Employment Opportunities

CNT currently seeks qualified candidates for the Director of Operations, RainReady Program

Director of Operations, RainReady Program

The Center for Neighborhood Technology encourages applicants for the position of Director of Operations, RainReady Program.
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


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 unless otherwise directed. 


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.
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 Paul Cusimano, Managing Director, Development, at pcusimano@cnt.org with inquiries.


Finance Intern

The Finance Intern will work under the mentorship and direction of the VP of Finance and Staff Accountant to carry out various duties. This internship is an ideal opportunity to develop your skills in a real world work environment. This position contributes to the overall success of the accounting team by performing essential functions that allow the team to provide the company with accurate and timely financial information. Further, this position will use financial knowledge gained to identify areas of improvement and related recommendations in the areas of finance and accounting, particularly related to reporting.
Major Responsibilities/Essential Functions:
  • Assist in the preparation of various month end journal entries
  • Document systems and accounting close procedures
  • Participate in the monthly close process to develop various revenue and expense accruals
  • Help develop reporting metrics and formats to present to leadership and board
  • Perform intercompany related entries to ensure timely month-end close process
  • Assist team in gathering and reviewing information for annual audit process
  • Develop analytical skills by performing in-depth review and analysis of financial statements
  • Gain working knowledge of CNT’s ERP system
  • Work closely with VP of Finance on a variety of projects to identify and execute continuous improvement efforts to drive savings in process and operational execution
  • Performs frequent special projects as requested
Minimum Requirements:
  • Student actively enrolled in a university and pursuing a Bachelors of Accounting/Accountancy or Masters of Accounting/Accountancy
  • Solid academic track record – GPA of at least 3.0 preferred
  • Self-motivated individual able to multi-task and work well with other professionals
  • Proficiency in use of Excel software application and intermediate knowledge of other Microsoft Office products such as Word and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of finance, generally accepted accounting principles, and economic principles
  • Proficiency in use of computer equipment
  • Ability to perform detailed work with numerical data and to make mathematical computation rapidly and accurately
  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills
  • Must have good listening skills, be self-motivated, and have a high maturity level
  • Must have demonstrated ability to appropriately handle sensitive/confidential information
  • Must be comfortable working in a team environment
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.
How to Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume
Department of Talent and Culture
Center for Neighborhood Technology
2125 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Email to: Bridget@cnt.org
No phone calls please.