Associate / Sr. Associate - Electricity Program
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; Oakland, California; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing. www.rmi.org
Associate or Senior Associate – Electricity Program
RMI is seeking candidates for Associates and Senior Associates (RMI’s entry and mid-level research and collaboration positions) in our Electricity Program. 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, a willingness to work through challenging conversations, 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:
- Conduct analytical research
- Locate and make sense of data that allow RMI to shed new light on problems and devise creative solutions.
- Develop hypotheses to guide work and propose new ways to analyze problems.
- Be a contributing member to RMI teams facilitating events and conversations with diverse electricity sector stakeholders
- Synthesize quantitative information and recommendations into clear and compelling presentations and written reports.
- Engage with external experts via phone interviews, conferences, and on occasion responding to outreach requests.
Senior Associates also:
- Structure and guide the work of more junior team members.
- Contribute publicly at conferences, share expertise in response to media requests, discuss our work with RMI donors, and direct RMI research collaborations.
Successful candidates will support the Electricity Program’s efforts to accelerate clean energy solutions in the United States electricity sector. In our work, we collaborate with the entire electricity sector. With utilities and state regulators, we work to improve business models so that incentives are aligned with creating a just, clean energy future. With businesses, we develop and share solutions that bring clean energy technologies to the grid at scale. With influential early adopters, we help to experiment with and implement new, transformative solutions.
- A graduate degree or equivalent experience in an applicable field such as engineering (mechanical, electrical, civil, energy), business (marketing, finance, international), economics, computer science, mathematics, architecture, physical and social sciences.
- 2-4 years of cumulative work experience and excellent work references.
- Ability to design, create, and run complex models (e.g., Excel, MatLab).
- Understanding of basic financial analysis and metrics (e.g., NPV, cash flows).
- Experience in consulting, project management, or other related fields
- Experience working at a utility or related government agency
- Experience working with diverse groups with varying perspectives and/or facilitating challenging conversations
- Ability to stick with a problem to find a solution, but knowledge of when to ask for help
- Ability to be self-motivated and work independently.
- Ability to listen actively, be diplomatic, and communicate complex ideas
- Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines.
- Willingness to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas.
- A passion for making the world better
*RMI staff bring a variety of skillsets. We welcome candidates with a diverse educational and work backgrounds. RMI will carefully review each application to determine the appropriate starting position level (Associate or Senior Associate) and this will be communicated during the interview process.
Options include Boulder, CO; Basalt, CO; New York City; Washington DC
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