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Director of Sustainability Programs, Andersonville Development Corporation – Illinois

Organization: Andersonville Development Corporation

Position Title: Director of Sustainability Programs

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Application Deadline: May 4, 2015

Description: Andersonville Development Corporation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, seeks a dynamic, innovative sustainability director to manage its Eco-Andersonville program, deepen Andersonville’s efforts towards building a sustainable, resilient neighborhood, and further develop a culture of sustainability throughout the community.

Andersonville is a neighborhood within the City of Chicago renowned for its commitment to environmental sustainability. The Eco-Andersonville initiative has pioneered a multitude of “firsts” in Chicago, including its community-wide residential composting program, neighborhood streetscape recycling program, sustainable business certification, and on-street parklets, bike corrals, and pop-up parks.


Eco-Andersonville Programs

  • Community engagement. Work with local block clubs, elected officials and assorted institutions to grow a web of sustainability resources and initiatives. Act as the voice and public persona of Eco-Andersonville programs to build support throughout the community and beyond.
  • Waste reduction. Oversee and expand the Andersonville Community Composting initiative, working with our provider to increase the number of participating households and businesses through promotion and education. Oversee the Andersonville Streetscape Recycling program, solidifying funding sources and ensuring the program’s long-term sustainability.
  • Energy efficiency. Expand ADC’s effectiveness as a resource on energy efficiency, broadening the scope from the commercial to the residential community, and building partnerships to provide education on rebates, suppliers, and best practices.
  • Oversee the installation and permitting of Andersonville’s parklets and bike corrals. Seek out additional opportunities to activate and beautify Andersonville’s urban environment.
  • Green Building Incentive. Manage the Green Building Incentive program of Andersonville SSA #22, connecting local business and property owners to funds for green improvements.
  • City training. Provide technical assistance on sustainability to other economic development groups throughout the city, as part of ADC’s Specialty Advisor contract with the City of Chicago. Provide reports to the city on progress of contract fulfillment.


  • Provide day-of-event staff support for ADC initiatives including Andersonville City Made Fest and the Andersonville Honors.
  • Manage innovative and/or grassroots fundraising, as needed, and research grant opportunities for programs.


  • At least three years’ relevant experience in community sustainability initiatives, with a proven track record of innovation and success.
  • Experience in one or more of these areas: urban planning and design strategies pertaining to walkability and alternative transportation; composting and urban agriculture practices and policies; state, federal, and corporate energy efficiency and green building incentive programs for households and businesses; broad knowledge of energy efficiency and green building practices, techniques, and materials; growing communitywide energy, waste reduction, and local food systems initiatives.
  • Experience in community organizing and grassroots sustainability efforts.
  • Demonstrably excellent skills in program administration and development – especially within a non-profit or community organization
  • Experience evaluating effectiveness, efficiency and impact of programs.
  • Budgeting and financial oversight experience
  • Familiarity with Andersonville a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication. Skill at actively engaging with a variety of constituencies with diplomacy and tact
  • Public speaking skills a plus.
  • Demonstrably high level of self-motivation and ability to work effectively in a low-structure environment.
  • Strong ability to manage several simultaneous projects.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access. Experience with GIS, AutoCad, Google Sketchup, Adobe Creative Suite helpful.
  • Internet and social media fluency.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred. Advanced degree/certificate helpful.

How to Apply: Email resume and cover letter by May 4 to:[email protected]

No phone calls, please. Due to our small staff, we will not be able to respond to all applications received. Please assume that we did receive your package.

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