Associate - Carbon Free Mobility

Are you passionate about solving problems for real impact? Do you share our mission to drive the electrification of transportation and ensure that charging infrastructure is ubiquitous? Are you eager to jump in and solve the issues that are impeding this transition?  Do others consider you “extra” ordinary? If yes, then join our growing team! 

 Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is seeking an Associate (RMI’s junior level research and collaboration role) to join our Carbon Free Mobility team. RMIers bring a variety of skillsets, and we welcome candidates with diverse educational and work backgrounds. 

Application Deadline: August 9th, 2021 

Program Overview

Transportation is the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and the source of 24% of global emissions. To achieve emissions reductions in line with Paris Climate Accord goals, transformative change is required in the mobility sector over the next 10 years. To do this, we focus on vehicle electrification, charging infrastructure, and more energy efficient modes of transportation. We work with government, utilities, regulators, vehicle fleet operators, manufacturers, infrastructure providers, and others to improve the economics, availability, and desirability of clean mobility. We seek out innovative early adopters who are willing to experiment with and ultimately implement transformative solutions.  

  

Position Overview:

As an Associate, you are a creative problem solver who uses your quantitative, technical and analytical abilities to conduct compelling research and stakeholder engagement around transportation electrification strategies and approaches. You will collaborate with team members to craft visionary yet practical solutions for our research questions and clients.   

 Key job responsibilities  

The key job responsibilities of this position include: 

  • Team with colleagues to shape and deliver consulting and philanthropy-guided projects in the areas of mobility transformation, electrification and digitization 
  • Locate and manage high-quality data that allow us to shed new light on problems and solutions 
  • With senior support, execute creative problem-solving approaches to drive project insight 
  • Synthesize ideas into clear and compelling presentations and written reports. 
  • Analyze and present quantitative information in a clear, visual format. 
  • Engage and build relationships with external information sources via phone interviews, conferences, and workshops. 
  • Maintain high level of curiosity and motivation about modern mobility challenges around the world (people and goods movement) 

 

Required Qualifications     

Technical:

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant field (e.g. Engineering, Business, Economics, Sciences, Math, Statistics) with a strong GPA relative to your institution 
  • RMI-relevant (i.e. sustainability or renewables or energy system-related) project experience beyond coursework, within or outside of the academic setting 
  • Robust quantitative analysis capability - with proficiency in excel 
  • Coursework or other experience leading to a strong understanding of modern electricity and transportation energy systems 

General: 

  • Ability to be self-motivated and work independently. 
  • Ability to listen actively, be diplomatic, and share knowledge and information well. 
  • Ability to communicate your ideas clearly in both written and verbal form 
  • Ability to work in a highly verbal, real time environment (like workshops) with comfort 
  • Previous experience or deep interest in the nonprofit world 
  • Ability to think big and small: to understand and link market development and social change context with the specific day-to-day realities of mobility and RMI’s project portfolio 
  • Interest in sustainability and energy with a proven ability to learn fast and create new insights 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Master’s degree in an applicable field such as economics, science, engineering or business, at least one degree with significant analysis and data management components 
  • Able to interpret results of sophisticated modeling approaches (e.g. statistical models, discrete optimizations) implemented in non-Excel (e.g. Python, R, Matlab) frameworks and quality control inputs and outputs of those models. The ability to develop those models is a bonus. 

 Location

The position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is expected that this role will be based out of one of our offices in Boulder, or Basalt, Colorado, Oakland, CA, Washington, D.C., or New York City. This will be discussed further throughout the interview process.  

Compensation

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

Benefits

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:  

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance  
  • 403b Retirement Options (5% match immediately)  
  • Generous PTO  
  • Learning & Development opportunities  
  • Parental leave  
  • Life, AD&D, Short Term and Long-Term Disability  
  • Commuter and Wellness Benefits  

RMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer  

Diversity       

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 for all.     

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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