Chief People Officer

RMI is a non-profit organization committed to transforming global energy use to secure a clean, prosperous net-zero future for all.  Our organization applies rigorous techno-economic research, whole-systems expertise, and entrepreneurial approaches to help markets take advantage of breakthrough energy innovations. We embed deeply in industries to find pain points, and—with influential partners—develop, test and refine innovative business models and solutions. Working together with business, philanthropists, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs, we then seek to remove market barriers and scale the deployment of low-carbon energy.

Position Overview

We are seeking a Chief People Officer to join our executive team. If you’re passionate about leading the HR function for an organization that will transform the global energy system to achieve a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all, join us!

As the Chief People Officer (CPO), you will be responsible for developing and executing a global people strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of our organization specifically in the areas of culture and employee experience, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, learning and development, total rewards, and compliance. You will provide strategic direction by articulating the People needs and plans to the executive team and the board of trustees. You will also be expected to provide creative and insightful solutions to critical people issues and advise other members of the executive team accordingly.


You will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer and the entire RMI senior leadership team to develop, enhance, and implement global talent strategies, tools and best practices that will facilitate the achievement of RMI’s mission. You will also head up a strong human resources function and service professional growth of each team member. You will therefore:

  • Oversee the implementation of RMI’s Talent Strategy, which is focused on attracting, developing, inspiring, and retaining great, diverse talent to achieve our organization's critical mission.
  • Have a global view of human resources and talent management will be a change agent who will foster collaboration among teams and individuals who make up our organization.
  • Be a bold and decisive leader with a strong sense of mission. Demonstrate the ability to influence key business decisions in service of RMI’s culture, employee experience and desired impacts and outcomes in the world.
  • Ensure that RMI employees continue to learn and develop. Implement a Learning Management System. Investigate a Job Rotation Program. Implement succession planning. Implement a Leadership Performance System.
  • Maximize RMI’s successful internship program, which is expected to grow from 38 to ~50 students.
  • Plan, develop, direct, and evaluate the People function and performance in support of the overall operation and effectiveness our organization.
  • Consult with senior leadership to ensure RMI’s talent acquisition and retention strategies and plans are prioritized, understood, and effectively resourced.
  • Establish organizational health and well-being criteria and metrics that hold people leaders accountable for employee engagement, business continuity (i.e., succession planning), and Diversity/Equity/Inclusion efforts globally.
  • In partnership with internal and external legal counsel, manage compliance efforts with all employment laws and regulations that govern each RMI entity globally, relating to all aspects of the employment life cycle. Maintain current knowledge of industry trends and employment legislation to ensure regulatory compliance. Identify trends that could impact our organization objectives (i.e., immigration).
  • Spearhead the Crisis Management Team for RMI. Ensure the safety and health of all employees globally is centrally managed and accounted for (includes travel safety).
  • Maintain an effective level of business literacy including RMI’s goals, mission, financial position, strategy, competition, technology, and culture.
  • Ensure that our organization's values and employer brand are reflected in people-oriented outcomes.
  • Ensure that RMI has the optimal HRIS, as a tool to maximize the use of employee data and information.


  • Minimum 15 years of progressive human resources management/executive experience including serving as a key advisor to senior leadership and a comprehensive understanding of a global, multi-faceted HR agenda. Strong preference for deep experience in talent management, culture, and learning and development.
  • Progressive authority with working in a hybrid work model: highly dispersed talent across the globe: preserving key cultural aspects while recognizing the benefits of a non-restrictive, location-specific talent requirement.
  • Previous HR senior management responsibility in a complex, multi-national organization known for progressive people practices and a cutting-edge talent strategy.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to effect, influence, and manage change throughout our organization.
  • Proven ability to develop constructive partnerships and collaboration among diverse constituencies and ability to facilitate effective communication throughout our organization.
  • International experience and a solid knowledge of business and organizational cultures across the globe.
  • Proven track record of both thought and change management within an organization, specific to the People function at large.
  • Ability to manage and coach at executive level and beyond. This includes developing a coaching and real-time feedback ethos throughout an organization.
  • Strong analytical and interpretation skills involving complex data, as well as presenting findings at the board level.


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


The salary range for this position is $215,000-$275,000, with the target being $250,000. Compensation is dependent on experience and will be discussed/vetted throughout the interview process. This role has an additional 25% 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, marital status, socioeconomic class, educational attainment or other social identities—is critical to the success of each RMIer and collectively as an organization, ensuring 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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