Program Associate, Electric School Bus Program

  • Job Reference: 00002435-1
  • Date Posted: 29 April 2022
  • Company: Forth
  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Nonprofit
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Title: Program Associate

Status: Regular, non-exempt position

Reports to: Senior Program Manager

Location: Remote or Portland, OR

Hours: Full time

Starting Salary: $42,500 - $50,000 annually

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Forth is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) trade association with a closely related 501(c)(3) charity, the Forth Mobility Fund. Forth's mission is to electrify transportation by bringing diverse stakeholders together to eliminate barriers to access, so that communities prosper and the planet thrives. We advance our mission through industry development, innovative demonstration projects, policy advocacy, and public engagement. Learn more on our website,

Forth's continued growth has created a new opportunity on our Programs team for a Program Associate who will help to build our new Electric School Bus program.

We seek candidates who are enthusiastic about electric mobility, electric school bus adoption, comfortable working with diverse organizational partners, and who share our commitment to racial diversity, equity and inclusion. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate closely with colleagues, manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines, take initiative, and play an active role in the organization's development.


Program implementation support (~50%). Working closely with the Program Manager (PM) and Senior Program Manager (SPM), the Program Associate will support the development of projects and will work to execute key project tasks that advance access to electric school bus (ESB) mobility.

Learn rapidly about ESB's and their charging infrastructure, and be able to communicate this information to others

Work with PM and SPM to support the design of projects that advance ESB adoption and deployments

Under the direction of the PM and SPM, execute key tasks that advance and ensure the success of Forth's ESB projects. An example is organizing ESB Ride and Drive events.

Manage and coordinate with project partners (such as ESB manufacturers) and relevant stakeholders (such as school districts) to ensure timely and effective communication

Support the collection and interpretation of data from Forth's ESB programs

Community Outreach and Engagement (~45%). The Program Associate will support the development and execution of community outreach and engagement activities that elevate Forth's ESB work, advance the adoption of ESBs and grow support for Forth and its work.

Build relationships with Transportation Directors at school districts with an eye to helping them start to electrify their fleets

Support the development and lead the execution of awareness and engagement campaigns related to ESBs and Forth's work in the space

Work closely with under-resourced communities, including but not limited to rural, low income and BIPOC.

Travel to and network at conferences and meetings as requested (may involve traveling outside of Oregon)

Business Development (~5%). The Program Associate will support the business development team to develop new project ideas and identify opportunities for new sources of funding from governments, foundations, companies, and other partners.

Maintain knowledge of current industry trends and best practices to identify emerging opportunities, threats, and needs

Communicate any updates or feedback from clients or partners to the SPM and PM as needed

Other responsibilities as required



A passion for Forth's mission and values

Demonstrated commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion and understanding of key concepts

1-2 years of experience in transportation, energy, or related field

1-2 years experience working in a fast-paced organizational environment working with diverse stakeholders from different community backgrounds

Strong prioritization and organizational skills

Ability to manage multiple conflicting tasks and meet deadlines while maintaining work-life balance

Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communications skills, both written and verbal

Willingness and ability to travel nationally 3-5% of the time occasionally overnight

Valid driver's license


Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, or comparable work experience

Located in/near Portland, Oregon (where Forth's office is)

Conversational understanding of electric vehicles and charging, car sharing and other shared mobility programs, electric school buses, or electrifying farm equipment

Demonstrated experience collaborating with matrixed organizations; ability to use systems thinking and interpret complex stakeholder needs

Experience working for a non-profit organization with a mission-driven staff and board


Starting salary range is $42,500 - $50,000 annually, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation annually, fully paid health, dental and vision insurance for the employee and all dependents and an employer retirement contribution after six months (no match required). We also provide access to electric vehicles for business use, a professional development budget, an Employee Assistance Program, and a flexible working schedule.


To ensure full consideration, please apply by May 13, 2022 by submitting your resume and cover letter through our HiringThing site. We will continue accepting applications after this date, but cannot ensure all will be reviewed. All candidates will be notified once we have made a hiring decision.

Forth values a diverse workforce. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQI(+) community are strongly encouraged to apply. Forth believes an equitable and inclusive work environment and a diverse, empowered team are key to achieving our mission. We're looking for candidates who can expand our culture, challenge business as usual, and bring their whole selves to work. We strive to provide those candidates with an equitable and accessible recruitment process. If we can offer accommodations for you in the recruitment process or you have feedback on how to make our recruitment more accessible, please contact our HR Team at