Manager, Low Carbon Fuels

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30+ days ago

Are you an experienced 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? Can you create impact through influence? If yes, then join our growing team!

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is seeking a Manager to support our Climate Aligned Industries Program. RMI is leading the clean energy transition by creating market and technological solutions to address climate change. RMIers bring a variety of skillsets, and we welcome candidates with diverse educational and work backgrounds.

We highly encourage individuals of underrepresented groups to apply!

Program Overview:

The Climate Aligned Industries 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. We collaborate with a global network of NGOs, academics, policymakers, financial institutions, and businesses to enable emissions reductions in some of the highest emitting industrial sectors. One of CAIs priorities is to catalyze the development of market infrastructure that enables growth of low carbon fuels (e.g., Power-to-liquids fuel, biofuel).

Position Overview:

RMI is seeking a Manager to support the CAI team in designing solutions to stimulate new demand and supply for alternative low carbon fuels. This position will manage several RMI projects focused on delivering low carbon fuel as a solution. In particular, this position will evaluate opportunities to grow the low carbon fuel market along the US Gulf Coast and California.

Our Managers are creative project leaders who guide and manage team members to craft visionary yet practical solutions for our industry partners and research. As a manager at RMI, you will be a primary project manager, and work closely with and under the direction of RMI’s Principals and Managing Directors to design and execute projects.

  • The Manager is sometimes an individual contributor but is most often responsible for managing and guiding more junior staff, particularly Associates and sometimes Sr. Associates.
  • Has responsibility for managing projects and/or significant portions of initiatives. The Manager works with Principals and Managing Directors to provide mentorship, professional development, and project reviews of more junior staff.
  • Contributes to strategy-level conversations about initiatives and RMI.
  • Developed expertise in one area and are conversant in one or more additional areas. The Manager represents RMI externally at mid-level technical events and to small to mid-sized groups.
  • The Manager is beginning to participate in business development and sometimes has a significant role in that area.

Core Responsibilities:

Managing projects to yield breakthrough insights and results

  • Manage projects focused on low carbon alternative fuels
  • Evaluate market potential and carbon mitigation opportunity for low carbon fuels; understand the evolution of the Power-to-liquid (PtL) market size and economic competitiveness
  • Support stakeholders (companies, regulators) to enable growth of alternative fuel supply in the US Gulf Coast and California
  • Partner with collaborators to develop, pilot, and scale successful solutions to the world’s toughest energy challenges
  • With senior guidance, shape project strategies from inception to conclusion: determine change models, 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 validating findings from RMI teams and partners.
  • Coach and motivate project team members and resolve any issues throughout project life cycle, including writing project-level reviews for junior staff
  • Oversee teams that number between 2 to 25 contributors (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.

Providing thought leadership

  • Develop strategies for scaling the adoption of low carbon fuels, domestically and internationally
  • Lead and contribute to research efforts and publications
  • Represent RMI as an industry expert at key conferences and other public speaking events

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an applicable field such as chemical engineering, environmental or physical sciences + 6 years of relevant work experience OR a M.S. degree in a related field + 4 years of relevant work experience.
  • 3+ years of experience in Alternative Fuels
  • Connections across the alternative fuels supply chain – feedstock and fuel producers and suppliers, regulators, trade associations and transport customers – and the broader value chain
  • Knowledge of Low carbon fuel markets, feedstock sustainability, delivery logistics, and chain of custody and alternative tracking systems
  • Demonstrated experience managing projects to deliver on time, on scope, and on budget.
  • Strong problem-solving, research and writing skills.
  • Commitment to deep decarbonization of the industrial sectors.
  • Ability to travel 10-20% (as public health conditions allow)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the chemicals and refining industry, regulatory agencies, consulting, project management, or other related fields.
  • Knowledge of environmental attribute certificate standards and products
  • Knowledge of chemical manufacturing processes and oil refining.
  • Experience as a people manager (i.e., managing direct reports).
  • Experience with life-cycle assessments and emissions accounting with a preferred focus on low carbon fuels.


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 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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