Manager - Carbon Free Buildings

Are you an experienced people leader with intense curiosity and drive? Are you willing to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas? Do you have the exceptional ability to structure and oversee analytic and strategic problem solving? Can you create impact through influence? If yes, then join our growing Carbon-Free Buildings team!  

Rocky Mountain Institute is seeking four Managers to lead efforts for RMI’s Carbon-Free Buildings team. These four positions will advance decarbonizing the US building stock, with specific focuses on electrification policy, state-based roadmap analysis and strategy, and advancing market scaling mechanisms. RMI’s Carbon-Free Buildings program seeks to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. buildings by 2050 through solutions that build a just and equitable energy transition for all. The Carbon-Free Buildings program balances research, technical analysis, communication, and collaboration to achieve its goals.  

  • One manager will oversee RMI’s electrification policy work in the Interior West region and will preferably be based in one of our Colorado offices.  
  • One manager will oversee RMI’s electrification-related engagement in federal policy in the building sector, and will preferably be based in our Washington, DC office. 
  • One manager will lead parts of RMI’s efforts to decarbonize New York State, overseeing techno economic analysis and policy roadmap efforts, and will preferably be based in our New York office. 
  • One manager will lead the expansion of the REALIZE retrofit program as well as support launching the Advanced Building Construction Collaborative. The position will be heavily focused on engaging external stakeholders across government, industry and the real estate development sectors. A background in real-estate finance is preferred. The position will be based in our Washington, DC or New York office.  

 Applicants interested in any of these positions should apply to this job posting.  

Application Deadline: January 22nd, 2021

Key Responsibilities 

Managing relationships in key venues 

  • Act as the lead relationship manager with stakeholders in multiple priority venues (i.e., cities, states, agencies), focused on decarbonization of buildings 
  • Serve as the interface to RMI’s full expertise and leadership in these venues 
  • Convene and facilitate collaborative workshops, bringing RMI’s facilitation approach to develop new solutions and strategies 

Providing thought leadership 

  • Develop strategies for scaling building decarbonization solutions across the U.S. 
  • Lead and contribute to research efforts and publications 
  • Represent RMI in the media and other public speaking events 

Managing projects to yield breakthrough insights and results 

  • With senior guidance, shape project strategies from inception to conclusion: determine change models, research methods, timelines, resource plans, communications plans, and stakeholder engagement. 
  • 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. 
  • Coach and motivate project team members and resolve any issues throughout project life cycle, including writing project-level reviews for junior staff 
  • Oversee teams that number between 2 to 5 contributors (internal and external). 
  • Regularly contribute to external interviews, videos, and publications to share project insights. 
  • Work with our development team to raise resources. 


Minimum Qualifications 

  • 4+ years of professional work experience including 1+ year as a team manager 
  • Experience managing external stakeholder relationships 
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills 
  • Experience managing high performing junior team members in a project-based work environment 


Additional Qualifications 

  • Highly collaborative, strong team player 
  • Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines 
  • A passion for RMI’s mission 
  • Ability to travel 10-20% (once public health conditions allow) 
  • Familiarity with energy, climate, buildings and/or electricity industry 
  • Experience working directly with policymakers and regulators 
  • Experience with energy policy and/or advocacy campaigns 


The position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is expected that this role will be based out of one of our offices in Oakland, CA, Washington, D.C., New York City, Boulder, or Basalt, Colorado. This will be discussed further throughout the interview process. 


The salary range for this position is $86,000 - $116,000, with the target range being about $90-$100,000. This is dependent upon experience that will be discussed and vetted through the interview process. This position also includes an additional 5% bonus target. 


We offer a comprehensive benefits package including: 

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance 
  • 403b Retirement Options (5% match immediately) 
  • Generous PTO 
  • Learning & Development opportunities 
  • Parental leave 
  • Life, AD&D, Short Term and Long-Term Disability 
  • Commuter and Wellness Benefits 

RMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer 


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.    

 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 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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