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 stakeholderscommunicating for influenceand project managing to drive transformational resultsAre 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. 

Position Overview 

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! 

Initiative Overview 

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 


Minimum Qualifications 

  • 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 

Additional Qualifications 

  • 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 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • A background in real estate developmentaffordable 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)   

  • Generous PTO   

  • Learning & Development opportunities   

  • Parental leave   

  • 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.

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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