Do you love solving challenging problems, thinking in numbers, and working in groups? Do you also have the self-motivation, curiosity, creativity, and ability to persuade others toward meaningful results? Do you have a passion for making the world a better place? If yes, then join our growing team!
Program & Project Overview:
RMI is seeking exceptional candidates to fill a Senior Associate (mid-level research and collaboration position) within our Global Cooling Transformation team under RMI’s Carbon-Free Buildings Program. RMIers bring a variety of skillsets, and we welcome candidates with diverse educational and work backgrounds.
In the context of a warming planet, access to cooling in many parts of the world is increasingly viewed as a societal need supporting positive health outcomes, higher productivity, and accelerated economic development. However, in a world where over 3 billion people lack access to cooling, meeting this need comes at an environmental cost that we simply cannot afford – this was the dilemma that the Global Cooling Prize set out to solve. The Prize concluded in 2021 successfully demonstrating room air conditioner (RAC) technologies with 5X lower climate impact.
Through the work of the Prize, RMI built an enviable reputation for its expertise in the cooling space acting as an advisor and developing guides and handbooks for such organizations as The World Bank, UNEP, Global Covenant of Mayors, Mission Innovation, SE for ALL and the Climate Works Foundation.
RMI is now looking to establish a dedicated Global Cooling Transformation Team to take this work forward with an overarching goal of achieving market ubiquity for products aligned to the 5X principal within the current decade.
In terms of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions reductions, scaling ‘5X’ technologies could prevent over 68 gigatons (GT) of cumulative CO2e emissions by 2050.
Specifically, this individual will work as part of the Global Cooling Transformation Team on grants and contracts relevant to the overarching goal above currently envisioned to include
as well as supporting any cooling specific work of RMI’s broader program focus as a knowledge resource, anticipated to include:
As a Senior Associate, you are a creative problem solver who uses your quantitative, technical and analytical abilities to conduct compelling research and assessment. You will collaborate with team members to craft visionary yet practical solutions for our research questions and clients.
Your key job responsibilities as a Senior Associate primarily include:
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. Our U.S. offices are in New York City; Washington DC; Oakland, California; Boulder, Colorado, and Basalt, Colorado. This role can be located from anywhere in the continental United States.
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 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 including:
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:
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.
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.