Green Fleet Manager

City of Seattle, WA Shoreline, WA
Position Description Benefits Supplemental Questions

Are you passionate about reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change?

Are you strong facilitator who can move stakeholders to action?

Do you have strong project management skills to oversee the implementation of strategic actions?

Do you want to join a team of professionals responsible for taking the city's fleet to the next level of electrification, alternative fuel use and fuel reduction implementation?

The Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS), Fleet Management Division (FMD) is looking for someone who is passionate about reducing fleet greenhouse gas emissions while balancing the needs of the city's delivery of services. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to help lead the City of Seattle to electrify transportation and take direct action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from fleet vehicles. The Green Fleet program identified five key greenhouse gas reduction strategies for the city fleet: 1) use of renewable diesel; 2) rapid acceleration of light-duty electrification; 3) build electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure; 4) introduce of anti-idle technology for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles including electrification and hybridization; and 5) deploy vehicle telematics. A suite of Executive Orders and state law direct the city to meet GHG emission reduction goals and this position will lead the implementation of these strategies to reduce fleet emissions by 50 percent by 2025 and aim for a fossil fuel-free fleet by 2030. This position will also be a driving force in the Puget Sound to engage regional stakeholders to identify policy needs and best fleet practices to advance the widespread adoption of emission reducing technologies.

About FMD

FMD purchases, maintains, and repairs over 4,100 vehicles for all city departments, which includes fire apparatus, vactors, cars, aerial equipment, police vehicles, and other various vehicles and equipment. FMD manages a vehicle capital replacement fund to purchase new vehicles and maintains five major maintenance facilities to support repairs and maintenance on equipment. Additionally, FAS manages over 30 fueling sites and a centralized motor pool for use by all city employees. The Fleet's Division has been named the "#1 Best Fleet" and "Best Green Fleet," as well as our division earned a Four Star EnviroStar rating in 2016 for their environmental stewardship.

Job Responsibilities:1) Manage the Green Fleet Action Plan – The action plan was last updated in 2016 and there is an immediate need to update the plan to accelerate fleet electrification, increase the use of fuel reduction technology and transition to lower carbon, fossil free fuels. This position will facilitate the discussions with key stakeholders, provide policy recommendations to meet the GHG reduction targets, and formalize these actions in the plan.

2) Create vehicle selection standard - Every year FAS purchases 10 major categories of vehicles, including sedans, light trucks, heavy trucks, SUVs, vans, etc. This position and FAS senior automotive engineers will collaborate to identify a green vehicle standard for each vehicle class based on availability of technology in the marketplace, fueling infrastructure and vehicles that produce the lowest GHG emissions.

3) Install electric vehicle infrastructure - To expand the EV fleet, FAS needs to strategically establish a comprehensive charging network. Some of the current challenges to doing so include funding the initial capital installation cost, lack of electrical capacity in buildings and establishing the roles and responsibilities of planning, acquisition, ownership and maintenance between various city departments. This position will identify key players and establish a process to make installation, maintenance and accessibility of charging stations a straightforward practice. This position will also be responsible for coordinating the installation of EV charging infrastructure at facilities and properties where vehicles overnight.

4) Expand biofuel use - A challenge of evaluating the viability of biofuels is balancing sustainability, environmental impact and land use implications. This position will collaborate with the Office of Sustainability and Environment to develop a decision pathway to facilitate informed decisions when purchasing biofuels. The pathway will consider life cycle energy costs, available infrastructure, sustainability parameters and opportunities to form a regional "buying consortium." This position will maintain contracts for biofuel purchases and specifically facilitate the transition of all city diesel fuel tanks to a blend of fuel that is 80% renewable diesel and 20% used cooking oil biodiesel. This position will also play a critical role in working with regional stakeholders to ensure adequate supply of renewable diesel is available in the region.

5) Improve department operational efficiency - The biggest gains toward fuel reduction can be made by city departments assessing their service delivery and identifying opportunities to reduce fuel by changing the way service is delivered. This position will provide consultation to departments and assist with the fuel reduction planning process.

6) Champion fuel reduction initiatives – One of the best ways to reduce GHG emissions is to reduce petroleum fuel use overall. This position will review city policies that lead to higher fuel use and work with stakeholders to change those policies. This position will also write citywide policies (ex. anti-idling), when necessary, to reduce overall use of fossil fuel.

7) Push vehicle market development - Alternative vehicle choices have expanded significantly in recent years. However, choices are still limited or non-existent in most of the vehicles that are the highest fuel users – patrol cars, heavy-duty work trucks and purpose-built vehicles for specific jobs in delivering city services. The position will convey technical and operational requirements and use the power of collective purchasing to push original equipment manufacturers (OEM) to meet the demand for fuel efficient vehicles in these classes.

8) Communicate successes - As an early adopter of green fleet technology, the City of Seattle is now in a unique position to draw from its decade of experience and data collection to share key impacts of these vehicles in fleet applications. The city is a leader in this field and others are looking to us for guidance and information. This position will write communication briefs, case studies, and other publishable documents and look for opportunities to share our story. This position will also participate in regional and statewide stakeholder meetings to identify policy needs and best fleet practices to advance the wide spread adoption of alternative fuel vehicles across the Pacific Northwest region.

Qualifications:Minimum Qualifications

* Bachelor's degree in environmental science, business, public administration, disciplinary science or a related field (or a combination of education, training or experience that provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class)

* Two years of experience in project management

* Two years of multi-stakeholder facilitation

Desired Qualifications

* Two years of experience in the automotive industry or government fleet management

* Two years of experience in public speaking

* Experience reviewing and/or developing policy

* Experience with public procurement – vehicles, fuel or green technology

* Financial or data analysis experience

* Robust knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel

Additional Information:Please include a cover letter that explains how your education and previous work experience(s) would make you successful in this position.

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