US Utility Products and Engagement Manager - Carbon-Free Electricity

Are you an experienced people leader with intense curiosity and drive? Are you willing to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas? Do you have the exceptional ability to structure and oversee analytic and strategic problem solving? Can you create impact through influence? If yes, then join our growing team! 

Program Overview  

The Electricity Program accelerates the deployment of clean energy solutions in the global electricity sector to ensure a transition to a distributed energy future. We work with utilities to overhaul business models and evolve into “utilities of the future,” with businesses to develop and share solutions for integrating distributed energy resources into the grid, and with influential early adopters who are willing to experiment with and ultimately implement transformative solutions.  

  

Position Overview 

Our Managers are creative project leaders who guide and manage team members to craft visionary yet practical solutions for our industry partners and research. Managers are RMI’s primary project managers and work closely with and under the direction of RMI’s Principals and Managing Directors to design and execute projects.  

  In this role, you would provide leadership in problem solving, have the ability to develop and guide unique analysis, and aptitude for driving a team toward meaningful results. You should be self-motivated, curious, creative, and have a passion for making the world better. You would be an independent project manager with the ability to design and manage multiple workstreams, and to coach junior staff to meet project goals. You would also be often be a primary author responsible for structuring and delivering compelling written products to drive insights for our partners.  

 Our work represents a mix of team-driven original research and client/partner driven implementation-focused projects.  You will be expected to contribute to both types of work, as well as participate in communications, speaking, and donor-development for the program as a whole.  

Core Responsibilities 

Strategy & Business Development 

  • With guidance from senior leadership, shape the strategy of the Utility Transition Hub to enable its growth into the primary industry resource for US utility data and insights.  
  • Over time, develop and execute a strategy to expand the reach and impact of the Hub to other key sectors and geographies
  • Partner with CFE leadership and RMI’s Development team to develop funding strategies that sustain the Hub. This also includes potential fee-for-service engagements through RMI’s Corporate Engagement team and the Center for Climate Aligned Finance 

 

Project Management 

  • Lead project management of the Hub by working with team members and contractors to ensure timely and high-quality execution of project deliverables. This includes managing (in partnership with the team): 
  • Collection, processing and visualization of all relevant Hub data 
  • Engagement with a wide variety of utility sector stakeholders 
  • Design, development and execution of Hub insights and products  
  • Oversee a large team (5-10 contributors), coach and motivate project team members, and resolve any issues throughout the project life cycle 
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other internal Carbon-Free Electricity (CFE) and RMI teams to leverage the Hub as a delivery platform for RMI data and insights on US utilities 


Outreach & Engagement 

  • Lead outreach and engagement with a variety of key stakeholders (investors, investment banks, regulators, utilities, advocates, policymakers and others) in partnership with team members, to maximize the impact of the Hub’s data, analyses and insights 
  • Lead development of impactful and innovative Hub products and insights on an ongoing basis - in partnership with RMI’s Communications team - to deepen the Hub’s influence on key stakeholders 

Technical 

  • Understand the underlying Hub data and methodology (along with accompanying assumptions, and their limitations) with sufficient depth to inform its development, and leverage its availability for thought and change leadership 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Undergraduate degree plus equivalent experience in an applicable field such as engineering (electrical, energy), business (finance, strategic consulting), law (environmental), or computer science, mathematics, physical and social sciences.  
  • 4+ years of cumulative work experience, and excellent work references 
  • Experienced project manager who has dealt with multiple stakeholders, and has led internal and external teams  
  • Ability to oversee and support data and analytical work
  • Ability to listen actively, be diplomatic, and share knowledge and information well 
  • Ability to communicate your ideas clearly 
  • Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines 
  • Willingness to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas 
  • A passion for making the world better 

 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Graduate degree 
  • Familiarity with multiple sectors, especially the electricity industry, including understanding of key trends and the stakeholder landscape  
  • Familiarity with managing a software tool development process, and accompanying agile project management techniques 

Location 

This position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Location is negotiable but must support the business needs of RMI’s Carbon-Free Electricity Program. RMI has offices in Oakland, CA, Washington, D.C., New York City, Boulder, and Basalt, CO and would welcome the successful candidate to relocate to one of these locations. Location will be discussed as part of the interview process. 

Compensation 

The starting salary range for this position is $112,000 - $121,000. This is dependent upon experience that will be discussed and vetted through the interview process. This position also includes an additional 10% bonus target.  

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

 Diversity       

Diversity of our workforce is one of our core values at RMI and we strive to achieve a level of diversity within our organization that reflects the communities we serve. Achieving this diversity – whether of race, gender, sexual orientation, or ability – is critical to our long-term success, ensuring that we:   

  • Have the diversity of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges   
  • Have a culture of inclusion and respect that enables us to attract and keep diverse talent   
  • Able to access all available talent   
  • Communicate across diverse audiences   

 Increasing diversity within RMI is a critical change element supporting our long-term sustainability and mission to build a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future.   

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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