Head of Communications Operations

Washington, DC

RMI’s newly imagined marketing and communications team – known inside the institute as the Influence Team – is looking for an operations lead who can connect all the dots between creative, earned media, social, marketing and editorial to ensure that our stories remain intact and achieve maximum impact as we bring them to life across multiple channels, in multiple ways, for multiple audiences.

As the Head of Communications Operations, you implement strategy and vision for the team, develop and tweak processes and work flows to seamlessly deliver top-quality communications and marketing products across our various programs. You will manage a team of four project managers/integrated producers that will serve the communications and marketing team, and report directly to the Managing Director, Communications and Marketing.

Additionally, you will be the steward of the overarching editorial calendar for the Influence Team, play a role in the team’s biggest events and campaigns, and serve as a mentor to more staff on how best to deliver on strategy. You will provide strategic counsel on communications tactics capable of mobilizing the rapid action, systemic change, and economy-wide transformation needed to combat the climate crisis. You will also help oversee the overall budget of the Influence Team, including outside agencies and various digital tools, as well as accurately pricing and billing communications and marketing into restricted funding proposals.


  • Act as team leader on assigned projects, collaborate cross functionally, and is responsible for guiding the team through all stages of a multi-channel content production process
  • Help set strategic direction and implement communications and marketing approaches aimed at advancing RMI’s mission and vision, including earned media, social, creative and editorial,
  • Lead a team of project managers/production experts aligned with communications/marketing functions
  • Review restricted grants proposals to ensure communications and marketing is adequately scoped
  • Partner with Accounts lead and cross functional budgeting team in defining project scopes of work, budget estimates, and strategic planning including resourcing
  • Generate and manage project timelines, including coordinating key milestones
  • Initiate and lead all appropriate project meetings, and assist in preparing presentation materials as needed
  • Organize the concepting of ideas, development, and execution
  • Influence the efficiency and quality of work
  • Monitor and enforce project constraints (schedule/scope/resources), while keeping the team on track and motivated
  • Own project management/workflow system data entry, reporting, and actualization of project budget
  • Monitor out of scope requests and initiate additional estimates and client approvals
  • Prepare vendor bid packages as needed, generating estimates and securing client approvals on estimates and overages
  • Partner with production lead Producer to generate effective pre-production books
  • Provide content production oversight (video, photo, multimedia) along with production team lead for all stages of content development from creative concepting, planning, pre-pro, production and post production
  • Manage vendors and talent on relevant projects, monitoring actual vs. budgeted costs
  • In collaboration with rest of production team, hire, contract, and onboard creative freelance talent from staffing agencies or independents
  • Anticipate and flag project issues/risks and clearly communicate possible solutions


  • 5-7 years experience as a producer in a creative agency or production environment (digital, social, production, broadcast, post, experiential)
  • Background in marketing, advertising, digital or broadcast production
  • Demonstrable experience managing integrated creative and interactive initiatives (particularly web/mobile/video/graphic design development) with budgets up to $1MM+
  • Possess a refined project management aptitude, and instinct for leadership
  • Self motivated and willing to expand knowledge
  • Experience in generating budgets, staffing plans, and complex timelines
  • Proficiency in project management tools
  • Solution oriented independent worker with a positive “can-do” attitude
  • Ability to quickly react and adapt to changing environments
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Reliable, and can establish trust
  • Organized and enthusiastic about process improvement
  • Familiar with climate and energy topics and committed to scaling market-based solutions

Preferred Qualifications:

Agency experience


You will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, you will be expected to be located at one of our offices in New York City, Washington D.C., Oakland, CA, Boulder, CO, or Basalt, CO. This will be discussed further throughout the interview process.


The salary range is $121,000- $163,000, with the target being $121,000-$130,000. This is dependent on experience that will be discussed and vetted throughout the interview process. You have an additional 20% 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 develop 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-er 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 develop 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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