Associate - America's Pledge

Boulder, CO

Do you love solving challenging problems, thinking in numbers and working in groups? Do you also have the self-motivation, curiosity, creativity and ability to persuade others toward meaningful results? Are you passionate about making the world a better place? If yes, then join our growing team!

Rocky Mountain Institute is seeking an Associate to support RMI’s US program, which will support federal, state, and local climate efforts. This position will have an initial focus on the America’s Pledge initiative—related to climate action by US states, cities, businesses, tribes, counties, universities, healthcare institutions, faith-based groups, cultural institutions, regional associations, investors, citizen groups, and others.  

Application deadline: October 28th, 2020

Program Overview:

RMI’s US Program focuses on domestic energy and climate policy, in particular using technoeconomic analysis to inform federal and state policy. The US Program includes multiple initiatives focused on federal policy, state policy and advocacy, and non-federal climate action by states, cities, businesses, and other state and local leaders. 

The US Program includes America’s Pledge, an initiative to aggregate and quantify the actions by US states, cities, businesses, and other non-federal actors to drive down their greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Since its launch, America’s Pledge has published annual assessments of non-federal action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions based on a unique methodological approach developed by climate researchers and policy experts. To learn more about America’s Pledge, visit  

Position Overview:  

As an RMI Associate, you will be an independent contributor and work closely with colleagues on projects under the direction of more senior staff. You will develop expertise in the content area of your specific program within RMI and will provide subject-matter support on that topic to other RMIers.    

Core Responsibilities:  

  • Track efforts by states, cities, businesses, and other non-federal US entities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 
  • Track federal legislation and policy proposals to address climate change 
  • Research best practice policies and actions to reduce emissions by different actors (federal, state, and local governments; businesses, investors, and universities; faith-based and cultural organizations, etc.) 
  • Conduct data analysis to estimate the emissions impact of past and potential climate actions 
  • Summarize research and analysis in different forms for different audiences—for example, internal spreadsheets and tracking documents, public-facing reports, concise fact sheets tailored for specific actor types, presentation briefings for media, blog posts for RMI’s public website 
  • Support outreach and coordination domestically and internationally, including by preparing slides and leave-behind materials, tracking stakeholder engagement and outreach efforts, supporting event design and execution, participating in events, documenting conversations 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Undergraduate degree in an applicable field such as economics, engineering, sustainability, or public policy  
  • 1-3 years of cumulative work experience  
  • Demonstrated interest in US climate policy and action across the public and private sectors 
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills 
  • Ability to track and organize multiple streams of work 
  • Structured thinker and communicator 

 Preferred Qualifications 

  • Familiarity with  the following:
    • US domestic climate action by the federal government, states, cities, businesses, and other actors 
    • Policies, programs, and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in one or more sectors (e.g., buildings, transportation, industry) 
    • Emissions accounting principles and approaches 
    • International climate negotiations and country Nationally Determined Contribution processes 
    • Salesforce and/or other CRM systems 
  • Graduate degree in a relevant field 


This position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is expected that this position be located at one of our office locations, with a preference for Washington D.C. or Boulder, CO.This will be discussed further throughout the interview process. 


The starting Associate level salary is $68,000 with a 5% bonus target. There is potential to earn more based on experience that will be vetted through the interview process. 


We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:  

  • Medical, dental, vision insurance  
  • 403b retirement options (5% match immediately)  
  • Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability  
  • Professional and personal development (including LinkedIn Learning access)  
  • Generous paid time off 
  • Parental leave  
  • Commuter and wellness benefits  
  • Casual work environment  



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

We strive for a level of diversity that reflects the communities we serve. Achieving this—regardless of ability, race, ethnicity, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, socioeconomic class, educational attainment or other social identities—is critical to the success of each RMIer and collectively as an organization, ensuring that we:    

  • Have the different array of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.  
  • Strive for a culture of inclusion and belonging by treating others with dignity, respect and appreciation enabling them to feel welcomed, supported and valued.  
  • Effectively connect, communicate and build long-lasting relationships with decision makers, stakeholders and constituents within diverse communities.  


 Rocky Mountain Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  


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 250 works relentlessly 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 $70 million and offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, California; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing, China.  

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