Manager, California Hydrogen Hub

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30+ days ago

Do you love solving challenging problems, driving systemic change and leading transformative collaborations and multi-party coalitions? Are you passionate helping industrial players to make a tangible impact to address climate change? Are you knowledgeable about industrial decarbonization in harder-to-abate sectors? Do you have business development and/or strategy experience in hydrogen? If yes, then join our growing team!

Individuals from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply!

Program Overview

The Climate Aligned Industry Program at RMI is focused on decarbonizing the harder-to-abate sectors, implementing market mechanisms, and supporting policy implementation to limit global warming to 1.5 °C. Our mission is to shape green H2 (and its derivatives) markets and flagship projects by providing thought leadership, convening GH2 champions and collaborating with key stakeholders at corporate level, within specific sectors and in places. As part of this approach we are focusing on supporting creation of hydrogen hubs in four key U.S. regions working closely with the state governments and business coalitions that bid for $8 billion of the U.S. Department of Energy funding directed to support emerging hydrogen hubs. The State of California is one of such regions. Acting now is critical to meet our global climate targets. Scaling Giga-Watts requires a whole system approach that requires multi-stakeholder inclusion, strong focus on community engagements, catalysing demand, building infrastructure, and our hydrogen hubs work is helping to lead the way.

Position Overview

We are looking for a Manager who will lead major work streams within the hydrogen team and broader RMI efforts to catalyze a net-zero industrial revolution in selected industrial clusters that have strong potential to become green hydrogen hubs. As a Manager, you should be a team leader and program manager in a very entrepreneurial setting – willing to roll up your sleeves to do research and create presentations, but also able operate at a high-level with executives both within and outside of RMI. You should be able to think strategically about how to design big systemic shifts in particular locations (industrial clusters), but also be able to manage the day-to-day activities of the team. You will also be an adept communicator and will feel comfortable building relationships with senior managers from industry and civil society organizations, as well as regional governments and regulators.

You will be accustomed to working under time pressure, including meeting or exceeding targets under changing circumstances and uncertainty (e.g., lead organizational changes, deal with functional complexities, spearhead political and regulatory changes, drive alignment of interests within diverse group of external players, etc.).

You will report to the Senior Principal of the Hydrogen team within CAI program and work closely with other RMI leadership. Previous experience working with heavy transport, heavy industry, including power generators and/or hydrogen producers (e.g., industrial gas companies), is required.

This is an exciting opportunity to help establish and build a new effort focused on hydrogen hubs formation. Ideal start date is November 2022.

The primary responsibilities for this position include:

  • Lead execution, with external partners, of ambitious visions developed by members of coalition the for creating green hydrogen hub in California (incl. pipeline transport backbone, import terminals, key brownfield and greenfield demand assets/sectors, etc.)
  • Provide thought leadership and lead modelling efforts on cost abatement curves of various decarbonization solutions for various harder-to-abate sectors (incl. industry and heavy transport) to define volumes of potential green H2 demand in specific places
  • Develop system/cluster/hub level decarbonization solutions with green H2 taking into account optimizing power and hydrogen infrastructure interplay, demand aggregation in time, import vs local production and other factors
  • Develop strategy of shaping local markets (policy frameworks, permitting process, subsidy mechanisms, mandates, market mobilization mechanisms, etc.)
  • Lead establishment and subsequent coordination of multilateral cross-sectoral coalitions and public-private partnerships to enable realization of green H2 hub vision in California
  • Lead the design and execution of virtual and in-person convenings ranging from diverse stakeholder groups to C-suite level business leaders from carbon-intensive industries
  • Develop workplans together with industry partners and their customers and suppliers, focused on brokering agreement on the essential decisions required for decarbonizing industry and transport
  • Manage a team of 1-3 associates, provide professional mentorship, structure and work product management
  • Participate in business and donor development activities
  • Traveling (some, mostly within North America and within the State of California) to and from in-person stakeholder meetings
  • Support and deliver other projects and tasks as needed, in line with skills and experience that contribute to RMI’s overall organizational objectives

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Commitment to working in close collaboration with partners in industry and civil society to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from heavy industry leveraging green H2
  • A minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience focused on energy transition
  • A minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience focused on hydrogen business development and market creation
  • Bachelor’s degree required (in an applicable field such as engineering, economics, business (finance, strategic consulting), law, or physical and social sciences); advanced degree in a related field is a plus
  • Highly proficient strategic business/project development experience
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Excellent people and managerial skills
  • Experience managing multi-stakeholder processes including members with diverse viewpoints
  • A network of contacts in the energy industry and is a well-respected professional in the field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of climate change science and related issues and policies, familiarity with global energy transition scenarios and pathways
  • Knowledge of regulatory frameworks and business environment in the US and California specifically
  • Knowledge of hydrogen economy and cost structure of various competing technologies
  • Energy and financial/economic modelling skills are a plus


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 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 based in the U.S. 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.

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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