Manager – Equitable Building Decarbonization

Are you a seasoned people leader with experience in building a just and equitable clean energy transition? Do you enjoy plunging into unfamiliar disciplines and testing new ideas? Are you a collaborative and strong team player who can also be a respected change agent from within? Do you have a passion for RMI’s mission? If yes, then join our growing Carbon-Free Buildings team!   

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is seeking a leader for equity and engagement work on the Carbon-Free Buildings team. In this role, you will advance equitable solutions for carbon-free, healthy buildings that benefit all communities, renters, and homeowners, and enhance engagement with local and national organizations focused on equity and justice. You will leverage your existing experience working with environmental justice, frontline, and low income and/or BIPOC-led community groups.

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 works through policy advocacy, research, technical analysis, communication, and collaboration to achieve its goals.  RMI is also seeking to share power with traditionally marginalized people in a just, inclusive and meaningful way, working with them to address systemic injustice, inequity and oppression. 

Application Deadline: March 3rd, 2021

Key Responsibilities

Develop and lead strategies and external partnerships that focus on equity in building decarbonization 

  • Identify key partners and develop best practices for partner outreach with environmental justice, frontline, and low income and/or BIPOC-led community groups to support or expand local engagement on building decarbonization.
  • Collaborate with key partners to define policy solutions that build equity and social justice alongside our decarbonization goals.[1]
  • Advise other team members in implementing these best practices across our work.
  • Support an existing national equity working group focused on building electrification, alongside partners.
  • Participate alongside other RMI leaders in engagement with local groups advancing environmental justice, energy affordability, affordable housing, renters’ rights, air quality and health, climate, workforce development, and related work.

Directly support equitable building decarbonization campaigns in multiple U.S. states  

  • Collaborate with RMI’s regional managers to provide focused support to each region in developing and executing an equity-centered strategy to building decarbonization.
  • Co-lead coalition-building in this region  

Represent RMI as a thought leader and change agent 

  • Act as the lead relationship manager with project partners and stakeholders.  
  • Regularly contribute to external interviews, videos, and publications to share project insights.
  • Work with our development team to raise resources and determine equitable allocation of existing and new resources.
  • Determine how results will be measured and be accountable for project results, rigorously and respectfully challenging findings from RMI teams and partners.
  • Develop external communications materials as needed to support the team’s equity-focused strategies, including products such as blogs, op eds, talking points, slide decks, and public speaking engagements.  

Minimum Qualifications

  • 6+ years of professional work experience 
  • Experience with or familiarity with the clean energy transition and climate change 
  • Experience with issues such as public policy, community engagement, environmental justice, and/or equitable coalition building 
  • Experience developing and managing external relationships  
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to travel 10-20% (once public health conditions allow)  

Desired Qualifications

  • Relevant experiences related to energy, environmental, economic and social justice issues
  • Experience working with environmental justice, frontline, and low income and/or BIPOC-led community groups.
  • Experience developing and executing policy approaches and solutions
  • Fluent in a language other than English



The position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is preferred 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 the 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 10% bonus target.  


We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:  

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


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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