| May 15, 2024

Senior Associate – Climate Intelligence, Carbon Markets

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  • Full Time
  • United States
  • $84,170 to $103,740 USD / Year

Website RMI

Job Description:


Do you love solving challenging problems, thinking analytically, and working in groups? Are you passionate about developing innovative solutions to the climate crisis? Are you interested in being a critical member of a quickly growing team at RMI?

RMI’s Climate Intelligence Program is seeking a Senior Associate to join our Carbon Markets Initiative, which was launched in December 2021 to bring greater trust and transparency to the voluntary carbon market. We see transparent, efficient, and credible carbon markets as a vital financing mechanism to accelerate progress towards a 50 percent cut in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050. Since then, we’ve transitioned from functioning as a nascent startup to being recognized as market-shaping experts with a theory of change that, if scaled, could play an instrumental role in building a trusted, reliable, and credible carbon market. We are focused on improving data integrity on both the supply and demand sides of the market – as such improvements will strengthen the credibility and reliability of the VCM.


Position Overview 
As a Senior Associate, you are a creative problem solver who uses your analytical abilities to conduct compelling research and facilitate a range of actors seeking to improve the climate impact of offset markets. In this position, you will be an independent contributor and work closely with colleagues on projects under the direction of more senior staff. You will develop expertise around carbon markets and will provide subject-matter support on this topic both within RMI and across RMI’s broad range of collaborators. This position will report initially to the Manager of the Carbon Markets Initiative.


Your responsibilities as a Senior Associate include:   

  • Contribute research and knowledge in structured forms (models, templates, frameworks) to inform the development of both a supply-side data framework and demand-side engagement that increase transparency, trust, quality, and equity in the VCM.
  • Analyze existing methodologies for various emission reduction activities to certify carbon credits and clearly communicate key steps of quantification in project implementation to a wide range of audience.
  • Synthesizing analysis and recommendations into clear and compelling communication channels (i.e. presentations, blogs, written reports, and digital content).
  • Facilitate interviews and consultations with external stakeholders
  • With assistance from CMI leadership, help structure and guide the work of more junior team members.
  • Other duties, as assigned, to support the natural evolution of our team and related deliverables.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s level degree in sustainability, economics, finance, business, engineering, or environmental science, OR undergraduate degree and 2+ years of work experience and excellent work references
  • Familiarity with climate change issues and carbon markets
  • Ability and willingness to engage with technical material, and provide qualitative and quantitative evaluation of existing initiatives
  • Strong writing skills, and the ability to write for multiple audiences
  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently


Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Ideal candidates will have experience in climate and carbon finance
  • Knowledge of the carbon offsets industry (including project developers, verifiers and registries, corporate buyers) is valued but not required
  • Understanding of how various technologies (e.g., satellites and remote sensing, machine learning, distributed ledger technologies) can support climate solutions
  • 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

We encourage anyone who is interested in this role to apply, regardless of whether you feel you meet 100% of the qualifications. The top candidates will bring their own unique perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds from a variety of industries along with many but not necessarily all the skills listed above. We offer professional learning and training opportunities to help you develop the skills you may not have had the opportunity to cultivate yet.


We are a remote-ready organization 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.

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, a new Senior Associate joins at the minimum to mid salary range of $84,170 to $103,740. You would also have an additional 5% bonus target!

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical, dental, vision insurance
  • 403b retirement options (up to 5% match immediately)
  • Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability
  • Professional and personal development
  • Generous paid time off and sick leave
  • Parental leave
  • Flexible working hours
  • Commuter and work from home stipends

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion       
At RMI, our mission is to build a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future for all. For this to happen, every single person needs to be a stakeholder in the energy transition. Recruiting, hiring, mentoring, and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve is critical to our success. We need the widest range of perspectives to understand the systems we are trying to change. That doesn’t just mean bringing a diverse team to the table; it also means working proactively to give all job seekers and employees equitable experiences. Visit our DEI page for more information on our DEI initiatives and commitments.
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, non-partisan, nonprofit organization of experts across disciplines working to accelerate the clean energy transition and improve lives. Since our founding in 1982 by Amory Lovins, RMI’s chairman emeritus, we continue to grow and have a global reach and reputation.

For 40 years, RMI has utilized our unique techno-economic expertise and whole-systems thinking to publish groundbreaking research and analysis. We bring together collaborations of rare reach, range, and expertise—creating unconventional partnerships and mobilizing action to drive change on the massive scale needed to combat the climate crisis.
RMI is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.




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