Senior Associate - Federal/International Policy, Carbon Free Buildings

Do you love solving challenging problems, thinking about systemic change, and working in groups? Do you also have the self-motivation, curiosity, creativity and ability to persuade others toward meaningful results? Do you have a passion for making the world a better place? If yes, then join us!   

RMI’s Carbon-Free Buildings program is seeking a Senior Associate (early / mid-level research, advocacy, and collaboration position) to support our federal and international policy efforts toward equitable building decarbonization.  The federal and international policy team of the Carbon-Free Buildings program works to eliminate climate and health-damaging pollution from  buildings  through centering the leadership of communities and stakeholders on the frontlines and supporting solutions that build a just and equitable energy transition for all.   

As a Senior Associate, you will use your technical, communication, and project management skills to craft and share visionary yet practical solutions for our policy campaigns with RMI teammates, partners, and decision-makers.   You will develop expertise in the content area of your specific program within RMI and will provide subject-matter support on that topic to teammates, external partners, and decision-makers.    

Application Deadline: Please submit all application materials by 5pm MT October 27th, 2021

Key job responsibilities as a Senior Associate  include:    

  • Collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders, building relationships and organizing coalition activities to achieve high impact solutions.   
  • Design and create innovative approaches, with senior staff guidance, to effectively address policy questions and needs around equitable building decarbonization.   
  • Provide research and quantitative analysis to support our efforts.   
  • Present quantitative information in a clear, visually appealing format, including in clear and compelling presentations to stakeholders.   
  • Synthesize recommendations into written reports, blogs, and public comments for a range of audiences.   
  • Guide and help structure work of teammates.   


Our staff is composed of a wide skill set, and we welcome a diverse range of education and experience.   

Minimum Experience 

  • 4 years of cumulative work experience 
  • Background with areas such as policy development and advocacy, community engagement, and/or coalition building 
  • Familiarity with energy, public policy, buildings, affordable housing, climate, and/or environmental justice  
  • Excellent writing and communications skills 

 Preferred Experience  

  • 5+ years of cumulative work experience  
  • Experience working with U.S. federal and/or international policy stakeholders 
  • Experience in project management, balancing multiple priorities and workstreams  
  • Deep familiarity with equity and justice issues related to energy, climate, housing, and environmental health  

Additional Qualifications  

  • Experience working among diverse groups with varying perspectives and/or facilitating thought-provoking conversations.    
  • Demonstrated initiative and accomplishment in previous work.    
  • Ability to design, create, and run Excel-based analysis.   
  • Ability to listen actively, be diplomatic, and share knowledge and information well.   
  • Ability to stick with a problem through resolution but also knowing when to ask for help.   
  • Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines and take risks by exploring and testing new ideas.    


These positions will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. As the COVID-19 situation improves, it is preferred that this role will be located at our Washington D.C. office location. This may be discussed further throughout the interview process.   


The starting Senior Associate salary range is $86,000 - $93,000. This position has a 5% bonus target.  Salary is dependent on experience and will be discussed and vetted through the interview process.  


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, 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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