Associate - City Renewables Accelerator

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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:

  • This position requires a basic level of technical, content and problem-solving skills and good interpersonal skills.
  • The Associate is an independent contributor and works closely with the team on projects under the direction of more senior staff.  
  • Associates may have some unique skill set, but are generally asked to move across practice areas and learn a diverse range of topics.

Program Overview:

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is looking for an Associate with a strong desire to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy by U.S. cities. 

City Renewables Accelerator has partnered with World Resources Institute to launch a new initiative designed to help cities decarbonize their electricity supplies. The initiative will draw on the experience of several RMI programs and initiatives, including the Business Renewables Center (BRC)/Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), Shine, and the former Communities practice. Our team is looking to work closely with the Electricity and Buildings programs. Specifically, RMI will train and provide technical assistance to city staff looking to(1) execute contracts for on-site solar, community scale solar, and/or off-site renewable energy; (2) accelerate the adoption of renewables in their communities; and (3) influence utility planning processes and regulatory decisions.  

This position can be based out of Boulder, CO or Washington D.C. 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Provide quantitative analysis, modeling, and support to our projects.
  • Locate and manage high quality data that allow us to shed new light on problems and solutions.
  • Create creative problem solving approaches to drive project insight
  • Synthesize recommendations into clear and compelling presentations and written reports.
  • Present quantitative information in a clear, visual format.
  • Engage with external experts via phone interviews, conferences, and on occasion responding to outreach requests.

Additional Responsibilities:

Tool /resource development 

  • Conduct research to better understand key barriers and identify potential solutions with respect to renewable energy programs and procurement, as well as utility and regulatory engagement 

  • Co-develop primers, web tools, or other resources in collaboration with senior staff to help cities overcome obstacles and successfully complete renewable energy transactions 

Direct city technical assistance 

  • Develop expertise on cities’ ability to purchase energy through a particular contract structure (e.g. on-site solar, community-scale solar, off-site power purchase agreements, etc.) 

  • Conduct research and economic analysis to answer questions for cities relating to the cost-effectiveness, policy incentives and obstacles, and other factors to guide city decision making 

  • Support regular conference calls with groups of cities by crafting agendas, producing slides, or developing technical analyses to enable group learning and peer interaction 

Event design and logistical support 

  • Assist in the design and execution of small-group training sessions aimed at providing city leaders with an in-depth understanding of energy markets, their procurement options, and the process to purchase renewable energy. 

  • Provide support for these sessions by conducting outreach to potential participants and coordinating with external partners on venue selection and other logistical items.

  • Support regular conference calls with groups of cities br crafting agendas, producing slides, or developing technical analysis to enable group learning and peer interaction

Minimum required Qualifications:

  • This position requires an individual with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, with at least 2 years of workforce experience in an applicable field such as mechanical, electrical or energy engineering OR a Master's degree (or higher degree).
  • Add in additional project/program specific experience 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Personal qualities: intellectual curiosity, flexible mindset and a passion for environmental sustainability.
  • Graduate degree and/or relevant experience in an applicable field such as finance, economics, engineering, sustainability, or public policy.  
  • Comfort working in both collaborative team settings as well as independently managing multiple projects and priorities simultaneously. 
  • Willingness to dive into new areas of work and to learn new subject matter. 
  • Comfort working in both collaborative team settings as well as independently managing multiple projects and priorities simultaneously. 
  • Willingness to dive into new areas of work and to learn new subject matter. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communications  
  • Some familiarity and experience with group facilitation is preferred 
  • Experience working on community solarrenewable energy development or procurement, or city government is ideal.  


We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:

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

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RMI is an equal opportunity employer.

Location: Boulder, CO
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