Administrator, Environmental Finance Center


Delta Institute is undertaking ambitious new programmatic plans for the next five years, and seeks an Administrator to manage and provide leadership to a staff team delivering projects in one program area; to provide multiple administrative or organizational development functions; to manage the day-to-day implementation of their assigned area; to provide strategic insight and technical expertise; and to coordinate with external partners and networks for Delta Institute. Administrators play key leadership roles representing the organization, developing new programs, and obtaining funding and other resources for the work within their assigned responsibilities. Other core skillset attributes are:

  • Lead and strategize programs team and projects
  • Lead, direct and advise team with programmatic implementation
  • Articulate a vision for meeting Delta’s mission in strategic priority areas
  • Provide technical expertise and thought leadership in program area
  • Work in a timely and collaboratively manner on multiple deliverables
  • Developing new strategies that advance Delta and its mission
  • Manage multiple aspects of Delta’s work portfolio

Grade: 5
Salary Range: $94,739-128,177


About Delta

Delta Institute is a Midwest-focused, environmental nonprofit whose mission is to collaborate with communities to solve complex environmental challenges. We currently focus our work on three initiative areas:

  • Resilient Agriculture
  • Nature-Based Climate Solutions
  • Sustainability and Support Services

To achieve our vision of a thriving region, we partner with communities, governmental organizations and agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and universities throughout the Great Lakes and Midwest. We are multi-disciplinary systems thinkers. We understand that the issues around food, water, air, energy, and waste are all connected. Further, we have multiple leadership-level projects that will be incepted in the year ahead. Now is an exciting time to join us, so that together we positively advance key outcomes in the Midwest.

Our broad and deep expertise, and partner networks developed over nearly 25 years, have been integral in Delta’s success in implementing environmental change at scale. Our initiatives are designed for ecological impact rooted in positive economic and social change. All three are essential for the work not only to sustain over time, but also to deepen and expand.

Delta serves as a trusted advisor, technical assistance provider, and project implementation expert. Funding comes from both philanthropic and earned revenue: private and government grants, charitable contributions, and fee-for-service contracts.

Our people and our culture are what makes us great! Click here to learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

At Delta we consider the follow seven characteristics core competencies. They define who we are as individuals and also our work as an organization:

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

A New Opportunity: Administrator, Environmental Finance Center (EFC)

Position Specifics: An Overview of the Role

The EFC Administrator will direct the overall implementation and coordination for Delta’s U.S. EPA Region 5 Regional Water Infrastructure Environmental Finance Center. The position will provide strategic, technical, programmatic and analytical leadership.. The Administrator will also provide leadership and mentorship to their team and is accountable for all activities and processes for the EFC. The Administrator provides oversight and management to Delta’s staff and partners assisting with the implementation of direct technical assistance to communities across Region 5 in planning for, applying for, and implementing Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Loan Funds (SRFs). The Administrator will also coordinate closely with U.S. EPA Region 5 and HQ staff, State SRF staff, other regional and national EFCs, municipalities, and other stakeholders. The Administrator will coordinate with  functional hive staff to ensure the delivery of high-quality, on-time, and on-budget work scopes. The Administrator stewards the implementation of the Delta’s strategic plan, and works closely with the CEO and Initiatives Leads to create, implement, and iterate effective strategies to meet the goals of the organization. The Administrator collaborates with other Directors and Chiefs on a consistent basis to identify organizational issues for continuous improvement and impact. In this role, they collaborate with the CEO, other Directors and project teams to implement tasks as assigned. The Administrator will also identify opportunities to raise funds for expanding the impact of Delta’s EFC partnership as well as serving as an external representative of the organization. The Administrator is accountable for the management and implementation of their budget for the entire portfolio of EFC activities.

The EFC Administrator should be at home tackling difficult environmental and social problems with often unclear paths to success or take iterative approaches with a long-term goal of seeking solutions to larger social and environmental issues. They will also need to be comfortable working by yourself, with multiple types of personalities, on tight deadlines, in ambiguous and circuitous circumstances, and have an overall positive outlook on the change that can happen in the world. The Administrator should operate with a perspective of continuous improvement andwill be expected to provide and accept feedback, welcome and adapt to change, challenge the status quo and be committed to the success of others.

As part of a truly multidisciplinary organization, the EFC Administrator will also interface and support other projects that require unique skills and knowledge; and, have a knack translating complex ideas to a variety of audiences both internally and externally.

What you’ll be doing:

Program Development and Implementation

  • Develop and lead the implementation of Delta’s EFC program.
  • Develop the business and operations plans to support the successful implementation of the EFC including tracking impact metrics.
  • Lead, direct and advise Delta’s staff and partner team on programmatic deliverables, budget and development.
  • Identify development opportunities to advance innovative new programs and services to achieve Delta’s mission through EFC activities.
  • Conceptualize and develop proposals and engage team members in proposal development to grow the impact of the EFC.
  • Manage and implement multiple technical assistance projects as necessary to ensure high quality deliverables and on time and on budget completion.
  • Work closely with CEO and programmatic leadership to develop work plans with tasks, timeframes, milestones, resources, and dependencies.
  • Facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing across the programs team and entire organization.
  • Keep informed of key policies and environmental, economic and social conditions that affect the organization. Understand near-term and long-range plans and determine how to best be positioned to achieve the mission.

Financial Management

  • Understand Delta’s strategic areas and identify revenue sources to drive the vision.
  • Plan, develop and accomplish budgets for EFC work.
  • Oversee efficient allocation of resources in conjunction with other team members and partners.
  • Communicate financial status and obligations of projects to CEO and management team.

 Staff Management

  • Inspire, motivate and guide others toward goal accomplishments. Encourage and facilitate cooperation within the organization and with stakeholder groups.
  • Support an inclusive environment where diversity and innovation are valued and embrace a culture of continuous learning.
  • Mentor staff and model productive working relationships.

Relationship Management

  • Grow and maintain key professional affiliations in support of organizational and professional development goals.
  • Leverage talents and networks of board members and key stakeholders to build organizational support and growth.
  • Ensure high-quality reporting (inclusive of all metrics), real-time communications and updates, and meet/exceed all funding requirements related to the EFC.
  • Communicate and manage relationships with clients and stakeholders.


What you’ll have:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in directly related to water infrastructure, public administration, sustainability, engineering, or equivalent field with Master’s degree desirable or equivalent experience.
  • At least 10 years of management experience.
  • Deep knowledge and experience working with municipalities, infrastructure projects, and water utilities.
  • Expert knowledge in State Revolving Fund programs with a preference towards experience of applying for, administering, and/or implementing DWSRF /or CWSRF funds.
  • Strong record of accomplishment as an effective manager and a skillful, innovative leader capable of delivering results.
  • Strong demonstrated fundraising experience and/or earned income generation with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders including government, foundations, corporate sponsors, and practitioner groups.
  • Ability to create and nurture a culture of continuous learning, personal accountability, creative problem solving, and collaboration.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to motivate and inspire high performing staff teams, boards and committees, and partners.
  • Knowledge of and a base of relationships with key stakeholders in the Great Lakes and Midwest.
  • Integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed with demonstrated passion for Delta’s mission and commitment to working collaboratively with a leadership team.
  • Be able to work in a fast-paced environment, manage multiple tasks and deadlines, and manage work in sometimes ambiguous situations.

Core competencies (please see sidebar) 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.

The physical demands and work environment of the job include:

  • Sitting: much of the work requires being at a desk, working on computer.
  • Hand and finger dexterity: typing, writing.
  • Talking and listening: presentations, information-gathering and general communication.
  • Noise: moderate in office environment.
  • Climbing, balancing, bending, stooping, kneeling and crawling as part of routine field work.
  • Being able to lift and/or move 10 lbs.

Delta offers its employees a competitive salary with a robust benefits package that includes generous paid time off, 401k, and medical, dental & vision insurance. Partial remote work available; routine travel will be required as part of the role. Delta is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Please email an application packet as a single PDF that includes a cover letter and resume to

Subject line: EFC Administrator

No phone calls, please.

Thank you for applying.

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