Strategic Communications Manager - Africa, Islands & Southeast Asia

Are you a creative thinker with an intense drive for results and impact? Do you have a keen ability to grasp and synthesize complex issues? Are you a highly organized and detailed-oriented expert who can bring technical subjects to life for  different audiences? Do you thrive on working in fast-paced environments and simultaneously managing multiple projects and priorities? If yes, then join our growing team!   



 RMI is seeking an experienced Strategic Communications Manager with excellent project management skills to lead marketing and communications strategy and execution for RMI’s Africa, Islands, and Southeast Asia Program. Your passion for RMI’s mission will serve you well in this program that centers on partnering with countries to accelerate their transition to clean, distributed energy. The Africa, Islands, and Southeast Asia program prioritizes tackling the world’s toughest energy challenges and delivers impact to country partners through its theory of change, 1.) Achieve first clean energy projects, 2) Prioritize clean energy portfolios, and 3.) Scale lessons learned and energy leadership.  


You will be a strong team player and manager who works as an integral part of the Africa, Islands, and Southeast Asia team while coordinating and collaborating with multiple other RMI programs, our central Communications & Marketing team, and external partners. As the Strategic Communications Manager, you will use data-driven insights about our audiences and their motivations in order to provide communications and marketing guidance to our sectoral experts, develop and execute strategic in-market campaigns, and coordinate communications efforts across channels with other RMI programs to inform and influence key stakeholders and decision makers.   


RMI communications utilize diverse channels and media. To succeed in this role, you will enjoy developing strategy and executing and directing that work, both individually and through effectively engaging in-house functional experts in editorial, design, traditional and digital media, and web for the benefit of all Africa, Islands, and Southeast Asia Program initiatives. You will also exhibit curiosity about  the market space, and be proficient in tailoring communications to different audiences (more in-depth for sector-specific technical audiences; simplified for non-technical audiences, including government decision makers and donor prospects). 


Key to this role will be the ability to manage multiple relationships and complex projects. Tight project and task management skills are essential. Keeping projects with multiple inputs and stakeholders on a tight timeline, adjusting to unpredicted changes, and communicating frequently and clearly to all parties are frequently needed. Experience juggling conflicting priorities is ideal.   

You will report to the Managing Director for the Africa, Islands & Southeast Asia Program.  

Your Key Roles and Responsibilities:    

  • Lead overall marketing and communications strategy for the Africa, Islands, and Southeast Asia Program, a core ~50+ person program.    
  • Provide guidance to Program leaders to position, frame and delinarratives from an audience-centric perspective  
  • Work with Program leaders to identify high influence stakeholders and the best set of targeted communication campaigns, activities, and products to drive desired impact  
  • Develop, coordinate, and deliver audience-centric marketing plans and communications campaigns for our current program initiatives that leverage diverse channels, including media relations, social/digital, events, direct communications, events, partnerships, and RMI- and partner-owned assets.    
  • Coordinate communications efforts with other RMI programs and manage internal processes to efficiently deliver relevant thought-leadership, stories, and insights to targeted audiences.   
  • Leverage data insights to identify and research target audiences and create messaging strategies and communications campaigns to engage those specific groups.   
  • Work closely to drive, plan, and execute all marketing and communications campaigns with any contracted and/or involved external partners.    
  • Proactively leverage news-making moments, milestones, outcomes, and impacts to drive awareness and interest in the program with target audiences, influencers, donors, policymakers, and decision makers.    
  • Develop in-depth understanding of audience(s) and familiarity of technical content for owned impact areas.    
  • Collaborate with and leverage in-house communications capabilities (i.e., editorial, design, web, traditional and social media) and third-party agencies.    
  • Seek out, develop, and manage strategic communications partnerships with like-minded NGOs, influencers, and/or advocacy groups in the target market.    
  • Develop and report against metrics of success and track activities against outcomes and impact    
  • Partner with RMI’s Development team on funding proposals and on robust fundraising materials    
  • Direct and guide RMI technical experts into the right conversations (media, social, other) that are shaping target audience sentiment.    
  • Steward program brand across all communication channels and opportunities.    
  • Manage other responsibilities as assigned, including 1-2 junior communications staff. 

Minimum Qualifications   

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications, marketing, or related field and/or appropriate combination of education and significant experience.    
  • 5+ years’ experience in marketing and communications disciplines, with clear experience in developing strategies and leading successful global communications campaigns. 

Preferred Qualifications    

  • Experience working on sustainability, climate, or energy issues.  
  • Strong knowledge and experience related to working internationally, or with governments, multinationals, or donors. 
  • Interest in climate change, climate policy and action, or the broader energy transition.   
  • Experience marketing to diverse channels, including communities of color.  
  • Executed or performed work in one of our target regions. 
  • Ability to communicate to a diverse, international audience and employ appropriate, culturally aware tactics for engagement.  
  • Proven career and successful track record of strategic marketing and communications efforts. 
  • Relevant Graduate Degree.  



This position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is highly preferred that this role be located in Boulder, CO or Washington D.C.. This will be discussed further throughout the interview process.     



The salary range for this position is $76,500-$103,500, with the target being about $85,000-$90,000. This is dependent on 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)    
  • Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability    
  • Professional and personal development (including LinkedIn Learning access)       
  • Generous paid time off      
  • Parental leave     
  • 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, 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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