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Clean Wisconsin: Science and Policy Internships

Clean Wisconsin has a number of science and policy internships available throughout the year for undergraduate and graduate students in engineering, environmental sciences, political/governmental, public health, or other related fields. Applicants should be able to demonstrate strong analytic and technical abilities, excellent writing skills, and an interest in and commitment to addressing environmental issues facing Wisconsin.

Positions
Science associate interns will assist the organization’s science team in a variety of tasks to provide support for Clean Wisconsin’s clean air, clean energy, and clean water.

Clean Wisconsin generally offers the following positions:

  • 1-2 Research Interns (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • 1-2 Science and Policy Fellowships (Summer)

General responsibilities for the Research Internships may include analyzing permits, applications, and other technical documents; composing technical briefings and factsheets; gathering data needed to support campaign program positions; and synthesizing information related to campaigns for internal use.

Additional responsibilities for the Science and Policy Internships may include performing independent secondary research and analysis relevant to campaigns; responding to information inquiries by staff, members, and others; and writing scientific whitepapers and reports.

Salary
Clean Wisconsin strongly encourages students to seek outside funding and fellowships. Subject to organizational constraints, small stipends may be available to help partially offset costs of participating in internships.

Research Internships: For 2016, Research Interns will receive stipends of $1,300 for spring and fall periods, and $2,400 for the summer period.

Science and Policy Internships: For 2016, the Science and Policy Fellowship will be a stipend of $4,500 for the summer period.

Focus Areas
The specific areas of work for 2016 will be determined based on interest, expertise, and necessity, but may include:

  • Energy policy analysis
  • Environmental determinants of health outcomes
  • Groundwater quality & contamination
  • ­Nutrient water pollution
  • Pharmaceutical and personal care waste in waterbodies
  • Potential environmental impacts of mining operations
  • ­Public health consequences of air pollution
  • ­Regional and national climate change policy modeling
  • Urban runoff effects on water and aquatic ecosystems
  • ­Website content and development

Requirements

Research Interns are expected to possess the following:

  • Completed coursework and background knowledge in environmental sciences, public health, engineering, political/governmental, or other related fields,
  • Strong analytic and technical abilities,
  • Excellent writing skills,
  • Interest in, and commitment to, addressing environmental issues facing Wisconsin,
  • Ability to commit 15 (fall/ spring), 25 (summer), or more hours a week.

Science and Policy Interns are additionally expected to possess the following:

  • [Desired] Completed degree in environmental sciences, public health, engineering, political/governmental, or other related fields,
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research,
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize scientific information and compose whitepapers/ reports,
  • Ability to commit 40 hours a week.

How to Apply: To apply for a Research Internship, please submit a brief cover letter, resume and list of references to Tyson Cook at tcook@cleanwisconsin.org. Applications will be considered until  May 1 or until positions are filled. Please be sure to include “RESEARCH INTERN” in the subject line, and note the time period during which you are seeking an internship.

To apply for a Science and Policy Fellowship, please submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and list of references to Tyson Cook at tcook@cleanwisconsin.org. Applications will be considered until May 1 or position is filled. Please be sure to include “SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP” in the subject line.

Clean Wisconsin does not provide housing assistance, but a large number of summer sublets are generally available in the Madison area (on craigslist, for example).

Ohio Environmental Council- Energy Program Director

Position Title: Energy Program Director (or Energy Program Attorney)

Supervisor: Managing Director of Energy

Position Description: The Director will help lead the OEC’s work to advance clean energy and energy efficiency policy and projects, work with utilities and businesses to plan for progress on carbon pollution reductions, and advance forward-thinking, cutting-edge policies through advocacy, communications, partnerships, and litigation.

Working in conjunction with the Managing Director of Energy, the Managing Director of the Law Center, and OEC’s Campaigns and Communications Center, the Director will design and manage campaigns and initiatives that:

  • Advance key energy regulatory issues that relate, and are timely, to the OEC’s goals to reduce carbon dioxide pollution from the electric sector, transform Ohio utilities to better embrace renewable energy and energy efficiency, build champions for clean energy among businesses and communities, and empower customers to make more sustainable energy choices;

  • Build broader support among various audiences – the OEC’s supporters, the public, decision-makers, and our partners – for policies that cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, better enable efficient and clean distributed generation resources, drive investments in energy efficiency programs; and support the construction of large-scale renewable energy projects;

  • Engage electric utilities directly and constructively to advance innovative concepts for rate design, business models, and regulations that enable greater deployment of clean resources, reduce air pollution, promote energy efficiency, and carbon reduction strategies;

  • Establish and foster relationships with federal, state, and local decision-makers that better positions the OEC to achieve its goals;

  • Grow opportunities for diverse organizations and individuals to partner with the Ohio Environmental Council in shared values and objectives; and

  • Strengthen collaboration with other environmental organizations, and other allies in the clean energy advocacy realm such as consumer advocates, clean energy and energy efficiency firms, and private companies.

Working with the senior management team,the Energy Program Director will support the work necessary to raise funds for the organization, and perform additional organizational duties including, but not limited to:

  • Ensure completion of all grant deliverables and associated tasks, such as: writing proposals and reports; research new funding sources; ensure that all personal program deadlines and commitments are met; work collaboratively with colleagues to plan and manage grant budgets;

  • Participate in fundraising and membership activities such as house parties, donor visits, regional events, and the annual OEC Green Gala;

  • Participate in organizational development by developing relationships with members and prospective members, participating in public forums, and providing presentations to community groups; and

  • Participate in staff and other organizational meetings.

Qualifications:  The Director must be hard-working and passionate about advancing climate solutions, and clean energy in Ohio, with skills in advocacy, outreach, negotiation, and policy development. Basic familiarity with clean energy, climate change, Ohio’s utility regulatory landscape is needed. Familiarity with Ohio politics, the Ohio legislative process, and the processes covered by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is a plus.

The Director must be self-motivated, energetic, able to work in a demanding environment. They must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to work both independently and as part of a team.

The Director must have demonstrably strong interpersonal skills, strong writing and verbal communication skills, and the ability to lead high-level meetings with external partners.  Additionally, the Director must be able to occasionally travel overnight and work evening and weekend hours.

The minimum qualifications include graduation from a recognized college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree. A law degree (J.D.) or applicants that are attorneys is a plus. Five or more years working in energy, policy advocacy, litigation, regulatory or legal affairs is preferred.

Salary and Benefits: Compensation depends on experience and is competitive. Excellent benefits include health, vision, dental, and life insurance, generous paid time off, and employer-matched retirement fund. This is fulltime position, and depending on funding, will be part of a multi-year project.

Diversity Statement: The OEC is committed to diversity. We seek to hire staff that reflects the diverse communities and perspectives that comprise Ohio. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

The OEC prohibits discrimination of employment, promotion, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of gender, disability, race, age, national origin, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex (including marital and parental status), gender identity and expression, religion, economic status, ethnic identity, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

How to Apply: Send your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references to careers@theOEC.org with “Energy Program Director” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

The OEC’s vision is a clean, beautiful Ohio where diverse people, innovation, and all of our natural treasures thrive. Find out more about us at www.theOEC.org.

Location: Columbus, OH

Deadline: Monday, May 30, 2016

Legal Assistant

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC), the Midwest’s leading environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, seeks to hire a full time legal assistant to our public interest attorneys in our downtown Chicago headquarters. This position offers an excellent opportunity to gain professional experience with a premier environmental advocacy organization.

ORGANIZATION: ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders.  We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 40+ talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities.  ELPC’s offices are in Chicago (HQ), six other Midwest cities and Washington D.C. For more information, please see www.elpc.org.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide administrative, research, and technical assistance to approximately 5 attorneys in a fast-paced office. Specific duties include: document editing and manipulation, policy research, electronic and paper filing of documents in federal courts, state courts, and administrative agencies, maintenance of attorneys’ registration, coordination of travel arrangements, and providing general administrative support.  Assist with office administrative responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS: Excellent computer skills with high proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite are required. A keen attention to detail, including proofreading, is required. Well organized with the ability to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines. Demonstrated commitment to environmental protection. Previous legal experience preferred. Willing to work occasional late evenings and weekends. College degree required.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience and with ELPC’s salary structure that is competitive with other large public interest environmental organizations.  Excellent benefits provided.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and professional references to: LegalAssistant@elpc.org with “Legal Assistant” in the subject line.  Telephone inquiries are strongly discouraged.  The Environmental Law and Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance- Program Associate

Organization Overview
The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) is a collaborative network advancing energy efficiency in the Midwest for sustainable economic development and environmental stewardship. We leverage our unique position as the Midwest’s key champion and trusted information resource on energy efficiency policies and programs to help our members and stakeholders identify, understand, and implement cost-effective strategies that provide economic and environmental benefits.
Program Overview
The Building Operator Certification (BOC®) is a nationally recognized, award-winning, competency-based training and certification program that offers facility personnel the improved job skills and knowledge to transform workplaces to be more comfortable, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly. MEEA has a long history of success in administering the BOC program in the Midwest region.
Position Overview
MEEA seeks an exceptional candidate to fill an open position for a Program Associate to work under the supervision of the Commercial Program Manager and support the BOC Program in the Midwest. The Program Associate will be responsible for the following tasks:
Primary Tasks

  • Serve as the main contact for BOC training and certification in Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Ohio.
  •  Assist individuals and program partners with the registration process and monitor the online registration system and registration procedures.
  •  Schedule training instructors and coordinators, manage their contracts, and ensure their compliance with all program requirements.
  •  Work with program partners to plan and schedule trainings, and proactively seek out new opportunities to offer BOC in assigned states.
  • Assist with program promotional efforts, including print and online marketing, developing and compiling target lists for direct program promotion, and frequent remote and in-person contact with prospective participants and program partners.
  •  If required, travel to observe classes or promote the BOC program.
  • Complete a variety of program administration tasks including ordering and organizing program materials, sending materials to stakeholders, maintaining databases, and assisting with logistical arrangements.
  • Diligently monitor program expenses for compliance with grant and program sponsor agreements and work closely with the MEEA Accounting team to insure accuracy.
  •  Prepare and submit financial reports, reimbursement requests, and invoices as required by grant and program sponsor agreements.
  • Assist the Programs Team with new initiatives, special projects, etc. as assigned.

Qualifications

  • B.A. or B.S. in the field of environmental science, architecture, natural resource management, public administration, or a related field.
  • At least one to two years related work experience in a professional environment.
  •  Experience in administration or professional support preferred.
  •  Superior organizational skills and an ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines while prioritizing competing responsibilities.
  • Flexible and adaptable to new program needs in a shifting environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • High attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of self-sufficiency and initiative while also functioning as a member of a team in a small-office environment.
  • Outgoing, energetic, and positive team player willing to take initiative.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software suite.
  •  Passion for energy efficiency and commitment to environmental issues. Experience in energy efficiency a plus.

Compensation
The compensation for this position will be commensurate with experience. MEEA is an equal opportunity employer.
Location
MEEA’s office is located in downtown Chicago in the Civic Opera Building.
How To Apply
Submit cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to jobs@mwalliance.org with the subject Program Associate. Candidates who do not submit all three items will not be considered. Candidates considered for interviews will be asked to provide writing samples and three references.

Active Transportation Alliance- Advocacy Manager

Summary

Active Transportation Alliance is seeking a passionate and motivated individual to help us lead the charge for a healthier and more sustainable transportation system in Chicagoland. The Chicago region is poised for rapid transformation and our team of professional organizers and advocates are at the forefront of driving that change. Under the supervision of the Campaign Director, the Advocacy Manager will be primarily responsible for developing and mobilizing grassroots advocate networks around strategic campaigns, coordinating advocacy related communications and messaging, and managing the organization’s online organizing strategy.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Advocate Network Development

  • Recruit and mobilize grassroots leaders in support of Active Trans issues and campaigns
  • Craft documents and other resources to build capacity of grassroots advocates to engage in local advocacy
  • Build and manage local leadership network infrastructure for 4 suburban regions and City of Chicago (i.e. listservs, quarterly in-person meetings, regional advocacy websites, skills building opportunities)
  • Solicit advocacy content and information from local grassroots leaders

Advocacy Communications Coordination

  • Coordinate editorial calendar and content across advocacy campaigns and Active Trans channels
  • Ensure advocacy content consistently reflects key campaign messages
  • Develop and refine standardized content templates and formats for email, social media, website, and printed formats
  • Monitor and evaluate advocacy communications performance metrics

Online Organizing Strategy

  • Recruit and mobilize grassroots advocates in support of Active Trans issues and campaigns
  • Incorporate online organizing best practices into Active Trans advocacy activities
  • Grow online supporter network and increase conversion rates on online actions and other activities

Other Duties & Responsibilities

  • Participate in Active Trans obligatory organizational events and activities
Qualifying Experience

  • A passion for the transformational nature of bicycling, walking and transit on community livability and sustainability.
  • A commitment to Active Transportation Alliance mission, vision and goals.
  • Demonstrated issue advocacy experience at local, state, or federal level.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including live presentations and meeting facilitation.

Preferred Experience

  • 3-5 years working in issue advocacy or related field (community organizing, public affairs, strategic communications, electoral campaigns)
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, communications, or other related field preferred. Candidates without a Bachelor’s degree, but with additional relevant professional experience, will also be considered.

For Consideration

Send a resume and cover letter to Jim Merrell, jim@activetrans.org. You must include the words “Advocacy Manager” in the subject line. Electronic submissions only, no mailed or faxed submissions will be considered.

Start Date: June 1, 2016

Center for Neighborhood Technology- Chief Executive Officer

CNT–a 38-year old, award-winning national organization based in Chicago–seeks to transform America’s cities into equitable communities that are economically and environmentally sustainable.  CNT finds efficiencies and opportunities in public and private-sector systems and, through analysis, policy change, demonstrations, strategic partnerships, and creative use of markets, shows how those strategies can make cities more efficient and livable. Our programs focus on Economic Development and Poverty Reduction, Climate Resilience, and Urban Analytics. CNT is the 2009 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

The successful candidate will have

  • A passion to lead and manage an effective organization for social transformation
  • Strong capacity to leverage both policy and market-based tools to transform cities
  • Experience leading or managing an organization, major institution, or company whose mission encompasses urban and regional well-being
  • An aptitude for strategic partnering
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and motivate staff
  • Understanding of how to engage Board and partner resources strategically and effectively
  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience in such fields as urban and regional planning or policy, urban design, environmental or energy/climate policy, real estate economics, communications/journalism/media
  • Excellent communications skills, an energetic presence, and sociable personality
  • Proven ability to raise and manage financial resources from a variety of sources
  • Ability to keep a sense of balance and humor under pressure

The successful candidate will have the vision and skill to ensure CNT continues to be an effective agent for change in a constantly evolving environment. The CEO reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for “leading the orchestra” toward a successful and continuously adapting and improving set of outcomes. Therefore, the successful candidate will exhibit exemplary performance capabilities sufficient to be regularly scored by the following categories:

  • Leadership, including senior team management, external representation of the organization, and developing and managing strategic partnerships in the sphere of urban sustainability
  • Strategy, including planning, strategy development, implementation, and continuous improvement
  • Board governance, including working closely with the Board to manage finances, set priorities, identify opportunities, and develop long- and short-term plans
  • Financial management, including securing the working capital necessary for the organization to thrive
  • Staff management, including building a successful work environment where staff thrive and succeed
  • Operations, including high functioning systems and processes necessary for an effective organization in the areas of human resources, finances, fundraising, grant management, constituent tracking and program evaluation.

About CNT

With a staff of 30 and partnerships with cities around the US, CNT leverages overlooked efficiencies in urban systems to make cities part of the solution to income inequality and climate change. CNT does this by creating, testing, and implementing or bringing to market new solutions.  Examples include I-GO CarSharing, which helped pioneer urban car-sharing and build it into a national transportation strategy;  Elevate Energy, formerly CNT Energy, a nationally recognized leader in delivering energy-efficiency services which has recently become an independent organization; and the groundbreaking Housing + Transportation Affordability Index, now used by policymakers and planners across the country to understand the impacts of transportation costs and the benefits of location efficiency. Going forward, CNT is poised for further leadership and progress in three key fields:

Climate Resilience—CNT continues to test and expand a portfolio of RainReady initiatives intended to reduce the risk of urban flooding through effective landscape and building retrofits at the household, block, neighborhood, community, and regional levels. We envision bringing this work to a scale similar to that of the energy efficiency, resulting in both reduced risk and the capture of economic benefits. CNT’s groundbreaking research demonstrated that most flooding occurs outside formally designated floodplains and has led to new state and federal policy initiatives designed to manage stormwater more effectively.  Community-scale planning and implementation is growing in Chicago and Cook County, and is likely to expand in other cities across the country. We’re also testing new forms of information technology to provide early warning alert systems to help stimulate advanced and real time approaches to reducing risk.

Economic Development and Poverty Reduction—CNT’s Urban Opportunity Agenda frames a set of strategies that will simultaneously reduce the cost of living for households, create new jobs, and use  land, energy, water and transportation resources  more efficiently.  CNT’s work is creating new systems for trading off parking for affordable housing near transit, new plans for repurposing freight terminals to to accelerate domestic manufacturing, and planning assistance for communities to set goals for and make commitments to shared prosperity and poverty reduction.

Urban Analytics—CNT is packaging new database and access tools to better disclose the value of sustainable development, with a particular focus on combined economic and environmental benefits.  We seek to build more effective demand for a sea change in transformative investments, illuminate the value of efficient places in a world of big systems, and create a better set of tools and scorecards against which to track progress for communities, regions and the nation as a whole.

The successful candidate will be able to continue and improve on CNT’s tradition of linking non-traditional partners across the public, non-profit and private sectors, of leveraging resources to enable bringing effective strategies to scale, and of creating new knowledge and analysis to make the case for sustainable urban redevelopment that works for everyone.

How To Apply: CNT seeks to have the new Chief Executive Officer in place late this summer.  Please send applications by email to executivesearch@cnt.org.

CNT is an equal opportunity employer.

 

 

University of Chicago Law School- Abrams Environmental Law Clinic Fellow

The University of Chicago Law School is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time position training and supervising law students as a Fellow, appointed with the rank of Lecturer, in the Law School’s Abrams Environmental Law Clinic. The appointment is for one year; re-appointment for a second term may be possible. The position is for the 2016-17 academic year and will start on July 1, August 1 or September 1, 2016, based upon mutual agreement of the Law School and the successful applicant.

Representing environmental organizations, the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic sues those who pollute illegally, fights for stricter permits, advocates for changes to regulations and laws, and promotes innovative approaches for improving the environment. In addition, the clinic’s faculty are some of the primary resources for law student organizations and law students interested in environmental and energy issues, and clinic faculty have helped to organize panels, events and conferences on these topics.

Reporting to the clinic’s Director, the successful candidate will participate in all aspects of the clinic. Job responsibilities include training and supervising students, working with the Director to teach the seminar component of the clinic, developing and selecting clients, assisting in publicizing the clinic’s cases and activities, and organizing and coordinating relevant events, lectures and other clinic activities. One goal of this Fellowship is to train aspiring clinical teachers and public interest environmental attorneys.

Candidates must have a J.D. and at least two years of work experience as a practicing lawyer, with a strong preference for those who have worked for an environmental non-profit organization or government agency using litigation and similar enforcement tools. Must be a member in good standing of at least one bar and must be able to secure admission to the Illinois bar through waiver or examination promptly upon joining the clinic. Excellent writing, editing, advocacy, and supervision skills are required. Experience clerking at the trial court level is strongly desired, but not required. Prior teaching experience is highly desirable, but not required.

How To Apply: Each candidate should submit a cover letter that includes a detailed description of the candidate’s relevant practice experience and teaching/supervision experience, resume or curriculum vita, a law school transcript, a list of references, course evaluations from prior teaching experience, if any, and a legal writing sample (not edited by anyone else). Other material relevant to a candidacy may be included. Candidates are required to apply online and upload all application material at the University of Chicago Academic Career Opportunities website: https://academiccareers.uchicago.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=54508
Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled or until June 30, 2016, whichever is sooner.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.

For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination at http://www.uchicago.edu/about/non_discrimination_statement/.

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5671 or email ACOppAdministrator@uchicago.edu with their request.

 

 

Department of Homeland Security US Coast Guard- Director of Marine Transportation System Management

DIRECTOR OF MARINE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM MANAGEMENT

Vacancy Announcement: CG-SES-16-01

Open Period: Thursday, March 17, 2016 through Friday, April 15, 2016

Salary Range: $123,175.00 to $185,100.00 USD

Position Location: Washington, DC

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Director of Marine Transportation System Management is responsible for establishing goals and developing and implementing strategies to achieve USCG objectives in the marine transportation system, waterways management and marine mobility arenas. The Director  must be a seasoned, proven leader, and recognized expert with extensive experience in the following areas: (1) establishing, developing, and implementing policies, strategies and goals to meet USCG responsibilities for managing a safe, secure and environmentally sound marine transportation system; (2) developing and issuing agency-wide goals, objectives and procedures to implement Coast Guard MTS management activities; (3) providing agency direction, strategy and guidance on initiatives required to carry out Congressional intent to affect a successful program.

 Key Requirements:

U.S. Citizenship

TOP SECRET security clearance

Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278)

Subject to drug testing

To review basic job requirements and to apply to this vacancy please visit: http://usajobs.opm.gov/ and enter CG-SES-16-01 in the keyword search.

The McKnight Foundation- Mississippi River Program Officer

Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Minnesota based family foundation has assets of approximately $2 billion and granted about $88 million in 2014. McKnight concentrates resources in the arts; early literacy; the environment; the communities of greater Minneapolis-St. Paul and Minnesota; neuroscience and crop research; and select efforts in Southeast Asia and East Africa. McKnight subscribes to the Minnesota Council on Foundations’ “Principles for Minnesota Grantmakers.”

Position Description: Following a Mississippi River program refresh in 2015, the program officer position is being filled following the promotion of the previous program officer to program director. This is an exciting opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the water quality and resiliency of the Mississippi River and to work in partnership with the Foundation’s other grantmaking and impact investment programs.

Key to the position is the ability to link strategic program vision to effective grantmaking and to leverage opportunities outside of grantmaking in both the public and private sectors. Good communication and project management skills are essential. The position participates in the entire process of assessing grant proposals, from conversations with potential grantees about Initial Inquiries to reviewing, recommending, and evaluating the success of funded proposals. Keys to this work are strong analytical skills and the ability to manage and maintain effective working relationships with grantees, key stakeholders, and members of the Foundation staff.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide expertise internally and externally related to the Mississippi River program
  • Work with the Program Director to implement the mission and program priorities established by The McKnight Foundation board.
  • Review letters of inquiry and grant requests within program area.
  • Prepare grant- and program-related documents for quarterly board meetings and other communications needs.
  • Develop and manage outcomes and evaluation plans for key investments and projects.
  • Collaborate with McKnight’s Impact Investment program to find and assess potential investments that advance the Foundation’s Mississippi River goals.
  • Through close collaboration with program director, coordinate use of data and information for learning and use in written reports, website, and presentations.
  • Stay current on information about local, national and international activities related to the Foundation’s grantmaking interests and areas of intersection with other program areas.
  • Foster and nurture relationships with community, business, and intermediary partners
  • Foster working relationships with leaders in the public and private sectors working on issues related to Mississippi River water quality and resiliency.
  • Model behavior that ensures that grantmaking principles and program practices align with Foundation values and operating principles.
  • Present information about McKnight’s Mississippi River program at selected gatherings that will advance the goals and objectives of the program.
  • Manage and participate in program-related workshops and meetings.
  • Manage and participate in other program-related activities including: convenings, participation in grantee and funder networks, special events, and the commissioning of reports and publications.

Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred, and a minimum of 7 years of related full-time professional work experience in the private sector, nonprofit, or government field with a focus on sustainability. The ideal candidate will have applicable experience in driving greater environmental sustainability in agricultural landscapes, particularly in the Midwest.
Experience working with a family foundation is desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the policy landscape of Minnesota, Upper Mississippi River basin states, and pertinent national policies
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively across organizational functions.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with a variety of people and groups, particularly nonprofit organizations, public and private sector leaders, government agencies, and research institutions or universities.
  • Ability to analyze, question, and identify key issues and use data to support conclusions.
  • Ability to view issues and challenges from multiple dimensions and apply intellectual energy and creativity.
  • Ability to prepare clearly written summaries and analysis.
  • Ability to engage others and influence outcomes.
  • Knowledge of governance and operations of nonprofit organizations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively interpersonally and in group presentations.
  • Ability to use Microsoft products including SharePoint, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook with skill and proficiency.
  • Ability to handle heavy workload and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to skillfully juggle multiple projects simultaneously and mange unexpected events smoothly.

Salary: Competitive salary with excellent benefits

Click here to submit a job application.

Applications accepted through March 14, 2016

Polk Bros. Foundation- Program Assistant

The Polk Bros. Foundation, one of Chicago’s leading foundations, has assets of approximately $450 million and a deep commitment to the city and its residents. The mission of the Polk Bros. Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the people of Chicago and to make Chicago a place where all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. As a “foundation for Chicago families,” the Foundation actively partners with local nonprofit organizations, other foundations, corporations and government agencies, working to reduce the impact of poverty and provide area residents with better access to quality education and vibrant arts organizations, preventive health care and basic human services.
The Polk Bros. Foundation is a private foundation established by members of the Polk family who owned and operated the Polk Bros. chain of retail stores. In 2014, the Foundation celebrated 25 years of partnership with the organizations that are working hard to make a difference in the lives of Chicagoans, especially those most affected by poverty. Since 1988, the Foundation has given more than $300 million to nearly 1,000 nonprofit organizations in Chicago through approximately 6,700 grants. Today the Foundation makes annual grants in excess of $25 million in six program areas: strong communities, strong families, education, arts access and learning, health care, and enhanced capacity for the sector.

Position Summary: The Foundation is seeking a Program Assistant who will support Senior Program Officers who focus on proposals in the Foundation’s Strong Communities portfolio. Duties will consist of administrative, research and program support and special projects including:

  • Data collection/analysis for proposal review
  • Review and summary of reports/briefing papers
  • Scheduling and coordination of/for site visits, meetings and conferences
  • Occasional project management support

The successful candidate will possess interpersonal skills that align with the Foundation’s culture of accessibility, transparency and fairness and will demonstrate an open, caring attitude in working with others. S/he will work under the direction of the Vice President of Programs and be a detail-oriented self-starter, interested in the service orientation of the Foundation’s grantmaking.

Education / Experience:

  •  B.A. degree, ideally in a related field of study
  • A deep appreciation and passion for Chicago and its residents, and a commitment to the Foundation’s mission
  •  Meaningful work experience in the community-based human services nonprofit sector
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively among a team – both with internal colleagues and external colleagues
  •  Excellent organizational skills and capacity to handle multiple projects simultaneously, attention to detail, and strong time- and deadline-management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • An understanding of the operation and role of foundations is helpful; prior grantmaking experience is not required

Compensation/Benefits: The Foundation offers competitive compensation, commensurate with experience, and an excellent benefits package. The Polk Bros. Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to maintain the diversity of its staff.
Application Process: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interested parties are encouraged to apply early.

Applications must include:
1. a resume
2. a cover letter that speaks to how your experience meets the needs outlined above; and
3. be sent to Position@polkbrosfdn.org with only YOUR NAME in the subject line. If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt within 24 hours of submitting your application, please contact us.

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