Associate/Sr. Associate, Insights - Center for Climate-Aligned Finance

Do you love solving dynamic problems and thinking about systemic change? Are you passionate about helping financial institutions make a tangible impact to address climate change? Do you have experience working at the intersection of finance and the environment? If yes, then join our growing team! 

RMI is seeking an Associate or Senior Associate (entry and mid-level positions) to support the work of the Center for Climate-Aligned Finance. At RMI, we know we’re stronger together when we embrace different perspectives, backgrounds, experiences, and identities. We encourage diverse candidates apply. 

We will carefully review each application to find the appropriate starting position level (Associate or Senior Associate), and this will be communicated during the interview process. 

Application Deadline: November 8th, 2021

Program Overview 

Expectations about the role of private financial institutions in shaping a sustainable planet have evolved rapidly and have now converged on the notion of climate alignment. Climate alignment is the process of bringing the global economy’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with 1.5°C temperature targets. This means addressing emissions from the production and purchase of goods and services—what is often called the “real economy.” For private financial institutions, climate alignment means actively using levers of influence with the intent of helping move the real economy toward net-zero emissions. 

While climate alignment is a powerful theory that could provide a definitive approach for the financial sector to drive long-term decarbonization, implementation poses daunting challenges. RMI’s Center for Climate-Aligned Finance was established to help private financial institutions partner with their clients, industry leaders, and key stakeholders to develop practical and scalable solutions to the barriers to climate alignment. The Center’s work is fast paced but is balanced by a supportive and friendly team culture. 

Position Overview 

RMI is seeking a qualified candidate to join our growing team as an Associate or Senior Associate. You will support our work developing insights and solutions leading to greater climate alignment in the financial sector. Depending on professional experience and interest, you may provide support on a range of topics, such as: 

  • Enabling financial institutions to make climate-alignment commitments and working to clarify what these commitments mean for different types of firms, such as banks, asset owners, asset managers, etc. 
  • Developing insights, resources, and practical tools to support implementation of climate commitments and goals. 
  • Identifying barriers and developing concepts and frameworks to facilitate impact-oriented alignment, including assessment of best practices, trendspotting, and peer/sector analysis. 
  • Reviewing and interpreting existing and future financial regulation that may support or hinder the sector’s ability to become more climate aligned. 

Associates and Senior Associates support a wide range of activities. Core responsibilities vary depending on work assignment but generally entail: 

  • Developing research and thought leadership products, including discussion papers, concept notes, reports, blogs, presentations, and reference tools 
  • Leading and/or supporting stakeholder outreach and engagement at a range of institutions (including private financial institutions, companies, and non-governmental organizations), including conducting interviews, managing partnerships, and supporting recruitment and participation of external stakeholders in the Center’s workstreams 
  • Planning, designing, and facilitating workshops 
  • Preparing proposals, pitch decks, grant reports and other donor-facing materials 
  • Developing and managing work plans 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree plus 2 years’ experience in a relevant field such as finance, clean energy, environmental justice, economics, business, risk management, or business consulting 
  • Ability to leverage existing knowledge of financial institutions, capital markets, and/or financial regulation and willingness to expand into new subject matter 
  • Demonstrable written and verbal communication skills 
  • Highly organized with attention to detail and follow-through 
  • Ability to work in continuously moving work environment 
  • Ability to work both independently and as a highly collaborative team player 
  • Proactive problem solver who is willing to develop and share ideas internally and externally, and is comfortable with open-ended projects 

Additional Minimum Qualifications for Senior Associate Candidates 

  • 4 years of work experience in a related field or graduate degree plus 2 years of relevant experience 
  • Previous professional experience working in or directly with the finance sector (financial institution, service provider, business consultancy, international development finance institution, financial regulation, etc.) 
  • Previous professional experience working with sustainable and/or climate finance concepts 
  • Demonstrable external engagement skills 
  • Experience with research, analysis, and development of thought leadership products 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience working in banking, asset management, private equity, pension funds, credit rating agencies, or insurance, particularly in the area of sustainability 
  • Understanding of portfolio climate alignment tools and methodologies 
  • Understanding of science-based target setting tools and methodologies 
  • Experience with carbon accounting across asset classes, including familiarity with carbon accounting methodologies, such as PCAF 
  • Knowledge/expertise in sustainability reporting and disclosure frameworks (SASB, IFRS, GRI, TCFD, CDP, etc.) 
  • Experience planning and/or facilitating events and workshops 


In this role, you can remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is expected that you will be located at one of our offices in New York City, Washington D.C., Boulder, or Basalt. Additional locations may be considered on an exceptional basis at the sole discretion of RMI. This will be discussed further during the interview process. 


The starting salary range for you as an Associate would be $76,000 - $82,000, and the starting salary range as a Senior Associate would be $86,000 - $93,000. Salary is dependent upon experience that will be discussed and vetted through the interview process. You would also have 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 
  • Diversity 

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 institution, 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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