Illinois Sustainable Technology Center - University of Illinois

Employment Opportunities

ISTC currently has the following open positions:


POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
VISITING BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
POSITION LOCATED IN OAK BROOK, ILLINOIS

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 archeology.

Our Mission The mission of the Prairie Research Institute is to provide objective, integrated scientific research and service, in cooperation with other academic and research units of the University of Illinois and elsewhere, that allow citizens and decision-makers to make choices that ensure sustainable economic development, enduring environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation for the people, businesses, and governments of Illinois.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: Develop a client base with Illinois companies, including the commercial and industrial/manufacturing industry, to evaluate and identify opportunities to improve their sustainability, and to support and document their actual implementation of sustainability activities associated with materials, processes, water and waste water, energy utilization, waste minimization and recycling.

Develop a growth strategy focused on both technical project development and customer satisfaction. Conduct research to identify new markets and customer needs relevant to ISTC's capabilities and expertise. Arrange a minimum of 7-10 business meetings with new clients each week. Plan and prepare presentations for a variety of audiences using a diverse array of mediums. Oversee the development of marketing literature. Build relationships with existing client base in an attempt to increase their current fiscal outlay for ISTC programs. Identify trendsetter ideas, organizations, or technologies by researching industry and related events, publications, and announcements; tracking individual contributors and their accomplishments with the intent to expand ISTCs offered services and capacities. Existing ISTC services within ISTC include, but are not limited to, Governor's Sustainability Awards program; Green Office Challenge; Water Efficiency and Conservation initiative; zero Waste Program; Project management of design, build, operate projects. Create, negotiate, and close commercial agreements. Analyze project metrics and produce required reports. Generate a minimum of $50,000 in contract revenues within the first year of employment, with an expectation to increase by 15% each year after.

Position requirements:
Education: Required: Bachelor's degree. Preferred: Bachelor's degree in business, economics, or industrial engineering.

Experience: Required: A minimum of 2 years of selling services in the B2B (business to business) environment. Must have track record of business development and sales of technical services and a demonstrated ability to identify, quantify, and close deals with clients. Candidates should be able to communicate this in their applications through transparent means such as including a deal / sell sheet to validate this capability. This information should include the identification of market, services sold, and volume of deals closed in USD.

Training, Licenses or Certifications: Required: Must possess a valid driver’s license and access to transportation to travel to sites.

Knowledge Requirements:
Required: Excellent communication skills; ability to work independently and as part of a team; strong public speaking skills and interpersonal skills; excellent computer and data management skills; attention to detail.

Preferred: Track record of business development and sales of sustainability related B2B services; knowledge of current sustainability issues within private sector industrial and manufacturing such as energy efficiency, water consumption, waste reduction, and recycling.

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience and education. Generous vacation and sick leave. State Universities Retirement System. Group health, dental, vision and life insurance. Position may become a regular position at a later date depending on funding and programmatic need. Please be advised that visiting academic professionals are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and the Visiting Academic Professionals/AAP-IEA-NEA union. For more information regarding the contract, please go to www.ahr.illinois.edu/forms/vap.pdf. For more information regarding the bargaining unit, please visit the AAP website at aapillinois.wordpress.com or contact the Illinois Education Association (IEA): Sean Burns at Sean.Burns@ieanea.org or 217-384-2906.

Start date is somewhat negotiable, but preferred date is April 16, 2017.

To apply: Applications must be received by April 4, 2017. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through jobs.illinois.edu by the close of the posting period. Qualified candidates must upload a cover letter detailing qualifications and skills, curriculum vitae or resume’, working e-mail address, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete information will not be reviewed. Applications may be reviewed prior to closing.

For further information please contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 217-333-6897, elhanson@inhs.illinois.edu. For technical questions, please contact Dr. Kevin O’Brien at kcobrien@illinois.edu.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance or a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).


POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Graduate or Academic Hourly Assistant
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Prairie Research Institute (PRI), a part of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis, houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology, and archaeology. PRI's mission is to provide objective, integrated scientific research and service, in cooperation with other academic and research units of the University of Illinois and elsewhere, that allow citizens and decision-makers to make choices that ensure sustainable economic development, enduring environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation for the people, businesses, and governments of Illinois.

By statute, PRI is the research arm of the state of Illinois and provides anticipatory research and a capacity for response to sudden or unexpected circumstances that threaten or challenge our state and its people. PRI has established a formal process to assemble its scientists into Response Teams when necessary to expeditiously define the scientific research problems involved, gather and review available data, review the relevant literature, and prepare a written report of findings, conclusions, and recommendations for use by responding government agencies, policymakers, stakeholders and professional practitioners and to inform the public through the news media.

PRI is seeking to hire a Graduate or Academic Hourly Assistant to assist the Associate Director for Policy in conducting research and analysis on assigned public policy issues and drafting memoranda for PRI and its Response Teams.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: Gather, research, review, and analyze existing public policies, practices, procedures, and laws to determine their environmental and economic impacts. Analyze and summarize new scientific research. Draft memoranda on findings, conclusions, and recommendations on best practices. Track state and federal legislation. Provide support in research and analysis of various topics, organizations, and key stakeholders.

Qualifications: Required: Bachelor's degree with strong writing and research skills. Must have a well-rounded understanding of economics and public policy analysis. Demonstrated analytical ability, attention to detail, and the ability to work well independently and meet deadlines. Preferred: J.D. candidate enrolled at the UI College of Law or master's degree in social science (economics or public policy preferred) or in science (conservation, environment, energy, or public health preferred). Strong interest in applied science with legislative or agency experience in state or federal government.

Work 10 hours per week at $16 per hour.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by March 15, 2017. Please submit via e-mail 1) a cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) the contact information of three academic or professional references to:

Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources
Prairie Research Institute
615 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820
lwalston@illinois.edu

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).


POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Graduate Hourly - GIS Database Development and Maintenance
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position title: Graduate Hourly - GIS Database Development and Maintenance

Major duties and responsibilities: Create, compile, and maintain GIS-enabled database of publicly available Toxics Release Inventory and greenhouse gas data to support the development of a web-based access and visualization mapping application. This tool will allow the overlay and analysis of environmental and demographic data from U.S. EPA (Toxics Release Inventory and Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program) and the Census Bureau.

Education: Bachelo's degree or significant coursework in computer science, information management, or a related discipline.

Experience

Required: Experience with SQL/Schema-less Databases. Proficiency manipulating data in spreadsheets. Extensive experience with Javascript and HTML. Ability to prioritize, accomplish tasks, and meet deadlines. Good communication skills to establish friendly, open, and clear communication with others. Ability to work independently. Ability and willingness to effectively contribute as part of a team.

Preferred: Experience with Node.js and React.js is strongly preferred. Prefer candidates with experience using Geographic Information System (GIS) software like ArcGIS Desktop (version 10.2- 10.4) or other geospatial/mapping tools or ability to learn; familiarity with usability conventions in web design; familiarity with public data sets and their data services, including Toxics Release Inventory, EnviroFacts, and U.S. Census data.

Hours/week and pay rate: 15-20 hours/week at $15/hour.

Contact: Laura L. Barnes, Executive Director, l-barnes@illinois.edu, (217) 333-8957

About the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR): GLRPPR's mission is to develop and promote information resources and training for and facilitate networking among the Great Lakes region's sustainability stakeholders. GLRPPR is one of eight regional pollution prevention information centers funded through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Pollution Prevention Information Network grant program. Each center in the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange Network (P2Rx) has different areas of expertise. By participating in the network, each center is able to leverage training opportunities, resources, and contacts to help companies in the six Great Lakes states.


POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
SUSTAINABILITY TECHNICIAN – Academic Hourly
LOCATED IN OAK BROOK, ILLINOIS

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. PRI houses 5 large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology and archaeology. This position will be located in Oak Brook, IL.

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. This is an hourly grant supported position dependent upon available funding.

Primary Function: This position will primarily support others who work with companies, including the commercial and industrial/manufacturing industry, to evaluate and identify opportunities to improve their sustainability, and to support and document their actual implementation of sustainability activities associated with materials, processes, water and wastewater, energy utilization, waste minimization and recycling. Assist with development and oversight of solid waste prevention programs established by ISTC that assist companies and communities. Particular focus will be on supporting the Zero Waste Unit's consulting projects (contracts) with commercial and industrial clients. This will involve performing waste characterization assessments at client locations.

Duties & Responsibilities: The incumbent will support waste minimization assistance at ISTC client locations, assist during site visits and waste audits, as well as conduct primary data analysis. Assist with promoting ISTC, particularly the Technical Assistance Program initiatives and services. The incumbent will work with ISTC clients to help them quantify and communicate their successful sustainability efforts. This position will work on projects and activities as assigned. Some travel is required.

Education: Bachelor's degree in environmental science or related fields.
Required: Associate's degree or equivalent is required.
Preferred: Bachelor's degree preferred.

Experience: One year of work experience is required, and incumbent must have an interest in working with commercial and industrial entities. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and as part of a team; interest in learning about Illinois businesses and industries and improving the environment; excellent computer and data management skills; attention to detail. Must possess a valid driver's license and access to transportation.

Preferred: Knowledge of current environmental and sustainability issues within private sector industrial and manufacturing such as energy efficiency, water consumption, waste reduction, and recycling; and environmental/compliance experience

Salary: Hourly Commensurate with experience and education

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Shantanu Pai
spai@illinois.edu
630-586-9168

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

One Hazelwood Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
217-333-8940

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