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Principal - Emerging Technologies

Rocky Mountain Institute is seeking a Principal who can lead RMI’s research and collaboration (R&C) efforts in disruptive innovation, with a focus on distributed electricity resources including solar photovoltaic.  The successful individual will be capable of driving a diverse portfolio of projects that includes both technical and market-focused elements, with a strong understanding of innovative business models, project finance, and manufacturing value drivers.

RMI’s Principals are senior management positions responsible for building and developing successful, high-impact programs.  Our Principals lead research teams and partner with collaborators to develop, pilot, and scale successful solutions to the world’s toughest energy challenges.  Our organizational goal is to create a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future.

Key Responsibilities

  • Define a compelling strategy to accelerate the adoption of distributed clean energy solutions together with fellow Principals and Managing Directors.
  • Shape and deliver strategy program elements, coordinating small teams to deliver objectives.
  • Oversight of teams includes some “roll-up your sleeves” work in nearly all projects, driving thought-leadership and execution through charismatic example.
  • Perform business development, including philanthropic fundraising support, government grant management, and direct company fee-for-service project development. 
  • Develop and enhance Rocky Mountain Institute’s public reputation through regular publication, speaking, and external engagement on key topics critical to program success.
  • Manage existing and propose future program budgets.
  • Support development of team members and Institute through active involvement in leadership activities.
  • Effectively communicate activities internally at RMI, including close coordination with other RMI electricity practice Principals and other staff.
  • Support Managing Directors in interactions with RMI board.
     

General Qualifications

  • Intense curiosity and creativity
  • Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines
  • Willingness to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas
  • Excellent quantitative analysis and modeling skills
  • Excellent writing skills and visual presentation capability
  • Strong verbal communication skills, from one-on-ones to speeches
  • Interest in and solid track record of people development
  • Skills and desire to change client’s and decision-maker’s minds on intensely important issues
  • A passion for making the world better
  • Willingness to travel up to 33% of time

Education and Experience

  • Master degree-equivalent or higher, with significant studies in both technology (science/engineering) and markets (business/finance) preferred.
  • Demonstrated core knowledge of electricity markets.
  • Demonstrated professional experience with distributed electrical energy resources, preferably with a strong background in solar photovoltaic and/or storage technologies.
  • 10 years of professional experience in related fields.
  • Direct management experience developing and managing highly skilled teams with peer-level capability.
  • Experience managing budgets larger than $1MM.
  • Experience in energy development and/or finance.
  • Experience in launching and managing new business activities.

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

RMI is an equal opportunity employer.