Manager - Carbon Free Buildings Policy

Boulder, CO

Do you thrive on leading teams to tackle interesting, meaningful problems? Are you willing to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas? Do you have experience guiding analytic and strategic problem solving? Can you create impact through influence? If yes, then join our growing team!   

We highly encourage individuals of underrepresented groups to apply!   

RMI’s Carbon Free Buildings Policy (CFBP) program is seeking a Manager to lead building decarbonization policy with Governor’s Offices and to develop model policies for regional advocacy teams. In this role, you will interface with state climate leads and building agencies to advance climate-aligned building codes and other building policies. You will also work with the largest building electrification advocacy team in the country, creating a library of policies for use by our team and allies. 

RMI’s Carbon Free Buildings Policy works to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from US buildings by 2050 through market and policy solutions that support a just, equitable transition for all.  

Application Deadline: Please submit all application materials by May 9th  

Position Overview: 

As a Manager, you will work closely with and under the direction of RMI’s Principals and Managing Directors to design and execute projects that deliver meaningful policy impact for the planet. Your job will be to lead a team to execute on the project vision, providing day-to-day project leadership and mentoring your team. 

Core Responsibilities: 

Engage with state staff and policymakers to support climate action 

  • Work with climate and agency leadership in multiple states to deliver strategy support, technical assistance, facilitation services, and other support for ambitious climate action under the Codes for Climate Program.

  • Work with multiple states to support cross-state collaboration.

  • Develop options, variations, and alternatives for building decarbonization policies to support adoption in different contexts. 

  • Work with NGO partners to support climate policy action.  

Develop and maintain a library of model policies 

  • Work with CFBP’s four regional building electrification advocacy teams to identify and build a menu of building electrification policies suitable for different political favorability scenarios, for use by RMI and its allies.

  • Develop a body of model policies, including legislative language. 

Manage projects to yield breakthrough insights and results 

  • With senior guidance, shape project strategies from inception to conclusion: determine change models, policy strategies, research methods, timelines, resource plans, communications plans, and stakeholder engagement. 

  • Determine how results will be measured and be accountable for project results, rigorously challenging and providing quality control for findings from RMI teams and partners. 

  • Act as the lead relationship manager with project partners and stakeholders.

  • Coach and motivate project team members and resolve any issues throughout project life cycle, including writing project-level reviews for junior staff. 

  • Manage 2-5 direct reports. 

  • Oversee projects with typically 5 to 30 participants (internal and external). 

  • Regularly contribute to external interviews, videos, and publications to share project insights. 

  • Work hand-in-hand with our development team to develop funding strategies. 

Provide thought leadership 

  • Raise the ambition of policy makers and advocates on what constitutes a climate-aligned energy code and related building decarbonization strategies. 

  • Lead and contribute to research efforts and publications. 

  • Represent RMI as an industry expert at key conferences and other public speaking events. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • At least 8 years of direct, relevant experience in public policy, advocacy, coalition-buildings, or policy-related energy work. 

  • Experience with senior policymakers, public officials, and staff, especially in state government. Experience with city or federal government also welcome. 

  • Understanding of building decarbonization policy.

  • Excellent people management skills.

  • Excellent time management, organization, entrepreneurship, and drive. 

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Legal education with experience drafting and/or implementing laws or regulations.

  • Knowledge of building codes, building science, and construction.

  • Experience facilitating large groups of diverse stakeholders. 

  • Experience working in and with frontline communities. 

  • Understanding of basic financial analysis and metrics. 

  • Ability to design, create, and run Excel-based models. 

  • Prior experience in consulting, project management, or other related fields.

  • Ability to create clear, structured strategies and problem-solving frameworks. 


The position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 City, Boulder, or Basalt, Colorado. This will be discussed further throughout the interview process.  


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!


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   


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.  

DeadlineMay 9th 


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