Manager - Network Relationships - Urban Transformation

Remote - Boulder, CO

Are you an experienced relationships manager with excellent networking and project management skills? Are you willing to take complex initiatives with multiple stakeholders? Do you have the exceptional ability to structure and oversee partnerships with many organizations? Can you create impact through collaboration? If yes, then join our growing team! Our staff represents a wide variety of skills, and we welcome a diverse range of education and experience.

Individuals of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply!

Program Overview:   

The Urban Transformation Program at RMI was created to dramatically accelerate local government efforts around the world to simultaneously reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance urban livability, increase resilience, and support an equitable energy transition. Our team supports city and other local government staff by offering technical assistance, building capacity, enabling learning, and developing tools and resources to help them turn their climate commitments into action. Our work is deeply collaborative. Many of our partnerships are with frontline community-based organizations, other nonprofits, research institutions, and the private sector; all are key to achieving the urban transformation we need. 

Position Overview:  

RMI is seeking a manager to lead our work developing, strengthening, and coordinating our external partnerships across the world. We have a growing portfolio of work with multiple global, national, and regional city and nonprofit networks, including the American Cites Climate Challenge, the C40 Cities Leadership Group, the Cool Coalition, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, ICLEI (Local Government for Sustainability), and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. We also work closely with several other global environmental non-profits (including the Natural Resources Defense Council, World Resources Institute, and UN Environment Program), frontline community-based organizations, academia, advocacy groups, and the private sector to implement high-impact programs in cities.  

RMI managers are creative project leaders who work closely with and under the direction of RMI’s Principals and Managing Directors to design and execute projects. In this role, you would be responsible for coordinating multi-partner projects and initiatives (or multiple initiatives with the same partner); identifying new areas and organizations for partnership; developing funding proposals for multi-stakeholder initiatives; and report on impacts and best practices to donors. 

The position requires strong organizational and relationship management skills, with experience working with city networks, other non-profits, local governments, community-based organizations, advocacy groups, and businesses.

Core Responsibilities:  

  • Coordinating multi-partner projects and initiatives (or between multiple projects/ initiatives with the same partner) 
  • Manage relationships with key NGO partners in collaboration with program senior leadership. 
  • Help project managers coordinate the work of multiple partners involved in the same project or initiative, ensuring role clarity, effective delivery, and impact. 
  • Coordinate actions across multiple projects and initiatives involving the same partner(s), ensuring the team has visibility and clarity and identifying potential for synergies and efficiency.  
  • Ensure that all our program partners are benefiting from collaborations and help the team correct course whenever that is not the case. 
  • Identify new areas and organizations for partnership 
  • Across the world, identify new areas and organizations for partnership based on the priorities of RMI and the Urban Transformation program.  
  • Facilitate introductions and create meaningful opportunities for collaboration, representing RMI externally during meetings and conferences. 
  • Develop funding proposals for multi-stakeholder initiatives 
  • Work with RMI’s Development Team to identify funding opportunities for multi-stakeholder initiatives and support team strategies to develop and ensure a diversified and long-term funding pipeline for the program. 
  • Manage proposal development, working closely with RMI’s Development Team, coordinating across multiple actors to create tailored proposals for public, private, and philanthropic funding. 
  • Negotiate partnership agreements that clearly assign roles and establish accountability across organizations. 
  • Report on impacts and best practices  At various points in a project or initiative life cycle, report on impact, lessons, and best practices through grant reporting (and contributions to the team’s thought leadership).

Required Qualifications: 

  • 5+ years of experience in a relevant field such as environmental policy, climate action, the energy transition, urban planning, or public policy.  
  • Experience leading teams, managing complex projects, and developing partnerships.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.  
  • Ability to navigate complex relationships across multiple organizations and interests.  
  • Highly collaborative team player.  

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience forging and cultivating major collaborations cutting across the public, private, multilateral, and non-profit sectors.  
  • A strong network among global NGOs, community-based organizations, academia, and advocates. 
  • Track record of writing successful grant proposals, ideally for large, multi-partner projects. 
  • Experience developing decarbonization or climate resilience policies or programs at the city, state/provincial, or national level.  E
  • Experience with advocacy and coalition-building.  

Location

The position will remain remote for now. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, employees are encouraged to be based out of one of our offices in Oakland, CA; Washington, D.C.; New York, NY; or Boulder or Basalt, CO.

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. 

Compensation:

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 Managers join at the minimum to mid salary range of $103,000-$121,000. You would also have an additional 10% bonus target!  

Benefits: 

We offer a comprehensive benefits package adjusted to regional norms, including (for U.S. employment): 

  • 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 

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 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. 

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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