Lead Policy Advisor, Battery & Materials



Job Description

About Rivian

Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. This goes for the emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles we build, and the curious, courageous souls we seek to attract. 


As a company, we constantly challenge what’s possible, never simply accepting what has always been done. We reframe old problems, seek new solutions and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown. Our backgrounds are diverse, but our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations. 

Role Summary

The Lead Policy Advisor will report to the Senior Director of Public Policy and is responsible for policy development related to battery regulatory requirements, materials management, and the related internal and external stakeholder coordination.


  • Meet with Legislators, Regulators, NGOs, and industry coalitions to address sourcing, trade, and other related battery concerns.
  • Direct responsibility for internal and external coalition and team building to develop and implement battery related policies.
  • Speak at conferences as the Rivian Battery Policy voice with respect to battery specific issues including trade, incentives, and sourcing.
  • Represent Rivian at trade associations, public workshops, and other industry policy events.
  • Provide input to the Product Strategy, Sourcing, Compliance, and Legal Teams regarding state of battery industry and developing risks.
  • Directly responsibility for related battery regulatory development and ensure developing requirements are communicated internally and that Rivian’s goals are advocated in public processes.
  • Develop and publicize bipartisan messaging, talking points, and supporting evidence on key policy issues that will be persuasive to lawmakers, regulators, and the general public.
  • Work with Communications to manage battery policy communications while ensuring that the company’s perspective on federal and state battery policy issues are captured across media platforms.
  • Liaise with subject-matter experts to understand our technology and products in order to create clear and engaging messages.
  • Support executives and cross-functional teams to manage crisis communications.
  • Organize and present results to executive staff and internal stakeholders.
  • Support State and Federal policy efforts by covering hearings and related political/ industry events plus  assisting with Rivian lobbying efforts as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree, Graduate degree preferred.
  • Understanding of electric vehicle battery chemistry, state of the industry, and emergent policy issues. (experience with battery manufacturing and sourcing would be a plus)
  • 10 to 15 years of experience in building industry coalitions and developing policy platforms.
  • Ability to distill complex policy and technical issues into clear, straightforward language that is understandable and persuasive to a range of audiences.
  • Basic understanding of the current regulatory and legislative landscape including how the US, California, and EU regulatory processes work.
  • Attention to detail and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams for innovative energy, automotive, technology companies or trade associations.
  • Strong organization skills and the ability to lead multiple projects in a dynamic environment.

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range for Irvine, CA based applicants: $168,000 - $193,000 annually (Actual compensation will be determined based on experience, location and other factors permitted by law).


Salary Range for Palo Alto, CA based applicants: $184,000 - $211,000 annually (Actual compensation will be determined based on experience, location and other factors permitted by law).

Benefits Summary: Rivian provides robust medical/Rx, dental and vision insurance packages for full-time employees, their spouse or domestic partner, and children up to age 26. Coverage is effective on the first day of employment, and Rivian covers most of the premiums.

Equal Opportunity

Rivian is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Rivian is committed to ensuring that our hiring process is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability or limitation, such as those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, that requires accommodations to assist you in the search and application process, please email us at candidateaccommodations@rivian.com.

Candidate Data Privacy

Rivian may collect, use and disclose your personal information or personal data (within the meaning of the applicable data protection laws) when you apply for employment and/or participate in our recruitment processes (“Candidate Personal Data”). This data includes contact, demographic, communications, educational, professional, employment, social media/website, network/device, recruiting system usage/interaction, security and preference information. Rivian may use your Candidate Personal Data for the purposes of (i) tracking interactions with our recruiting system; (ii) carrying out, analyzing and improving our application and recruitment process, including assessing you and your application and conducting employment, background and reference checks; (iii) establishing an employment relationship or entering into an employment contract with you; (iv) complying with our legal, regulatory and corporate governance obligations; (v) recordkeeping; (vi) ensuring network and information security and preventing fraud; and (vii) as otherwise required or permitted by applicable law. 


Rivian may share your Candidate Personal Data with (i) internal personnel who have a need to know such information in order to perform their duties, including individuals on our People Team, Finance, Legal, and the team(s) with the position(s) for which you are applying; (ii) Rivian affiliates; and (iii) Rivian’s service providers, including providers of background checks, staffing services, and cloud services. 


Rivian may transfer or store internationally your Candidate Personal Data, including to or in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union and in the cloud, and this data may be subject to the laws and accessible to the courts, law enforcement and national security authorities of such jurisdictions.  


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