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RainReadySM Project Manager

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RainReadySM Project Manager

CNT is seeking an experienced and qualified project manager, with knowledge and expertise in green infrastructure/stormwater management, to support our national RainReady initiative. RainReady helps individual property owners and communities work together to find solutions to the problems of too much or too little water. We help people who find their lives disrupted by flooding or water shortages to come together to adopt RainReady practices and policies.

Accountability

The RainReady Project Manager will report directly to the Director, Water Program and collaborate closely with other CNT staff on operations and production activities.

Responsibilities

The Project Manager will help communities get RainReady. Responsibilities include:

  • Managing and expanding the RainReady Community initiative
  • Plan development: The Project Manager will be responsible for the development and preparation of RainReady plans, with a focus on green infrastructure best management practices in relation to urban flooding and stormwater management within the public rights-of-way and on private property
  • Risk/impact analysis: The Project Manager will be responsible for researching and developing risk/impact models related to urban flooding, working closely with the RainReady Home team
  • Technical advisor and liaison: Offering technical advice and support to CNT Water and our partners’ initiatives, including the RainReady Home team based at Elevate Energy. Liaise with agencies, municipalities, non-profits, academics, residents, and elected leaders
  • Community outreach: Prepare and give presentations and workshops, including preparing community maps and other outreach materials
  • Communications: Prepare and contribute to the creation of online guidance and materials (such as factsheets, videos and photos)
  • Team support: as part of the CNT Water team, participate in a wide range of activities, which range from evening events, meeting legislators, travelling to conferences, etc

The work will involve working alongside the RainReady staff, our partners, and participating communities.

Skills and qualifications

The ideal candidate has between two and five years’ practical experience in stormwater management, with a Bachelors or Master’s degree in engineering, landscape architecture, hydrology or a related field. We are seeking the following skills and experience:

  • Knowledge and expertise in the use of green infrastructure best management practices – within the public rights-of-way, on public land and on private property – for stormwater management and to alleviate urban flooding, including direct experience of developing plans for street retrofits using green infrastructure
  • Analytical skills, e.g. the ability to carry out analysis on risk/impacts of green infrastructure improvements as it relates to flood alleviation, water capture, and water quality and develop a mode based on this analysis
  • A track record of managing clients and working with public works officials, hydrologists, landscape architects, and engineers in relation to green infrastructure for stormwater management
  • Experience in managing projects, preparing plans, and dealing with clients, contractors and residents, particularly municipal clients. Experience preparing stormwater master plans for municipal clients, that incorporate green infrastructure, would be particularly helpful
  • Knowledge of and experience working with stormwater management tools including flow dynamics, hydrological mapping, LIDAR data and topography maps, and sewer maps and models
  • Excellent communications skills, in particular, working with clients and residents (e.g. community mapping exercises), public works officials, academics and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to approach problems in a collaborative, open-minded and practical manner, especially as it pertains to issues of urban flooding + green infrastructure
  • Exceptional knowledge of site construction and stormwater best management practices
  • Desire to help develop and implement pioneering and innovative, public-facing programs
  • Eagerness to travel throughout the Chicago area

Desirable

  • Proficiency using customer relationship management database
  • Proficiency using industry-standard design and communications software
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Valid state of Illinois driver’s license

The Center for Neighborhood Technology 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:
Center for Neighborhood Technology

Human Resources – RRPM
2125 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Email to: Careers@cnt.org

No phone calls please.


Internship Opportunities

CNT welcomes interns as an expression of our educational mission.  Internships are designed to expose students to various aspects of urban sustainability:

  • Public policy, research, and advocacy
  • Data and information access
  • Demonstration projects

Internships are individually crafted to reflect the interests of the student.  Prospective interns should get to know CNT in depth through our website prior to contacting us so that you know what programs and/or roles meet your current educational and experiential needs.

CNT works closely with interns to ensure that they receive academic credit for internships, whenever possible. Interns should not expect a job at CNT at the end of their internship.

CNT offers periodic brown bag seminars for interns which focus on different aspects of urban sustainability.   Some seminars may include recommended reading materials. Participation is voluntary, but encouraged.

Specific internship opportunities are posted below; internships in other areas of CNT’s work are also possible.

Unless specified below, please contact Stephen Perkins at steve@cnt.org to discuss opportunities.

Rain Ready Community Support Intern

CNT seeks an intern to support our national Rain Ready initiative. Rain Ready helps individuals and communities work together to find solutions to the problems of too much or too little water. We help people who find their lives disrupted by flooding or water shortages to come together to develop a Rain Ready Plan of action.

Responsibilities:

As a Community Support Intern, you will help us help communities seeking to get Rain Ready. Activities will be wide-ranging, including:

  • creating online guidance and materials (such as factsheets, videos and photos)
  • preparing presentations
  • conducting online and telephone property surveys and analysis
  • preparing community maps and other outreach materials
  • expanding our social media outreach

The work will involve working alongside the Rain Ready staff, our partners, and the communities of Midlothian, IL and Chatham (Chicago) to help them prepare Rain Ready Plans.

Qualifications/Skills:

We are looking for a confident self-starter, with the ability to undertake research and outreach. We particularly welcome skills in:

  • Communications, including writing/photography/film
  • IT, including PowerPoint, Excel, photo editing, GIS etc.
  • Community engagement and planning processes
  • Project management
  • Public engagement and outreach
  • Stormwater management

Requirements:

Internships are unpaid and you would need to commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week – ideally longer. We are looking for someone who is available to start work immediately.

Benefits:

The work environment is fast-moving, innovative, and fun. As a member of a small and diverse team, you will have the chance to experience and learn more about our innovative approach to promoting change – from legislation, to tools and support, and demonstration. You will be provided with a desk and computer and will have the chance to join staff meetings and relevant external workshops and discussions.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume to Harriet Festing, Director of CNT’s Water Program, at hfesting@cnt.org

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Transit Future Campaign Interns

CNT is looking for interns for its Transit Future Campaign aimed at dramatically expanding rail transit in the Chicago Region.  A description of the campaign can be found at transitfuture.org.

Responsibilities:

    • Research
    • Communications
    • Outreach to constituencies

Qualifications/Skills:

    • Interest in sustainability and transit issues
    • Proactive nature
    • Skill at reaching out and enrolling diverse communities
    • Work well in a collaborative context

Terms of Service:

Start Date – ASAP. Internships at CNT are unpaid. The usual time commitment is 15 hours/week for 10 weeks, at a minimum.  CNT will assist the intern in acquiring course credit if possible.

How to Apply:

If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to Stephen Perkins, Senior Vice President, at steve@cnt.org.

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Urban Sustainability Apps Competition Intern

CNT is seeking interns for the 2015 Urban Sustainability Apps Competition aimed at making Chicago’s neighborhoods smarter, greener, and more affordable.  A description of the event can be found at http://www.cnt.org/2014-urban-sustainability-apps-competition.

Responsibilities:

  • Research
  • Communications
  • Outreach to constituencies

Qualifications/Skills:

  • Interest in sustainability and community development
  • Proactive nature
  • Skilled at reaching out and enrolling diverse communities
  • Work well in a collaborative context

Terms of Service:

Start Date – ASAP. Internships at CNT are unpaid. The usual time commitment is 15 hours/week for 10 weeks, at a minimum. CNT will assist the intern in acquiring course credit if possible.

How to Apply:

If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to Stephen Perkins, Senior Vice President, at steve@cnt.org

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