Principal - Building Electrification, Carbon Free Buildings Program

Are you a seasoned people leader with experience driving an 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! 

 Program Overview:    

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 team leads efforts focused on electrification policy advocacy, research, technical analysis, communication, and stakeholder convening and facilitation. 

Position Overview 

RMI is seeking an exceptional principal to co-lead its Building Electrification Initiative. In this role you will direct a significant portfolio of policy advocacy, analysis, and stakeholder engagement work. You will also be responsible for managing a team of 10-15 staff, with 4-6 direct reports, to deliver initiative outcomes. You will represent RMI externally with government and industry stakeholders. You will seek ways to build an equitable clean energy transition that matches the urgency of addressing climate change with the critical need to address systemic injustice. And you will help set the strategic direction for an initiative with an annual budget over $3M.   


Application Deadline: April 23rd, 2021


Key Responsibilities 

  • Support the development and execution of the Building Electrification strategy 
  • Provide direct management of 4-6 team members 
  • Lead the team in scoping and executing thought leadership and research 
  • Build and maintain partnerships and collaborate with other organizations to achieve shared goals 
  • Structure and deliver compelling presentations and written products to bring new insights to our target audiences 
  • Communicate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders across government, business, and non-profit organizations 
  • Represent RMI in public venues and interviews 
  • Conduct fundraising activities to support the team’s work

Minimum Qualifications 

  • An undergraduate degree  
  • 10+ years of additional relevant experience in an applicable field such as advocacy, business, law, buildings design or engineering, or others relevant to our work. 
  • 3+ years as a team manager 
  • Experience leading high performing teams in a project-based work environment 
  • Experience with the clean energy transition, climate change, environmental justice, or related topics 
  • Demonstrated success in building collaborative relationships or coalitions to achieve shared objectives  

Additional Qualifications 

  • Ability to travel 10-20% (once public health conditions allow)   
  • Excellent work references 
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills 

 Preferred Qualifications 

  • A graduate degree 
  • Experience working with environmental advocacy groups, community based organizations, utilities, government policymakers, and/or the buildings industry 
  • Experience managing junior team members including providing coaching and mentorship, and managing performance reviews 
  • Knowledge of the social, economic, technical, and political issues specific to decarbonizing the U.S. building stock 
  • Experience managing complex and diverse groups, paired with the ability to lead and navigate challenging conversations 


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 $121,000 - $163,000, with the target range being about $125,000-$140,000. This is dependent upon experience that will be discussed and vetted through the interview process. This position also includes an additional 20% 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 RMI     

RMI 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 320 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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