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Associate, Programs Communications

Chicago, IL

Position: ASSOCIATE

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.

 

ASSOCIATE, PROGRAMS COMMUNICATIONS

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

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • 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: careers@delta-institute.org

Subject line: Associate, Programs Communications

Application submission due date: 8/30/19

No phone calls, please.

 

 


 

 

Request for Proposal: Forester on Contract in Oceana County, Michigan

Oceana County, Michigan

OVERVIEW – ABOUT DELTA INSTITUTE
Thriving Communities. Thriving Landscapes. Action and impact are core to Delta Institute as we strive to create a Midwest 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.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Delta Institute seeks to hire a forester on contract, to participate in the completion of the Oceana County, Michigan Stormwater Trees Project, a regional tree planting initiative that is funded through a grant from the United States Forest Service’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (USFS GLRI). The forester would join a project team that includes Delta Institute, the Western Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), and the towns of Hart, Mears, Shelby, New Era, and Rothbury. Over the course of a two-year period, concluding in March 2021, the project team will oversee the installation and maintenance of 700 trees along the Hart Montague Trail (MDNR), and on key roadways throughout the five towns. Through the planning and implementation process, the project also seeks to enhance the capacity of local municipalities and agencies to oversee tree planting, maintenance, and forestry management activities beyond the project period.

To deliver on these goals, the project will produce:

  1. A planting plan and maintenance guidance;
  2. Two workshops (the first focused planting and maintenance planning, and the second focused on long term forest management);
  3. A 5-10 year forestry management plan;
  4. Tree City USA Applications completed for participating communities; and,
  5. Guidance and oversight to local communities regarding site and species selection, procurement, installation, maintenance, and replacement.

The contracted forester will participate in the production these deliverables, as identified in Section II: Scope Forestry Services.

SPECIFIC SERVICES SOUGHT
Scope of Forestry Services

1. Participation in Fall 2019 Workshop: In partnership with Delta Institute and the Western Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, the contracted forester will assist in leading a Fall 2019 workshop that will engage local community leaders, and be focused on identifying tree planting locations and stormwater best management practices. The contracted forester’s participation in the workshop will include:

a. Educating the participants on the best practices for tree planting and maintenance planning.
b. Gathering public input from participants to inform planting location decisions, including:

i. A review of planting details, such as maps of site locations and a consideration of the needs and restrictions at each site.
ii. A discussion on the procurement process and responsible parties for tree planting at each site.
iii. A discussion of potential tree types, sizes, as well as requirements for care and maintenance.
iv. Identification of maintenance plan solution for each community, thus preparing local community leaders for the 3 year maintenance commitment under the grant, and beyond.
v. Addressing specific concerns and questions, to inform final scope of the Planting Plan.

2. Development of a Planting Plan document: In direct partnership with local partners WMSRDC, the Hart Montague Trail manager, participating municipalities, and Delta Institute, the contracted forester will lead the development of a Planting Plan document through:

a. Inclusion of the findings gathered from Workshop 1
b. Site visits with WMSRDC and community leadership to flag locations, record GPS coordinates, take pictures, and finalize all necessary planting and tree selection details.
c. Production of a first draft planting plan document that provides:

i. Address of recommended plantings
ii. Proscribed planting date
iii. Proscribed species and genus
iv. Recommended diameter
v. Recommendation on full tree or seedling installation
vi. Anticipated cost
vii. Scoring of site conditions
viii. General maintenance guidelines

d. Coordination with project partners on the production of a final draft planting plan.

3. Participation in the May 2020 Workshop: The contracted forester will make a presentation to local stakeholders that includes:

a. Educating the local community leaders on the primary components of a long-term forestry management plan and Tree City USA.
b. Gathering input, to inform the policies in the plan.

4. Summer 2020 Planting Health Assessment: The contracted forester will review the findings from stakeholder site visits in Summer 2020, and through a memo, will provide project partners with recommendations on replacement plantings, necessary corrective actions, and any adjustments to maintenance activities.

Summary Key Deliverables

  • Planting Plan document
  • At least 6 individual site visits (Hart, Mears, Shelby, New Era, Rothbury, and the Hart Montague Trail)
  • Participation in a Fall 2019 workshop and a Spring 2020 workshop
  • A Summer 2020 memo, providing recommendations on tree replanting and maintenance.

Requisite Experience

The selected forester will either be (1) a certified arborist or urban forester, or (2) have over 5 years of forestry experience with utilities, municipalities, and conservation groups that includes providing assistance with planting, maintenance, and forestry management plans. The selected forester must be familiar with US Forest Service (USFS) ANSI standards.

Term
September 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020

Invoicing Milestones
1. November 2019: Upon completion of Scope Task 1 (Participation in Fall 2019 Workshop)
2. February 2020: Upon completion of Scope Task 2 (Development of a Planting Plan document)
3. June 2020: Upon completion of Scope Task 3 (Participation in the May 2020 Workshop)
4. August 2020: Upon completion of Scope Task 4 (Summer 2020 Planting Health Assessment)

Not-to-Exceed Fee
$10,000

TIME OF COMPLETION
RFP’s and resumes submission deadline – September 23, 2019, 5pm CST.

Questions regarding the RFP process should be sent to hmhardy@delta-institute.org