Associate / Senior Associate - Portfolio Energy Optimization

Do you love solving challenging problems, writing and research? Do you also have the self-motivation, curiosity, creativity and ability to persuade others toward meaningful results? Are you passionate about the clean energy transition? If yes, then join our growing team!  

Application Deadline: March 3rd, 2021 

Position Overview

Rocky Mountain Institute is seeking exceptional candidates to fill an Associate or Senior Associate position within our Buildings Program’s Portfolio Energy Optimization (PEO) initiative, which is creating a disruptive and scalable approach to commercial building retrofits that have been left behind by the traditional retrofit approach. The PEO team is focused on developing a mass-customized approach to identify zero-carbon retrofit packages and evaluate their financial return from the perspective of the building owner. Learn more about our work here:

We are seeking candidates with strong backgrounds in energy analytics who are interested in becoming EnergyPlus experts and leveraging computer programming to automate energy simulation and financial analysis. While Associates and Senior Associates at RMI are expected to be generalists capable of contributing to a variety of project teams, this position is dedicated to the Portfolio Energy Optimization team with a focus on energy analytics. Applicants with experience relevant to that work will be prioritized.

Key Responsibilities

Tool Development:

  • Refine and troubleshoot EnergyPlus simulations.
  • Ongoing development of Ruby and Python code to automate energy simulation and quality control.
  • Research and develop data collection approaches, such as accessing public data through APIs.
  • Expand capability, such as new HVAC systems, automated quality control procedures, capital planning, and statistical analysis.
  • Expand our database of building attributes.
  • Research new measures and integrate into tool.

 Project Execution:

  • Self-manage tasks to budget and timeline.
  • Collect and organize client and public data and enter the data into the PEO tool to support pilot projects.
  • Coordinate with clients and sub-contractors to execute pilot projects.
  • Synthesize and present results to clients.
  • Support RMI efforts to demonstrate, replicate and communicate the success of projects to industry and donor audiences.

 Minimum Qualifications:

  •  A graduate degree or equivalent professional experience in a field related to the built environment. 
  • 2+ years of work experience for the Associate level, and 4+ years of experience for the Senior Associate level.
  • Expertise in energy simulation, especially EnergyPlus and Modelkit. Experience modeling existing buildings preferred. 
  • Expertise in computer programming, especially Ruby and Python.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Hands-on experience evaluating HVAC and controls via commissioning, retro-commissioning, or energy auditing.
  • Background designing HVAC systems for an MEP firm or similar.
  • EIT or PE licensure.
  • Certifications such as ASHRAE BEMP or AEE Certified Energy Manager.

 General Qualifications:

  • Excellent quantitative analysis and modeling skills; ability to convert raw data and analysis results into insights.
  • Ability to multitask.
  • Excellent writing skills, visual presentation capability, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Comfort working with ambiguity.
  • High emotional intelligence, curiosity, and a desire to work collaboratively.
  • A passion for advancing market-based solutions to climate change.


This position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is expected that candidates will live near one of RMI’s U.S. locations.


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



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 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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