Principal/Senior Principal - Refining and Chemicals

Are you a senior people leader with intense curiosity and drive? Are you willing to take risks by exploring and testing innovative ideas? Do you enjoy collaboration with diverse partners and stakeholders? Do you have the exceptional ability to structure and oversee analytic and strategic problem solving? Can you create impact through influence? If yes, then join our growing Climate Aligned Industries Program!   

Individuals of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply!

Program Overview 

RMI’s Climate Aligned Industry Program seeks to achieve net-zero emissions across the “hard-to-abate” sectors by 2050.  Collectively, these industries[1] are responsible for 30% of global GHG emissions. Our Program is rapidly developing work within the Refining and Chemicals sector alongside its value chain players to support the decarbonization agenda.  At RMI, we embrace a market-led, business-driven approach to change, and collaborate with a global network of businesses, financial institutions, NGOs and policymakers to achieve system transformation.  We accomplish this through rigorous thought leadership, tactful engagement and work with stakeholders, and piloting and scaling innovative market-based and policy-driven solutions. Our goal is a dramatic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and achievement of a 1.5 degree C pathway.  One of our biggest collaborations is with Mission Possible Partnership (MPP), of which RMI is a founding partner.  MPP is engaging with over 700 companies across heavy industry and transport sectors in order to develop, implement and scale decarbonization opportunities.  RMI expects to work closely in partnership with MPP and its partner organizations.

Position Overview 

RMI is seeking a talented, entrepreneurial Principal, Senior Principal, or Managing Director who will build and lead a team within RMI to drive climate mitigation opportunities across the refining and chemicals sector.

Qualified candidates for this position will need to demonstrate the following critical competencies:

Thought Leadership and Strategic Orientation – Combine deep sector knowledge with strategic planning capabilities to identify and leverage the highest impact opportunities for decarbonization across the industry.

Collaboration & Influencing – Create constructive relationships across complex and diverse partner and stakeholder relationships and engage others to develop and pursue a common goal. Foster collaboration within our organization to maximize impact and resource efficiency. Engage with industry and policymakers to support their needs but also create opportunities for collective action and impactful advocacy.

Creating Organizational Capability – Ability to build an effective team within a broader organization by paying attention to organizational structure, team culture, and developing team capacity.  Develop long-term capabilities of staff within and outside our organization through conducting performance reviews, acting as a career advisor/mentor, and coordinating staffing decisions. Lead by inspiring, catalyzing, and bringing together our organization’s strengths.

Results Orientation – Demonstrate an action orientation and an entrepreneurial approach to identify challenges, establish priorities, and implement viable solutions, as well as fluidity to champion evolving priorities and directions for our organization. Proven track record of delivering impact and tracking progress towards project goals and objectives.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Global citizen with 15+ years of experience who has worked with/in the refining and chemicals sector around the world. 
  • Demonstrated extensive work experience at the most senior levels in the industry with emphasis on project-based environments including project development, consulting or professional services. 
  • Strong network of relationships and reputation across the sector.
  • Passionate to make a difference, and to deliver impact towards a clean, prosperous and secure, low-carbon energy future 
  • Ability and willingness to help shape RMIs organizational culture and to work in the context of RMI’s partnership philosophy. 


The position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it would be preferred, but not required, for this role to be based in Houston, TX, Oakland, CA, Washington, D.C., New York City, Boulder, or Basalt, Colorado. This will be discussed further throughout the interview process.

Important Note: As a U.S. federal contractor, RMI must comply with requirements outlined in 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 accommodation for medical or religious reasons. If you are based outside of the U.S., this requirement does not apply. 


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, new Principals based in the U.S. join at the minimum to mid salary range of $134,000-$157,000 and Senior Principals at $153,000-$184,000. You would also have an additional 20% bonus target!


We offer a comprehensive benefits package including (for U.S. based employees):      

  • 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, 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. 

All qualified applicants 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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