The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and National Grid seek an Electric Vehicle Charging Station Program Ambassador, who will support select cities and towns in parts of Eastern and Central Massachusetts to participate in National Grid’s EV Charging Station Program (“Make Ready” Program). This position requires an energetic individual with strong project management and written and oral communication skills. The successful candidate will assist in delivering electric vehicle charging station solutions to Massachusetts cities and towns in National Grid’s electric service territory and expanding municipalities’ awareness of the National Grid Make-Ready Program.
This position will be providing services to and will require travel throughout the cities and towns prioritized in Eastern and Central Massachusetts. This includes municipalities located within the MAPC, Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC), North Middlesex Area Council of Governments (NMCOG), and Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) regions.
In delivering these solutions, the individual will work directly with staff from these municipalities, charging station installation vendors and equipment vendors, and National Grid EV Program staff. The individual will also assist with completing the “Make Ready” Program application form, including gathering the required supporting documentation and leveraging other available funding such as the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (“MassEVIP”). This position will be managed by and report directly to staff within MAPC’s Clean Energy Department and have a collaborative relationship with Make Ready Program staff at National Grid.
National Grid is delivering a program to non-residential customers to increase the availability of EV charging stations in cities and towns throughout its Massachusetts electric service territory in support of the Commonwealth’s clean air goals. Make Ready Program information is available at www.ngrid.com/ma-evcharging. For approved projects, the Make Ready Program funds:
- 100% of the electrical infrastructure costs to power the EV charging stations, and
- A portion, ranging from 50% to 100%, of the charging station equipment costs. MassEVIP information is available at www.mass.gov/air-quality-energy-grants-loans.
MAPC is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in metropolitan Boston. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration. We are guided by MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region, our regional policy plan for the region, which was adopted in 2008. We are currently working on a successor regional plan, MetroCommon2050, which we expect to complete by 2020. MAPC’s staff includes approximately 100 full-time employees located in downtown Boston in a transit-accessible and bike-friendly office.
MAPC encourages all of our staff to develop new ideas to make MAPC’s planning and policy work more relevant and impactful, and to adapt to changing times. We strongly support the professional development of each and every staff person, believing their growth to be consistent with the best interests of MAPC and the region. For more information about MAPC, MetroFuture, and MetroCommon, please visit www.mapc.org.
- Raise cities and towns’ awareness of the Make Ready Program.
- Provide direct assistance to cities and towns to support making their communities EV-ready by installing EV charging stations in their communities.
- Support cities and towns efforts to raise awareness of the Make Ready Program with businesses such as workplaces located in their communities.
- Carry out tasks to build awareness and educate municipalities on National Grid’s electric vehicle charging station program, funding, logistics, equipment options, and relevant policies.
- Disseminate materials to support municipal applications to the Make Ready Program. Program application form and eligible equipment list are available at www.ngrid.com/ma-evcharging. National Grid and/or MAPC will be responsible for developing outreach and marketing materials, as needed.
- Be available throughout the work week to answer questions, support applications, and troubleshoot with municipal staff and/or businesses seeking to install charging stations.
- Coordinate site assessments in collaboration with vendors and electricians to support municipalities participating in the Make Ready Program.
- Engage in frequent travel in the field to perform site assessments in collaboration with vendors and electricians and meet with municipalities, with remote work to manage calls/emails.
- Liaise among National Grid, MAPC, and cities and towns in National Grid territory within the MAPC region and adjacent communities.
The following are required qualifications for the position:
- Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, or a related field.
- Current active Massachusetts Class D driver’s license, access to a motor vehicle that has passed Massachusetts Inspection, and ability to travel throughout the selected regions daily. • Strong interpersonal/communication skills and customer service skills.
- Strong analytical skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and tasks. • Ability to work independently, and desire to work in a highly collaborative environment that places great emphasis on teamwork, customer focus, and results. The following are preferred qualifications for the position:
- Familiarity with National Grid’s EV program and the electric vehicle incentive landscape in Massachusetts.
- Understanding of electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Compensation will be $25 to $30 an hour, commensurate with experience and qualifications. This is a temporary (six-month contract) paid position up to full time (37.5 hours per week) with flexibility and potential for extension. Travel costs incurred as a part of position will be reimbursed at the standard government rate for travel. This offer does not guarantee full time employment.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Looking to hire as soon as possible upon identification of a qualified applicant. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Those who are interviewed will be asked to submit three (3) professional references.
Apply online at www.mapc.org/jobs. Please attach a cover letter and resume. A review of applications will begin immediately. The position is open until filled. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA. Candidates must also have an active Massachusetts Driver’s License, with continuous access to a motor vehicle that is registered in Massachusetts and the maintenance of auto insurance in an amount not less that the statutorily required minimum ($20,000).
MAPC is an EOE/AA employer. MAPC takes pride in the diversity of its workforce and encourages all qualified persons to apply