Associate / Sr. Associate - Building Electrification

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Oakland, CA (preferred); Boulder, CO (preferred); New York, NY; Washington, D.C.

About Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)—an independent nonprofit founded in 1982—transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. It engages businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to accelerate the adoption of market-based solutions that cost-effectively shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables. RMI has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; Oakland, CA; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.

Position Summary

Rocky Mountain Institute is seeking candidates for Associates and Senior Associates (RMI’s entry and mid-level research and collaboration positions) in our Building Electrification Program. This program works to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. residential and commercial buildings, primarily by replacing fossil fuels with clean electricity for heating, hot water and cooking.


This Associate will support our team’s work in a number of areas including bringing RMI’s building decarbonization expertise and leadership to state and city-level engagement with advocates, policymakers, regulators, businesses, and other stakeholders. Specific project-level responsibilities will evolve over time as needed to support the program’s goal of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. buildings, and will include research and analysis projects and facilitating collaborative multi-stakeholder events.



Associates and Senior Associates are creative problem solvers who use their quantitative, technical and analytical abilities to conduct compelling analyses around vital energy issues. They collaborate with team members to craft visionary yet practical solutions for our research questions and for our clients.

We look for aptitude at solving challenging problems, thinking in numbers, and working in groups. We expect self-motivation, curiosity, creativity, the ability to drive oneself and others toward meaningful results, and a passion for making the world better. RMI Associates are independent contributors and work closely with colleagues on projects under the direction of more senior staff. Associates have begun to develop expertise in the content area of their program within RMI, and can provide support internal to RMI on that topic.

The key job responsibilities of an Associate primarily include:

  • Provide core research on 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.
  • Develop hypotheses to guide work and propose new ways to analyze problems.
  • 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.

The key responsibilities of a Senior Associate include all of the above, as well as: Design and create approaches and quantitative models to effectively address key questions and challenges posed by our research goals and clients.

  •  Structure and guide the work of more junior team members.
  •  Engage with external experts and stakeholders through conference presentations, topical expertise for media requests, outreach to RMI donors, and direct collaboration on RMI research.

Successful candidates would support RMI’s Building Electrification Program. The Building Electrification Program works to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. residential and commercial buildings, primarily by replacing fossil fuels with clean electricity for heating, hot water and cooking. 

Examples of specific skills and experience sought for candidates in support of the Electricity and Building Electrification Programs include:

  • A tolerance for adversity and uncertainty.
  • Analytical capabilities; including quantitative skills—in relation to electricity systems, utility economics, and/or electricity regulation.
  • Experience with or strong knowledge of the US electricity system, including topics ranging from industry regulation, utility business models, distributed energy resource adoption and renewable energy integration.
  • Aptitude for facilitating multi-stakeholder meetings through creative and collaborative engagement.


You may be qualified for this position if you have the following*:


  • A graduate degree or equivalent experience in an applicable field such as engineering (mechanical, electrical, civil, energy), business (marketing, finance, international), computer science, mathematics, architecture, physical and social sciences.
  • 2-4 years of cumulative work experience and excellent work references.


  • Ability to design, build, and maintain complex models (e.g., Excel, MatLab).
  • Understanding of basic financial analysis and metrics (e.g., NPV, cash flows).


  • Prior experience in consulting, project management, or other related fields preferred. Comparable experience working at a utility or relevant government agency is also desirable.
  • Familiarity with energy, climate, buildings and/or electricity industry
  • Experience working directly with state or city leadership
  • Ability to stick with a problem until a solution is found, but knowledge of when to ask for help.
  • Ability to be self-motivated and work independently.
  • Ability to listen actively, be diplomatic, and share knowledge and information well.
  • Ability to communicate your ideas clearly.
  • Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines.
  • Willingness to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas.
  • A passion for making the world better

* Our staff is composed of a wide skill set and we welcome a diverse range of education and experience. In addition, 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.


We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:

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


Diversity of our workforce is one of our core values at RMI and we strive to achieve a level of diversity within our organization that reflects the communities that we serve. Achieving this diversity—whether of race, gender, sexual orientation, or ability—is critical to our long-term success, ensuring that we:

  • Have the diversity of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges
  • Have a culture of inclusion and respect that enables us to attract and keep diverse talent
  • Are able to secure the talent that we need with access to the full talent pool
  • Are able to relate to decision makers within diverse communities

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

RMI is an equal opportunity employer. 

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