Associate/Senior Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute

currently remote

Job Title: Associate/Senior Associate 

Organization: Rocky Mountain Institue 

Overview: As an Associate or Senior Associate, you are a creative problem solver who uses your quantitative, qualitative, 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.  

Currently hiring for two policy-centered positions, one focused on appliance regulation and one focused on state-level utility regulation. In your cover letter, please indicate which position(s) you are most interested in. 

For appliance regulation, seeking candidates with: 

  • Experience participating in agency rule-making processes at the state, federal, or regional level 
  • Ability to synthesize technical analysis into compelling recommendations for policymakers 
  • Understanding of the health and air quality impacts of gas combustion is a plus  
  • Familiarity with appliance emissions, safety, or efficiency standards is a plus 

For state-level utility regulation, seeking candidates with: 

  • Familiarity with energy policy and utility regulatory documents, such as orders, rate cases, and more
  • Understanding of utility business models and energy efficiency programs 
  • Past experience at a utility or as an intervenor a plus  

For both positions, your key job responsibilities as an  Associate  primarily include:  

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

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.  


  • Oversee and guide the implementation of departmental and county agricultural goals, including the successful transition away from genetically-engineered corn and sugar beets, enhanced soil health and agricultural productivity/viability, and increased environmental performance (e.g., pollinator habitat, carbon sequestration) on Open Space agricultural lands.
  • Manage and lead a team of thirteen agricultural land and water resources staff, including four direct report supervisors, to ensure timely progress on workgroup objectives, align ongoing work with department and workgroup strategic plans, and facilitate collaboration with other department workgroups.
  • Refine the division’s strategic plan and implement it by directing staff resources and annual work plans, administering the division’s annual budget, and creating standard operating procedures that increase efficiency.
  • Participate in the department’s Management Team by representing the Agricultural Resources Division and agricultural interests, and collaborate with peers to provide organizational stewardship.
  • Represent the department and perspectives of its agricultural tenants to diverse publics including neighbors, interest groups, stakeholders, the Board of County Commissioners, and the Parks & Open Space Advisory Committee in a variety of settings.
  • Work with a wide variety of agricultural producers who represent a broad spectrum of agricultural operations, experience, and goals.
  • Collaborate extensively with other department staff and agencies on a variety of land management activities pertaining to wildlife habitat, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and recreational development.
  • Perform related work, as required.

Qualifications: A graduate degree or equivalent experience in an applicable field such as policy, economics, engineering (mechanical, electrical, civil, energy), business (marketing, finance, international),  law, computer science, mathematics, architecture, physical and social sciences, OR  undergraduate degree an d 2-4 years of cumulative work experience and excellent work references

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with energy, climate, buildings, air quality, and/or the electricity industry. 
  • Experience working in energy regulation and policy. 
  • Understanding of basic financial analysis and metrics (e.g., NPV, cash flows). 
  • Ability to design, create, and run Excel-based models. 
  • Prior experience in consulting, project management, or other related fields. 
  • 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.  

Application Deadline: November 18

Salary/pay: The starting Associate level salary is $68,000, and the starting Senior Associate salary is $76,500. Both levels have a 5% bonus target, and there is potential to earn more based on experience that will be vetted through the interview process. 

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