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Bureau of Asset Management: Energy Manager

Job SummaryUnder the guidance of the Director of Capital Planning, directs the research, development and implementation of energy programs to provide a County-wide standard for energy-related activities/functions utilizing federal, state and other energy grants.  Assists County leadership to set and achieve ambitious energy reduction targets through existing and new programs.  Provides strategic direction via organizational management to develop long-range plans for the implementation/innovation of energy policies as mandated by federal and state laws.  Assists local units of government, businesses and residents to increase energy efficiency and utilize renewable energy programs.  Directs professional staff and consultants in conducting technical planning and feasibility models.  Represents the County in the coordination and negotiation with utility companies to analyze, review and document the performance of non-county professional service consultants.  Responsible for compiling, maintaining and filing all energy reports, billings and other documents.  Performs other duties as assigned.Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree is required.  

(Must provide original college/university transcript at time of interview)*

  • Five (5) years’ full-time work experience as an Energy Manager or in an energy management position is required.
  • Experience in the execution of utility rate analysis, energy audits or energy project development with a portfolio of over five (5) million square feet in corporate, institutional or governmental space is required.
  • Valid drivers’ license and proof of automobile insurance is required (Must provide proof at time of interview).

Preferred

  • Accredited professional in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), American Institute of Architects (AIA); Certified Construction Manager (CM); Certified Energy Manager (CEM); Building Operator Certification (BOC); or Certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is preferred.
  • Familiarity with managing and reporting on federal grants is preferred.
  • Experience managing staff engaged in planning, estimating, designing, inspecting and managing construction projects is preferred.

*Degrees awarded outside of the United States with the exception of those awarded in one of the United States’ territories and Canada must be credentialed by an approved U.S. credential evaluation service belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE).  Original credentialing documents must be presented at time of interview.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND OTHER CHARACTERISTICS

Thorough knowledge of funding opportunities in the energy and energy efficiency from federal, state as well as other public and private sources.   Experience utilizing Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.  Technical skills with the ability to explain complex issues and requirements.  Thorough knowledge of energy and environmental management policies and practices.  Ability to develop and implement effective energy management/conservation policies and programs.  Skill in planning, implementing and evaluating energy policies.  Ability to communicate effectively in both verbal and written formats with senior-level employees and private/public sector personnel.  Ability to create and manage new projects and project budgets.  This position may require various types of physical exertion including, but not limited to climbing stairs, lifting, pulling, pushing and moving objects of moderate to heavy weight.  This position occasionally requires moderate to extensive travel to work assignments throughout Cook County for which the employee must provide his/her own means of transportation.

The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work.  They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee’s normal line of work.

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE

When applying for employment with Cook County Government, preference is given in the application process to honorably discharged Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States for more than 180 consecutive days, or during War Time.   To take advantage of this preference a Veteran must:

  • MEET THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE POSITION.
  • IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS A VETERAN ON THEIR EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION BY ANSWERING YES TO THE QUESTION “Are you a military veteran?”
  • ATTACH A COPY OF THEIR DD 214, DD215 or NGB 22 (NOTICE OF SEPARATION) AT TIME OF APPLICATION FILING.  IF YOU HAVE MULTIPLE DD 214S, 215S, OR NGB 22S, PLEASE SUBMIT THE ONE WITH THE LATEST DATE. COAST GUARD MUST SUBMIT A CERTIFIED COPY OF THE MILITARY SEPARATION FROM EITHER  THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (BEFORE 911) OR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (AFTER 911).

VETERAN MUST PROVIDE ORIGINAL APPLICABLE DISCHARGE PAPERS AT TIME OF INTERVIEW.

Benefits Package

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage
  • Basic Term Life Insurance
  • Pension Plan and Deferred Compensation Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid Holidays, Vacation, and Sick Time
  • You May Qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)

For further information on our excellent benefits package, please click on the following link:

http://www.cookcountyrisk.com/

*Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.

This position is Actively Recruited and is At Will

COOK COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Active Transportation Alliance: Trail Advocacy Manager

Summary

Active Transportation Alliance is seeking a passionate and dedicated individual to join our fight for healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities.

Under the supervision of the Advocacy Director, the Trail Advocacy Manager will lead Active Trans’ advocacy on priority trail projects in the region, with a focus on the development of a continuous Chicago River Trail. Primary responsibilities will include developing and implementing advocacy strategies to engage grassroots supporters, community partner organizations, and decision makers in driving trail development. Activities will include, but are not limited to, community outreach, coalition building, and strategic communications.

Essential Duties and Accountabilities

  • Lead development and implementation of campaign plans related to priority trail projects throughout the region
  • Build diverse coalition of individuals, organizations and other stakeholders to coordinate trail advocacy efforts
  • Develop communications content to support trail advocacy initiatives, including webpages, blogs, social media, factsheets, and reports
  • Serve as spokesperson and main point of contact for Active Trans trail advocacy
  • Frequent travel throughout Chicago and surrounding suburbs via biking, walking, public transportation or car share
  • Occasional evening and weekend work hours required for community meetings, events, etc.
  • Participation in obligatory Active Trans organizational events and activities as assigned

Qualifying Experience

  • A passion for and understanding of the transformational nature of walking, bicycling and transit on health, equity, and sustainability
  • A commitment to Active Transportation Alliance mission, vision and goals
  • 3-5 years of demonstrated organizing, communications or outreach experience
  • Experience in advocacy, community engagement and coalition building, particularly within Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods and populations
  • Superior communication skills, including written, presentational and media-related
  • Ability to work with online media platforms, including social media and web content management systems
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint

Preferred Experience

  • Familiarity with Chicago and suburban communities and units of government
  • Bilingual English/Spanish

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift and carry items up to 25 lbs.

For Consideration:

Send a resume and cover letter to Jim Merrell at jim@activetrans.org.  You must include the words ‘Trail Advocacy Manager’ in the subject line. Electronic submissions only; no mailed or faxed submissions will be accepted. No phone calls, please.

This position is open until filled. For priority consideration, please submit application no later than December 16, 2016.

We are also recruiting candidates for an Advocacy Manager position. Both positions require similar skills and experience. If you’re interested in both positions, please note that in your application. No need to apply separately.

Active Transportation Alliance: Advocacy Manager

Summary

Active Transportation Alliance is seeking a passionate and dedicated individual to join our fight for healthy, sustainable and equitable communities.

Under the direct supervision of the Government Relations Director, the Advocacy Manager’s primary responsibilities are to lead targeted outreach that advances advocacy campaign goals and provide communications support to the advocacy team. This includes developing and maintaining relationships with individuals and groups throughout Chicagoland’s diverse communities, coordinating online advocacy communications and producing editorial content on campaign news and achievements.

This full-time, salaried position is available beginning January 9, 2017.

Essential Duties and Accountabilities

  •  Build diverse, regional coalitions of support for advocacy campaign goals, with support of Active Trans staff, partners and volunteers
  • Work with advocacy directors to coordinate communications across campaigns
  • Maintain and update advocacy outreach database for individuals, and community and civic organizations
  • Serve as point of contact for Active Trans partners and community supporters, helping filter and direct incoming requests to appropriate team members
  • Assist with media advocacy and other advocacy communications such as blogs, letters to the editor, press releases, action alerts, web content, etc.
  • Develop materials and tools to empower local partners
  • Frequent travel throughout Chicago and surrounding suburbs via biking, walking, public transportation or car share
  • Occasional evening and weekend work hours required for community meetings, events, etc.
  • Participation in obligatory Active Trans organizational events and activities as assigned

Qualififying Experience

  • Participation in obligatory Active Trans organizational events and activities as assigned
  • A passion for and understanding of the transformational nature of walking, bicycling and transit on health, equity, and sustainability.
  • A commitment to Active Transportation Alliance mission, vision and goals
  • 3-5 years of demonstrated organizing, communications or outreach experience
  • Experience in advocacy, community engagement and coalition building, particularly within Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods and populations
  • Superior communication skills, including written, presentational and media-related
  • Ability to work with online media platforms, including social media and web content management systems
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point

Preferred Experience

  • Familiarity with Chicago and suburban communities and units of government
  • Bilingual English/Spanish

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift and carry items up to 25 lbs.

For consideration:

Send a resume and cover letter to Kyle Whitehead at Kyle@activetrans.org. You must include the words ‘Advocacy Manger’ in the subject line. Electronic submissions only; no mailed or faxed submissions will be accepted. No phone calls, please.

This position is open until filled. For priority consideration, please submit application no later than December 16, 2016.

We are also recruiting candidates for a new Trail Advocacy Manager position. Both positions require similar skills and experience. If you’re interested in both positions, please note that in your application. No need to apply separately.

Active Transportation Alliance: Advocacy Intern

Are you interested in making walking, biking and public transit better in Chicago?  Would you like to learn how to organize for social change?  Active Transportation Alliance is seeking a part-time advocacy intern that is interested in a career in non-profit advocacy, campaigns or marketing for non-profits.

Advocacy campaign interns will learn about the fundamentals of developing and executing issue advocacy campaigns including grassroots organizing, community mobilization, strategic communications, and database management.

Tasks may include drafting content such as promotional materials, blog posts, news releases and website copy; helping develop and implement social media strategies; assisting with outreach to new and existing supporters; and planning events.

Following is a list of campaigns the intern may be involved with:

Bikeways for All Campaign

Help us mobilize thousands of people across Chicagoland in support of a regional network of safe and accessible protected bikeways and off-street trails.

Suburban Program

Work on an exciting new effort to train suburban leaders interested in advocating for active transportation policies in their community. Help to establish the program and recruit leaders.

Vision Zero

Support our campaign to make Chicago’s streets safer for everyone. Vision Zero is an international traffic safety movement guided by the principle that no loss of life on our streets is acceptable.

Transit Coalition

Play a role in growing the Chicagoland Transit Coalition. The coalition advocates for improved and expanded public transit that increases job access, saves money for working families and strengthens the regional economy.

People with a strong interest in walking, biking or public transportation are encouraged to apply.  Experience with common office software, such as the MS Office suite, is desired.

Expected Start/End Date: January 2017 – April 2017 (flexible – interns are asked to stay for at least 3 months)

Hours/Week: 15-20

Interns will receive a $400 stipend for their service.

Active Trans is a nonprofit advocacy organization that works to improve conditions for bicycling, walking and transit and engage people in healthy and active ways to get around. Our office is located in the heart of the near-north district of Chicago.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Jackie@activetrans.org and include “Advocacy Internship” in the subject line. No phone calls or pop-in visits please.

Kubert Sustainable Business Internship

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (“ELPC”) seeks to hire a current M.B.A. student for a Sustainable Business Internship position in our Chicago office starting in May or June 2017.

ORGANIZATION:  ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and sustainable business innovation organization. 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 brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. ELPC’s headquarters is in Chicago, along with additional offices throughout the Midwest and in Washington D.C.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work with ELPC’s senior staff on sustainability projects involving clean energy development, innovative transportation strategies and natural resource preservation.
  • Conduct economic analysis of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, and program development of forward-looking federal, state, and local environmental policies that can achieve job creation, economic growth and environmental progress.
  • Engage with ELPC multidisciplinary project teams of public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates, and communications experts.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Current M.B.A. student with 3+ years of prior professional experience in energy, mobility, finance, sustainability, environment, and/or related sectors. Strong academic record and excellent analytical and writing skills. Solid background in quantitative analysis and financial modeling. Knowledge of clean energy policy, energy and transportation technology, and energy economics a plus. Mission-driven interest in public and environmental advocacy, personal commitment to sustainability principles, and an ability to work effectively and collaboratively on a team of skilled colleagues.

SALARY: $7,500 for the 10-week internship program, starting in May or June 2017.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested M.B.A. student applicants should send a cover letter, résumé and three professional references by email to Matthew Glover at: KubertBusinessInternship@elpc.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The Environmental Law and Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

Charlie Kubert was a businessperson and dedicated environmentalist who worked at ELPC on sustainable business opportunities to advance environmental progress and economic growth.

Elevate Energy: Missouri Field Lead

The Missouri Field Lead will support development and implementation of multifamily green building and energy efficiency services in Missouri. The selected candidate will effectively project manage local energy efficiency retrofit projects and field work associated with utility contracts and green building consulting engagements in Missouri including conducting energy audits and analysis, reviewing contractor bids, and performing construction oversight for projects during installation.

Accountability

This is a remote position. The Field Lead will be based in Missouri but will report directly to a Chicago-based supervisor on the New Market Initiatives team and will be expected to work with remote teams based in Chicago, Michigan, and elsewhere.

Responsibilities

Field

  • Conduct on-site energy audits of multifamily and small commercial facilities, model energy savings, and develop high quality energy assessment reports with recommendations.
  • Guide building owners through the energy efficiency upgrade process to develop and implement project plan.
  • Work with construction team, contractors, owners, and project partners to vet contractors, coordinate and schedule construction activities, and provide construction oversight, quality assurance and quality control, and post-retrofit monitoring.
  • Engage contractors to establish a rapport, build a local contractor base, solicit contractor bids on behalf of owners, and inspect installations for quality control.
  • Support green building services for new construction and rehabilitation projects including: design and specification reviews, ASHRAE and HERS energy modeling, construction management, and inspections of installed green and energy efficient measures.
  • Communicate regularly with the team of energy auditors, construction managers, and project managers based in Chicago and other new markets.
  • Support Chicago-based team on a project basis as required.

Project Management

  • Communicate clearly with contract holder about delivery of utility subcontract.
  • Manage multiple projects and client engagements simultaneously through the green building and energy efficiency upgrade process to ensure a high level of customer service is delivered.
  • Represent Elevate Energy with clients and with local, state, and national energy efficiency stakeholders at meetings, conferences, etc.
  • Communicate regular project/program updates and results to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Perform other duties as required in assistance to and in cooperation with other Elevate Energy staff.

Qualifications/Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Five plus (5+) years’ experience in affordable multifamily housing, green building, energy efficiency, building science, engineering, construction, or related field required.
  • Professional Engineer (PE), Engineer in Training (EIT), Registered Architect (RA), BPI, CEM, HERS, and/or LEED accreditation and experience certifying projects very desirable.
  • Experience conducting energy audits and building inspections required.
  • Strong understanding of construction detailing.
  • Strong project management skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and client engagements.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.
  • Process and detail-oriented.
  • Comfort level engaging a wide range of clients including affordable housing owners and staff, contractors, and utility staff. Excellent writing required.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines with high degree of accuracy.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office – Outlook, Word, and Excel – and comfort with or willingness to learn online Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems such as Salesforce and video conferencing tools.
  • Excellent organization skills.
  • Comfort level with working remotely from larger team and supervisor.
  • Travel extensively throughout Missouri and travel to Chicago at a minimum of once per month.
  • Valid Driver’s License.

This is an Exempt position.

Organization Description

Elevate Energy’s mission is to deliver smarter energy use for all. Elevate Energy designs and implements efficiency programs that lower costs, protect the environment, and ensure the benefits of energy efficiency reach those who need them most.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Elevate Energy is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age disability, veteran status, or marital status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, termination, promotion, transfer, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to:

Elevate Energy
Human Resources – Missouri Field Lead
322 S. Green Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60607

Write position in the subject line or envelope.
Fax to 888-335-3261
Email to careers@ElevateEnergy.org
No phone calls please.

Elevate Energy: Field Organizer – Springfield

The Field Organizer – Springfield will work with Elevate Energy’s Community Projects Lead and their Regional Lead Field Organizer to implement community based strategies for educating and engaging individuals on saving both money and energy. This may include providing general awareness of new technologies associated with the “smart grid” as well as helping customers enroll in programs sponsored by Elevate Energy, the utilities, or third parties that will help them reduce their energy bills and environmental impact. The field organizer will be assigned a designated geography and be accountable for achieving a metrics-driven outreach and organizing plan. The position will work closely with Elevate Energy’s communications and outreach team to coordinate messaging across programs and must be well versed in the range of programs and activities of the organization. Tasks may include, but will not be limited to, holding meetings with community leaders to inform them about program offerings, conducting outreach events with community organizations, working directly with individual customers to host meetings in their homes, following up by telephone with customers interested in programs, and carefully tracking the progress of the efforts in electronic database systems.

Accountability
The Field Organizer – Springfield reports directly to the Regional Field Organizer – Springfield.

Responsibilities
• Implement and be held accountable to a metrics-driven outreach plan
• Lead and direct constituent engagement, including outreach to individuals at community events and house parties
• Engage key stake holders including but not limited to local elected officials and community leaders
• Recruit, manage and train local volunteer teams
• Build partnerships with community organizations
• Organize community meetings, events and training sessions
• Develop and implement neighborhood specific messaging with marketing staff
• Follow-up with interested homeowners to encourage their participation in the program
• Data entry and maintaining data integrity
• Other activities as required.

Qualifications/Skills
• Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred
• Passion for environmental issues, economic/social justice, and/or energy efficiency
• Willingness and ability to become well versed in residential energy use, including smart grid technologies, dynamic electric pricing, energy efficiency technology, and building science
• Exceptional verbal communication skills – comfort in speaking to large groups, facilitating small group discussions, and excelling at one-on-one interactions
• Ability to effectively communicate and work with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and political beliefs
• Strong written communication skills – can craft professional letters or e-mail communications
• Strong organizational ability and experience in meeting established goals within tight time frames
• Self-starter, with ability to work independently and remotely, as well as within a team
• Familiarity with standard business computer applications – experience with Salesforce or other CRM systems would be a plus
• Demonstrated experience in effectively leading and collaborating with volunteers – management or supervisory experience would be a plus
• Ability and willingness to motivate individuals to take action regarding their energy usage and engaging in new technology and programs to assist with this – prior experience in sales or organizing is a plus
• Familiarity with community organizing or political campaign organizing strongly preferred
• Familiarity with Montgomery and surrounding counties in Central/Southern Illinois, their communities, community organizations, and leaders would be a plus
• Bi-lingual Spanish desirable
• Familiarity with energy efficiency upgrades or residential construction would be pluses as well
• Access to reliable transportation, a personal computer with internet access, and a cell phone

Organization Description
Elevate Energy’s mission is to deliver smarter energy use for all. Elevate designs and implements efficiency programs that lower costs, protect the environment, and ensure the benefits of energy efficiency reach those who need them most.

Anti-Discrimination Policy
Elevate Energy is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age disability, veteran status, or marital status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, termination, promotion, transfer, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

This is an Exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to:

Elevate Energy
Human Resources – FOH
1741 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Write position in the subject line or envelope.
Fax to 773-698-6869
Email to careers@ElevateEnergy.org

No phone calls please.

Philadelphia Works: Senior Policy Associate

Position Specifics

Role Summary: The Sr. Policy Associate engages key stakeholders at the local, state and national levels to develop and implement policy approaches to address and influence policy and political impact on the workforce development system.

Salary Range: $67,000 – 75,000

This position will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Conduct research on local regional state and national best practices pertaining to workforce system related program operations and polices: make recommendations regarding adoption of appropriate policies and practices in Philadelphia.
  • Identify systems, agencies and organizations that Philadelphia Works should partner with in order to improve system performance; forge partnerships among these entities to enable the system to better address client needs.
  • Research, track and analyze pertinent legislative and administrative policies that impact Philadelphia Works; keep leadership abreast of federal and state policy changes and potential policy changes and advise on responses.
  • Identify internal and external operational concerns that can be remedied by policy clarification and/or development; elaborate policies and disseminate policy changes.
  • Serve as a link to the advocacy community and partner with appropriate advocates to promote policies and practices beneficial to Philadelphia Works, its subcontractors, clients and employers.
  • Prepare policy materials including policy reports, action alerts, talking points, issue briefs, letters, etc.
  • Archive information pertinent to the development of policy.
  • Act as a liaison representing Philadelphia Works with various public agencies
  • Collaborate with the Outreach and Engagement Manager in preparing senior staff who participates in external public policy activities such as speaking engagements.
  • Create and direct opportunities for stakeholders to participate in Philadelphia Works public policy activities.
  • Network with other Workforce Investment Boards and affiliated organizations interested in common issues.
  • Attend local and regional legislative sessions as necessary.
  • Perform other related job duties as assigned.

Education/Professional Experience

Bachelor’s degree, Masters preferred, in political science, public policy or related field from an accredited college or university. Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in legislative or public policy analysis.

Or, any combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Knowledge of federal , state and local policy and the regulatory environment in the State
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to apply knowledge of workforce system and economic development to legislative and public policy analysis
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and prioritizing skills
  • Ability to work effectively with representatives from the business community, government organizations, stakeholders as well as board of directors, Sr. leadership and management
  • Strong attention to details
  • Capacity to synthesize information from multiple sources and generate summaries
  • Strong teamwork skills
  • Good judgment, solid business acumen and strong diplomacy skills
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to interact effectively with various levels of staff, management, government officials, and the public

Contact Information

Interested applicants should apply online at www.philaworks.org  and click on “About Us” and then “Careers at Philadelphia Works”

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program
Alternate Formats, Auxiliary Aides and Services are available upon request

Elevate Energy: Energy Analyst

Position: The Energy Analyst will work in the Energy Efficient Building Services team providing technical assistance to building owners. The Energy Analyst will conduct energy assessments, perform energy modeling of buildings and assist Energy Efficient Building Services management to oversee all aspects of energy efficiency retrofit projects. The energy analyst role includes site evaluations of properties, analysis of current and future energy use of rental and commercial buildings, and the creation of energy assessment reports provided to owners. Additionally, this role will also involve some research into new technologies and retrofit strategies for Elevate programs.

The Energy Analyst will interface directly with building owners, contractors, property managers, and lenders to help facilitate all aspects of retrofit projects. The position is based in Chicago but may involve driving to site visits throughout the Midwest.

Prior building science or construction knowledge is strongly desired smart, highly motivated individuals, who meet the basic requirements below, will be given consideration.

 Accountability: The Energy Analyst reports directly to the Manager of Assessment Field Services in the Energy Efficient Buildings Group at Elevate Energy. The Analyst will also work closely with Elevate Energy’s construction team staff, among others.

 Responsibilities:

  • Conduct on-site energy assessments of residential single family and multifamily housing, as well and commercial properties.
  • Energy Analysis using energy modeling software to identify energy savings associated with potential upgrades.
  • Write energy assessment reports according to program guidelines.
  • Work with building owners to recognize the value of upgrade recommendations and move projects to completion.
  • Provide technical consulting support throughout the energy retrofit process to project participants, i.e. property owners, property managers, contractors, developers and other project partners.
  • Conduct building energy performance monitoring.
  • Contribute to efforts related to outreach strategies and business development.
  • Communicate with contractors and participate in construction oversight as necessary.
  • Contribute to other Elevate Energy efforts as required.

Qualifications/Skills:

  • Four year degree or equivalent experience in building science, engineering, construction management and/or energy management
  • Knowledge of residential and commercial construction and building systems
  • BPI Building Analyst certification strongly preferred (but not required)
  • Exceptional organizational and coordination skills
  • Ability to independently leverage critical thinking skills to address real world customer issues based on well-defined program guidelines
  • A demonstrated attention to detail
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team setting
  • Willingness to travel extensively throughout Chicago and the Midwest region
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access)
  • Significant experience in Microsoft Excel is strongly preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Must be able to pick up new concepts quickly, take initiative in addressing unforeseen obstacles, and have ability to multitask and meet tight deadlines
  • Experience with customer relationship management system (Salesforce) are a plus
  • Bilingual abilities are a plus

Organization Description

Elevate Energy’s mission is to deliver smarter energy use for all. Elevate designs and implements efficiency programs that lower costs, protect the environment, and ensure the benefits of energy efficiency reach those who need them most.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Elevate Energy is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age disability, veteran status, or marital status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, termination, promotion, transfer, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

This is an Exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to:

Elevate Energy

Human Resources –Energy Analyst

322 S. Green Street, Suite 300

Chicago, IL 60607

Write position in the subject line or envelope.

Fax to 888-335-3261

Email to careers@ElevateEnergy.org

 

No phone calls please.

Metropolitan Planning Council: Research Associate

Position overview:

MPC is hiring a full-time Research Associate to assist in both qualitative and quantitative research and data analysis to better illuminate pathways to sensible, equitable and sustainable growth for the Chicago region.

MPC is seeking persons with strong interests in, and aptitude for, designing and conducting policy research across a range of substantive areas. The Research Associate will be responsible for designing data collection protocols; assisting in management of the organization’s data inventory and the execution of a multifaceted research agenda; performing comprehensive data analyses; advising staff on their research needs; utilizing data visualization to convey findings; and translating data to develop sound public policy in the areas of housing, community and economic development, transportation, infrastructure finance, water resources, stormwater management and other planning issues. The position offers the opportunity to work closely with multiple colleagues, functions and teams both internally and externally. The ideal candidate will have a strong track record of working both collaboratively and individually on research and data analysis to support organizational goals.

This position reports to MPC’s Director of Research and Evaluation, Alden Loury, and will work closely with him to ensure that organization-wide strategies and research objectives are aligned with MPC’s strategic plan.

Key responsibilities:

  • Design data collection and management protocols;
  • Acquire, clean and manage publicly available datasets; ensure quality control;
  • Create unique datasets to serve MPC’s public policy and urban planning needs;
  • Conduct primary (surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc.) and secondary data collection and research; perform data analysis;
  • Perform spatial data analysis in GIS programs and produce map-based findings and products;
  • Produce blog content, social media posts, policy briefings and reports for publication to communicate and disseminate findings;
  • Monitor peer research, follow trends and produce high-quality research reports and presentations to share internally at weekly staff meetings and monthly staff brownbags;
  • Produce research results in a number of formats, including MPC publications, journal articles, conference presentations, social media and donor reports;
  • Work closely with MPC’s communication’s team to share primary research and articles with a variety of audiences, including public officials and the media; and
  • Engage and partner with business, government, academia and other civic sector leaders.

Qualifications:

MPC is seeking a highly motivated individual with a background in public policy, research, finance, journalism or urban planning. Strong relationship, project management, analytical and policy development skills are desirable. The ability to work in teams is essential. The ideal candidate will be an organized, high-energy individual who thrives in a collegial work environment and must be able to juggle multiple deadlines at once.

A minimum of two years project management experience that demonstrates the ability to manage multiple competing priorities and deadlines in a policy-driven environment is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree in an area requiring integrative and analytical thinking (e.g. Social Sciences, Economics, Finance, Statistics Public Policy, or Urban Planning)

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills;
  • Knowledge of datasets and the ability to quickly gather data and analyze large datasets;
  • Ability to establish credibility by building an innovative portfolio of research and program work that advances MPC’s mission;
  • Ability to multi-task among competing, often changing needs;
  • Experience and training in data visualization theory and practice; proficient in Adobe creative suite;
  • Experience with GIS programs such as ArcMap or QGIS and online mapping libraries (Google maps, Cartodb, etc.); strong spatial analysis and mapping skills;
  • Visual thinker; excellent graphics and communications skills, both oral and written, to convey complex data to the public and audiences with different levels of expertise; ability to tell stories with data;
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter who can work independently and in teams to deliver high-quality work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Enjoys a fast-paced, intellectually stimulating workplace;
  • Ability to be successful working in an entrepreneurial environment where limited resources are leveraged to produce maximum results;
  • Curious about challenges facing the Chicago region and ideas for solutions;
  • Passionate about the body of issues that MPC addresses and committed to supporting the organization’s mission;
  • High degree of professionalism, with a demonstrated ability to manage responsibilities with alacrity, integrity and tact; displays mature judgement; and
  • Strategic thought partner adept at interacting with staff at all levels and comfortable developing research agendas, approaches and communications opportunities.

Search and application process:

Please send the following materials by e-mail to: Skyler Larrimore at SLarrimore@metroplanning.org

  1. Cover letter describing how your experience relates to the job description;
  2. A résumé and salary history;
  3. Three writing samples showing evidence of comprehensive data analysis, geospatial analysis and data visualization; and
  4. Three references.

No phone calls please. MPC is an equal opportunity employer.

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