Manager - Industry Program

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Update: the location for this position has been updated. Candidates may apply to fill this vacancy in any of RMI’s US locations: Basalt, Colorado; Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Washington, D.C

About RMI  

Rocky Mountain Institute 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 200 works tirelessly 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 $46 million and offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing. 

Position Overview:

Our Managers are creative project leaders who guide and manage team members to craft visionary yet practical solutions for our industry partners and research. Managers are RMI’s primary project managers, and work closely with and under the direction of RMI’s Principals and Managing Directors to design and execute projects.

  • The Manager is sometimes an individual contributor but is most often responsible for managing and guiding more junior staff, particularly Associates and sometimes Sr. Associates.
  • Has responsibility for managing projects and/or significant portions of initiatives. The Manager works with Principals and Managing Directors to provide mentorship, professional development, and project reviews of more junior staff. 
  • Contributes to strategy-level conversations about initiatives and RMI.
  • Developed expertise in one area and are conversant in one or more additional areas. The Manager represents RMI externally at mid-level technical events and to small to mid-sized groups.
  • The Manager is beginning to participate in business development and sometimes has a significant role in that area.  

Program Overview:

  • RMI's Industry Program works to decarbonize consumed goods, including how they are designed, produced and delivered to consumers. The program targets more than 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions, through three initiatives: (1) material inputs (commodities like iron ore and steel, bulk minerals, concrete and cement, plastics; (2) energy inputs (oil and natural gas, hydrogen, biofuels); and (3) goods delivery (aviation, trucking, rail and shipping).
  • This position sits in energy inputs initiative, with a specific focus on tracking and reducing methane emissions from the natural gas supply chain. RMI is staffing this team with one manager and two (sr) associates

Core Responsibilities:

Managing projects to yield breakthrough insights and results

  • With senior guidance, shape project strategies from inception to conclusion: determine change models, research methods, timelines, resource plans, communications plans, and stakeholder engagement. 
  • Determine how results will be measured and be accountable for project results, rigorously challenging and QC-ing findings from RMI teams and partners. 
  • Act as the lead relationship manager with project partners and stakeholders. 
  • Coach and motivate project team members and resolve any issues throughout project life cycle, including writing project-level reviews for junior staff 
  • Oversee teams that number between 2 to 25 contributors (internal and external). 
  • Regularly contribute to external interviews, videos, and publications to share project insights. 
  • Work hand-in-hand with our development team to develop funding strategies.

Provides thought leadership

  • Develop strategies for highlighting priority areas for action on methane emissions from the natural gas supply chain, and for collaborating with leading natural gas producers and buyers (electric and gas utilities, heavy manufacturers, etc.) to establish a market for low-methane leakage natural gas
  • Lead and contribute to research efforts and publications 
  • Represent RMI as an industry expert at key conferences and other public speaking events 

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Will manage the project across the four work streams:
  • Significant interactions with industry stakeholders in Texas as well as participation in buyer discussions, requiring substantial travel (up to 50% of time)

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s level degree, equivalent, or higher, in sustainability, energy procurement, environment, economics, engineering, geography, or energy-related discipline
  • At least 5+ years of direct relevant experience
  • Excellent time management, organization, entrepreneurship, and drive
  • Superior writing skills
  • Demonstrated public speaking experience and comfort interacting with high-level executives
  • Ability to work effectively with remote team members spread across different geographies, including the US, Europe and China

Preferred Qualifications

  • Project work or prior work experience within energy markets and/or the oil & gas sector
  • Interest in joining the growing team of RMI's Industry Program, over time potentially working on other initiatives and projects


We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:

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

Location: Any of RMI’s US locations: Basalt, Colorado; Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Washington, D.C

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RMI is an equal opportunity employer.

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