Associate/Senior Associate - Codes for Climate, Carbon-Free Buildings

Do you love solving 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? Do you have a passion for making the world a better place? If yes, then join our growing team!

RMI (formerly Rocky Mountain Institute) is seeking an Associate or Senior Associate to focus on state policy and building codes and standards within the Carbon-Free Buildings team. RMIers bring a variety of skillsets, and we welcome candidates with diverse educational and work backgrounds. We will carefully review each application to determine the appropriate starting position level (Associate or Senior Associate), and this will be communicated during the interview process. 

Program Overview:

RMI’s Carbon-Free Buildings program seeks to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from US buildings by 2050 through market and policy solutions that support a just, equitable transition for all. The team balances research, technical analysis, communication, stakeholder convening and facilitation, and collaboration to achieve its goals.  

Position Overview:

RMI is seeking exceptional candidates to fill an Associate or Senior Associate position within our Codes for Climate initiative, which is seeking to deliver the climate-aligned building codes and performance standards states and cities need to meet their policy goals. This work is focused on immediate and fast-moving efforts to move the industry significantly in the next few years.

As an Associate or Senior Associate, you are a creative problem solver who uses your analytical abilities to conduct compelling research and assessment around vital energy issues. You will collaborate with team members to craft visionary yet practical solutions for our research questions and clients. 

As an RMI Associate, you will be an independent contributor and work closely with colleagues on projects under the direction of more senior staff. You will develop expertise in the content area of your specific program within RMI and will provide subject-matter support on that topic to other RMIers. 

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.

Your key responsibilities as a Senior Associate include the above, and:

  • Structure and guide the work of more junior team members.
  • Design and create approaches to effectively address key questions and challenges posed by our research goals and clients.
  • Contribute publicly at conferences, share expertise in response to media requests, discuss our work with donors, and direct RMI research collaborations. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A graduate degree or equivalent experience in an applicable field such as policy, construction, economics, engineering (mechanical, electrical, civil, energy), business (marketing, finance, international), law, computer science, mathematics, architecture, physical and social sciences, OR undergraduate degree and 2-4 years of cumulative work experience and excellent work references. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with energy, climate, housing, buildings, air quality and/or environmental justice.
  • Experience working with city governments and policy
  • Experience or familiarity with areas such as public policy, policy advocacy, and/or coalition building
  • Experience working among diverse groups with varying perspectives and/or facilitating challenging conversations. 
  • Understanding of basic financial analysis and metrics.
  • Ability to design, create, and run Excel-based models.
  • 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.
  • Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines and take risks by exploring and testing new ideas.
  • Demonstrated initiative and accomplishment in previous work. 


These positions can remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is expected that the successful candidates will live near one of RMI’s U.S. locations; New York, NY; Washington, DC, Boulder, CO; Basalt, CO; or Oakland, CA.  



  • The starting Associate level salary range is $68,000-$75,000 with a 5% bonus target. This is based on experience that will be vetted through the interview process. 
  • The starting Senior Associate level salary is $76,500-$85,000 with a 5% bonus target. This is based on experience 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) 
  • 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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