Managing Director (Water Program) via Idealist

Center for Neighborhood Technology

Chicago, IL, US


The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) works to build more livable and sustainable urban communities. CNT fulfills this mission by delivering game-changing research, data tools and solutions, and on-the-ground demonstrations to address environmental and social challenges and make advocacy successful in neighborhoods across the country. CNT is a 501(c)3 Illinois not-for-profit corporation. Funding is derived from multiple sources of revenue, including various philanthropic sources, government agencies and service contracts with businesses and government agencies.

Since its founding in 1978, CNT’s work has fueled a generation of community development and learning institutions, earning a reputation as an economic innovator and leader in the field of creative sustainable development. CNT combines rigorous research with effective action to achieve substantial improvements in public policy and private markets across sectors and fields. CNT’s work was recognized with a 2009 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

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Managing Director, Water Program

The Center for Neighborhood Technology is soliciting applications for the position of Managing Director of the Water Program. The Water Program supports an integrated water management approach, with focus areas including stormwater management, water infrastructure, and water policy to promote environmental sustainability and foster equitable communities.

The Managing Director of Water will manage a suite of current programs, a staff of five professionals, and project-specific independent contractors.  

The Water Program’s core areas of work include:

  • RainReady Home: Identifies flood control and sustainable stormwater management solutions for homes, including landscaping, building, and plumbing improvements.
  • RainReady Community: Engages residents in a process to create a community-wide risk assessment and a multi-year action plan to reduce and mitigate the impact of severe rain events.
  • RainReady Academy: Promotes and supports the adoption of the RainReady approach throughout the country by providing technical assistance, coaching, planning activities and charrettes, connections with leading water experts, program materials, and online planning tools.
  • Great Lakes Water Infrastructure: Analyzes and proposes solutions to water infrastructure challenges in Great Lakes cities, employing an intensive planning charrette process with local government, stakeholders, and national subject matter experts.

Key responsibilities of the Managing Director of Water are:

  • Provide strategic and operational leadership to deliver and grow core programs, and potentially explore and develop new programs. Includes developing multi-year goals, annual work plans and budgets, and managing programs and staff to meet goals and budget.

·        In collaboration with the Managing Director of Development and other senior staff, lead fund raising efforts for the program. Cultivate new funding opportunities, expand existing funding relationships, seek funding from both philanthropic sources and competitive RFPs. Write reports on the program for funders and deliver to the Managing Director of Development. 

  • Expand the RainReady Academy, building off the program experience working in other cities thus far. Seek new opportunities and partnerships, refine program and service lines, conduct fundraising and respond to RFPs.
  • Expand current programming to identify models of financing green infrastructure including cost sharing, impact investing, and other strategies.
  • Develop new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the organization. Develop and implement long-term goals and objectives to achieve the successful outcome of the program. 
  • Develop a program evaluation framework to assess the strengths of the program and to identify areas for improvement. Report evaluation findings to the CEO and recommend changes to enhance the program, as appropriate.
  • Ensure that program activities operate within the policies and procedures of the organization.  Ensure that program activities comply with all relevant legislation and professional standards.


A Master’s Degree in urban planning, natural resources, or related field and 5-7 years professional experience.

This position reports to the CEO.

Employment Policy:

It is the policy of the Center for Neighborhood Technology that all employees are employed at the will of the Center for Neighborhood Technology. Continued employment is subject to funding availability and job performance.

Anti-Discrimination Policy:

The Center for Neighborhood Technology is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age disability, veteran status, or marital status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, termination, promotion, transfer, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master’s degree

How To Apply

[email protected]

How to Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume by August 29th, 2018 to:

Bridget Torres

Vice President Talent & Culture /Center for Neighborhood Technology

17 N State, Suite 1400

Chicago, IL 60602

or email to [email protected]

Please write Water Director in the subject line or on the envelope.

No phone calls please.