Program Operations Lead – US / UT Program


Job Description:

Are you an experienced project manager and 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? If yes, then join our growing team!

We highly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply!


Position Overview 

RMI is seeking a Program Operations Lead (POL) with exceptional organizational and project management skills to operationally oversee and facilitate successful grant and financial management within two RMI programs – split 80-90% US Program (USP) and 10-20% Urban Transformation (UT). In this role, you are expected to hold the operational pulse on operational activities, serving as an advisor and partner to program leadership and project managers in the management of program operations. This position plays a key role in everything from supporting event logistics, team meetings, ensuring grants are effectively managed and reported on, grantor requirements are met, and ensuring all sub recipients are aligned with grant terms and requirements. This position also ensures all project partners are appropriately resourced from the program budget, that progress and funding usage is appropriately tracked and reported to internal staff and funders, and that the program effectively coordinates and collaborates with stakeholders to drive the essential change required to accelerate an equitable and inclusive energy transition to a net-zero economy in the United States. Finally, you will work closely with RMI’s central operations team and the broader Program Operations cohort across the Institute to drive efficiencies and support successful execution by designing and implementing systems to monitor and report on program activities, outcomes and resource usage.


Your Key Responsibilities


Budget management:

  • Manage, coordinate, and help develop all program budgeting including annual budgeting, reforecasting, revenue planning, expense planning, and staff planning with leadership
  • Provide routine updates to initiative Managing Director and other program leaders on the team’s finances
  • Coordinate independently with RMI’s Finance and Development teams to ensure program budgets and pipelines are accurate
  • Synthesize insights from budgeting tools and make data-backed recommendations to program leaders
  • Manage project balances and draw down


Grant Management:

  • Maintain a high-level view of the funding Pipeline and provide guidance on potential funding gaps
  • Support and sometimes lead the development of proposals and reports for donors and non-philanthropic projects. Includes maintaining a list of RMI and program-specific qualifications that can be easily included in proposals.
  • Assist with donor communications and management
  • Act as a liaison with RMI’s Development team and program staff to ensure funding pipeline opportunities are up to date in Salesforce


  • Support People Team with managing the programmatic hiring process, including coordinating job postings, resume reviews, and interviews
  • Facilitate new hire onboarding
  • Serve as point person for the program team on travel safety procedures and guidelines
  • Help the program team leverage available training and learning and development opportunities


Procurement and contracting:

  • Manage invoices, current contracts, creation of new contracts and relationships with current and future program contractors
  • Submit vendor bills correctly and in a timely manner
  • Facilitate and manage procurement processes for the program with the support from RMI’s procurement office


Project management:

  • Maintain project structures (including budget and project-specific data) and create new projects when needed in project management tool
  • Provide support to Project Managers in reviewing and approving timesheets and expense reports for the program
  • Track RMI-standard performance indicators and compile useful summaries for program leadership
  • Maintain the program’s SharePoint homepages


Internal RMI coordination:

  • Serve as liaison between the program team and RMI’s operations departments
  • Support RMI-wide process improvements and RMI standards for program success
  • Work with leaders to ensure consistent processes and tools are utilized across the program
  • Facilitate internal coordination with other programs and operations on shared resources, providing frequent updates to leadership



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible administrative, finance, operations, project management or related experience
  • Skilled at using advanced features in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point
  • Ability to quickly learn new budgeting and project management software tools
  • Proficient budgeting, finance, and project management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to balance and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Attention to detail and exceptional accuracy
  • Ability to speak multiple languages is a plus



We are a remote-ready company with team members around the globe. This role can be located anywhere in the world, with a preference for a U.S. based employee with the ability to work across multiple time zones.

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 in 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.

Placement: After Location section



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 Program Operations Leads join at the minimum to mid salary range of $67,000 – $82,000. You would also have an additional 5% bonus target.



We offer a comprehensive benefits package adjusted to regional norms, including:

  • 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.




RMI is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.