification (e.g., vehicle emission standards, incentives, infrastructure charging policies, and equitable access to ZEVs, etc.).
  • Develop documents and tools to help states implement priority market-enabling actions for zero emission light-duty vehicles and medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses.
  • Lead and/or support multi-state workgroups and committees.
  • Review and analyze data as needed.
  • Review and comment on federal and state regulatory proposals.
  • Produce high-quality written and analytic materials, sometimes on short deadlines.
  • Represent NESCAUM and present at meetings and conferences; some travel is required.
  • Build effective relationships with state partners and key stakeholders.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

The successful applicant will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • At least 4 years of experience working in a relevant field such as climate and clean transportation policy, automotive sector, environmental advocacy, electric vehicle research/analysis, etc.
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (e.g., engineering, policy, law, social sciences); master’s degree preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, especially communicating complex information in a clear and easy to understand manner.
  • Strong research, analytical, and quantitative skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Self-starter, highly motivated, and able to manage multiple assignments at once.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team setting.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, with attention to detail.
  • Passion for environmental and social issues.


The position will be based in Boston, Massachusetts. The NESCAUM office is located near South Station and is easily accessible via public transportation.


NESCAUM offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, a friendly work environment, and an excellent benefits package including: full health coverage with no employee contribution; dental and vision coverage; retirement plan; life and disability insurance; generous vacation and holidays; health club membership; and public transit pass.

To Apply

NESCAUM is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool. NESCAUM recognizes diversity as an asset essential to accomplishing its work and views diversity as encompassing differences in race and gender, as well as age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, job skills, and education. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

To be considered for this position, interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in this position to:

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