Industrial Electrification Manager, Carbon-Free Electricity (Houston)

Remote - Boulder, CO

Are you an experienced project manager and people leader with intense curiosity and drive? Are you willing to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas? Do you have the exceptional ability to structure and oversee analytic and strategic problem solving?  If yes, then join our growing team!   

RMI is seeking a Manager for our Carbon-Free Electricity Program, Houston Industrial Hub.   

We encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply!  


About RMI’s Industrial Hub Initiative 

RMI is partnering with the Mission Possible Partnership in an ambitious effort to trigger a net-zero transformation of seven industrial and transportation sectors. To keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees, industrial emissions must decline significantly by 2030. RMI’s Industrial Hub Initiative will support the creation of two net-zero industrial “hubs” in Houston & Los Angeles. The hubs will scale existing clean energy technologies such as hydrogen, CCS/CCUS, synfuels, renewable energy, and storage. We will pair clean energy project developers with industrial users in the Steel, Aluminum, Cement, Chemicals, Shipping, Trucking, and Aviation industries. The LA and Houston hubs will provide the foundation for national and global expansion of zero-carbon industry. 

Position Overview 

RMI’s Carbon Free Electricity program seeks a Manager to lead project and campaign work to integrate clean electric power that will be the primary energy source for the industrial hubs. The successful candidate will excel in three key areas: 

  1. Team leadership: At RMI, you will supervise 2-4 direct reports and lead diverse project teams of 3-8 contributors of varying experience levels. Successful candidates will bring a track record of successful people and project leadership.   
  2. Entrepreneurialism: At RMI, you will be expected to think creatively and critically about how your team and RMI as a whole can most effectively accelerate decarbonization. RMI empowers Managers to be entrepreneurial and self-directed. Successful candidates will bring a track record of creative contributions.  
  3. Energy sector expertise: At RMI, you will immediately plug into technical work on topics related to US and/or global electricity sector decarbonization. Competitive candidates will bring technical experience, networks, and expertise in one or more of the following content areas:  
    1. Grid resource planning to support clean energy deployment a such as: 
      1. Using existing analytical tools to ensure reliable electricity supply; 
      2. Defining the role of demand-side load flexibility; and 
      3. Planning electric transmission needs to ensure reliable power delivery. 
    2. Clean electricity project economics to understand the conditions that make new wind, solar, battery, or other clean energy generation projects possible for developers, utilities, and buyers. 
    3. Engaging and supporting utilities and industry to take bold action on decarbonization, including consulting or leading cooperative projects with utilities, developers, regulators, or energy buyers. 


Core Responsibilities 

  • With senior guidance, shape projects from inception to implementation: determine change models, research methods, timelines, resource plans, communications plans, and stakeholder engagement strategies. 
  • Utilize a variety of project management techniques to ensure the high quality and timely execution of project deliverables. 
  • Drive thought leadership and research efforts. 
  • Together with senior leaders, reach out to industry partners to cultivate collaboration on decarbonization projects. 
  • Structure and deliver compelling presentations and written products to bring new insights to the industry and partners. 
  • Act as the lead relationship manager with project partners and stakeholders and use stakeholder input to prioritize project deliverables and modify timelines. 
  • Manage and support up to 4 direct reports, including writing project-level and biannual reviews for junior staff. 
  • Mentor and motivate project team members and resolve any issues as they arise 
  • Lead and contribute to data-driven efforts and publications; in particular, identify trends and communicate relevant insights in a clear and compelling manner.  
  • Participate in cultivating and successfully converting business development for small and medium-sized projects. 
  • Lead engagements with key policymakers and other decision-makers to communicate insights and influence the transition to clean energy. 


Required Qualifications 

  • At least 6+ years of relevant professional experience in related fields, such as energy project development, utility strategy, business, law, or other fields relevant to the decarbonization of industry or electricity. 
  • Experience managing direct reports.  
  • Excellent time management, organization, entrepreneurship, and drive. 
  • Demonstrated track record in a project-based work environment. 

Preferred Skills 

Familiarity with the US electricity industry, including: 

  • Demand flexibility 
  • Economics of wind, solar, storage, and other near-zero-emissions generation 
  • Wholesale electricity market design and operations, and related policy environments. 
  • Transmission development and/or policy. 
  • Utility regulation and associated regulatory policy. 
  • Integrated resource planning and related topics including capacity expansion modeling and production cost modeling. 
  • Stakeholder process design and management in the context of electricity system planning and operations or utility programs.  

Additional Qualifications 

  • Ability to travel 20–30% (as public health conditions allow)    
  • Excellent work references  
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills  
  • Experience leading projects that involve quantitative analysis 

 

Location 

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.    

Because these roles will support creating a hub in Houston, Texas we prefer candidates in Texas. 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 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 (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  


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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