Employment Opportunities

CNT currently seeks qualified candidates for the Director of Operations, RainReady Program, and an IT Services Manager. 

Director of Operations, RainReady Program

The Center for Neighborhood Technology encourages applicants for the position of Director of Operations, RainReady Program. We anticipate hiring before the end of calendar year 2016.
 
The Program—RainReady is a suite of initiatives designed to help households, property owners and communities take action to prevent localized flooding.  Landscape modifications are a key element of the program. By “catching raindrops where they fall,” the likelihood of localized flooding is greatly reduced, resulting in reduced damages and costs, stabilized property values, reduced health risks, and increases in associated employment and business creation opportunities.
 
The programs that the Director of Operations would oversee, manage and expand include RainReady Home, a program to retrofit existing residential buildings with a package of decision support analysis (a site audit), financial assistance, and access to qualified contractors;  RainReady Communities, a protocol and technical assistance program to help communities set area-wide goals for addressing identified flooding risk problems and to assemble tools to meet these goals; MyRainReady, a personalized web-based calculator for individuals and households; and RainReady Neighbors, a platform for organizing concerned citizens and institutions within a flood-prone neighborhood to  take action. These programs and their supporting tools are described at www.rainready.org; and supportive research and publications are posted at http://www.cnt.org/water
 
Recognition—Each of these pilot programs is showing results, and CNT has been recognized with awards from the National Association of State Flood Plain Managers and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.  It was featured this summer at White House Forums on Smart Finance for Disaster Resilience and on Climate Resilience Strategies, and was named last month as one of 15 Infrastructure Game Changers by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
 
The Challenge Ahead—We seek a person with strong operations management and program planning skills to take the RainReady program to scale and to commercialize it in a variety of ways. 
 
Position Description— The RainReady program at CNT is supported by a Market Research & Innovation team and an Urban Analytics team.  We need a Director of Operations for RainReady that is capable of managing the existing program, expanding it over time, and commercializing any and all elements of it, working with the rest of the CNT leadership team.  Responsibilities include managing a staff of researchers, community organizers and program developers to ensure delivery of our existing program elements. The Director will also work with the CEO of CNT and other organization leaders to expand the program through a variety of strategic and innovative initiatives.  
 
Qualifications and Competencies Sought
  • Five to ten years of program operations and development experience with skills in planning, scheduling, cost estimating, resource estimating and services delivery in any of the following— climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy , water supply management and planning, energy or water systems demand side management, stormwater utility systems planning, utility market and environmental analysis and planning, property casualty insurance product development and/or innovative community-based networks for local services delivery.
  • Demonstrated ability to participate effectively as part of an agency wide management team, and to ensure delivery of a portfolio of innovations collaboratively
  • Excellent strategic planning and communications skills
  • Ability to manage operations within a real-word externally driven context within which standards setting and performance measurement, public policy and regulation, market development can be skillfully assembled to support program success
  • Possession of a baccalaureate or masters degree preferably with major coursework in Law, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources, Computer Science, Business Administration, Mathematics, Statistics, Economics or other field related to provision of services designed to manage water resources sustainably.
About the Center for Neighborhood Technology
CNT was founded in 1978 and is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, whose mission is to advance urban sustainability and shared prosperity through initiatives in transportation, water, energy and the built environment. We coach city leaders, advise decision-makers, and find new ways to solve challenges. Our staff is located in Chicago and San Francisco. CNT is an equal opportunity employer.
 
Interested applicants should send a resume with three references and contact information to:
Ms. Bridget Torres
Vice President, Talent & Culture
Center for Neighborhood Technology
2125 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60647
bridget@cnt.org

 

IT Services Manager

Seeking an experienced professional to deliver IT services to a small non-for-profit organization.  The candidate will be responsible for defining and maintaining a cost effective IT strategy, using on premise and cloud based technologies.  The candidate will be responsible for IT business functions, such as budgeting, procurement, IT asset/services management, and IT vendor management.  Additionally, the candidate will be responsible for providing day-to-day operational support for staff, including installations/provisioning, troubleshooting, and training.
 
Qualifications and Skills
·    Strong experience with IT service delivery for small-to-medium-sized organizations. Experience with applying PaaS, IaaS, and SaaS to business requirements (ITIL certification preferred).
·    Experience with troubleshooting end-user computing issues, and providing problem resolution through engagement with vendor support.
·    Solid understanding of industry best security practices and how to apply them.
·    Demonstrated excellent customer services skills; strong written and verbal communication skills a must.
·    Bachelor’s degree, preferably with a concentration in Computer Science, MIS, or similar.
·    Education and/or experience in writing SQL queries strongly preferred; PL/SQL preferred.
·    Excellent problem-solving ability
·    Ability to learn quickly and manage multiple priorities at one time.
·    Proficient in MS Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Outlook)
·    Proven ability to successfully complete deliverables on time or ahead of schedule.
 
Job Responsibilities:
·    Assess IT infrastructure on a regular basis to ensure it continues to meet necessary demands
·    Develop new strategies and IT procedures to increase efficiency, enhance workflow and improve customer satisfaction
·    Lead problem-solving efforts often involving outside vendors
·    Perform troubleshooting and hardware repairs as required
·    Ensure uptime of several internal and external systems
·    Execute mission sensitive data backup and restoration procedures
·    Ensure business standards regarding systems security
·    Perform cost/benefit analysis for new equipment, software and hosted services
·    Managing physical data center and computer systems IE: hardware, software, equipment Office PC/Printer/Fax/Scanner set up and troubleshooting
·    Represent company professionally and consistent with the corporate policy
·    Testing to ensure operational reliability
·    Experience with a ticket tracking system
·    Communication/Training staff on new IT services and operational security practices
 
Anti-Discrimination Policy
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. 
 
Interested applicants should send a resume with three references and contact information to:
Ms. Bridget Torres
Vice President, Talent & Culture
Center for Neighborhood Technology
2125 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60647

 

Internship Opportunities

CNT always 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.
 
Please contact Stephen Perkins at steve@cnt.org to discuss opportunities.

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Marketing Intern

CNT seeks an intern to support the marketing efforts of the organization. Working with the leadership team on projects that span internal and external communications, the Marketing Intern will directly support CNT’s outreach efforts and contribute to CNT’s expansion of its influence.
 
Responsibilities
As a Marketing Intern, you will help CNT expand its message and audience, nd help turn those interested into supporters of the organization.
  • Creating materials for outreach events and for online communications
  • Editing documents for funders and for media outlets
  • Provide social media support 
  • Supporting special events activities
  • Adding value to all our efforts based on your experience, desires, and skills
We are looking for a confident self-starter, with the ability to take direction, complete projects—and challenge our own assumptions and goals with bigger, better, brighter ideas. Interns should be comfortable working in a fast-moving, innovative, fun environment.  As a member of a small team, you will have the chance to experience and learn more about CNT’s efforts to create resilient cities and communities. You’ll be exposed to senior leadership, and exciting ideas. You will have the chance to join staff meetings and relevant external workshops and discussions.  This is a chance for you to learn, and to begin creating your career path. Internships are unpaid.  We look for a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week – ideally longer.  Caffeine available in steady high doses as needed.
 
Contact Steve Perkins, Senior Vice President, CNT, at steve@cnt.org with inquiries.