Associate, Built Environment

  • Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Boulder, CO, USA
  • Mar 19, 2017
Full time Energy Efficiency Green Building/Sustainable Development Sustainability

Job Description

These positions can be located in any of our U.S. based office locations however there is a priority to staff our Basalt, Colorado, New York City and Washington, D.C. offices.

RMI is seeking exceptional candidates to fill multiple Associate positions within our Buildings Practice, which focuses on commercial,institutional, and residential building efficiency.  A background in building energy engineering and familiarity with mechanical systems is desired.  The position will focus on building performance analysis, and may also include involvement in other practices focused on solar energy systems, industrial efficiency, transportation and sector integration with the electricity system.

With a deep history of leadership evidenced by over three decades redefining how buildings are designed, operated and occupied, RMI's Built Environment team is uniquely positioned to drive impact in the buildings sector. The Buildings practice has a comprehensive approach to scaling impact that will increase demand for efficient, instrumented, and interactive buildings by demonstrating exceptional value - shifting the paradigm from building energy use as a cost to building energy systems as assets and even sources of income.

To support these initiatives, the Associates will be involved in a variety of projects, some of them at or "beyond" state of the art.  Anticipated day-to-day activities include general research, analyzing building performance, developing energy models, performing life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) and conducting data analysis.  Due to our non-profit status, a majority of our budget comes from donor contributions.  As a result, RMI continually strives to achieve measurable success in our work.  This Associate will support RMI efforts to demonstrate, replicate and communicate the success of projects to industry and donor audiences.

The key job responsibilities of an Associate include:

  • Locating and managing high quality data that allow us to shed new light on problems and solutions
  • Developing creative problem solving approaches to drive project insight
  • Synthesizing recommendations into clear and compelling presentations and written reports
  • Presenting quantitative information in a clear, visual format.
  • Engaging with external experts via phone interviews, conferences, and on occasion responding to outreach requests.
  • Providing quantitative analysis, modeling, and support to our projects.


A successful candidate for this position will have an understanding of building science and demonstrated ability to work effectively with other team members.  He or she should also have experience using spreadsheets and building modeling tools to analyze and improve building performance, in either academic, research or business settings.  Knowledge and experience in many (but not necessarily all) of the following areas are considered:


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or similar
  • 1-2 years professional experience in building performance analysis
  • Strong background in building science and experience in energy analysis methods
  • Application of life cycle costs analysis
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel and ability to construct analytic models
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Well versed in word processing and design software (Word, PowerPoint, AutoCad)


  • Experience with large scale data analysis using programs such as R or similar
  • Experience with Sketch-Up, EnergyPlus and OpenStudio or other building simulation tolls
  • Experience with HVAC, lighting, and controls systems, and in-particular savings calculations.
  • Understanding of daylighting design concepts and experience with daylighting analysis tools
  • Programming skills
  • Mechanical design experience
  • On-site energy auditing experience
  • Experience developing financial plans
  • Experience with building codes and green building rating systems (eg. ASHRAE standards, the Living Building Challenge, Passive House, etc.)
  • PE, EIT, BEMP, or CEM professional designation


  • 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

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