Program Overview:

The US Program works to accelerate the US transition to a climate-aligned future. The US Program collaboratively develops RMI’s overall US strategy by establishing clear priorities while working to integrate, elevate, and fill gaps among US-focused work across RMI’s programs. The US Program works with government, industry, and civil society across all economic sectors to accelerate US decarbonization.

The US Program’s federal policy team works with policymakers in the executive and legislative branches to inform, develop, and implement federal clean energy and climate policies. As an Associates or Senior Associate, you will develop targeted analysis, distil insights from other RMI programs, liaise with external partners, develop public communications, and engage with federal policymakers on policies and measures to accelerate the pace of industrial decarbonization in the United States (working alongside Associates focused on other energy sectors – electricity, buildings and mobility).

Currently, our federal heavy industry team has a strong focus on supporting the successful implementation of the US regional clean hydrogen hubs program and other policies advancing clean hydrogen. As such, experience and/or interest working on clean hydrogen as a tool for industrial decarbonization is warmly welcomed. Our team also covers a range of other industrial decarbonization topics.

Position Overview:

As an Associate or Senior Associate, you are a creative problem solver who uses your quantitative, technical and analytical abilities to conduct compelling research and assessment around vital energy issues. You will collaborate with team members to craft visionary yet practical solutions for our research questions and clients.

As an RMI Associate, you will be an independent contributor and work closely with colleagues on projects under the direction of more senior staff. You will develop expertise in the content area of your specific program within RMI and will provide subject-matter support on that topic to other RMIers.

Your key job responsibilities as an Associate primarily include: 

  • Provide quantitative analysis, modeling, policy advice and support to our projects.
  • Locate and manage high quality data that sheds new light on problems and solutions.
  • Create innovative problem-solving approaches to drive project insight.
  • Synthesize recommendations into clear and compelling presentations, written reports, and policy briefs or memoranda.
  • Present quantitative information in a clear, visual format. Engage with external experts via phone interviews, conferences, and on occasion, respond to outreach requests.

Your key responsibilities as a Senior Associate include the above, and:

  • Structure and guide the work of more junior team members.
  • Design and create approaches and quantitative models to effectively address key questions and challenges posed by our research goals and clients. 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 Associate level, 2-4 years of cumulative work experience.
  • At the Senior Associate level, 3-6 years of cumulative work experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with heavy industry sectors (e.g., steel and metals, cement, oil and gas, maritime shipping, aviation, heavy duty trucking), especially on industrial decarbonization strategies.
  • Experience working with policymakers, public officials and staff, especially in US federal government. Experience with state or city governments also welcome.
  • Experience working on the topic of clean hydrogen.
  • Experience working on clean energy and emissions reduction across any sector, including electricity, buildings, transport and industry.
  • Prior experience in consulting, project management, or other related fields.
  • Ability to design, create, and run Excel-based models.
  • High level of comfort performing basic analysis on energy use, emissions reduction potential, levelized costs, etc., including converting between different units of energy.
  • Understanding of basic financial concepts, analyses and metrics (eg: debt, equity, cash flows, net present value, cost of capital).
  • Ability to stick with a problem through resolution but also knowing when to ask for help.
  • Ability to listen actively, be diplomatic, and share knowledge and information well.
  • Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines and take risks by exploring and testing new ideas.
  • Experience working among diverse groups with varying perspectives and/or facilitating challenging conversations.
  • Demonstrated initiative and accomplishment in previous work.  Graduate degree.