Transportation Associate
Fully Remote Remote (US Only) or Washington, DC Transportation
Job Type


Are you passionate about addressing the climate crisis through transportation sustainability? If so, then join our growing team and help work toward dramatically reducing transportation sector emissions by 2050. At the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), you’ll be part of an organization that makes a difference by working towards a cleaner and more equitable transportation system. 

ACEEE, a leading national research organization based in Washington, DC, seeks a transportation associate to conduct research and work directly with communities on implementation strategies to improve multimodal transportation choices and accelerate transportation electrification. Our efforts drive policy and program innovation among local and state governments, utilities, and critical private-sector stakeholders. 

About ACEEE: 

ACEEE conducts independent analysis and provides technical assistance to support and implement transformative polices that foster a vibrant and equitable economy that uses energy more productively, protects the environment, and promotes the health, safety, and well-being of everyone. 

ACEEE’s organizational culture is collaborative and team-oriented with a strong commitment to its mission. Staff work at an energetic pace within a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment with opportunities for professional growth and development. There is a high degree of workplace flexibility, with an emphasis on results, making ACEEE an enjoyable and fulfilling place to work. ACEEE is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion while weaving equity into our research and policy work. 

Position Description: 

The associate will be a member of ACEEE’s transportation program. They will provide research, analysis, outreach, and support to research initiatives and will work directly with local and state governments on projects that aim to transform the transportation sector. 

ACEEE’s transportation program covers a variety of topics, including electrification of freight and passenger vehicles, better integrated land use and transportation policy, stringent fuel efficiency standards, and improved multimodal transportation infrastructure. 

The associate’s work will focus on cross-cutting approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a more equitable transportation system. Specific areas of interest include working with local communities to help under-resourced areas better access federal funding for transportation initiatives, establishing best practices for community engagement when developing clean transportation projects, and supporting state departments of transportation on equitable and sustainable approaches to project prioritization. 



Core Responsibilities: 

  • Oversees and provides technical assistance to outside stakeholders 
  • Manages project tasks and corresponds with other project team members 
  • Collaborates with other ACEEE teams and external partners on multi-sector projects 
  • Participates in and/or leads committee and working group meetings 
  • Writes blog posts and develops presentations
  • Contributes to ACEEE research


  • Expertise in transportation sustainability, multimodal transportation, and/or transportation electrification 
  • Team-oriented with strong interpersonal skills, articulate, and thoughtful 
  • Ability to participate in and contribute to cross-disciplinary research and teams 
  • Experience providing technical assistance to programs and policies (federal, state, and/or local) 
  • Ability to simultaneously contribute to several complex, fast-paced, multi-partner projects 
  • Superb organizational and project management skills 
  • Excellent writing and oral presentation skills 


  • Demonstrated passion for clean energy, environmental issues, and social justice 
  • Demonstrated ability to collect and disseminate large amounts of data and information 
  • Experience with, or sound knowledge of, equity-driven clean energy policies and programs 
  • Experience facilitating learning across networks or working groups of peer organizations, stakeholders, or representatives from diverse organizations/communities 
  • Professionalism, poise, and the ability to work as part of a team, maintain a sense of humor, and interact with a diverse array of people, including high-level stakeholders 
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills, both written and oral (including public speaking and presentations) 

Required Education and Experience: 

  • A degree in urban planning, city planning, transportation planning, public policy, economics, environmental studies, or another similar field 
  1. Bachelor’s degree and two to four years of experience, or 
  2. Master’s degree and two or more years of experience, or 
  3. PhD 

Preferred start date: July or August 2024. The position can be located in Washington, DC, or remote (US only). 

Salary: The expected salary is approximately $58,000, with a range of $54,615 –$70,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. ACEEE’s generous benefits package includes health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance coverage; a 403(b) retirement plan; transportation and bike-share benefits; three weeks of vacation in the first year and four weeks thereafter. 

To apply: Use the link below to use the Paylocity Recruitment portal. Be sure to submit your cover letter and resume. We do not accept phone calls or emails about the position.

Please let us know how you heard of this opening. 

ACEEE is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination with regard to race, sex, color, age, religion, creed, class, sexual orientation, national origin, and disability. ACEEE is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in its organization and encourages applicants with diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply.

Salary Description
$54,615 - $70,000