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About Rocky Mountain Institute

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 220 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 $50 million and offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing. www.rmi.org

Overview

Rocky Mountain Institute is seeking an experienced senior editor with a strong journalistic background and deep knowledge of energy, clean energy, climate and sustainability. The editorial director position combines a writer’s curiosity, innovation and creativity with the practical focus of an operations manager. He/she will own and drive RMI’s editorial calendar and see stories through to publication as well as manage the Institute’s report and publications schedule and resourcing.

The editorial director will be responsible for creating and executing RMI’s global editorial and publications strategy, managing publication production, writing compelling and original content, and managing both an in-house and freelance team of writers.

The position is within the Marketing & Communications team. A successful hire should have extensive media experience and a strong track record as a contributing editor or managing editor within top tier and/or trade media.  S/he will work across the communications team both in the US and internationally as well as with the Institute’s program teams, external partners, and other outside complementary thought leaders. S/he will have at least 10 years of experience as a journalist and editor

Expertise and track record of  writing on energy, electricity, finance, the built environment, industry, emerging markets, and mobility. This hire will exhibit high intellectual curiosity and dedication toward RMI’s mission and be proficient at communicating to various B2B and B2C audiences at different levels of depth.

The editorial director will report to the managing director of global marketing and communications. The preferred location for the position is in Boulder, Colorado.

Responsibilities

 Editorial and Writing

  • Devise editorial and content-dissemination strategy, editorial calendars, and editorial synopses for all RMI publications. This portfolio includes:
    • A new Energy Transition online magazine and weekly newsletter, supported by a multi-media platform (podcasts, digital and web)
    • Donor publications and materials
    • Program publications, such as technical reports, insight briefs, and marketing collateral
  • Collaborate with both in-house and external writers to determine content and topics
  • Coordinate editorial publications and meetings
  • Plan and approve assignments for writers and editors
  • Write content
  • Control schedules and ensure deadlines
  • Oversee proofreading procedures and edit copy when necessary
  • Assist in evaluating finalized copy for compliance with policies, style and tone
  • Resolve issues as they arise

Operations

  • Be metrics- and result-driven
  • Set and measure departmental performance targets
  • Have excellent organizational and leaderships skills as well as a unique problem-solving ability
  • Be customer service-minded and strong on professional service delivery
  • Plan capacity, grounded both in-house and with freelance teams, to manage internal editorial demand efficiently and effectively.
  • Effectively scale freelance support and broaden the pool of freelancer writers and journalists
  • Be proficient in Monday.com or other project management software,
  • Negotiate and prioritize schedules with internal customers in order to deliver assets on time
  • Monitor projects from initiation through delivery
  • Identify resources and/or schedule conflicts and changes in project scope
  • Drive efficiencies across all aspects of our work
  • Help oversee workflow (project timeline creation and management) with the project coordinator lead between the Communications team and programs. 
  • Help implement strategies to make workflow more efficient and effective
  • Maintain a high-level overview of project calendar to monitor pace and major program milestones
  • Work closely with digital/traditional media functions to promote and disseminate content and thought leadership topics

Communications

  • Help enhance customer service of the communications team by promoting greater transparency during project delivery and greater receptiveness to internal program clients’ needs
  • Meet regularly with programs and Development to ensure strong relationships
  • Raise and maintain awareness of all project issues and risks, and work with appropriate personnel to develop solutions

Minimum Qualifications

  • 10 years of experience in journalism, as both a contributing and managing editor
  • Proven track record of published top tier and trade media articles on energy transition topics, clean energy, electricity, energy efficiency, buildings, finance and climate change
  • MA in journalism or similar relevant field

Additional Qualifications 

  • Exceptional ability in copywriting and editing
  • In depth knowledge of Monday.com, WordPress and SEO concepts
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Outstanding communication, presentation and leadership skills
  • Excellent initiative and follow through and project management skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to think creatively and flexibly
  • Ability to build trust with the broader organization and work effectively, in a highly collaborative team environment
  • A knack for unravelling complex problems and processes in an easy-to-understand way
  • Able to synthesize feedback and relay it appropriately
  • An intense drive for results and impact
  • A strong team player with excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills with staff and counterparts at all organizational levels and with external partners
  • Passion for RMI’s mission and theory of change

Benefits

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • 403b Retirement
  • Life, AD&D, and Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Commuter and Wellness Benefits
  • Casual Work Environment

RMI is an equal opportunity employer. 

Location: Boulder, CO
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