Associate / Senior Associate - India Program

Do you love solving challenging problems, writing and research, and working in groups? 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!

RMI is seeking experienced Associates and Senior Associates (entry and mid-level research and collaboration positions) to support the India Program.

RMIers bring a variety of skillsets, and we welcome candidates with diverse educational and work backgrounds. We will carefully review each application to determine the appropriate starting position level (Associate or Senior Associate), and this will be communicated during the interview process.

Application Deadline and Timeline:

Please submit all application materials by March 12th, 2020. We encourage you to apply as soon as you are able! 

Position Overview:

As an Associate or Senior Associate, you are a creative problem solver who uses your quantitative, technical and analytical abilities to conduct compelling research and assessment around vital energy issues. You will collaborate with team members to craft visionary yet practical solutions for our research questions and clients. We expect self-motivation, curiosity, creativity, the ability to drive oneself and others toward meaningful results, a passion for the clean energy transition, and interest in international work.

As an RMI Associate, you will be an independent contributor and work closely with colleagues on projects under the direction of more senior staff. You will develop expertise in the content area of your specific program within RMI and can provide support internal to RMI on that topic.

Your key job responsibilities as an Associate primarily include:

  •  Provide core research, quantitative analysis, and support to our projects.
  • Design and create innovative problem-solving approaches and quantitative models to effectively address key questions and challenges posed by our research goals and clients.
  • Synthesize recommendations into clear and compelling presentations and written reports.
  • Present quantitative information in a clear, visual format.
  • Engage with external experts via phone interviews, conferences, and on occasion, respond to outreach requests.

Your key responsibilities as a Senior Associate include the above, and:

  • Structure and guide the work of more junior team members.
  • Structure and lead quantitative analysis that lead to recommendations for technical reports, policy briefs, and client presentations
  • Engage with external experts and stakeholders through conference presentations, topical expertise for media requests, outreach to RMI donors, and direct collaboration on RMI research.
  • Structure and guide the work of more junior team members.
  • Design and deliver workshops, meetings, and events for RMI clients and stakeholders.

Program Overview

Since 2016, RMI has been working with the public and private sectors to build confidence and further commitment towards India’s clean energy and mobility targets. RMI has become a recognized brand and thought leader in integrated clean energy and mobility solutions in India. Our ongoing work includes national level policy support and technical assistance and deployment of regional pilots and implementation projects. Senior-level partnerships with government, private sector, and civil society organizations compliment and leverage RMI’s impact.

Minimum Qualifications for Associates:

  • A graduate degree or equivalent experience (2–4 years) in an applicable field such as engineering, busines, economics, computer science, mathematics, architecture, physical and social sciences.
  • Excellent work references.
  • Strong quantitative and problem-solving skills, including the ability break down complex issues in a straightforward, logical manner.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Personal qualities: intellectual curiosity, flexible mindset, and a passion for impact and environmental sustainability.

Minimum Qualifications for Senior Associates include all of the above, as well as:

  • Graduate degree and/or 4+ years of relevant experience in an applicable field such as finance, economics, engineering, sustainability, local government, urban planning, or public policy; excellent work references
  • Demonstrated understanding of technical topics in energy (e.g., renewable energy, energy efficiency) and mobility systems (e.g., urban planning, vehicle electrification, multi-modal transportation, fleet logistics) · Strong quantitative and problem-solving skills, including the ability break down complex issues in a straightforward, logical manner
  • Experience structuring and leading quantitative analysis that leads to recommendations for technical reports, policy briefs, and client presentations
  • Experience facilitating client meetings and multistakeholder convenings

Additional Qualifications:

  • Interest in India and international development work.
  • Familiarity and/or interest in electric mobility and energy systems.
  • Comfort working in both collaborative team settings as well as independently managing multiple projects and priorities simultaneously.
  • Willingness to plunge into new areas of work and to learn new subject matter.
  • A self-starter who is analytical, inquisitive, and results oriented.
  • Experience working among diverse groups with varying perspectives and/or facilitating challenging conversations; experience designing effective meetings.
  • Demonstrated initiative and accomplishment in previous work.


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


The starting Associate level salary range is $68,000 - $75,000, and the starting Senior Associate salary range is $76,500 - $85,000. Salary is dependent on experience that will be discussed and vetted throughout the interview process. Both levels 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
  • 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 RMI We urgently need to find transformative energy solutions that keep temperature increases below 1.5°C and avert the worst impacts of climate change. RMI’s whole-systems, global energy perspective ensures that we can identify key tipping points ripe for intervention and accelerate the application of market forces needed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2030. By collaborating with businesses, policymakers, and other stakeholders in critical geographies including China, India, the United States, key cities and developing economies on zero-carbon solutions, we are driving change on the massive scale needed to combat the climate crisis.

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