Corporate Engagement Manager- Climate Intelligence Program

Corporate Engagement Manager - Climate Intelligence Program

Do you enjoy solving challenging problems, thinking in numbers, and working in groups? Do you have the self-motivation, curiosity, creativity, and ability to influence others to take action towards building a sustainable energy future? Do you have a passion for making the world a better place? If yes, then join our growing team! 

RMI is seeking an Engagement Manager to support the Market Activation workstream of the Climate Intelligence Program. RMI staff bring a variety of skill sets, and we welcome candidates with diverse educational and work backgrounds. In this new position, you will both directly and indirectly guide the development of key, complex relationships across both internal and external stakeholders to meet the goals of the Climate Intelligence Program. 

Program overview

RMI’s Climate Intelligence Program (CI program) focuses on curating emissions and climate data while also translating this data into actionable insights and tools for those best positioned to reduce emissions. We collaborate with a global network of businesses, financial institutions, and policymakers to deliver data and insights that are accurate, actionable, and real-time, ultimately enabling emissions reductions in some of the largest industrial sectors. Our work focuses not only on quantifying the risks of climate inaction, but also on identifying emerging opportunities to reduce emissions.   

Within the Climate Intelligence Program, the Supply Chain Emissions initiative seeks to demystify carbon accounting practices and to develop insights that drive decarbonization. The initiative builds critical partnerships with fellow NGOs & leading corporates to develop, test, and scale the use of actionable climate data.

Position Overview

The Climate Intelligence Program seeks an Engagement Manager to work directly with businesses to propel our efforts in the harmonization and digitization of carbon accounting. As the Engagement Manager, you will be responsible for tracking, cultivating, and managing existing relationships with external stakeholders from both the business and the nonprofit/governmental ecosystem.  

Liaising internally with RMI’s Development team and reporting to the Cross-Program Corporate Engagement Director, you will ensure all external engagement is coordinated and follows existing institute protocols. Within the CI program, you will manage structuring and delivering an engagement and market activation strategy for all activities—with input and guidance from RMI’s Corporate Engagement Director. You will also manage the operationalizing of the strategy for all relevant sectors, from mining & metals to oil & gas and other materials. 

As a manager at RMI, you will be a creative project leader who guides and manages team members to craft visionary yet practical solutions for our industry partners and research. You would be a primary project manager and work closely with and under the direction of RMI’s Corporate Engagement Director and the CI Program to design and execute projects.  

Core Responsibilities: 

Engaging with business and other stakeholders for impact 

  • Lead strategy development and execution for the CI program on all corporate engagement, in coordination with the RMI corporate team
  • Manage relationships with high-level and operational stakeholders within companies, with a goal of building business collaboration and partnership for impact with the CI team
  • Speak externally with a range of stakeholders on all facets of the CI team’s work, and be able to communicate complex issues with clarity and ease
  • With senior guidance, work at times autonomously to project manage all aspects of corporate engagement, including change models for key sectors, timelines, resource plans, communications plans, and stakeholder outreach 
  • Coach and motivate project team members on engagement best practices, and resolve any issues throughout project life cycle, including writing project-level reviews for junior staff 
  • Regularly contribute to external interviews, videos, and publications to share project insights 
  • Work hand-in-hand with our development team to develop funding strategies. 

Provides thought leadership 

  • Develop strategies for scaling energy efficiency and/or renewables, domestically and internationally 
  • Manage and contribute to research efforts and publications 
  • Represent RMI as an industry expert at key conferences and other public speaking events 

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s level degree, equivalent, or higher, in sustainability, renewables procurement, environment, economics, engineering, geography, or energy-related discipline
  • At least 5+ years of direct relevant experience.
  • Experience cultivating and stewarding external relationships, preferably with the business community  
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills and ability to write and speak to a variety of audiences  
  • Familiarity with energy, climate science, and the supply chains of one or more sectors including metals (steel, copper, aluminum), plastics, cement, and/or agriculture/land use
  • Ability to work as part of a team and follow tracking and engagement protocols around relationships that may be matrix-managed across the organization 
  • Familiarity with the basics of carbon accounting, and the ecosystem of national, corporate and product level emissions reporting
  • Excellent time management, organization, entrepreneurship, and drive

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Prior experience in stakeholder engagement, consulting, project management, or other related fields
  • Experience working in a large organization coordinating across many teams
  • Ability to stick with a problem through resolution but also knowing when to ask for help
  • Ability to listen actively, be diplomatic, and share knowledge and information well.  
  • Experience working among diverse groups with varying perspectives and/or facilitating thought-provoking conversations
  • Demonstrated initiative and accomplishment in previous work

Location   

This position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is expected that this role be based at one of our office locations in the United States. 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.

Compensation

The starting salary range for this position is $91,000 - $106,000, and this role has an additional 10% bonus target! Salary is dependent on experience that will be discussed and vetted throughout the interview process. 

Benefits   

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 attainment or other social identities—is critical to the success of each RMI staff 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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