Senior Associate – REALIZE Program, Carbon-Free Buildings
Are you passionate about addressing climate change by transforming our building sector to zero carbon? Do you love solving challenging problems, collaborating with diverse stakeholders, communicating for influence, and project managing to drive transformational results? Are you especially concerned about ensuring that low-income communities are part of the just transition off fossil fuels? Do you also have the self-motivation, curiosity, creativity and ability to persuade others toward meaningful results? If yes, then join our growing team!
A 1.5-degree future requires decarbonization of the energy system through both generation and consumption, with the buildings sector being responsible for 40% of global GHG emissions. RMI is a non-profit think-do-scale tank that has a 40-year history of working on clean energy solutions using integrative design solutions. RMI applies rigorous techno-economic research, whole-systems expertise, and entrepreneurial approaches to help markets take advantage of breakthrough energy innovations.
RMI’s Carbon-Free Buildings (CFB) program seeks to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions globally by 2045 through solutions that build a just and equitable energy transition. This program is a team of 65+ staff. CFB drives impact using a range of methods including research and technical analysis, facilitation, stakeholder engagement and policy work, strategic client engagements, thought leadership, and demonstration projects, all focused on accelerating the adoption of efficiency, electrification, and renewable energy technologies.
RMI’s REALIZE initiative is seeking a Senior Associate to support the Realize-MA retrofit program. The position is highly entrepreneurial and will be heavily focused on engaging external stakeholders across government, industry, and the real estate development sector to establish a scalable multifamily retrofit delivery model for Massachusetts. A background in the affordable housing, real estate development, design, engineering and construction sector, or energy policy and stakeholder engagement is preferred. This position will focus efforts in Massachusetts first with the potential to expand to other markets.
Individuals of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply!
REALIZE is an initiative within RMI’s Carbon Free Buildings program aimed at catalyzing the zero-carbon building revolution for existing buildings. REALIZE is focused on developing mass-customizable and scalable approaches to conducting zero carbon retrofits on affordable multifamily housing. We focus on affordable low-income housing to ensure that populations most in need benefit from the transition off fossil fuels. REALIZE leverages technical analysis, R&D, demonstrations, business model innovation, stakeholder engagement and collaboration, policy development, boots-on-the-ground field work, and communication, to achieve its goals. REALIZE has geographically specific programs across the US including REALIZE-CA and REALIZE-MA.
Roles and Responsibilities
Research and summarize various models of predesigned and prefabricated retrofit solutions and installation best practices for multifamily housing
Coordinate external partners when developing collaborative project workstreams and deliverables
Project manage and/or support demonstration projects of REALIZE retrofits including convening and engaging building owners, manufacturers, contractors, and designers to bring zero carbon retrofits to fruition
Engage government agencies, coalitions, and collaborators to create a conducive ecosystem for zero carbon retrofits
Develop policy and financing strategies to support the zero-carbon retrofit market
Organize and facilitate market stakeholders towards action including working with manufacturers and suppliers, building owners and tenants, and financial institutions
Produce thought leadership and knowledge transfer materials as needed to support the initiative
Writing, research and presentations related to zero carbon retrofits
Grant and proposal writing
Passion for RMI’s mission and for improving the built environment
Graduate degree or equivalent professional experience in a field related to the built environment
Minimum of 4 years of professional experience
Excellent communication skills and comfort with external outreach including presentations, meetings, and writing
Building project management experience
Understanding of building science and Passive House
Community engagement and policy experience
Ability to multitask and manage multiple work streams
Excellent writing skills, visual presentation capability, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills
Entrepreneurial self-starter, with a willingness to plunge into unfamiliar problems
High emotional intelligence, curiosity, and a desire to work collaboratively
Passion for advancing market-based solutions to climate change
A background in real estate development, affordable housing, and managing complex projects
A background in building energy systems, building science, architectural engineering, or a similar technical buildings field
Passive House experience
Project management experience, especially related to government research grants
Understanding and fluency in other areas related to the built environment, e.g. real estate finance, public policy, construction management, etc.
Experience with group facilitation and workshop design
Application Deadline: January 31st, 2022
The position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is preferred that you be based in Massachusetts or the Northeast.
RMI compensates based on the level and requirements of the role. Salary within our ranges may also be determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as required by the role, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data. Typically, Senior Associates based in the U.S. join at the minimum to mid salary range of $79,000-$93,000.
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)
Learning & Development opportunities
Life, AD&D, Short Term and Long-Term Disability
Commuter and Wellness Benefits
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.
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, marital status, socioeconomic class, educational attainment or other social identities—is critical to the success of each RMIer and collectively as an organization, ensuring 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 with all qualified applicants who will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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.