Associate / Senior Associate - Urban Transformation

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 an associate or 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 part of our team, you will have the opportunity to support sustainability efforts by working directly with city government staff and creating cutting edge tools, resources, or thought leadership. 


The Urban Transformation Program at RMI was created to dramatically accelerate local government efforts around the world to simultaneously reduce greenhouse gas, enhance urban livability, increase resilience, and support an equitable energy transition. Our team partners with city and other local government staff and supports them by providing technical assistance, building capacity, enabling learning, and developing tools and resources to meet specific needs.  


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


Your Key Responsibilities may include: 

Tool /resource developmentand thought leadership 

  • Research and analysis to better understand key barriers and develop potential solutions related to city sustainability and environmental justice efforts—across renewable energy procurement, building decarbonization, zero-carbon mobility solutions, urban planning and land-use strategies, nature-based solutions, and industrial decarbonization 
  • Co-develop primers, web tools, or reports in collaboration with senior staff to help cities overcome obstacles, successfully implement projects, and develop innovative new decarbonization solutions  


Direct city technical assistance  

  • Serve as a trusted advisor and source of expertise to local governments as they plan, scope, and implement critical sustainability initiatives  
  • Conduct research and economic analysis to answer questions relating to project economics, cost-benefit analyses, policy and regulatory constraints, etc.  
  • Support and facilitate meetings between key local government staff, or between local government staff and community stakeholders, by conducting needs assessments, crafting agendas, developing supporting documents, or conducting technical-economic analyses to advance critical initiatives  
  • Coordinate with other relevant RMI programs (Carbon-Free Buildings, Carbon-Free Electricity, Carbon-Free Mobility) to bring their expertise to our partner cities  


Capacity building 

  • Assist in the design and execution of small-group training sessions aimed at equipping city leaders and staff with critical knowledge and capabilities, including an in-depth understanding of specific sectors and solutions 
  • Help continually refine our methods and approaches, drawing on best practices and emerging innovations, to deliver this capacity-building support—both virtually and in-person  


Key Skills and Abilities 

  • Strong quantitative and problem-solving skills, including the ability to break down complex issues in a straightforward, rational manner 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Comfortable working in both collaborative team settings as well as independently managing more than one project and priority simultaneously 
  • Innate curiosity, flexibility, initiative, teamwork, and a passion for impact, sustainability, and environmental justice 


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Graduate degree and/or 2 + years of relevant experience for associate level; 4+ years of relevant experience in an applicable field such as finance, economics, engineering, sustainability, local government operations, urban planning, urban resilience strategies, public policy, building decarbonization, transportation planning and decarbonization, power sector decarbonization, nature-based solutions   


  Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience with GIS and/ or other spatial analysis  
  • Familiarity with advanced quantitative analysis (e.g., energy and financial modeling, NPV calculation, regression analysis) 
  • Experience with group facilitation and designing effective meetings 
  • Experience with complex change management efforts 
  • Experience working on social and environmental justice issues, and with community-based organizations 
  • Willingness to dive into new areas of work and to learn new subject matter 



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 near one of RMI’s U.S. locations; New York, NY; Washington, DC, Boulder, CO; Basalt, CO; or Oakland, CA.  



  • 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.  


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 



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 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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