Manager – Advanced Building Construction Collaborative

  • RMI
  • N/A, CA
  • Feb 22, 2022
Architecture Construction

Job Description

Are you a project management professional who is passionate about energy and buildings, who takes initiative, is flexible, and enjoys working in a results-driven, team environment? Are you a strategic thinker who is able to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, with strong written and verbal communication, administration, and organizational skills? Do you have the ability to work independently on projects, periodically work under pressure, and collaborate effectively with diverse internal and external team? If yes, then consider joining our team! 

A 1.5-degree future requires decarbonization of the energy system through both generation and consumption, with the buildings sector being responsible for 40% of global GHG emissions. RMI is a non-profit think-do-scale tank that has a 40-year history of working on clean energy solutions using integrative design solutions.  RMI applies rigorous techno-economic research, whole-systems expertise, and entrepreneurial approaches to help markets take advantage of breakthrough energy innovations.  

RMI’s Carbon-Free Buildings (CFB) program seeks to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions globally by 2045 through solutions that build a just and equitable energy transition.  This program is a team of 65+ staff. CFB drives impact using a range of methods including research and technical analysis, facilitation, stakeholder engagement and policy work, strategic client engagements, thought leadership, and demonstration projects, all focused on accelerating the adoption of efficiency, electrification, and renewable energy technologies. 

Position Overview 

RMI’s Advanced Building Construction (ABC) Collaborative is seeking a manager with exceptional project management, finance and communication skills. This manager will play a key role in building the recently launched ABC Collaborative, shaping and executing on its strategy and establishing and maintaining member relationships. 

Individuals of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply! 

ABC Collaborative Overview 

The ABC Collaborative seeks to catalyze transformation of the US construction sector in order to accelerate decarbonization of the built environment. The Collaborative achieves this through market facilitation and strategic engagements among incumbent and emergent buildings sector actors. The Collaborative works across new construction and retrofits, leveraging industrialized construction approaches to support and modernize the US construction industry. 

Roles and Responsibilities  

Collaborative Strategy and Tactics with an Emphasis on Finance 

  • Inform Collaborative strategy and tactics drawing on industry knowledge/experience and stakeholder/collaborator engagement 

  • Lead or support development and drafting of Collaborative planning documents 

  • Lead or support scoping, outlining, drafting, and production of Collaborative reports, briefs, and blogs 

  • Inform research and analysis activities to support Collaborative thought leadership

  • Working with internal and external experts, support development of innovative financing and risk management models for ABC 

  • Lead or support finance related workstreamsclosely collaborating with internal and external subject matter experts  

  • Support technology scaling and commercialization activities for ABC innovations, including engaging investors and consulting with technologists in development and evaluation of innovative technologies and business models 

  • Support provision of technical assistance by Collaborative and external partners to owners/developers, solution providers, and/or manufacturers/fabricators 

Stakeholder Management 

  • Help lead stakeholder research and outreach with a wide variety of relevant buildings sector actors 

  • Oversee the Collaborative’s network of stakeholders, including ensuring Salesforce database is efficiently organized and up to date, managing partners and junior staff to effectively leverage client management systems. 

  • Lead negotiation and support execution of contracts with collaborators 

  • Lead or support development of stakeholder collateral, such as slides/decks and informational materials 

  • Lead or support presentations to stakeholders 

  • Lead or support regular ABC Collaborative website updates 

Events and Logistics   

  • Lead or support planning, agenda design, organization, and execution of various Collaborative events, which may include general convenings, targeted webinars and workshops, Collaborative working group sessions, and other programming 

  • Coordinate with internal marketing/communications teams as well as external partners to manage event communications and promotion 

  • Support session facilitation during events 

  • Lead or support prompt execution of follow-ups subsequent to events 

Collaborative Operations and Project Administration  

  • Maintain familiarity with Collaborative activities and effectually brief internal leadership and key federal/state award stakeholders, as needed 

  • Working with program coordinator, finance, compliance manager, development officers and Collaborative leadership, ensure compliance with federal and state award reporting including oversight of project budgets 

  • Support proposal development for relevant funding opportunities 

  • Assist in unanticipated tasks required to operationalize and build up the Collaborative, as needed (similar to any start-up) 


Minimum Qualifications  

  • Passion for RMI’s mission and for improving the built environment 

  • Graduate degree or equivalent professional experience in a field related to the built environment 

  • Minimum of 5+ years of professional experience with at least 3 years of project management experience 

Additional Qualifications    

  • Experience in real estate development, real estate finance including equity investment, mortgage lending, secondary markets, and/or project financing  

  • Experience withbuilding science, building energy systems, design,engineering, or similar technical field    

  • Background working directly with senior-level stakeholders from industry, finance, or other areas, especially relating to energy/carbon goals 

  • Experience with donor development or managing grant- and donor-driven projects   

  • Experience with group facilitation and workshop design   

  • Experience mentoring and managing junior staff  

  • Experience in managing budgets and business units 

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills  

  • Proven organization skills and flexibility when it comes to dynamically balancing priorities 

  • Strong team and interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently   

  • Demonstrable problem-solving skills   

  • Good judgement and strong decision-making ability  

  • Passion for advancing market-based solutions to climate change 

Application Deadline: February, 14th 2022 


The position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, there is a preference for you to be based in California, but you can be based near any of our US RMI offices (Oakland, CA; Boulder or Basalt, CO; New York City; or Washington, D.C.), or remote. 


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, managers based in the U.S. join at the minimum to mid salary range of $103,000-$121,000. 

You would also have an additional 10% bonus target! 


We offer a comprehensive benefits package including: 

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance  

  • 403b Retirement Options (5% match immediately)  

  • Generous PTO  

  • Learning & Development opportunities  

  • Parental leave  

  • Life, AD&D, Short Term and Long-Term Disability  

  • Commuter and Wellness Benefits 

Important Note: As a U.S. federal contractor, RMI must comply with requirements outlined Executive Order Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. This Executive Order requires that all federal contractors and subcontractors mandate and verify that all U.S. based employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are based in the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination status as a condition of employment. You may request an accommodation for medical or religious reasons. If you are based outside of the U.S., this requirement does not apply.   


Increasing the diversity of thought, perspectives, ideas and opinions within RMI is a critical change element supporting our long-term sustainability and mission to build a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future.    

We strive for a level of diversity that reflects the communities we serve. Achieving this—regardless of ability, race, ethnicity, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status, socioeconomic class, educational attainment or other social identities—is critical to the success of each RMIer and collectively as an organization. This ensures that we:    

  • Have the different array of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.    

  • Strive for a culture of inclusion and belonging by treating others with dignity, respect and appreciation enabling them to feel welcomed, supported and valued.    

  • Effectively connect, communicate and build long-lasting relationships with decision makers, stakeholders and constituents within diverse communities.    

RMI is an equal opportunity employer with 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 nonprofit founded in 1982 that transforms global energy systems through market-driven solutions to align with a 1.5°C future and secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all. We work in the world’s most critical geographies and engage businesses, policymakers, communities, and NGOs to identify and scale energy system interventions that will cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 50 percent by 2030. RMI has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, California; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.