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Principal - International Programs

Rocky Mountain Institute is seeking a Principal who can lead RMI’s international research and collaboration (R&C) efforts, with a particular focus on China.  The successful individual will be capable of driving a diverse portfolio of projects that includes technical, policy, and market-focused elements, with a strong understanding and background in RMI’s four key program areas: buildings, transportation, electricity, and industry.

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

  • Work with senior colleagues to deliver a major research collaboration currently underway (“Reinventing Fire: China”).
  • Define strategy and develop operational campaigns that produce follow-on impact related to current major research effort.
  • Shape and deliver combined 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 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
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter
  • A passion for making the world better
  • Proven cross-cultural experience and sensitivity
  • Willingness to travel up to 35% of time

Education and Experience

  • Master degree-equivalent or higher, with significant study of technology (science/engineering), markets (business/finance), and/or international studies (China emphasis) preferred.
  • Demonstrated professional experience with one or more of Rocky Mountain Institute’s key knowledge areas: buildings, transportation, electricity, and/or industry.
  • 10 years of professional experience in related fields.
  • At least 5 years of success working in international markets, with some experience in China.
  • Direct management experience developing and managing highly skilled teams with peer-level abilities.
  • Experience managing budgets larger than $1MM.
  • Fluency in Mandarin is required, native speaker preferred.

The successful candidate will be required to spend significant amounts of time in Colorado and Beijing, with a strong preference that one or the other be the candidate's primary residence."

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

RMI is an equal opportunity employer.

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