Manager - Emerging Solutions

Boulder, CO

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, CO; Oakland, CA; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.  

Application Deadline: August 7th, 2020 

Position Overview 

Rocky Mountain Institute is seeking an exceptional Manger to help lead our Emerging Solutions team, particularly on technical modeling and analysis that supports RMI’s ambitious perspectives on the global energy transition. 

The Emerging Solutions team’s mission is to catalyze and coordinate cutting-edge thought leadership activities at the edges and intersections of RMI programs. We apply systems-thinking approaches to the interlocking behavioral, technoeconomic, and institutional factors that influence the pace and direction of the energy transition and help the Institute develop a central view on pathways to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. This view is based on 1) an assessment of how those factors interact to advance or slow the energy transition and 2) efforts to identify and implement cross-program or multi-stakeholder collaborations that might accelerate transformative action. Our current efforts focus on:  

  • Developing Institute knowledge, modeling and technical analysis, and thought leadership related to the global energy transition. This includes analysis of systems dynamics (e.g., causal loop diagrams, feedback loops), energy-economic scenarios, technology learning curves, and other ways to validate transition pathways that reinforce the achievability of a 1.5°C-aligned future. 
  • “Looking around the corner” on emerging trends in and across technology, society, and economy and assessing implications for RMI’s mission, programmatic work, and emerging impact opportunities.  
  • Inspiring and equipping leading global energy system actors to take ambitious steps that will unlock new opportunities in the energy transition and creating or contributing to collaborative fora needed to guide and sustain that action.  

Our Managers are creative project leaders who guide and manage team members to craft visionary yet practical solutions for our industry partners and research. Managers are RMI’s primary project managers and work closely with and under the direction of RMI’s Principals and Managing Directors to design and execute projects.  

 We look for leadership in problem solving, ability to develop and guide unique analysis, and aptitude for driving a team toward meaningful results. We expect self-motivation, curiosity, creativity, and a passion for making the world better. RMI’s Managers are independent project managers, with the ability to design and manage multiple workstreams, and to coach junior staff to meet project goals. They are responsible for substantial projects and are often primary authors responsible for structuring and delivering compelling written products to drive insights for our partners. Managers are also often subject matter experts in a particular area and can provide support internal to RMI on that topic.  

This role will be instrumental in developing frameworks, prioritizing opportunities, and building capacity to support increasing levels of original research, analysis, and thought leadership on 1.5°C pathways. This will include a combination of team-driven projects and work co-created with other RMI programs or external collaborators for which this Manager will lead coordination efforts. This Manager will also participate in communications, speaking, and donor-development for the program as a whole. The job will require travel on an as-needed basis for client and locational engagement meetings and to RMI offices. Travel for this role will be infrequent but may at times exceed 20% and trips would typically range from 3- to 5-day periods. 


Key Responsibilities  

Manage Projects to Yield Breakthrough Insights: 

  • Work with internal and external teams to develop rigorous and critical analysis that helps envision a rapid transition to a clean energy future.  
  • With senior guidance, shape and execute project strategies from inception to conclusion: determine change models, research methods, timelines, resource plans, communications plans, and stakeholder engagement 
  • Propose and vet new methods for analyzing problems  
  • Determine how results will be measured and be accountable for project results 
  • Rigorously and respectfully challenging findings from RMI teams and partners. 
  • Act as the lead relationship manager with project partners and stakeholders. 
  • Structure and oversee work of more junior team members; coach and motivate team members and work with Principal to resolve any issues throughout project life cycles, including writing project-level reviews for junior staff  

Collaboration and Facilitation: 

  • Help identify, synthesize, and incubate potential collaborative opportunities, both across RMI and with a diversity of external stakeholders at the global level (e.g., climate NGOs, private-sector actors) 
  • Convene and facilitate collaborative workshops; use RMI’s facilitation approach to develop new solutions and strategies 
  • Act as a collaborative thought leadership partner and resource to other RMI programs in exploring emerging opportunities for scaled climate impact 


Thought Leadership: 

  • Lead and contribute to reports, insight briefs, blogs, media interviews, and other thought leadership efforts 
  • Structure and deliver compelling presentations and written products to bring new insight to the Institute and industry  
  • Work hand-in-hand with our communication team to develop communications strategies 
  • Represent RMI in external interviews and videos 
  • Support ideation and coordination of thought leadership opportunities with RMI’s cofounder and Chairman Emeritus, Amory Lovins 




  • Graduate degree or equivalent experience in an applicable field such as engineering, economics, business (finance, strategic consulting), law (environmental), computer science, mathematics, statistical analysis, or physical and social sciences.  
  • 6+ years of cumulative work experience, and excellent work references.  



  • Ability to develop, oversee, and QC use of complex analytic models (e.g., integrated assessment models, econometric models, system dynamics models, or agent-based models) 
  • Literacy in an open-source programming language, such as R or Python 
  • Familiarity with global energy transition scenarios/pathways 
  • Familiarity with at least one of RMI’s current programmatic focus areas (electricity, mobility, buildings, industry), including understanding of key trends and stakeholder landscape  
  • Understanding of basic financial analysis and metrics (e.g., NPV, cash flows).  



  • 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.  


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Familiarity with integrated assessment models (IAMs) or similar energy-economic modeling and analysis 
  • Familiarity with methods for analyzing and forecasting technological change and/or innovation 
  • Familiarity with complexity economics 
  • 2+ years prior experience in strategic and management consulting.  
  • Experience working with and managing diverse high-level stakeholders (e.g., government, non-profit, and private sector) in one or more energy sectors.   


Boulder, CO preferred, but open to other RMI locations. 



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 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   
  • Able to access all available talent   
  • Communicate across diverse audiences   

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.   



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   


The salary range for the Manager level will start at $90,000-100,000 and also has the potential for a 10% bonus target. There is an opportunity to earn more based upon experience. 

RMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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