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Associate / Senior Associate - Strategic Engagement & Analysis
Rocky Mountain Institute in Basalt, Colorado
Date Posted 03/26/2021
Nonprofit-Senior/Executive Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Do you love solving challenging problems, thinking in numbers and working in groups? Do you also have the self-motivation, curiosity, creativity and ability to persuade others toward meaningful results? Are you passionate about the clean energy transition? If yes, then join our growing team!

Position Overview

RMI is seeking one or more exceptional candidates to fill an Associate or Senior Associate position within the Strategic Engagement & Analysis (SEA) group, with a particular focus in the first year on supporting high-priority emergent opportunities for impact across RMI’s portfolio.

The SEA group’s mission is to catalyze and coordinate cutting-edge thought leadership activities at the edges and intersections of RMI programs. We apply systems-thinking approaches to the interlocking behavioral, technoeconomic, and institutional factors that influence the pace and direction of the energy transition and help the Institute develop a central view on pathways to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C.

The candidates we are seeking with this announcement would join the SEA group’s new rapid response team that works on special projects across RMI’s portfolio, particularly those that are emergent and quick turnaround but offer the opportunity for high-impact and high-leverage. The rapid response team sits within the SEA group and supports its global thought leadership work, but also works closely with RMI’s Chief Program Officer and the Co-Chairs of RMI’s Program Management Group on critical portfolio-level or cross-program opportunities.

Core Responsibilities

  • Work with internal and external teams to develop rigorous and critical analysis that helps envision a rapid transition to a clean energy future
  • Develop and execute creative and rigorous problem-solving approaches to drive project insight
  • Synthesize recommendations into clear and compelling presentations, written reports, or other deliverables, and present quantitative information in a clear, visual format
  • Convene and facilitate collaborative workshops; use RMI’s facilitation approach to develop new solutions and strategies
  • Engage with external clients and partners through dialogues, collaborative projects, and convenings

Minimum Qualifications for Associates

  • Graduate degree and/or 2+ years of relevant experience in an applicable field such as economics, engineering, business, public policy, environmental management, etc.

Minimum Qualifications for Senior Associates

  • Graduate degree and 4+ years of relevant experience in an applicable field such as economics, engineering, business, public policy, environmental management, etc.
  • Demonstrated technical understanding of topics such as renewable energy, building energy efficiency, sustainable transportation systems, urban planning, industry engagement, system dynamics, energy system planning and modeling

Additional Minimum Qualifications for Both Associates and Senior Associates

  • Strong quantitative and problem-solving skills, including the ability break down complex issues in a straightforward, logical manner and turn information into insight
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Intellectual curiosity, flexible mindset, and a willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines and work through ambiguity
  • Ability to listen actively, be diplomatic, and work with diverse and fluid teams

RMI ensures thoughtful review of each candidate to determine the appropriate position level for all individuals and this will be communicated prior to the interview process.


This position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is expected that candidates will live near one of RMI’s U.S. locations.


The starting Associate level salary range is $68,000-$75,000, and the starting Senior Associate level salary is $76,500-$85,000, both with a 5% bonus target. The role and salary will be based on experience and qualifications that will be vetted through the interview process.


We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • 403b Retirement Options (5% match immediately)
  • Parental leave
  • Generous paid time off
  • Life, AD&D, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Commuter and Wellness Benefits
  • Casual Work Environment


Increasing the diversity of thought, perspectives, ideas and opinions within RMI is a critical change element supporting our long-term sustainability and mission to build a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future.

We strive for a level of diversity that reflects the communities we serve. Achieving this—regardless of ability, race, ethnicity, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, socioeconomic class, educational attainment or other social identities—is critical to the success of each RMIer and collectively as an organization, ensuring that we:

  • Have the different array of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.
  • Strive for a culture of inclusion and belonging by treating others with dignity, respect and appreciation enabling them to feel welcomed, supported and valued.
  • Effectively connect, communicate and build long-lasting relationships with decision makers, stakeholders and constituents within diverse communities.

RMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About RMI

RMI transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. That is our mission. That is our passion. And every day, every member of our team of nearly 320 works relentlessly to achieve it. We are driving the global energy transition from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables by working in partnership with businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to advance market-based solutions. We achieve this by developing breakthrough ideas, testing and refining them, reshaping markets, and bringing solutions to scale. RMI is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an annual budget of $70 million and offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, California; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing, China.

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