Associate / Sr. Associate - Empowering Clean Economies
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 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 $50 million and offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing. www.rmi.org
Associate or Senior Associate – Empowering Clean Economies Program
RMI is seeking candidates for Associates and Senior Associates (RMI’s entry and mid-level research and collaboration positions) in our Empowering Clean Economies Program, with a low and middle-income country focus. 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 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.
- Support analysis and research on a small team across a variety of workstreams, including producing market intelligence, exploring energy business models, and recommending energy policies and strategies to achieve energy access and economic growth.
- Participate in field visits to gather data and work directly with our partners and stakeholders in Caribbean Island nations, sub-Saharan Africa, and/or Southeast Asia.
- Travel up to 35%, primarily internationally.
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.
- Collaborate with energy sector stakeholders, including donor partners, governments, utilities, investors, and developers, to achieve RMI’s goals.
Successful candidates would support RMI’s Empowering Clean Economies (ECE) Program. ECE includes the Islands Energy Program, the Africa Energy Program, and new work beginning in Southeast Asia. The Islands Energy Program is currently working with select island partners in the Caribbean to support cost-effective clean energy transitions to benefit all national stakeholders. The Africa Energy Program works with sub-Saharan African countries to expand electricity access and drive economic development utilizing clean energy technologies. The work in Southeast Asia will begin with an engagement in the Philippines focused on energy efficiency.
Examples of specific skills and experience sought for candidates in support of the ECE Program include:
- Analytical capabilities—including quantitative skills—in relation to electricity systems, utility economics, international development and/or electricity regulation.
- Experience with or strong knowledge of on and off-grid electricity systems, including topics ranging from industry regulation, minigrids/microgrids, utility business models, distributed energy resource adoption, and/or renewable energy integration.
- Aptitude for facilitating multi-stakeholder meetings through creative and collaborative engagement.
- A tolerance for adversity and uncertainty.
- 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, relevant government agency, or in international development is also desirable.
- 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.
- Spanish language skills preferred for work in the Caribbean.
* Our staff is comprised 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 all team members to bring their diverse perspectives to bear in our work
- 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.
This position will be based in either Boulder or Basalt, CO; New York City; Washington, DC; or Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.