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Job Posting: Economist – Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure

California Energy Commission

Economist – Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure

$5,336.00 - $10,327.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 7/14/2022

Job Description and Duties

The Infrastructure Modeling and Assessment Unit in the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and Analysis Office in the Fuels and Transportation Division (FTD) seeks an economist to join its staff and work on zero-emission vehicle infrastructure analysis, modeling, planning, and deployment. Under general supervision of the Energy Resources Specialist III (Supervisory) in the Light-duty Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and Analysis Office of the Fuels and Transportation Division (FTD), the incumbent will help achieve the goals of the Clean Transportation Program. FTD administers the Clean Transportation Program, which is investing more than $1 billion to accelerate the deployment of zero-emission transportation infrastructure and support in-state manufacturing and workforce training and development.

The Infrastructure Modeling and Assessment Unit evaluates the State’s zero emission vehicle (ZEV) charging infrastructure needs to inform state decisions and priorities regarding infrastructure funding and deployment. In this position the ZEV Infrastructure Economist will focus on the business case for and economics of charging and other zero-emission fueling, including understanding costs to drivers and under what conditions charging infrastructure becomes profitable for providers. We seek to understand how public investments can support the creation of a self-sustaining long-term market.  

This requires developing an understanding of the elements that affect costs and the business case of charging. This includes the installation and operation of chargers, the willingness to pay for charging, utilization rates of chargers, utility rates, and business models of charging operators and site hosts. The analysis of costs and the business case in a variety of charging contexts will aid the state in setting funding priorities and funding levels.

The incumbent will work both independently and participate on teams to develop methodologies that will optimize deployment of zero-emission vehicle infrastructure throughout California. The incumbent will use scientific and mathematical principles to evaluate vehicle, charging and hydrogen fueling infrastructure, and electricity delivery issues associated with the deployment of zero-emission vehicles. The incumbent will perform complex technical and analytical tasks. They will establish working relationships with other government agencies and industry stakeholders, access current technology information, and make recommendations to effectively deploy charging and fueling infrastructure in California.

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You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

The California Energy Commission offers a hybrid workplace model that is designed to support a distributed workforce of both office-based and remote-centric workers that relies on a high level of telework. Limited-in person attendance and occasional travel may be required based on the needs of the division. Regular and consistent attendance - whether office-based or remote-centric - is essential to the successful performance in this position. This position is remote centered which means the incumbent works 50 percent or more of their time monthly from an alternate work location (i.e., teleworking).

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Economist – Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure
$5,336.00 - $10,327.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency, and leading the state to a 100% clean energy future. Come be a part of the action and join our team today!

As a State agency serving all Californians, the California Energy Commission is committed to being an organization that embodies diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Energy Commission plays an active and meaningful role in creating an environment that enables each employee to thrive.

The Energy Commission encourages a hybrid workplace model that is designed to support a distributed workforce of both office-based and remote-centric workers. The California Energy Commission headquarters are located in Sacramento, California.
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Special Requirements

If submitting your completed application packages by mail or in-person, you must include the following:
  1. Eligibility (list, transfer, reinstatement, SROA/Surplus, etc.) 
  2. JC 312372 
  3. RPA 2122-610-037 in the “Explanation Section” of the State Examination / Employment Application (STD. 678) 
  4. An original signature
Electronic submittal of application package through CalCareers ( is preferred.

Do not include any confidential information within your application package i.e. Social Security Number (SSN), birthdate, age, exam results/scores, Limited Examination Appointment Program (LEAP) status, disability information, etc.

Include unofficial transcripts and/or degrees within your application package if you are applying for a classification with an educational requirement on which you are basing your eligibility on. If hired, you may be required to provide official transcripts and/or original degree.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a STD. 678. All applications must include: “to” and “from” dates (month/day/year); time base (full-time/part-time/number of hours per week/month); and civil service class titles where applicable.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 7/14/2022

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

California Energy Commission
Attn: RPA 610-305| JC 299888
715 P Street, MS-3
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

California Energy Commission
RPA 610-304 | JC 299888
1516 9th Street, MS-3
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Statement of Qualifications - See Instructions Below
  • Other -

    Include a cover letter of no more than one page in length describing why you are the best candidate for this position.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
  • Demonstrated experience with data collection, economic modeling, statistical analysis, consumer behavior analysis, and common business practices
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience analyzing transportation- related economics, especially related to ZEVs or ZEV infrastructure cost. Knowledge of utility rate structures.
  • Ability to think critically and develop creative solutions to problems in ZEV infrastructure deployment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including effective writing and editing for both technical and non-technical audiences; ability to communicate observations, results, and recommendations verbally and in writing to management and outside stakeholders.
  • Ability to complete complex technical assignments independently and within a team setting.
  • Ability to prepare status reports on project development, implementation, and funding expenditures, including ability to complete assignments that may have quick turnaround times.
  • Contract management, grant funding, and agreement solicitation experience and abilities.  


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Personnel Services
(916) 654-4309

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Carousel Gore
(916) 661-8122
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Statement of Qualifications

When completing the SOQ, be sure to title the page “Statement of Qualifications” and include all relevant experience, education, and training for each question below and explain your answers thoroughly. Please include relevant places of employment, pertinent dates, duties performed, etc. when responding to each question. Responses shall be no longer than three pages, single-spaced with no smaller than 12-point font.

The responses shall address the following:

  1. Please describe your experience in economic modeling and cost analysis, especially as it prepares you for the duties of this position.
  2. What experience do you have that is relevant to ZEV infrastructure modeling? 
  3. The use of your research results, and experience with outreach if any (papers, presentations, internal usage). Describe your approach to messaging for different audiences including that for other modelers, managers, executives/organization leadership, and media.  
  4. What experience do you have in working effectively as a member of a team? What is your approach to communication with teammates, and what lessons have you learned over time? 
Applications received without the SOQ will not be considered. Resumes, letters, and other materials will not be evaluated or considered in place of responses to the SOQ.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail