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Managing Director - Buildings Practice

Buildings Strategy at RMI

At RMI, our focus is on transforming global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future.  Because buildings are responsible for 40% of global energy use, our buildings practice plays a key role in executing our mission.  Importantly, research and case studies have shown that there are many opportunities to create billions of dollars in value through more efficient use of energy in the built environment, but this potential is largely untapped.

RMI has a world-class team of experts who understand the key components of this potential including architecture, engineering, finance, and policy but we are seeking a leader who has the capability and desire to catalyze a dramatic growth in building energy efficiency and renewables in both new and existing buildings. While our buildings practice maintains a global perspective, we primarily focus on regions where the potential impact is large. Our current focus regions are the U.S., China and Europe, although we work in other regions when part of an integrated solution being implemented by RMI.

In rapidly growing economies such as China, a focus on new buildings is critical, as their supply will be expanding rapidly. In more mature economies such as the U.S. and Europe, it is necessary to place a greater emphasis on existing buildings in order to achieve the impact that we seek.

The know-how and technology exists for buildings to consume minimal or zero net energy and there are many examples where buildings have been built or retrofitted with good economic returns. Yet the vast majority of buildings remain energy inefficient. It is therefore insufficient to think only about building design and engineering.  Our working hypothesis is that the skills to unlock the latent demand will come from those willing to look outside the built environment for examples of scaling, cost reduction and improved value proposition in other industries.

We consider two factors to be critically important. First, is the need to ratchet up demand through several means including increased data and information transparency, innovative policy mechanisms, and efficient financing. Second, is the critical role of entrepreneurs to drive the growth of a new generation of companies that can deliver on the efficiency promise. We can enable entrepreneurs by assisting in the development of new business models, embracing disruptive technologies, validating important tools, and removing barriers to their adoption.

Success Factors

Within two to four years, the successful candidate will:

  • Establish RMI's building practice as the international center for building energy efficiency impact through world class collaboration with business leaders and entrepreneurs
  • Unlock the energy efficiency economic potential in several major building subsectors by helping catalyze the establishment or growth of fast scaling for-profit firms

Ideal Candidate for Managing Director - Buildings Practice

Given this backdrop, we seek a seasoned business leader with a passion to drive global change.  Specifically, this individual will understand how to drive demand for efficiency while enabling entrepreneurs with new business models to fulfill this demand. The ideal candidate will be able to manage a world-class team of experts and collaborate in a collegial management setting. Further, he or she will be comfortable pursuing opportunities not only in the U.S. but also in other geographies, and collaborating with other organizations to increase the speed of adoption.  Priority will be given to candidates with a proven track record in leveraging technology or business models to disrupt business sectors.  Ideally the candidate will have a working knowledge of building science, though this is not a requirement. Candidates will be passionate about pursuing sustainable business practices, and will be comfortable working in teams, whether within the organization or when collaborating with thought leaders in the public, private or not-for-profit sector.  Successful candidates will be joining the senior leadership group at RMI and therefore will also play a crucial role in expanding our impact across all sectors in the coming years. 


Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to rmi@sixdegreepeople.com.

RMI is an equal opportunity employer.

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