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Associate, Programs Communications

Chicago, IL


Grade: 2

Salary Range: $43,708 – 54,636


A brief description of Delta Institute

Thriving Communities. Thriving Landscapes. Action and impact are core to Delta as we strive to create a Midwest and Great Lakes region with a healthy environment, robust economy, and vibrant communities. Delta creates programs that show how policies, ideas, and resources can be harnessed for a more sustainable and resilient region. We take a systems view on how businesses, communities, and government and are impacted by the environment and economy, and create comprehensive solutions that pull these pieces together. Delta is proud to have a multidisciplinary team, and we strive to attract a diversity of experience, skillsets, and perspectives to enable us to challenge assumptions and create new approaches to long-standing problems.


Functional Hive - Programs

All Midwest communities and landscapes thrive through an integrated approach to environmental, economic, and social challenges. Our work is organized into distinct initiatives that move our mission forward, clearly define our work, and articulate impact. The programs functional hive strives to successfully address the challenges and creatively assist in sustainable solutions.



Core Skillset

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 skillset 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
  • Timely and accurate completion of all deliverables
  • Have intermediate analytical and problem solving skills
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Have working knowledge of environmental and economic issues, especially those in the Midwest


Position Specifics

What you’ll be doing:

Program Implementation

  • Uses Delta brand and communications collateral to produce programmatic deliverables
  • Create presentations and reports, as assigned
  • Collect quantitative and qualitative data and translate information into meaningful, high quality deliverables
  • Manage multiple tasks for a variety of projects, complete tasks on time and within the provided budget while maintaining Delta’s high standard for deliverables
  • Implement projects and/or project tasks as part of a project team
  • Participate productively in team planning and implementation meetings
  • Understand and think holistically about Delta and its projects
  • Represent Delta at project and client meetings
  • Help develop and format speeches, talking points and presentations for programmatic team
  • External communication and coordination with partners and clients
  • Work collaboratively with the Development and Communications team as well as the programmatic Directors


What you’ll have:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field or equivalent experience
  • Master’s degree in related fields is desired, though not required
  • At least 2-4 years of professional experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to synthesize complex information and concisely translate it to a variety of stakeholders and audiences
  • Ownership of assigned tasks
  • Detail oriented approach with good organizational skills, be a self-starter, motivated and enjoy working in a team environment
  • Proactive communication style, both internally and externally, especially with respect to timeline and budget
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs and comfort with Google Drive required
  • Proficiency with Adobe InDesign and proficiency in either SketchUp or AutoCad,
  • Ability to organize, analyze, and visualize data
  • Be able to work in a fast-paced environment, manage multiple tasks and deadlines, and manage work in sometimes ambiguous situations


Core competencies are the values and defined behaviors that we believe are central to the ability of every employee to do the work of the Delta Institute.  These core competencies are a combination of knowledge, skills and behaviors that are the mark of a good Delta employee.   Core competencies are a distinguishing characteristic of Delta employees for our clients, customers and stakeholders.  They are a visible demonstration of our shared values and are evident in how we work together.  Individuals can be at different levels of ability on a specific core competency which is why we measure ability each year and provide feedback and development suggestions.

All Delta employees have these core competencies:

  • Adaptive
  • Cooperative
  • Equitable
  • Passionate
  • Pragmatic
  • Transparent
  • Tenacious



  • Continually required to sit
  • Continually required to utilize hand and finger dexterity
  • Continually required to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel or crawl
  • Continually required to talk or hear
  • While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
  • The employee must occasionally lift and /or move up to 10 pounds


Delta offers its employees a competitive salary with a robust benefits package that includes generous paid time off, 401k, and medical, dental & vision insurance. Delta is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Please email application packet (one PDF) that includes the following:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • writing sample (relevant work product)


All as one PDF to:

Subject line: Associate, Programs Communications

Application submission due date: 8/30/19

No phone calls, please.