Industrial Electrification Senior Associate (California)

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22 days ago

Do you love solving challenging problems, building coalitions, and thinking in numbers? Do you also have the self-motivation, curiosity, creativity, and ability to persuade others toward meaningful results? Are you passionate about the clean energy transition? If yes, then join our growing team!

RMI is seeking Senior Associates for our Carbon-Free Electricity Program, Los Angeles Industrial Hub.

We highly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply!

Application deadline: November 19th, 2022 at 6:00pm PT

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

As a Senior Associate, you are a creative problem solver who uses your collaborative, quantitative, technical, and analytical abilities to conduct compelling research on energy issues. You will collaborate with team members to build coalitions to implement visionary, yet practical, solutions.

Senior Associates are independent contributors that have developed significant subject matter expertise in one or more areas relevant to RMI’s work. Senior Associates also manage projects and the contributions of other staff to their projects.

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct analytical research.
  • Coordinate collaborative events
  • Locate, synthesize, and analyze data that allows RMI to shed new light on problems and devise creative solutions.
  • Develop hypotheses to guide work and propose new ways to assess problems.
  • Contribute to RMI teams through facilitating events and conversations with diverse electricity-sector stakeholders.
  • Synthesize quantitative information and recommendations into clear and compelling presentations and written reports.
  • Engage external experts via phone interviews, conferences, and responses to outreach requests.
  • Travel up to 25%, including possible international travel once public health conditions allow.

As a Senior Associate, in addition to the above responsibilities, you will also:

  • Drive thought leadership
  • Lead and manage specific projects with support from senior staff
  • Lead and manage stakeholder relationships in relation to specific projects
  • Structure and guide the work of more junior team members
  • Contribute publicly at conferences, share expertise in response to media requests, discuss our work with donors, and direct RMI research collaborations

Minimum Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in an applicable field such as engineering (mechanical, electrical, civil, energy), business (marketing, finance, international), finance, international development, public policy, economics, computer science, mathematics, architecture, physical and social sciences.
  • At the Senior Associate level, 3+ years of cumulative work experience.
  • Ability to design, create, and run Excel-based models

Additional Valued Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in one of the applicable fields noted above.
  • Ability to listen actively, be diplomatic, and communicate complex ideas.
  • Experience building and coordinating diverse groups toward a common goal
  • Strong quantitative skills and experience
  • Experience in consulting, project management, or other related fields
  • Experience working in the energy industry
  • Experience working among diverse groups with varying perspectives and/or facilitating challenging conversations.
  • Ability to design, create, and run complex models (e.g., MatLab, Python, R).


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 Los Angeles, California, we prefer candidates in 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 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.


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 Senior Associates based in the U.S. join at the minimum to mid salary range of $79,000-$93,000. You would also have an additional 5% 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.

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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