Electricity Manager - Data Science and Analytics

Are you an experienced people leader with intense curiosity and drive? Are you willing to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas? Do you have the exceptional ability to structure and oversee analytic and strategic problem solving?  If yes, then join our growing team!   

Program Overview: 

RMI’s Electricity Program supports the rapid transition to a low-carbon electricity system that can power a prosperous, secure, and equitable U.S. economy. We work closely with utilities, regulators, businesses, advocates, and customers to evolve grid institutions, policies, regulations and processes in support of the transition to a clean energy future. We employ a unique combination of research, consulting, and collaboration to support individuals and organizations to innovate and implement transformative energy solutions. 

Position Overview: 

Our Managers are creative project leaders who guide and manage team members to craft visionary yet practical solutions for our industry partners and research. Managers are RMI’s primary project managers and work closely with and under the direction of RMI’s Principals and Managing Directors to design and execute projects. RMI expects its managers to: 

  • Act sometimes as individual contributors but more often be responsible for managing and guiding more junior staff, particularly Associates and Sr. Associates. 
  • Have responsibility for managing projects and/or significant portions of initiatives.  
  • Work with Principals and Managing Directors to provide mentorship, professional development, and project reviews of more junior staff. 
  • Contribute to strategy-level conversations about initiatives and RMI. 
  • Have unique expertise in one area and be conversant in one or more additional areas.  
  • Represent RMI externally at mid-level technical events and to small to mid-sized groups. 
  • Participate in business development.

Core Responsibilities: 

Strategic: 

  • With senior guidance, shape data-driven projects from inception to implementation: determine change models, research methods, timelines, resource plans, communications plans, and stakeholder engagement. 
  • Utilize a variety of project management techniques, including agile methodologies, to ensure the high quality and timely execution of project deliverables 
  • Lead the quality control of data-driven RMI projects from data collection to data and insight presentation/publication 
  • Coach and motivate project team members and resolve any issues throughout project life cycle, including writing performance reviews for junior staff 
  • Act as the lead relationship manager with project partners and stakeholders, both internal and external, and use stakeholder input to prioritize project deliverables and modify timelines 
  • Lead and contribute to data-driven efforts and publications; in particular, identify trends and communicate relevant insights in a clear and compelling manner  
  • Oversee teams that number between 2 to 25 contributors (internal and external) 
  • Work hand-in-hand with RMI communications team 
  • Work hand-in-hand with our development team to develop funding strategies 

Technical: 

  • Develop new metrics and analyses using existing and new data sources; data will be focused on the power sector and will include (but is not limited to) financial, operational, policy, regulatory, emission, customer and community related data. This could be data pertaining to regulated utilities, restructured utilities, power markets, gas distribution utilities, and others. 
  • Develop strategies to collect data efficiently and at scale from a wide variety of data sources (public company websites, FTP sites, APIs, subscription-based data providers, and others) and in a range of data formats (CSVs, Excel files, PDFs, SQLite and others)  
  • Develop methods to process disparate data sources that follow differing reporting standards to produce datasets that are self-consistent  
  • Lead the development of data infrastructure that systematizes and vertically integrates data collection, processing, assimilation and presentation into an efficient and scalable process 
  • Develop methods for systematic and robust quality control of all data  
  • Work with team to identify trends and synthesize insights driven by trends in the data; produce insights and recommendations in an understandable and accessible manner 
  • Provide guidance and coaching on data collection, processing and analyses produced by junior staff members 
  • Lead the engagement with key policymakers and other decision-makers to communicate insights and influence the transition into clean energy 

 

Qualifications: 

Minimum  

  • An advanced degree (or equivalent training and experience) in an applicable field such as engineering (electrical, energy), business (finance, strategic consulting), law (regulatory, environmental), or computer science, mathematics, physical and social sciences, and a strong track record of excellent data science work  
  • At least 6+ years of cumulative work experience, and excellent work references 
  • Excellent time management, organization, entrepreneurship, and drive 

 

Technical 

  • Excellent Python skills for data science (Pandas, NumPy, Scikit-Learn etc.) or excellent skills in other data science programming languages (e.g., R) and a willingness to quickly translate those skills to Python 
  • Deep experience in building data infrastructure that systematizes and vertically integrates data processing from beginning to end 
  • Experience in managing large data-driven projects, including familiarity with agile management methodologies  
  • Familiarity with electricity industry, including understanding of key trends and stakeholder landscape, as well as a familiarity with key data sources and services 
  • Ability to oversee, direct and support, and provide quality control for data and analytical work  

 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience using cloud-based tools for data storage and processing (Azure, AWS, Google Cloud, etc.)  
  • Familiarity with financial modeling (income statements, balance sheets, corporate cash flows) and accounting concepts 
  • Familiarity with energy systems modeling concepts (capacity expansion modeling, grid flow modeling, energy and resource planning) 
  • Familiarity with economic, technical, political, and communications issues specific to the electricity sector and fossil generation 
  • Existing network within energy space, especially with data and modeling firms in the industry 

Location:  

This position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Location is negotiable but must support the business needs of RMI’s Carbon-Free Electricity Program. RMI has offices in Oakland, CA, Washington, D.C., New York City, Boulder, and Basalt, CO and would welcome the successful candidate to relocate to one of these locations. Location will be discussed as part of the interview process. 

Compensation:  

The salary range for this position is $86,000 - $116,000, with the target range being $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.  

Benefits:  

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:  

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

RMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer  

Diversity       

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, zero-carbon future for all.     

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

RMI is an independent nonprofit founded in 1982 that transforms global energy systems through market-driven solutions to align with a 1.5°C future and secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all. We work in the world’s most critical geographies and engage businesses, policymakers, communities, and NGOs to identify and scale energy system interventions that will cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 50 percent by 2030. RMI has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, California; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.


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