Associates & Senior Associates | Research & Collaboration - Washington, DC; New York City, or Basalt, Colorado

  • Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Basalt, CO
  • May 15, 2017
Energy Efficiency Energy - Solar Energy - Wind Green Building/Sustainable Development Renewable Energy Research Sustainability

Job Description

RMI is seeking exceptional candidates to become Associates and Senior Associates —RMI’s entry and mid-level research and collaboration project positions. Our Associates and 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.

We are currently recruiting for specific programs and projects as outlined below. Initial staffing to these teams would not limit the future opportunity work with other initiatives. Additionally, there may be opportunities for start dates later in the year. Please detail your availability in the application process.

RMI’s Associates have sound quantitative training and some relevant experience. 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.  While Associates are  independent contributors, they work closely with the team on projects under the direction of more senior staff.  Associates may have some unique skill set, but are generally asked to move across practice areas and learn a diverse range of topics.

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.

The key job responsibilities of an Associate primarily include:

  • Provide quantitative analysis, modeling, and support to our projects.

  • Locate and manage high quality data that allow us to shed new light on problems and solutions.

  • Create creative problem solving approaches to drive project insight

  • Synthesize recommendations into clear and compelling presentations and written reports.

  • Present quantitative information in a clear, visual format.

  • Engage with external experts via phone interviews, conferences, and on occasion responding to outreach requests.

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 may be qualified for these positions if you have the following*:

  • Associate:

    • A graduate degree or equivalent experience in an applicable field such as engineering (mechanical, electrical, civil, energy), business (marketing, finance, international), physical and social sciences, including policy, computer science, mathematics, and architecture.

    • At least one year of cumulative work experience and excellent work references.

    • Top-level academic performance

  • Senior Associate:

    • 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.

    • Prior experience in consulting and project management

  • 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:

    • 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

Our staff is comprised of a wide skill set and we welcome a diversified range of education and experience.  RMI ensures thoughtful review of each candidate to determine the appropriate position level for all individuals and this will be communicated prior to the interview process.

TEAM DESCRIPTIONS

Associates and Sr. Associates can work across a number of programs early in their career at RMI depending on personal passion and programmatic needs.  Examples of what specific programs are looking for, in addition to the general qualifications noted above, include:

  • The SEED program seeks two or three total associates and senior associates with a tolerance for adversity and uncertainty, an interest in working and thriving in challenging developing country environments, and an ability to travel 40% of the time to sub-Saharan Africa. There is a general priority for these employees to be based in sub-Saharan Africa although we are also looking for employees to work from US based offices as well. Candidates with experience working and living in sub-Saharan Africa as well as candidates interested in working and living in sub-Saharan Africa will be given preference.

  • The Islands Energy program seeks one Sr. Associate with a tolerance for adversity and uncertainty, analytical capabilities for electricity systems and utility economics, an interest in working and thriving in challenging developing country environments, and an ability to travel 40% of the time. Individuals with experience working with small island developing states preferred. Spanish skills desired but not required.  This person can be based out of any US office location.

  • The Shine program seeks one Associate, located in Basalt, Boulder or New York, to support the scaling of buyer support work, a hands-on implementation oriented initiative developing new markets for distributed PV and one Sr. Associate, preferably located in Basalt, to work on a clean-sheet whole-system redesign of 1 MW PV blocks. For the buyer support team we’re looking for someone with experience in market analysis, business development, sales and/or IT tool development; for the whole-system redesign, a strong technical and/or solar business model design knowledge base will be required, ideally within PV systems.

  • The Electricity practice seeks one Sr. Associate who is a strong generalist with solid quantitative skills and at least basic knowledge of the U.S. electricity sector. This person can be based out of any US office location.

  • The Sunshine for Mines program seeks two Associates, based in Boulder, Basalt or New York. Both associates should be strong generalists with a mix of demonstrable skills in quantitative and financial analysis with experience developing models and related problem solving. A deep passion for renewables projects development and commercial sensibilities is a must. Familiarity with the minerals industry, renewable energy, and energy modeling tools (e.g. Homer) is not necessary, but a plus. The Boulder-based Associate will be focused primarily on developing standardized approaches and tools for the technical and economic feasibility assessments and project preparation for both operating and non-operating mining properties in countries around the world.  The Basalt based associate will be focused primarily on technical and design specific aspects of projects in development, coordinating regularly with internal and external engineers on optimizing site and system solutions.

Location

Specific locations are noted above with a general priority to hire in New York City, Washington DC, Basalt, CO.

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