VISITING Environmental Program Development Specialist
ILLINOIS SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY CENTER
PRAIRIE RESEARCH INSTITUTE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
The Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. PRI houses 5 large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology and archaeology.
Our Mission is to encourage and assist citizens, businesses, and government agencies to prevent pollution, conserve natural resources, and reduce waste to protect human health and the environment of Illinois and beyond.
ISTC integrates applied research, technical assistance, and information services to advance efforts in the areas of pollution prevention; water and energy conservation; and materials recycling and beneficial reuse. ISTC is seeking a Visiting Environmental Program Development Specialist.
Primary Position Function/Summary: Track emerging issues related to water, public health, and the environment; building relationships and collaborations across commercial, public, and private sectors; and leverage funds from the center’s Hazardous Waste Research Fund (HWRF) and other funding sources that allow the Prairie Research Institute to expand its efforts and solve important environmental issues.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Required: Bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, or business degree with science/engineering coursework. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position.
Preferred: MBA or Master’s degree in related field.
Required: A minimum of 3 years of experience working in environmental consulting, donor relations, grant solicitation, or similar fields. Proven track record with clients or donors, building relationships, and obtaining project funding.
Preferred: Five or more years of experience working in environmental consulting, donor relations, grant solicitation, or similar fields. At least one year of project management experience. One year supervisory experience.
Training, Licenses or Certifications:
Required: Valid driver’s license
Required: Knowledge of current sustainability issues within public and private sectors including industrial, business, and communities such as water quality, hazardous waste reduction, green chemistry, contaminants, groundwater, and protection of the environment. Familiar with IL universities, businesses, and organizations. Effective communication, personal relations, organizational, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team. Excellent public speaking skills and inter-personal skills. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and database applications. Conscientious worker with attention to detail. Ability to communicate technical ideas to non-technical audiences.