The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy is currently seeking a Research Assistant. The research assistant will assist with all aspects of staffing the help desk for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (NJ EDA) New Jersey Zero-Emission Incentive Program. This position will focus on research, technical assistance, customer service, and outreach.

About the New Jersey Zero-Emission Incentive Program: NJEDA has partnered with VTC to run the NJ ZIP Help Desk for their pilot voucher program for Medium—and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicles. The program aims to boost the use of zero-emission medium—and heavy-duty vehicles in New Jersey as a means of cutting harmful transportation emissions and creating economic opportunity within the state in a relatively new electric vehicle market.

Research Assistant responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

· Train for and monitor the help desk while coordinating with senior help desk staff to provide answers and guidance for program applicants as needed

· Produce data analysis and visualizations of both qualitative and quantitative and help desk data

· Produce mid-year updates and other relevant documents to report help desk performance

· Conduct research on Workforce development – looking at best practices for training the workforce in emerging green industries- and other topic areas as the program develops

· Prep for targeted outreach for Phase 3 of the NJ ZIP with potential to assist in the development of program outreach and engagement strategies

Required Qualifications and Skills:

· Excellent written, research, and interpersonal skills

· Data analysis, familiarity with Excel and other basic statistical programs

· Knowledge of transportation, public policy, and planning topics

· Ability to administer multiple assignments independently and under tight deadlines

· Graphical capabilities preferred, such as InDesign and Adobe Illustrator

Preferred Qualifications:

· Knowledge or interest in the electric vehicle market, fleet electrification, and economic development programs

Hours, compensation, and other details: This position works up to 40 hours per week, regular working hours Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, and is hybrid. It may require occasional availability outside of regular work hours for outreach engagements. Based on university policy, undergraduate applicants can expect up to $15.25/ hour, and graduate students can expect up to $21/hour; compensation will be based on previous experience. The expected start date is June 1st, 2024; and we will be accepting applications on a rolling basis till the position is filled.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should email Miriam Salerno at Miriam.salerno@ejb.rutgers.edu with their resume. In lieu of a formal cover letter, please include any relevant information about your interest /experience in the body of the email.

To apply for this job email your details to miriam.salerno@ejb.rutgers.edu

About The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center

The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) is a national leader in the research and development of innovative transportation policy. Located within the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, VTC has the full array of resources from a major research university on transportation issues of regional and national significance.  VTC includes the National Transit Institute, which was created by Congress in 1992 to design and deliver training and education programs for the U.S. transit industry.