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Assistant, Programs

Chicago, IL


Grade: 1

Salary Range: $38,245 - $43,709


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 Assistant is an entry-level position that serves as an integral of the Delta Institute team. As an Assistant, the employee will be the first line of organizational and programmatic support. Assistants will excel at cross-functional duties. In this role, the Assistant is expected to be flexible in fulfilling the various aspects of the day-to-day operations of specific Delta programs. The Assistant will be a motivated team player that is adept at disseminating information and is detail oriented. Other core skillset attributes are:

  • Provide basic support and technical assistance to Delta staff
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders
  • Assist with programmatic tasks and initiatives
  • Timely and accurate completion of all deliverables
  • Have basic analytical and problem solving skills
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Have basic knowledge of environmental issues


Position Specifics

What you’ll be doing:


  • Collect quantitative and qualitative data and translate information into meaningful, high quality deliverables
  • Research and review data from industry and scientific reports
  • Create and compile new data sources which may involve conducting surveys and phone calls
  • Understand hypothesis testing and conducting scientific inquiry with both controlled and uncontrolled experiments
  • Create presentations and reports, as assigned
  • Support technical and operational staff on Delta initiatives including but not limited to: energy, ecosystems, waste and urban land revitalization.

Program Management

  • 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
  • Work in a support capacity on projects and/or project tasks as part of a project team
  • Participate productively in team planning and implementation meetings
  • Represent Delta at project and client meetings
  • External communication and coordination with partners and clients
  • Assist and support team with proposal and budget development


What you’ll have:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • At least 1-2 years of overall relevant experience
  • Strategic and excellent organizational skills be a self-starter who is motivated, and enjoy working in a team environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to organize, analyze, and visualize data
  • Statistics experience
  • Basic proficiency with database analysis and querying languages such as SQL
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • 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


All as one PDF to:

Subject line: Assistant, Programs

Application submission due date: 10/28/19

No phone calls, please.