Manager, Community Engagement
Do you love solving challenging problems, thinking about dynamic systems, and working in groups? Do you have the self-motivation, curiosity, creativity, and ability to guide others toward meaningful results? Do you have a passion for making the world a better place? If yes, then join our growing team!
We highly encourage individuals of underrepresented groups to apply!
The Climate Aligned Industries (CAI) program works to decarbonize heavy industry and heavy transportation. We collaborate with a global network of businesses, financial institutions, and policymakers to facilitate and scale emissions reductions in these industrial sectors. One of CAIs priorities is to catalyze the development of new clean technologies (i.e., Hydrogen, CCS, Biofuels) through industrial hubs.
The Position Overview
RMI is seeking a Manager to support the CAI team in evaluating and designing solutions for industrial hub development with a focus on community. Specifically looking at what benefits and opposition a region can expect from new industrial development across the value chain, developing meaningful community engagement plans, practices and principles, facilitating sessions with stakeholders to address topics of labor, workforce training and environmental justice, and articulating compelling key messages about hub projects. This position will provide support to several RMI projects focused on delivering clean industrial hubs (hydrogen and low carbon fuels). In particular, this position will develop the strategies and evaluate community impacts and benefits for US Hydrogen Hub development.
- Develop strategies for equitable community engagement for industrial decarbonization projects across the U.S
- Provide guidance and lead project teams in evaluating the opportunities and downfalls, based on best practice ESG criteria, economic development metrics and learnings from previous large scale energy projects, to scale new industrial hubs.
- Conduct community surveys, needs assessments and related research to obtain community information and determine needs and deficiencies
- Support hub coalitions and stakeholders (companies, regulators, community-based organizations) in project development from a community engagement perspective (written applications, webinars)
- Connect with wide network of regional stakeholders to ensure engagement plans are developed and executed
- Craft and execute community-engaging issue-based forums that involve a multitude of internal and external stakeholders
- Work with community organizations, governance boards, related companies and contractors to facilitate project planning and development is in line with the engagement plan and principles
- Support development of team members and the Institute on subject matter relevant to engaging with communities and energy development
- Develop external communications materials as needed to support the team’s equity-focused strategies, including products such as blogs, op-eds, talking points, slide decks, and public speaking engagements
- Manage and mentor staff (2-4), developing a cohesive, enthusiastic, supportive, and high-performing team culture
- Represent RMI to external partners and public audiences at conferences, meetings, and through written materials
- Demonstrate organization-wide values, helping maintain a culture of impact, accountability, and entrepreneurship
- 5+ years of professional work experience including at least 1+ year as a team manager
- Experience managing external stakeholder relationships
- Excellent interpersonal skills, writing and verbal communication and organizational skills
- Knowledge in clean energy transition pathways for heavy industry and climate change
- Ability to travel 10-20% (once public health conditions allow)
- Excellent work references
- A graduate degree in environmental science, law or policy, economics, engineering
- Network across the energy development advocacy and academic institutions
- Prior work or volunteer experience with climate and environmental justice, racial justice, energy justice organizations, in the energy development space.
- Knowledge in economic development factors for energy development
- Experience working directly with policymakers and regulators
- Experience managing complex and diverse stakeholder groups, paired with the ability to lead and navigate challenging conversations, particularly across multiple community groups.
- Ability to manage and understand the technical aspects of clean hydrogen development
We are a remote-ready company with team members around the globe. Our beautiful and welcoming offices are available for meetings or focused work, whether you are traveling through or living nearby.
Please note that this position has a strong preference for the candidate to be based near Houston, Texas or within the state of California. This will be further discussed throughout the interview process.
We provide you with the essential IT equipment plus a one-time home technology payment and a monthly work from home/commuter allowance to ensure you have a comfortable home office set up and necessary supplies.
We love seeing each other in person! We occasionally gather for shared time together like retreats and learning experiences. Be ready to travel for occasional in-person meetings (and of course, we cover travel costs). Some roles may require more travel, which will be discussed during the hiring 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.
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 (up to 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
- Work from home and commuter allowance
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.
RMI transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. That is our mission. That is our passion. And every day, every member of our team of nearly 315 works relentlessly to achieve it. We are driving the global energy transition from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables by working in partnership with businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to advance market-based solutions. We achieve this by developing breakthrough ideas, testing and refining them, reshaping markets, and bringing solutions to scale. RMI is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an annual budget of $70 million and offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, California; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing, China.