Technical Product Manager – Climate Intelligence

Remote - Boulder, CO

Are you a seasoned product and people manager passionate about making a positive impact on the planet? Do you enjoy plunging into unfamiliar disciplines and testing new ideas? Are you a collaborative and strong team player who can also be a respected change agent from within? Do you have a passion for RMI’s mission? If yes, then join our growing team!

We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply!  

Program Overview: 

RMI’s Climate Intelligence Program focuses on curating emissions and climate data while also translating 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 RMI’s Climate Intelligence Program, the Horizon Zero project team seeks to demystify greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting practices and to develop tools and insights that drive decarbonization. Accurately tracking global supply chain emissions is necessary to drive business decisions and strategies that lead to material emissions reductions. Through Horizon Zero, we will develop a blockchain-based GHG emissions reporting platform to address barriers to GHG data accuracy, traceability and visibility. 

Position Overview: 

Our Managers are creative project leaders who guide and manage team members to craft visionary yet practical solutions for our industry partners and research. As a manager at RMI, you will be a primary project manager, and work closely with and under the direction of RMI’s Principals and Managing Directors to design and execute projects. 

You will define the vision and drive the execution of a technical platform for supply chain GHG emissions accountability through a multi-year, multi-million-dollar project called Horizon Zero. You will be conceiving, designing and implementing an open-source, GHG emissions traceability platform. This platform will be usable by anyone to define, track, and trace emissions, report disclosures, and trade differentiated commodities (i.e., physical goods + digital attributes). Building off of the work in Horizon Zero, you will also lead the creation of additional technology-based tools for other projects.

  • Manage the technical solutions portion of the Horizon Zero project, reporting to the relevant Principals
  • Play the role of an individual contributor as well as manage and guide more junior staff, particularly Associates and Sr. Associates.
  • Work with Principals and Managing Directors to provide mentorship, professional development, and project reviews of more junior staff.
  • Contribute to strategy-level conversations about initiatives and RMI.
  • Demonstrate expertise in product development and be conversant in GHG accounting/climate change.
  • Represent RMI externally at mid-level technical events and to small to mid-sized groups.
  • Contribute to business development and sometimes play a significant role in that area.

Core Responsibilities: 

  • Manage Horizon Zero’s technical solutions team and partner with collaborators to design, pilot, and scale an emissions traceability platform to help mitigate climate change.
  • Determining change models, research methods, timelines, resource plans, communications plans, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Formulate a framework to create and scale technical solutions across multiple projects.
  • Co-develop a compelling strategy to accelerate the adoption of technical solutions under the guidance of program leadership.
  • Shape and deliver strategy program elements, coordinating small teams to deliver objectives. Oversight of teams includes some “roll-up your sleeves” work in nearly all projects, driving thought-leadership and execution through charismatic example.
  • Determine how results will be measured and be accountable for project results, rigorously challenging and QC-ing findings from RMI teams and partners.
  • Support business development, including philanthropic fundraising support, government grant management, and direct company fee-for-service project development.
  • Develop and enhance RMI’s public reputation through regular publication, speaking, and external engagement on key topics critical to program success.
  • Support development of team members and Institute through active involvement in leadership activities.
  • Effectively communicate activities internally at RMI and help identify collaborative opportunities. 

Additional Responsibilities: 

  • Stay abreast of the latest developments in climate tech.
  • Be conversant in GHG accounting and market activation.  

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree, equivalent, or higher, in software/product development, sustainability, environment, engineering or other related discipline.
  • At least 5 years of direct relevant experience. Demonstrated success in identifying opportunities to create and successfully launch new products.
  • Excellent time management, organization, entrepreneurship, and drive.
  • Experience managing internal staff and external relationships. 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience with blockchain and web3 technologies.
  • Familiarity with the smart contract development: Solidity / Ethereum, Web3.js or Ethers.js library.
  • Familiarity with open-source implementations of Ethereum: GETH, OpenEthereum, Quorum.
  • Experience and familiarity with decentralized storage platforms such as IPFS, libp2p.
  • Experience working with large codebases.
  • Experience with, or understanding of the following: JavaScript, Node.js, Java, Rust, Python, React/Vue/Angular, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, CI/CD pipelines (CircleCI), AWS and Azure infrastructure services, Docker, Kubernetes.
  • Theoretical background in distributed systems, such as consensus algorithms, as well as cryptographic fundamentals.
  • Cryptography, including multi-party computation or zero knowledge proof systems.
  • Familiarity with open-source contributions.
  • Experience in climate change mitigation, GHG accounting, and supply chain engagement. 

Location: 

The position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is expected/preferred that this role will be based out of one of our offices in 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 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

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. The salary range is $117,000-$138,000. 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)  
  • 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 institution, or other social identities—is critical to the success of each RMIer and collectively as an organization. This ensures that we:       

  • Have a diverse 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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