Public Relations Operations Lead

Public Relations Operations Lead

RMI’s newly imagined marketing and communications team – known inside the institute as the Influence Team – is looking for an operations lead for its media relations and social media teams, who will assist the Director of Public Relations with coordinating and executing earned media and social media campaigns for brand level announcements and events. In this role you will also work with an outside PR agency to coordinate media outreach plans, interview logistics and development of press materials and help track associated media coverage metrics. You will also work with a social media contractor to coordinate social media partnerships, development of social media toolkits and cross platform promotion and help track social media metrics.

As an ideal candidate for this position, you will be someone who can implement the strategic vision for the public relations team, develop and tweak processes and work flows to seamlessly deliver top-quality content and products across our various programs. In this role, you will report to the Head of Communications Operations and the Director of Public Relations.

You will be the steward of the various social media and earned media elements of campaigns, ensuring they are delivered on time, on budget and on brand. You will also help oversee the social media and media relations portion of the Influence Team’s budget, including outside agencies and various digital tools, as well as accurately pricing marketing into restricted funding proposals.


  • Act as team manager on assigned projects, collaborate cross functionally, and is responsible for guiding the group through all stages of press material production (PRs, pitches, media lists, FAQs, talking points, reporter briefings etc) media outreach process, social media materials production (social media copy, toolkits, visuals – graphics/visuals etc), and dissemination plus coordination if social media content partnerships and platform promotion
  • Help set strategic direction for social media and earned media approaches aimed at advancing RMI’s mission and vision including media monitoring, rapidly responding to daily breaking news and weekly news trends, identifying new target media and updating media lists and monitoring and reporting on key media metrics
  • Set and coordinate production schedules for a team of marketers working across RMI programs
  • Review restricted grants proposals to ensure social media and media outreach is adequately scoped
  • 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
  • Provide content production oversight (press materials, social media materials, videos, photos, 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
  • Anticipate and flag project issues/risks and clearly communicate possible solutions 


  • Background in PR, news, social media or digital marketing production; Agency experience a plus
  • 3-5 years experience as a producer in a PR agency, newsroom, social media or digital marketing agency
  • 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 
  • Experience using Sprout Social, Cision, Meltwater or similar PR and social media tools
  • Solution oriented self-starter 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 with their teams
  • Organized and excited about process improvement
  • Familiar with climate and energy topics and committed to scaling market-based solutions


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

Important Note As a U.S. federal contractor, RMI must comply with requirements outlined Executive Order Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. This Executive Order requires that all federal contractors and subcontractors mandate and verify that all U.S. based employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are based in the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination status as a condition of employment. You may request an accommodation for medical or religious reasons. If you are based outside of the U.S., this requirement does not apply.


The salary range for this position is $57,000-$67,000. This is dependent on experience that will be discussed and vetted throughout the interview process. This position has an additional 5% 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, 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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