Manager - Buildings Program

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 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 a fast growing, independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a 2019-2020 annual budget of $57 million and offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, CA; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.  

Application Deadline: August 7th, 2020


Position Overview 

Rocky Mountain Institute is seeking exceptional candidates to fill a Manager position within RMI’s Buildings Program. Our Buildings program seeks to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. residential and commercial buildings by 2050 through a range of tactical client engagements, thought leadership, and demonstration projects focused on maximizing the adoption of efficiency, grid interactivity, low embodied carbon materials and electrification. Our Managers are creative project leaders who mentor and manage team members to craft visionary-yet-practical solutions for our energy transition. They are responsible for leading substantial efforts and are often primary authors responsible for structuring and delivering compelling written products to drive insights for our partners. 

Initially, it is expected that this manager will have the responsibility of leading our team’s work in promoting the adoption of low embodied carbon building materials and policy and supporting projects advancing grid-interactive efficient buildings. This will require technical knowledge in this subject area, as well as engagement with advocates, policymakers, regulators, businesses, and other stakeholders. Specific responsibilities will evolve over time as needed to support the program’s goals and will likely include managing junior staff in research and analysis projects and facilitating collaborative multi-stakeholder events.

The primary responsibilities for this position include

  • Act as a point person on critical projects with clients and collaborators 
  • Shape project strategies from inception to conclusion: determine change models, research and analysis methods, project timelines and resource plans, communications strategies, and success metrics 
  • Provide professional mentorship and structure and manage work for more junior staff 
  • Contribute to conversations about the strategic objectives and project pipeline of the Buildings Program and RMI overall 
  • Participate in business and donor development activities and act as a primary relationship manager with key industry partners and stakeholders 
  • Work hand-in-hand with our communication team to develop and roll out communications strategies 
  • Represent RMI as an industry expert at conference presentations, workshops, and media engagements  



Minimum Qualifications: 

  • A graduate degree and 6+ years of professional experience in fields related to the built environment 
  • Experience leading teams and managing complex project portfolios 
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills 
  • Experience designing and managing complex analytical models 
  • A passion for working collaboratively to advance market-based solutions to climate change 

 Preferred Qualifications: 

  • A background in building energy systems, building science, architectural engineering, or a similar technical buildings field 
  • Field experience evaluating, designing, constructing and/or commissioning building energy systems (HVAC, lighting, etc.). 
  • Exposure to project finance, especially related to energy efficiency or renewable energy projects 
  • Utility and grid resource planning and regulatory expertise
  • Experience developing decarbonization policies or programs at the city, state or federal level
  • Background working directly with state or municipal leaders to inform or influence policy development, especially relating to energy/carbon goals 
  • Expertise with energy and LCA modeling or coding platforms includingSketchUp, EnergyPlus, Tally, One Click LCA, OpenStudio, Python, and Ruby 
  • Experience with donor development or managing grant- and donor-driven projects 
  • Experience with group facilitation and workshop design. 
  • RA, AIA, EIT or licensed PE designation 



RMI offers a comprehensive benefits package including: 

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance 
  • 403b Retirement Options (5% match immediately) 
  • Life, AD&D, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability 
  • Commuter and Wellness Benefits 
  • Casual Work Environment 
  • Appreciation of Work-Life Balance 



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.


The starting salary range for the Manager level is between $90-100k, depending on experience. This position is also eligible for a 10% bonus target.      

Location: Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, CA; Washington, D.C. Preference for Boulder, Colorado.

JOB CODE: 1000201