Associate / Senior Associate - Urban Transformation (Houston)

Houston, TX

Are you passionate about our mission to accelerate the efficient and restorative use of resources? Do you wake up eager to solve challenging problems for real impact? Would others consider you “extra” ordinary? Are you ready to grow your career to its full potential?  If yes, then join our growing team! 

 

Position Overview: 

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is looking for 1 associate and 1 senior associate with a strong desire to accelerate progress toward the emissions reduction, sustainability and environmental justice goals of climate-critical cities around the world. As an part of our team, you will provide direct, on-the-ground support to the City of Houston team as it works to implement the City’s Climate Action Plan. 

 

The Urban Transformation Program at RMI was created to dramatically accelerate local government efforts around the world to simultaneously reduce GHG, improve urban livability, and support an equitable energy transition. Our team works directly with city, county, and other local government staff and supports them by directly providing technical and economic analysis, building capacity, enabling peer support and learning, and developing tools and resources to meet specific needs.  

 

While these positions would be based in Houston as soon as public health conditions allow (with some travel to one or more of RMI’s offices), we are initially flexible on location. You would be embedded within the city’s sustainability department and spend approximately 75 percent of your time dedicated to the implementation of Houston’s Climate Action Plan. The remaining 25 percent of your time would be spent on learning, professional development, and other work related to our Urban Transformation program.  

 

The scope of your work could include renewable energy procurement, building energy efficiency and electrification, sustainable mobility, urban planning and land-use strategies, nature-based solutions, and industry engagement. 

 Application Deadline: January 22nd, 2020

Your Key Responsibilities:   

  • Directly support the City of Houston’s sustainability department in their efforts to enact the City’s Climate Action Plan 
  • Conduct research and economic analysis to answer questions for cities relating to cost-effectiveness, GHG impact, local co-benefits, etc. 
  • Engage staff at RMI and partner institutions to collect and deliver cutting edge guidance on topics such as renewable energy procurement, building energy efficiency and electrification programs, low-carbon transportation, urban planning and land-use, nature-based solutions, and industry engagement 
  • Support regular meetings for local government staff with other city departments, community stakeholders, and others by crafting agendas, producing slides, or developing technical analyses to enable group learning and peer interaction 

 

Minimum Qualifications for Associates: 

  • Graduate degree and/or 2+ years of relevant experience in an applicable field such as finance, economics, engineering, sustainability, local government, urban planning, or public policy 
  • Strong quantitative and problem-solving skills, including the ability break down complex issues in a straightforward, logical manner 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Personal qualities: intellectual curiosity, flexible mindset, and a passion for impact and environmental sustainability 

Minimum Qualifications for Senior Associates: 

  • Graduate degree and 4+ years of relevant experience in an applicable field such as finance, economics, engineering, sustainability, local government, urban planning, or public policy 
  • Demonstrated technical understanding of technical topics such as renewable energy, building energy efficiency, sustainable transportation systems, urban planning or industry engagement 
  • Strong quantitative and problem-solving skills, including the ability break down complex issues in a straightforward, logical manner 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Personal qualities: intellectual curiosity, flexible mindset, and a passion for impact and environmental sustainability 

 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Comfort working in both collaborative team settings as well as independently managing multiple projects and priorities simultaneously 
  • Willingness to dive into new areas of work and to learn new subject matter 
  • Experience with group facilitation and designing effective meetings 
  • Demonstrated initiative and accomplishment in previous work 

 

Location  

These positions can remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is expected that the successful candidates will live in Houston, Texas. 

 

Compensation: 

  • The starting Associate level salary range is $68,000-$75,000 with a 5% bonus target. This is based on experience that will be vetted through the interview process. 
  • The starting Senior Associate level salary is $76,500-$85,000 with a 5% bonus target. This is based on experience that will be vetted through the interview process. 

 

Benefits: 

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 
  • Commuter and Wellness Benefits 
  • Professional and personal development (including LinkedIn Learning access)  
  • Generous paid time off 
  • Parental leave 
  • Casual work environment 

 

Diversity     

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, veteran status, socioeconomic class, educational attainment or other social identities—is critical to the success of each RMIer and collectively as an organization. This ensures 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 

 RMI 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 280 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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