Associate - Climate Intelligence Program
Are you passionate about technology’s role in the energy transition? Do you love to solve challenging problems, thinking in numbers, and working in groups? Do you also have the self-motivation, curiosity, creativity, and ability to persuade others toward meaningful results? If yes, then join our growing Climate Intelligence team!
RMI is leading the Energy Transition by creating market and technological solutions to impact Climate Change. RMI is seeking Associates to support a variety of initiatives its Climate Intelligence Program. RMI staff bring a variety of skillsets, and we welcome candidates with diverse educational and work backgrounds.
RMI’s Climate Intelligence Program focuses on curating emissions and climate data while also translating this data into actionable insights and tools for those best positioned to reduce emissions. We collaborate with a global network of businesses, financial institutions, and policymakers to deliver data and insights that are accurate, actionable, and real-time, ultimately enabling emissions reductions in some of the largest industrial sectors. Our work focuses not only on quantifying the risks of climate inaction, but also on identifying emerging opportunities to reduce emissions.
As part of the Climate Intelligence Program, the Supply Chain Emissions initiative seeks to demystify carbon accounting practices and to develop insights that drive decarbonization. We are hiring for two Associates to support the Crypto Climate Accord (CCA) and COMET initiatives within the broader program.
In recognition that accurately tracking global supply chain emissions is necessary to reflect their increasingly financially material nature, the Supply Chain Emissions initiative has launched an effort to develop a “digitally native” carbon accounting solution for the cryptocurrency industry, by partnering with the Energy Web Foundation to serve the Crypto Climate Accord (CCA), a private sector–led initiative committed to making the cryptocurrency industry 100 percent renewable. Once this solution is in place, its digital architecture will be transposed into physical commodities, to stimulate emissions reductions in the largest global industrial sectors: steel and other metals, cement, oil & gas and derivatives, and ultimately the entire economy.
The Supply Chains initiative has launched COMET, the Coalition on Materials Emissions Transparency, to create a harmonized carbon accounting framework, making emissions data more comparable, reliable, and actionable. COMET is a collaboration with the Columbia University Center on Sustainable Investment, and the Payne Institute for Public Policy at Colorado School of Mines. For more information, please visit cometframework.org.
As an RMI Associate, you are a creative problem solver who uses methodical and quantitative abilities to conduct compelling research and assessment around vital energy issues.
Your role in the CCA team will range from contributing to the creation of a carbon accounting methodology for the cryptocurrency industry, all the way to conceiving, facilitating and setting up use-cases for the ‘green crypto hashrate’ toolkit that can be used to decarbonize the crypto industry. The accounting standard will address both the direct emissions at the point of mining, as well as the scope 3 emissions (and therefore accountability) of currency holders. In the day-to-day, this will take the form of deep research into existing accounting methods, as well as supporting the creation of sector-specific solutions for supply chain traceability that will use the digital architecture, initially built for cryptocurrency, to bring the same approach into physical supply chains.
Your role in the COMET team will range from contributing to the creation of harmonization guidance on carbon accounting, all the way to conceiving, facilitating and setting up use-cases for the visualization and attribution of carbon emissions. In the day-to-day, this will take the form of deep research into existing accounting methods, as well as supporting the creation of big data solutions for supply chain traceability.
Your key job responsibilities as an Associate primarily include:
- Provide quantitative analysis, modeling, and support to our projects.
- Locate and manage high quality data that sheds new light on problems and solutions.
- Create innovative problem-solving approaches to drive project insight.
- 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.
- Undergrad degree and 2+ years of professional experience
- Familiarity with energy, climate science, and the supply chains of one or more sectors including metals (steel, copper, aluminum), plastics, cement, and/or agriculture/land use.
- Familiarity with the basics of carbon accounting, and the ecosystem of national, corporate and product level emissions reporting.
- Ability to conduct detail-oriented work examining complex flows of information.
- Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines and take risks by exploring and testing new ideas.
- An interest in decentralized and privacy technology and Web3.
- Prior experience in consulting, project management, or other related fields.
- Ability to stick with a problem through resolution but also knowing when to ask for help.
- Ability to listen actively, be diplomatic, and share knowledge and information well.
- Experience working among diverse groups with varying perspectives and/or facilitating nuanced conversations.
- Demonstrated initiative and accomplishment in previous work.
These positions will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is expected that these roles be based at one of our office locations in the United States. This will be discussed further throughout the interview process.
The salary range for the Associate level is $68,000 - $76,500. Salary is based upon experience that will be vetted throughout the interview process. This opportunity also has 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
- Commuter and wellness benefits
- Casual work environment
Increasing the diversity of thought, perspectives, and ideas 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 RMI staff 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.
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.