SolarCorps Program Assistant

Deadline: Until Filled

About GRID Alternatives
GRID Alternatives is the country’s largest nonprofit solar installer. GRID is an entrepreneurial, high-growth non-profit organization that provides renewable energy and energy efficiency services to low-income families. Through its flagship Solar Affordable Housing Program, GRID trains and leads teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar electric systems for low-income families and affordable housing providers, providing long-term savings for the people who need them the most. In turn, low-income families are able to use their long-term savings to pay for basic expenses, and expand their economic opportunity by employing the skills and training they gained through GRID’s workforce development programs, in the growing field of solar installation. GRID’s vision is a successful transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone.

Required skills/experience

  • Must be able to manage multiple projects and adapt to changing priorities and demanding work loads.

  • Excellent customer service skills.

  • Superior written and verbal skills.

  • Strong research and analysis skills.

  • Excellent database management and analysis (Excel or other spreadsheet).

  • Highly developed interpersonal skills.

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Must be self-motivated and self-directed.

  • High degree of organization, dependability, and follow-through required.

  • Passion for renewable energy, sustainability, affordable housing, the environment, or environmental justice.

Public Engagement Facilitator (PT) - Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Deadline: Rolling

The Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is hiring part-time Public Engagement Facilitators to join our Public Engagement team.

The Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is Chicago’s oldest museum in the newest building. Our mission is to create a positive relationship between people and nature through collaborations, education, research and collections, exhibitions and public forums to grow our region’s urban connection to the world of nature and science. The public engagement facilitator will advance this mission by facilitating interpretive programs for museum guests of all ages and backgrounds.

Human Resources Manager - Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Deadline: Rolling

Position Overview:
The Human Resources Manager, a full time position, will report to the Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Finance and Administration.  This position will be responsible for all human resources activities for the Museum’s staff of 70+ full time and part time employees.  The Human Resource Manager will work closely with the Museum’s President & CEO, Director of Finance, and interface directly with all departments within the Museum. 

Grants Manager - Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Deadline: Rolling

Outstanding opportunity to join the city’s oldest museum, with the newest building, as the Grants Manager. Reporting to the Vice President, Chief Development and Marketing Officer the Grants Manager leads the cultivation, stewardship and donor relations in for all our grants and foundation support.

This key position will oversee and execute all grant proposals and reports for foundation, corporate and government funders. The Grants Manager will identify new grant opportunities and manage existing relationships with grantors. Working with all departments in the museum, the Grants Manager will write and submit grants and manage the grant evaluation process. A commitment to nature, conservation and the museum’s mission will be important as the Grants Manager establishes and maintains relationships with grant providers, while working closely with museum staff and Board members.  

Assistant IT Support Technician (PT) - Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Deadline: Until filled

This is a part-time position. 

Position Overview:
The Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is seeking a part-time Assistant IT Support Technician to work in its Lincoln Park location.

If you are excited by the opportunity to be part of a new IT team and help shape how technology is utilized at the Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, this may be the job for you!

Job responsibilities will include configuring and upgrading PCs and Macs; organizing and inventorying hardware and software licenses; and responding to daily help desk requests.

In addition to technical skills, the ideal candidate will have a great attitude and be energized by challenges; enjoy creating solutions and understand that IT involves the interaction between people and technology; and be well organized.

Communications Associate - Delta Institute

Deadline: July 10, 2017

An associate performs specific program, administrative, or organizational development-related tasks. Associates are directed in their work on a day-to-day basis and may manage grants, contracts, or projects with some direction from Directors. In this role, an associate occasionally leads project deliverables and manages project timelines and budgets.
Other core skill set attributes are:
• Provide moderate support and technical assistance to Delta staff
• Work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders
• Complete both operational and programmatic tasks and initiatives
• Complete all deliverables timely and accurately
• Intermediate analytical and problem solving skills
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Working knowledge of environmental and economic issues, especially those in the Great Lakes region

Energy Efficiency Program Manager - Seventhwave

Deadline: None Specified

Make an impact! Seventhwave seeks a program manager to expand an award-winning utility program that inspires commercial, multifamily and institutional building owners, developers and design teams to achieve deeper reductions in energy use. The position will be based in Chicago and will support implementation of the ComEd Energy Efficiency New Construction program. Seventhwave’s culture is technically rigorous, innovative and values-driven. We are a nonprofit organization committed to economic and environmental sustainability. Our salaries are competitive with the private sector. If you are a self-motivated individual comfortable working across interdisciplinary teams, committed to excellence, have great communication skills, and at least five years of energy efficiency program management experience, you could be the right fit for this position.

Position summary
Seventhwave is seeking an experienced manager with background in energy efficiency program design, implementation and technical assistance. ComEd’s energy efficiency program for commercial new construction is expanding in several areas. The ideal candidate must be agile, flexible, and creative. We are looking for an excellent project manager with program implementation experience. A solid technical background in engineering or commercial building design practices is a plus. This position will help us maintain an excellent client relationship, manage day to day operations of the program, generate required reporting, oversee contracts and subcontracts, ensure the program’s key performance indicators are met,manage the program budget, facilitate coordination across the Seventhwave team, respond quickly to client requests, develop program analytics, and contribute to program design and development activities.

This position will also play an important role in generating program implementation business with new utility and government clients.

Housing Advocacy Case Aide (PT) - La Casa Norte

Deadline: Not Specified

La Casa Norte’s mission and philosophy of service is to impact the social issues of homelessness at the individual and community levels. La Casa Norte’s (LCN) Housing Advocacy Program provides bilingual case management, housing location, and income support services to families and youth who have an open child welfare case and are homeless or at-risk. Our services focus on helping households obtain stable housing and avoid family separation.

This is a part time position working 28 hours per week.

Deputy Press Secretary - Sierra Club

Deadline: Not Specified

Context: Provides strategic media planning, oversight and implementation for Sierra Club communications. Leads clean energy/beyond coal communications work in assigned region. Writes long-term and rapid-response media outreach plans to position the Sierra Club and promote its national and regional conservation campaigns.

Oversees editorial production process for media communications, ensuring timely and accurate materials with a consistent tone and message. Develops relationships with regional and national reporters and producers, pitching stories, providing Sierra Club’s viewpoints and serving as a Sierra Club spokesperson.

Scope: The Deputy Press Secretary acts as a media strategist in their region for Beyond Coal issues, identifying opportunities and working with campaign staff to implement strategies. Also serves as a liaison between the Sierra Club and key media contacts, to develop relationships that advance the Sierra Club’s media coverage, serving regularly as a spokesperson. Researches and delivers reports for release to media, writes media messages, op-eds, press releases, talking points and other materials, and coordinates media events. Develops and implements paid media advertising campaigns when called for by the campaign strategy. When needed, works with coalition partners to guide the strategic objectives and communications tactics for the regional campaign.

Clean Energy Organizing Apprentice - Illinois Chapter - Sierra Club

Deadline: Not Specified

Context: Under general supervision of the assigned supervisor, helps to build public support to accomplish goals of moving Chicago to 100% clean energy. Recruits and trains volunteer leaders; assists in carrying out campaign strategies and interacts with volunteers, citizens, other organizations, the media and other club staff.

Scope & Limitations: This is an apprentice position in the environmental field for an individual who within the last 12 months (from appointment date) has graduated from a four year degree (BA, B.S.) or a graduate level program.  The incumbent may only hold this apprenticeship, or any combination of apprenticeships, for up to 1 year (12 months).

Clean Energy For All Program Advocate - Illinois Chapter - Sierra Club

Deadline: Not specified

Context: Plans and advocates for Clean Energy for All Campaign activities in Illinois.

Scope: Under the direction of the Deputy Chapter Director,  be the lead advocate for Sierra Club efforts to move Illinois to 100% clean energy, particularly focused on strong and just implementation of Illinois’ new clean energy law - the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). Collaborates with various internal departments and programs, partner organizations, and volunteer leadership to support strategic coordinated campaign work. When needed, represents the Sierra Club to government officials, the media, business and community leaders, allies and other organizations, and to the public.

Organizing Manager Chicago, IL/Minneapolis, MN/Central Region - Sierra Club

Deadline: Not Specified

Context: Plans and manages all national Sierra Club staff organizing work within assigned communities.  Establishes organizing objectives for each community based on movement building, national campaign and program objectives.  Coaches and develops staff organizers to build community involvement, effective volunteer leadership and strong community partnerships to win campaigns, program conservation victories, ensure equity and justice is incorporated into our work, empower communities and contribute to movement building.

Scope: The Organizing Manager is responsible for managing a team of organizers working to achieve all organizing objectives and for the effectiveness of the Club’s organizing and movement building activities within assigned communities.  Works with organizing staff and volunteer leaders to determine and implement strategies to build towards transformational organizing, to build and deepen the number of supporters in the community, key partnerships with community leaders, government officials, donors and volunteer leadership to accomplish organizing objectives, win campaign goals, and contribute to the movement building within each community.  Coaches and develops each staff organizer to maximize skills, ability and effectiveness.  Acts as senior Club liaison with leaders of organizations within the communities.  Ensures that programmatic commitments and objectives are met, that financial, operational and legal compliance standards are met regarding all activities in assigned communities. Works directly with other Program department staff, Digital Strategies and Communications Department staff to ensure we are utilizing the full strength of Sierra Club in all movement building and campaign work.

Executive Director (MN) - Upper Mississippi River Basin Association

Deadline: June 30, 2017
*Opportunity is based in St. Paul, MN

The Executive Director is responsible for all UMRBA administrative duties and policy- and program -related initiatives.  This includes:

•Regularly consult with, and provide counsel to, UMRBA’s Board (i.e., Governor-appointed representatives of its five member states) regarding organizational strategy, priorities, policies, and program development.

•Communicate, promote, and implement the member states’ joint priorities and perspectives regarding water resource-related issues in the Upper Mississippi River Basin.

•Manage UMRBA’s program activities, studies, and research.

•Coordinate with state and federal agencies, elected officials, policy makers, opinion leaders, scientists, and nongovernmental organizations, including industry and nonprofit interest groups.

•Represent UMRBA at national and regional meetings.

•Administer UMRBA’s financial and personnel matters; including budgeting, investment management, accounting oversight, and negotiating and executing contracts and other financial agreements


Sustainability Specialist - City of Evanston

Deadline:  June 26, 2017

Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications, but in most cases is no higher than the midpoint for range.


This position serves as one of two staff positions in the City of Evanston Office of Sustainability and reports to the Sustainability Coordinator. The primary role of the position will be to support the operations and programming of the Office of Sustainability through data organization and analysis, office communications and engagement. The majority of the data related analysis will revolve around the City’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory, climate action planning, solid waste management and STAR Community Rating System reporting. Work also includes implementing waste reduction programming and promoting the City of Evanston’s sustainability programs and projects through social media, the City’s website, awards and community events.


The City of Evanston seeks to provide a compelling and comprehensive work experience for a self-motivated individual interested in pursuing a career in local government and sustainability. The City has a longstanding history of sustainability achievements and progress and is recognized as a national leader in the field. The Sustainability Specialist will have the opportunity to develop and lead projects, work with senior staff, collaborate with various City departments and participate in significant engagement efforts with community groups and organizations. This position will prepare the individual for a successful career in professional local government and sustainability work, provide exposure to innovative and cutting edge ideas and industry best practices, and allow opportunity to showcase talents and abilities to benefit the City and the community in lasting ways. 

Director, Information Security - Invenergy

DEADLINE: None Specified

Position Overview

The Director, IT Security will report to the Head of IT and be responsible for the IT security strategy, roadmap, processes, audits, and related technology initiatives. The Director, IT Security will have direct responsibility for both corporate IT security and the IT requirements of our NERC CIP program with the objective to improve effectiveness and efficiency of information security.