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Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)—an independent, non-partisan nonprofit founded in 1982—advances market-based solutions that transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. It engages businesses, communities, and institutions to cost-effectively shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables. In 2014, RMI merged with Carbon War Room (CWR), and the combined organization now has over 110 professionals, a budget of $25 million, and offices in New York City, Washington D.C., Boulder, Colorado and Snowmass, Colorado.

Reinventing Fire, RMI's 2011 book, offers a vision, rigorous analysis, and solutions roadmap for achieving that focus in the United States, demonstrating a future and heavily transformed energy landscape that supports at 158%-bigger 2050 U.S. economy at a $5 trillion net present value savings over business-as-usual while getting the U.S. off oil, coal, and nuclear energy. In 2013, RMI embarked on a similar Reinventing Fire study for China in partnership with three other major organizations as input for China's next five-year plan. In addition, RMI has undertaken targeted applications of its proposed solutions at city, state, and regional levels.

RMI employs rigorous research, analysis, and whole-systems expertise to develop breakthrough insights. In partnership with collaborators, chiefly in the private sector, RMI tests and refines those ideas. Then RMI convenes and collaborates with diverse partners—business, government, academic, nonprofit, philanthropic, and military—to accelerate and scale solutions, creating teachable cases and competitive pressure for emulation. This “snowball” strategy bridges iconic projects—such as the energy efficiency retrofit of New York City’s Empire State Building—with accelerating deployment of solutions in the four energy-using sectors of our economy: transportation, buildings, industry, and electricity. In each of these sectors, RMI drives innovation in technology, policy, design, and business strategy.

RMI is a nonprofit institution with multiple revenue sources, principally funded through major gifts from philanthropists who are deeply aligned with the institute’s mission, vision, and programmatic areas of focus—their support provides roughly 75% of revenue. RMI also receives funding from U.S.-based and international foundations and funding organizations with missions and programs closely aligned with RMI. Between 20 and 30% of revenues come from mission-related collaboration services provided to corporations, state & federal governments and agencies, and other organizations. This “fee-for-service” revenue is essential to ensure our programs remain pragmatic and aligned with the needs of the institutions and organization with whom we collaborate to effect change in the world.

For more information on Rocky Mountain Institute, please explore the rest of our site.

For more information on Reinventing Fire, please click here.

For a sense of the culture and the unusual talent RMI attracts, click here.

RMI offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • 403b Retirement Options (5% match after the first year)
  • Life, AD&D, Short Term and Long Term Disability
  • Commuter and Wellness Benefits
  • Casual Work Environment
  • Appreciation of Work-Life Balance

Current Openings

If you are having trouble accessing a job posting or submitting your application, please email humanresources@rmi.org.  Due to the large number of applications we are managing, general inquiries will not receive a response.  Thank you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Director of Major Gifts

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

Rocky Mountain Institute, also DBA Carbon War Room, is a global nonprofit with a mission to change global energy use to ensure a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future.

Rocky Mountain Institute was founded 33 years ago by Amory Lovins and has a strong track record as a leading global energy think-and-do tank.  Sir Richard Branson started Carbon War Room with a team of like-minded entrepreneurs to accelerate the adoption of business solutions that reduce carbon emissions at gigaton scale and advance the low-carbon economy.  The two organizations came together at the end of 2014, creating a formidable force to drive the global change to a low-carbon economy.

With a budget of $25M and a staff of 110, the combined organization is poised to catalyze an energy revolution that will unlock the greatest wealth-creating opportunity in modern history. 

POSITION SUMMARY

Rocky Mountain Institute/Carbon War Room (RMI/CWR) is building the best fundraising team in the country and seeks a Director of Major Gifts to raise funds toward the organization’s ambitious fundraising goals.  The Director of Major Gifts will be expert at creating and executing development strategies, directly soliciting gifts, and managing others to achieve strong fundraising results.  The Director of Major Gifts will be a key member of the growing development team, serving as a “right hand” to Keely Henderson, Managing Director of Development. 

The location of this position is flexible however Boulder, CO is preferred.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Advance individual and organizational relationships that result in large philanthropic contributions for Rocky Mountain Institute, Carbon War Room, or both through personal visits, email correspondence, and telephone conversations with prospects and donors.
  • Participate in solicitations with members of the RMI/CWR board and/or leadership team.
  • Work with the Managing Director of Development to create and implement the Major Gift strategy for RMI/CWR.
  • Identify, qualify, and manage a portfolio of approximately 25-50 prospects (individuals, foundations, corporations) with capacity to make substantial gifts ($10,000 and more).
  • Manage a growing team of development professionals to ensure progress toward individual and team goals.
  • Work with the development team to create compelling proposals, cultivate new prospects, and steward existing donors.  Use database to document moves management process.
  • Work collaboratively with the program team to gain a comprehensive understanding of RMI/CWR’s work and build strong working relationships with program leaders.  
  • Translate highly technical information into accessible written and verbal language that will compel donors to support key programs and projects.  
  • Represent RMI /CWR at events in order to expand the organization’s network and cultivate donors.
  • Oversee the development team in preparing communications and materials, designing meeting content, and coordinating activities with program colleagues.
  • Serve as an active member of the development team; support the implementation of the development team’s short- and long-term objectives; engage with the development team by attending staff meetings, serving on special task forces, participating in development-program meetings, and understanding and contributing to RMI/CWR’s development strategy and overall mission.
  • Serve as a trusted advisor to the Managing Director of Development and support the development team as an unwavering team player who is willing to jump in and help for the benefit of RMI/CWR.
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned.

CANDIDATE PROFILE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and ten years of experience in a professional development role, including at least five years of experience in direct solicitation of gifts.  Candidates with similar experience in corporate business development or sales will also be considered.
  • Extensive experience managing a team of development professionals.
  • Demonstrated commitment to contributing to and being a part of a dynamic team.
  • Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written.  Strong ability to build trusted relationships.
  • Proven track record and talent for building and managing a pipeline of high-net-worth donors and supporters.  Comfortable opening doors and soliciting grants.
  • Strong aptitude for fundraising and building long-term donor relationships.
  • Self-starter.  Entrepreneurial approach, with ability to work independently and as part of a team dedicated to the overall mission of RMI/CWR.
  • Clear and demonstrated passion for sustainability and for transforming global energy use toward a clean, prosperous and secure low-carbon future.
  • Understanding of energy transformation, energy efficiency and renewable energy, climate-change science, and sustainable finance.
  • Understanding of the energy economy, market based change, innovation and business as a force for good.
  • Willingness to travel and occasionally work evenings or weekends as part of development activities.

COMPENSATION

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience.  In addition, a comprehensive
benefits package is included.

TO APPLY

Send a resume and brief cover letter to: Sarah Samarasinghe: Sarah@pbrsearch.com

All applications will be reviewed carefully.  If you are identified to move forward in the process, you will be contacted by the PBR team, who will outline the next steps of the process.   

RMI is an equal opportunity employer.

No phone calls please.

 

Major Gift Officer

 ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

Rocky Mountain Institute, also DBA Carbon War Room, is a global nonprofit with a mission to change global energy use to ensure a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. 

Rocky Mountain Institute was founded 33 years ago by Amory Lovins and has a strong track record as a leading global energy think-and-do tank. Sir Richard Branson started Carbon War Room with a team of like-minded entrepreneurs to accelerate the adoption of business solutions that reduce carbon emissions at gigaton scale and advance the low-carbon economy. The two organizations came together at the end of 2014, creating a formidable force to drive the global change to a low-carbon economy.

With a budget of $25M and a staff of 110, the combined organization is poised to catalyze an energy revolution that will unlock the greatest wealth-creating opportunity in modern history.  

The location of this position is flexible however New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; or Boulder, CO is preferred.

POSITION SUMMARY

Rocky Mountain Institute/Carbon War Room (RMI/CWR) is building the best fundraising team in the country and currently seeks two major gift officers who are each responsible for the development and management of a portfolio of current and potential major donors.  This includes working with programmatic staff to understand and articulate funding needs and building and leveraging key relationships and contacts within and outside of the organization’s network. The major gift officers will be key contributors to the development team and will be essential to the achievement of the organization’s fundraising goals.    

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Advance individual and organizational relationships that result in large philanthropic contributions for Rocky Mountain Institute, Carbon War Room, or both through personal visits, email correspondence, and telephone conversations with prospects and donors.
  • Identify, qualify, and manage a portfolio of approximately 200 new and existing prospects (individuals, foundations, and corporations) with capacity to make substantial gifts ($10,000 and more).
  • Gather data, assess prospects, and develop strategies designed to realize the current and lifetime giving potential of individual prospects.
  • Work with the development team to create compelling proposals, cultivate new prospects, and steward existing donors.  Use database to document moves management process. 
  • Work collaboratively with the program team to gain a comprehensive understanding of RMI/CWR’s work and build strong working relationships with program leaders.  
  • Translate highly technical information into accessible written and verbal language that will compel donors to support key programs and projects.  
  • Represent RMI /CWR at events in order to expand the organization’s network and cultivate donors.
  • Support the development team in preparing communications and materials, designing meeting content, and coordinating activities with program colleagues.
  • Serve as an active member of the development team; support the implementation of the development team’s short- and long-term objectives; engage with the development team by attending staff meetings, serving on special task forces, participating in development-program meetings, and understanding and contributing to RMI/CWR’s development strategy and overall mission. 
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned. 

CANDIDATE PROFILE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and ten years of experience in a professional development role, including at least five years of experience in direct solicitation of gifts.  Candidates with similar experience in corporate business development or sales will also be considered.
  • Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written.  
  •  Proven track record and talent for building and managing a pipeline of high-net-worth donors and supporters.  Comfortable opening doors and soliciting donations. 
  • Strong aptitude for fundraising and building long-term donor relationships.
  • Self-starter. Entrepreneurial approach, with ability to work independently and as part of a team dedicated to the overall mission of RMI/CWR.
  • Clear and demonstrated passion for sustainability and for transforming global energy use toward a clean, prosperous and secure, low-carbon future.
  • Understanding of energy transformation, energy efficiency and renewable energy, climate-change science, and sustainable finance.
  • Understanding of the energy economy, market based change, innovation and business as a force for good.
  • Willingness to travel and occasionally work evenings or weekends as part of development activities.

COMPENSATION

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience.  In addition, a comprehensive

benefits package is included.

TO APPLY

Send a resume and brief cover letter to: Sarah Samarasinghe: Sarah@pbrsearch.com

All applications will be reviewed carefully.  If you are identified to move forward in the process, you will be contacted by the PBR team, who will outline the next steps of the process.

RMI is an equal opportunity employer. 

No phone calls please.

 
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