Development Officer – Multilateral/BiLateral

Rocky Mountain Institute | Flexible, Colorado, New York, or Washington, DC


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.

Job Summary

Position Overview

We are hiring an energetic, mission-focused development and fundraising professional adept at building the internal and external relationships and providing the operational capacity needed to secure government, bilateral and multilateral funding through institutional partnerships.

Individuals in the position must have high attention to detail, work as a leader or in a support role as needed to secure and steward major funding relationships, and be willing and able to perform both the creative thinking for donor strategies, and the due diligence to ensure institutional qualifications to be eligible for government funding, bi-lateral funding and meet requirements for multi-lateral funding windows.  

The Development Officer will be responsible for the development and management of primarily a portfolio of current and prospective government, bi-lateral and multi-lateral funding opportunities.  This includes working with programmatic staff to build the fundraising strategy and case for support, and building and leveraging key relationships and contacts within and outside of the organization’s network. The Development Officer will be a key contributor to the Development Team and will be essential to the achievement of the organization’s fundraising goals.


Colorado, New York, or DC


  • Advance individual and organizational relationships that result in grant or investment contributions for Rocky Mountain Institute to develop and scale our global programs.
  • Represent Rocky Mountain Institute at international convenings to cultivate funding opportunities and strategic partnerships.
  • Support the development team and program leadership to understand the qualifications required and work with core operating units to develop systems and controls to manage restricted funding according to donor requirements.
  • Research funding opportunities, key milestones and dates, and manage the inquiry process with partnership teams.
  • Develop proposals with internal and external teams.
  • Project manage US Department of Energy and other federal and state funding proposals and requirements. Determine monitoring and evaluation criteria and build capacity among core operating units.
  • Work with development, finance, and other core operating units to ensure policies and procedures are in place to qualify and manage bilateral and multilateral funding.
  • Work with the development team to create compelling proposals, cultivate new prospects, and steward existing donors.
  • Use Salesforce database to document moves management process and provide accurate relationship status and financial projections for portfolio.
  • Work collaboratively with RMI program teams to gain a comprehensive understanding of RMI's work and build strong working relationships with program leaders.
  • Interpret proposal technical and operational requirements and engage key players to ensure compliance.
  • Support the development team in preparing communications and materials, designing meeting content, and coordinating activities with program colleagues.
  • Serve as an active member of the Development Team and perform other duties as required or assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree inf environmental field, public administration, international relations, or related field.
  • A minimum of 5 years work experience in international aid, UN agency, multilateral funding or related entity required and experience with US government FOA, proposal development and reporting requirements preferred,
  • Excellent writing and editing skills for the key stakeholders.
  • Understanding of multilateral and bilateral monitoring and evaluation framworks.
  • For-profit and investment experience also desirable; considerable knowledge of fundraising techniques, and sources of funding for nonprofit agencies and organizations or an equivalent combination of experience in corporate sales
  • Experience working successfully with top level Executives in a fast-paced environment.
  • International work experience required.
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time



We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • 403b Retirement Options (5% match immediately)
  • Life, AD&D, Short Term and Long Term Disability
  • Commuter and Wellness Benefits
  • Casual Work Environment

How to Apply

Rocky Mountain Institute


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations