People Manager - Third Derivative

Tackling the climate crisis is a once-in-a-generation, trillion-dollar economic opportunity, and the world needs a healthy global innovation engine to identify and massively scale new climate technology solutions that will speed up the clean energy transition.

Founded by RMI and New Energy Nexus for this purpose, Third Derivative is a global climate technology startup accelerator aimed at accelerating the rate of climate innovation. Our mission is to construct an inclusive ecosystem that rapidly finds, funds, and scales climate tech innovation globally.  We’ve developed a vertically-integrated startup accelerator model to back this, which unites investors, corporates, market and policy experts, and startups to work together to increase the success and speed to market for climate innovation.

Since our launch in December last year, our ecosystem includes $3.3T market cap of corporate partners, $1B AUM of investor partners (across five continents), and 46 startups reflecting climate innovations solving for all major emissions sectors.

Now, our teams of climate enthusiasts is growing, and we’re seeking an experienced and well-rounded People Manager to join us in our mission.

Position Overview

If you’re passionate about leading the HR function for the most motivated and well-positioned climate tech accelerator out there, join us!

We have serious hiring ambitions for FY22, planning to grow our team by 150%, and we are looking for a driven, highly empathic individual with leadership experience to develop and nurture our team of healthy, thriving high performers.

As the People Manager, you will report to the COO and be responsible for developing and executing a people strategy in support of our organization's overall business plan and strategic direction. This will include recruitment, culture and employee experience, talent management, performance management, and learning and development. You will provide strategic direction by advocating for the needs of our organization's most valuable asset, our people. You will provide creative, and insightful solutions to critical people issues.

Application Deadline: October 15th, 2021


You will work closely with the COO to develop, enhance, and implement talent strategies, tools, and best practices that will facilitate the achievement of D3’s mission. You will own the human resources function and be servicing each team member's individual growth, as well as the collective growth of the D3 team as a whole.

  • Direct the development, implementation, tracking, and assessment of D3’s talent strategy focused on attracting, developing, inspiring, and retaining high-performing, diverse talent to achieve our organization's critical mission.
  • Fully own all recruitment, hiring, and retention planning and execution.
  • Develop and deploy initiatives to develop meaningful employee engagement, mission-aligned, palpable cultural values, and a fierce sense of teamwork and inclusion across our highly distributed company.
  • Develop and track organizational health and well-being criteria and metrics leading to employee engagement, business effectiveness and continuity, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Continuously design and execute the D3 employee onboarding process, ensuring it is up to date and proficient, providing clarity and connection for all employees and roles with the overall vision.
  • Support teams in developing and delivering a strategic HR plan to fit with the overall mission and business direction.
  • In partnership with RMI’s HR Team, maintain current knowledge of industry trends and employment legislation to ensure compliance with employment laws and regulations.
  • Design and implement continuous learning and development programs for all D3 team members, leveraging RMI’s existing programming.
  • Ensure that our organization's values and brand are reflected in people-oriented outcomes.
  • Support a healthy, open, inclusive work culture by hearing and resolving employee grievances and training managers to coach and support teams for maximum effectiveness.
  • Maintain management guidelines by preparing, updating, and recommending human resource policies and collaborate with other Operations team members to enact and enforce the same.
  • Maintain an effective level of business literacy, including D3’s goals, mission, financial position, strategy, competition, technology, and culture.
  • Act as the main point of contact and support for employee changes, including relocation, immigration, leave, and day-to-day support.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years of human resources management, experience, including serving as a key advisor to leadership. Preference for seasoned skills associated with talent recruitment and retention, culture, and learning and development.
  • Passion for finding, hiring, and growing high performers dedicated to a big, dynamic mission
  • Experience working in a remote-first organization of highly dispersed global talent that preserves critical cultural aspects while recognizing and respecting non-restrictive, location-specific talent requirements.
  • Experience setting up internal people policies, systems, and procedures in a fast-growing company
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to affect, influence, and execute both thought and change management within an organization.
  • Robust interpersonal skills in relation to deep empathy, and ability to understand what motivates others; demonstrated talent and passion for practical, inclusive problem solving and conflict resolution.
  • Ability to work independently and proactively in continuously moving environment, and to juggle several projects with a spirit of flexibility and positive outlook; willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done, no matter how big or small
  • Methodical and interpretation skills involving complex data, including structuring and communicating strategies to C-level management
  • Proficient organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize actions
  • Proven ability to provide advice and guidance to managers and staff on any number of confidential HR related matters and to handle these with the utmost discretion
  • Knowledgeable on US employment law matters, employment legislation, and compliance management
  • Experience using Culture Amp performance and engagement tool to collect, analyze, and communicate employee data to teams.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications

  • International experience and a solid knowledge of business organizational cultures across the globe.
  • Seasoned in a non-profit organization
  • Experience working in an early-stage startup environment
  • Climate warrior with a prominent track record of developing or championing climate tech innovation
  • Master’s Degree with a focus on organizational development, sociology, organizational psychology, or the equivalent


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


The salary range for this position i $86,000 - $116,000.  Compensation is dependent on experience and will be discussed/vetted through the interview process. This role has an additional 10% 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 a 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.

New Energy Nexus

New Energy Nexus is an international non-profit that supports clean energy entrepreneurs with funds, accelerators, and networks. Nexus operates programs in New York, China, India, Southeast Asia, and East Africa. New Energy Nexus strives towards an abundant world with a 100% clean energy economy for 100% of the population in the shortest time possible.

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