Water Resources Associate or Manager
Metropolitan Planning Council
Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)
Primary domain: Research
Postal code: 60603
Country: United States
$3M - $10M
Since 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council (“MPC”) has been dedicated to shaping a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region. As an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, MPC serves communities and residents by developing, promoting and implementing solutions for sound regional growth. MPC is the premier organization bringing together businesses, communities and governments to broker solutions to the area’s toughest planning and development challenges. The motto for MPC is “be bold”. MPC is governed by a 60 member Board of Governors. There are professional staff of 30 and a 2019 budget of approximately $5M million. Approximately 45% of the annual budget is derived from foundations, 30% from corporations, and the remainder from endowment earnings, individuals, and the occasional modest government grant.
MPC is hiring a full-time position at the Associate or Manager level (depending on experience) to help guide the current and future projects that deepen the organization’s water agenda. MPC is seeking a highly motivated individual with a background in stormwater management, urban planning, land use, development, climate resilience, and/or environmental policy. Strong relationship and project management skills, versatility and entrepreneurialism are absolutely essential. This position will manage MPC’s stormwater programming, and be a part of a team developing new and innovative initiatives across the whole Water program.
The position will report to MPC’s Director of Water Resources, Danielle Gallet.
Primary responsibilities may include:
- Managing the development of stormwater credit trading programs, which entails policy change, managing external consultants, extensive stakeholder outreach, and launching pilot projects to jumpstart a marketplace in one or more jurisdictions of northeastern Illinois.
- Facilitating the Calumet Stormwater Collaborative, including leading the development, execution, evaluation and communication of a joint, multi-year work plan for systemic stormwater improvements in the Calumet region of Illinois.
- Managing research and the development of resources and tools designed to measure and address urban flooding solutions such as green infrastructure, market-based solutions, policy change and municipal capacity building.
- Translating lessons learned into policy reform recommendations, and communicating those recommendations through reports, briefings, and strategic dialogue with elected officials.
- Supporting MPC’s legislative agenda related to water management, climate resiliency, and natural resource protection to ensure policies and regulations translate to best practice implementation at the local, regional and state level.
- Writing extensively for a variety of audiences—including for original reports, white papers, policy briefs and recommendations, as well as content for newsletters, blog posts and social media feeds.
- Maintaining and cultivating successful relationships with various partners and agencies to support and develop cross-cutting projects and policies that align with MPC’s goals.
- Coordinating public meetings, events and workshops to further MPC’s initiatives.
MPC is searching for a highly-motivated individual with strong skills in project management, program development (including fundraising), water management, land use, critical thinking, quantitative analysis, strong interpersonal skills, and stakeholder engagement and facilitation. Candidates should be comfortable in a range of settings from community forums to one-on-one meetings with business leaders and government officials across metropolitan Chicago.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
MPC seeks an organized, high-energy individual who thrives in a collegial work environment and can juggle multiple deadlines at once. The ideal candidate holds at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, and has at least three to five years of relevant work experience.
A qualified candidate:
- is a creative thinker able to help build MPC’s water program, and formulate ways to integrate water-related priorities and considerations across other MPC work streams;
- is a self-starter, able to prioritize, handle concurrent tasks and projects, and work in a fluid environment;
- is a team player and project leader who is highly organized and brings an ability to see immediate task needs with an eye to the bigger picture desired outcomes;
- is able to communicate effectively, and work collaboratively with staff colleagues and multiple external partners;
- is passionate about the issues that MPC addresses and committed to supporting the organization’s mission, as well as developing her/his competency in diversity, equity and inclusion;
- is willing to navigate uncertainty and challenge assumptions and status quo thinking in a productive manner;
- enjoys a fast-paced, challenging, intellectually-stimulating workplace;
- is an excellent writer, and an articulate speaker in a range of settings;
- is entrepreneurial, and executes timely and skillfully on assigned work;
- has a working knowledge of relevant stakeholders and institutions in the Chicago region—particularly related to water management and stormwater institutions; and
- has experience communicating complex ideas to diverse audiences.
MPC has a values-driven workplace and we are seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to—and willingness to have active conversations about—creating a region that is:
- Equitable: For MPC, equity means that every individual and community in our region has the opportunities they need to thrive. Promoting equity means that we recognize the harm that discrimination and racism have caused and continue to pose to our lives and neighborhoods. That’s why we drive policies, investments and ideas that ensure all current and future residents can reach their full potential.
- Prosperous: For MPC, prosperity means that both the Northeastern Illinois region and all of its people are economically healthy and prepared for growth. MPC is focused on ensuring that everyone who lives and works in our region can provide for themselves and their families. We support commitments that bring resources, development, and fairly paid and quality jobs to all communities.
- Sustainable: For MPC, sustainability means that our region meets the natural, human and financial needs of the present while improving conditions for future generations. MPC’s agenda supports ecological vitality, residents’ health and economic stability for the long term, and ensures that as things change, our region adapts.
- Engaged and Responsible: For MPC, civic participation and effective government are cornerstones of our region’s viability. We drive policies that strengthen the participation and impact of residents in local and regional decisions. We also promote adaptive, collaborative, just and transparent governance at all levels.
Commensurate with Experience
Posting Expiration Date:
How to Apply:
Please send the following materials by email to: [email protected]
1) A letter detailing how your experience relates to the job being filled;
2) Your résumé; and
3) A short writing sample (2-3 pages)
4) Three professional references
No phone calls please.
For more information on MPC, please visit our website: www.metroplanning.org
MPC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
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