Senior Associate - Carbon Free Mobility

Boulder, CO
3 months ago
Full time role


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Job Description

Do you love solving challenging problems, writing and research, and working in groups? Do you also have the self-motivation, curiosity, creativity and ability to persuade others toward meaningful results? Are you passionate about the clean energy transition? If yes, then join our growing team! 

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is seeking a Senior Associate to support the Carbon Free Mobility Team. 

We highly encourage individuals of underrepresented groups to apply! 

Program Overview: 

Our Carbon-Free Mobility Program is spearheading a rapid and equitable transition to clean transportation in India, China, the United States, Europe, and the Global South. We work to accelerate the pace and scale of vehicle electrification from the grid up and de-risk the EV transition to unlock private investment.  

The future of mobility must be:  

1. Electric: making zero tailpipe emissions the norm in a 1.5°C-aligned timeframe  

2. Connected: building out smart and ubiquitous infrastructure  

3. Equitable: developing healthy, accessible, and affordable transportation for all 

Our strategy includes 

  • Policy and implementation support for national and subnational governments  
  • Advanced data analysis to provide decision-makers with actionable information 
  • Industry convening and co-creation to define new pathways and initiate positive ambition loops  
  • Communications campaigns to create unavoidable visibility and irreversible demand for zero pollution products and services  
  • Finance solutions to ensure equitable access to loans and clean vehicles and to unlock multilateral and bilateral development finance and channel it to the highest impact e-mobility programs globally   

Position Overview: 

As a Senior Associate, you are a creative problem solver who uses your quantitative, technical, and analytical abilities to conduct compelling research and facilitate a range of stakeholders and partners seeking to develop solutions that accelerate the decarbonization of the transportation sector globally.  

We look for aptitude at solving challenging problems, thinking in numbers, and working 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. RMI Senior Associates are independent contributors and work closely with colleagues on projects under the direction of more senior staff. They have begun to develop expertise in the content area of their program within RMI and can provide support internally to RMI on that topic. 

We invite candidates with a variety of skillsets, educational and work backgrounds! 

Your key responsibilities as a Senior Associate include: 

  • Provide core research, quantitative analysis, support to our projects. 
  • Design and create innovative problem-solving approaches and quantitative models to effectively address key questions and challenges posed by our research goals and clients.   
  • Locate and manage high quality data that sheds new light on problems and solutions. 
  • Synthesize recommendations into clear and compelling presentations and written reports. 
  • Present quantitative information in a clear, visual format. 
  • Engage with external experts via interviews, conferences, and respond to outreach requests. 
  • Structure and guide the work of more junior team members. 
  • Contribute publicly at conferences, share expertise in response to media requests, discuss our work with clients and donors, and direct RMI research collaborations. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • An undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in an applicable field such as engineering, environmental or physical sciences and at least 2 years cumulative work experience in a related field (or equivalent timeframe inclusive of a post graduate degree) in a related field 
  • Ability to design, create, and run Excel-based models. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Personal qualities: intellectual curiosity, flexible mindset, and a passion for impact and environmental sustainability. 

Preferred knowledge, skills, experience, and competencies:  

  • Interest in decarbonizing global transportation systems.  
  • Work experience and interest in the clean energy and/or clean transportation sectors. 
  • Graduate degree in an applicable field. 
  • Comfort working in both collaborative team settings as well as independently managing multiple projects and priorities simultaneously. 
  • Willingness to plunge into new areas of work and to learn new subject matter. 
  • A self-starter who is analytical, inquisitive, and results oriented. 
  • Demonstrated initiative and accomplishment in previous work. 


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 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.  


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, adjusted to regional norms, including (for US employment): 
  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance 
  • 403b Retirement Options (up to 5% match immediately) 
  • Generous PTO 
  • Professional and personal development (including LinkedIn Learning access) 
  • Parental leave 
  • Life, AD&D, Short Term and Long-Term Disability 
  • 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. 

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