Associate - Portfolio Energy Optimization in Boulder, CO; Basalt, CO; Washington, DC; New York, NY

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Portfolio Energy Optimization Associate


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Boulder, Basalt New York, or Washington D.C.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.


About Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. That is our mission. That is our passion. And every day, every member of our team of nearly 200 works tirelessly to achieve it. We are driving the global energy transition from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables by working in partnership with businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to advance market-based solutions. We achieve this by developing breakthrough ideas, testing and refining them, reshaping markets, and bringing solutions to scale. RMI is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an annual budget of $46 million and offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing. Opens a New Window.


The Role

Portfolio Energy Optimization Associate 




Rocky Mountain Institute is seeking candidates to fill an Associate position within our Buildings Practice’s Portfolio Energy Optimization initiative. We are seeking candidates with a strong interest in energy analytics, committed to becoming an EnergyPlus expert, and leveraging computer programming to automate energy simulation and financial analysis. 


Portfolio Energy Optimization 

Portfolio Energy Optimization is creating a disruptive and scalable approach to commercial building retrofits that have been left behind by the traditional retrofit approach, driving deep financial and energy savings in this critical sector. We are developing software tools, working with portfolio owners, and directly testing and evaluating new technologies that can dramatically increase the efficiency of portfolios of operating buildings.


A primary focus of the initiative is developing a software tool that enables building owners to know all investable opportunities and their cash flows for their properties on an ongoing basis at a market accepted price point and timeline. To this end, we have leveraged tools such as EnergyPlus and Params/Model Kit along with a host of custom applications to develop a mass customized tool. The software is capable of evaluating a range of building use types, such as retail, office, and warehouse and evaluates a spectrum of potential projects for each building including energy efficiency, storage, generation, and demand control. Much of what we have learned to date is summarized in the recently released report: Capturing Value Through Portfolio Energy Optimization Opens a New Window. . 


Roles and Responsibilities

Their primary responsibilities of the Associate will include supporting:

Tool Development:

Continued development of Ruby code to automatically generate EnergyPlus input files to evaluate an expanding set of energy and water projects.

Populate databases with common building attributes and project-specific attributes to facilitate mass customization.

Help build new functionality into the tool such as automated quality control procedures, automated reporting, and statistical analysis.


Project Execution:

Act as primary point of contact for clients when executing pilot projects.

Project management – manage tasks, budget, and team members associated with executing pilot projects.

Collect data and leverage the PEO tool to identify and evaluate the financial viability of projects for pilot project building(s).

Author and present results summary to client.

The Associate will support RMI efforts to demonstrate, replicate and communicate the success of projects to industry and donor audiences.  


 Minimum Requirements

This position requires an individual with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, with at least 2 years of workforce experience OR a Master's degree (or higher degree). 



First and foremost, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following qualities:

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.

Highly collaborative, strong team player.

Desire to change client’s and decision-maker’s minds on intensely important issues.

A passion for making the world better.


Required Qualifications

A graduate degree or equivalent experience in an applicable field such as mechanical, electrical, or energy engineering.

Energy simulation experience. Demonstrated use of EnergyPlus preferred. Existing building modeling preferred.


 Desired Qualifications

Field experience:  Hands-on experience evaluating HVAC and controls via commissioning, retro-commissioning, or energy auditing. 

Design experience: Background in a MEP firm or similar, developing HVAC designs and specifications.

Computer programming: Ruby or C# preferred.

EIT designation, or licensed PE.


AEE Certified Energy Manager.

2+ years of work experience.


Supervisory Responsibilities






We offer 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

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