Senior Associate - Executive Research Projects

Do you love solving challenging problems, thinking in numbers and working with high level executives? 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!  

Application Deadline: April 22nd, 2021

Position Overview  

RMI is seeking an exceptional candidate to fill a Senior Associate position within the Strategic Analysis & Engagement (SAE) group, with a particular focus on supporting research projects for members of RMI’s executive team.

The SAE group’s mission is to catalyze and coordinate cutting-edge thought leadership activities at the edges and intersections of RMI programs. We apply systems-thinking approaches to the interlocking behavioral, technoeconomic, and institutional factors that influence the pace and direction of the energy transition and help the Institute develop a central view on pathways to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C.    

This role would have a particular focus on supporting research projects for members of RMI’s executive team. These projects will often be confidential and require rapid research and response. Deliverables may include summaries of key emerging topics in the energy industry, spreadsheets providing technical or financial analysis, presentation decks for high-level stakeholders, proposals for emerging project opportunities, or well-researched and detailed talking points for conferences and facilitated dialogue.

This is a new role at RMI, and could evolve into the foundation of a larger “research unit” supporting RMI’s whole portfolio.

 Core Responsibilities   

  • Respond to requests for research support from executive leadership in a thoughtful and rapid manner
  • Synthesize recommendations into clear and compelling presentations, written reports, or other deliverables, and present quantitative information in a clear, visual format  
  • Work with internal and external teams to develop rigorous and critical analysis that helps envision a rapid transition to a clean energy future   
  • Develop and execute creative and rigorous problem-solving approaches to drive project insight  

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduate degree and 4+ years of relevant experience in an applicable field such as economics, engineering, business, public policy, environmental management, library science, etc. 
  • Specific experience conducting analyst-level research in the energy and climate space
  • Demonstrated technical understanding of topics such as renewable energy, building energy efficiency, sustainable transportation systems, urban planning, industry engagement, system dynamics, energy system planning and modeling 
  • Strong self-direction and ability to balance competing requests and priorities
  • Strong quantitative and problem-solving skills, including the ability break down complex issues in a straightforward, logical manner and turn information into insight 

Additional Qualifications: 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills  
  • Intellectual curiosity, flexible mindset, and a willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines and work through ambiguity 
  • Ability to listen actively, be diplomatic, and work with diverse and fluid teams   


This position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is expected that candidates will live near one of RMI’s U.S. locations.  


The starting Senior Associate level salary is $76,500-$85,000, with a 5% bonus target. The role and salary will be based on experience and qualifications that will be vetted through the interview process.      


We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:    

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance    
  • 403b Retirement Options (5% match immediately)
  • Parental leave
  • Learning & development opportunities 
  • Generous paid time off
  • Life, AD&D, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability    
  • 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, marital status, socioeconomic class, educational attainment or other social identities—is critical to the success of each RMIer and collectively as an organization, ensuring 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 systems to secure a clean, prosperous, and zero-carbon future for all. 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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