RMI is seeking exceptional candidates for a Senior Associate—RMI’s mid-level research and collaboration project positions. Our Senior Associates are creative problem solvers who use their quantitative, technical and analytical abilities to conduct compelling quantitative analyses around vital energy issues. They collaborate with team members to craft visionary yet practical solutions for our research questions and for our clients.


Successful candidates would support both the Electricity Program and the Islands Energy Program.

  • The Islands Energy Program, a joint effort between RMI and the Clinton Climate Initiative accelerates the transition of island economies from a heavy dependence on fossil fuels to a mix of energy efficiency and renewable energy–and create a blueprint for other isolated economies. By unlocking the unique challenges islands face, we are supporting islands to move beyond clean-energy roadmaps to tangible, on-the-ground results. Our team supports 15 island partners including several grappling with urgent post-hurricane energy sector rebuilding. Initial staffing to these teams would not limit the future opportunity work with other initiatives in the future.
  • The Electricity Program accelerates the deployment of clean energy solutions in the United States electricity sector to ensure a transition to a distributed energy future. We work with utilities to overhaul business models and evolve into the “utilities of the future,” with businesses to develop and share solutions for integrating distributed energy resources into the grid, and with influential early adopters who are willing to experiment with and ultimately implement transformative solutions.


We look for aptitude at solving challenging problems, the ability to think in numbers, and work in groups. We expect self-motivation, curiosity, creativity, the ability to drive oneself and others toward meaningful results, and a passion for making the world better. RMI’s Sr. Associates are primarily independent contributors, with the ability to support and guide more junior staff. They are frequently responsible for substantial portions of projects and are learning to become project managers. Sr. Associates have begun to develop expertise in a particular area, and can provide support internal to RMI on that topic.

What You Will Do

Sr. Associates can work across a number of programs early in their career at RMI depending on personal passion and programmatic needs. Examples of specific skills and experience sought for this candidate, in support to the Electricity Program and the Islands Energy Program include:

  • A tolerance for adversity and uncertainty, analytical capabilities including quantitative skills in relation to electricity systems, utility economics, and/or electricity regulation.
  • An interest in working and thriving in challenging developing country environments, and an ability to travel up to 40% of the time.
  • Individuals with experience working with small island developing states preferred.
  • Spanish skills desired but not required, in support of RMI’s activities in Puerto Rico
  • This person can be based out of any US office location (Boulder, Basalt, New York City, or Washington DC)

The key job responsibilities of a Senior Associate primarily include:

  • Provide core research on projects
  • Design and create approaches and quantitative models to effectively address key questions and challenges posed by our research goals and clients.
  • Develop hypotheses to guide work, and propose new ways to analyze problems.
  • Structure and guide the work of more junior team members.
  • Synthesize recommendations into clear and compelling presentations and written reports.
  • Present quantitative information in a clear, visual format.
  • Engage with external experts and stakeholders through conference presentations, topical expertise for media requests, outreach to RMI donors, and direct collaboration on RMI research.


Qualifications You Will Have

  • Educational:
    • A graduate degree or equivalent experience in an applicable field such as engineering (mechanical, electrical, civil, energy), business (marketing, finance, international), computer science, mathematics, architecture, physical and social sciences.
    • 3-5 years of cumulative work experience and excellent work references.
  • Technical:
    • Ability to design, build, and maintain complex models (e.g., Excel, MatLab, eQUEST, EnergyPlus).
    • Understanding of basic financial analysis and metrics (e.g., NPV, cash flows).
  • General:
    • Prior experience in consulting, project management, or other related fields
    • Ability to stick with a problem until a solution is found, but knowledge of when to ask for help.
    • Ability to be self-motivated and work independently.
    • Ability to listen actively, be diplomatic, and share knowledge and information well.
    • Ability to communicate your ideas clearly.
    • Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines.
    • Willingness to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas.
    • A passion for making the world better


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