Development Coordinator - Foundations

RMI is seeking an experienced Program Coordinator with exceptional organizational, project management, writing, and communication skills. This position will support frontline fundraisers each managing multi-million dollar portfolios from foundations and institutional funders. The Program Coordinator will drive several critical processes on behalf of our fundraising team including: project managing successful proposals, coordinating reports and ongoing stewardship materials, assisting with donor data and management, and maintaining momentum on ongoing activities and external relationships. This person will also coordinate with programmatic and operational staff across RMI while building effective relationships with key internal and external stakeholders. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Under the direction of fundraisers, manage proposals development processes, including: 
    • Coordinating among RMI teams including program staff and finance, 
    • Setting realistic timelines and ensuring deadlines are met,  
    • Managing workflows and securing approvals for materials including proposal narratives and budgets, 
    • Submitting proposals and stewardship materials using funders’ many different online systems 
    • Processing grant agreements and contracts
    • Ensuring high attention-to-detail of the complete proposal package 
  • Communicate with counterparts at foundations 
  • Track upcoming donor reports, coordinate with program teams to develop narrative reports, coordinate with finance team on financial reports, and work with fundraisers to design and execute comprehensive stewardship plans. 
  • Support fundraisers in key meetings with donors and external stakeholders, and manage follow up. 
  • Work with fundraisers to develop and implement comprehensive corporate engagement plans, coordinating with teams across RMI.
  • Assist with donor research, helping fundraisers identify foundation funding opportunities that align with RMI’s global portfolio. 
  • Maintain high-quality and up-to-date data in Salesforce and Sharepoint 
  • Liaison between the program team and RMI’s operational departments 
  • Additional responsibilities, as required. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent combination of education and experience 
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible administrative, operations, project management or related experience 
  • Experience at nonprofit organizations  
  • Experience in fundraising and/or proposal development  
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software skills 
  • Proven organization skills and flexibility when it comes to balancing priorities 
  • Attention to detail and exceptional accuracy  

Additional Qualifications: 

  • Experience working with senior staff in various organizations  
  • Experience with Salesforce 
  • Interest in philanthropy, climate, and energy  
  • Proactive attitude and the ability to anticipate need 
  • Excellent and intuitive writing and editing skills 
  • Strong team and interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently 
  • Ability to manage stakeholder relationships 
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills 
  • Demonstrable problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to effectively multitask 
  • Good judgment and strong decision-making ability 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Proficient in Microsoft, SharePoint, and Salesforce 


This position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is expected that this role be located at one of our U.S. office locations, with a strong preference for Colorado (Basalt or Boulder). 


The salary range for this position is $60,500 - $81,500, with the target being about $60,500- $71,500. This is dependent on experience that will be discussed and vetted throughout the interview process. This position has an additional 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, 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 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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