Senior Associate - Community Engagement

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30+ days ago

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!

Program Overview

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 Senior Associate 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 evaluate community impacts and benefits for US Hydrogen Hub development.

Key Responsibilities

  • Evaluate project opportunities and downfalls based on best practice ESG criteria and learnings from previous large scale energy projects
  • 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
  • Helping to craft and execute community-engaging issue-based forums that involve a multitude of internal and external stakeholders
  • Support development of team members and the Institute on subject matter relevant to engaging with communities and energy development
  • Effectively communicate activities internally at RMI
  • Mentor staff at associate level, 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

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree
  • 3+ years of experience in energy project development, community organizing, campaign management related to energy and infrastructure projects
  • Experience leading high-performing teams in a project-based work environment
  • Knowledge in clean energy transition pathways for heavy industry and climate change

Additional Qualifications

  • Ability to travel 10-20%
  • Excellent work references
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, writing and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • A graduate degree in environmental science, law or policy, economics, engineering
  • Connections across the energy development advocacy and academic institutions
  • Knowledge in economic development factors for energy development
  • 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 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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