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.
A specialist performs program, administrative or organizational development-related tasks. Specialists are directed in their work on a day-to-day basis but manage large work projects with some guidance from directors. Serves as liaison with clients and stakeholders and is responsible for ensuring timely communication, consistent work flow and high quality deliverables. Specialists represent the organization at public events and raise funds to support the organization.
Other core skillset attributes are:
Work in a timely and collaboratively manner on multiple deliverables with internal and external stakeholders
Identify and lead specific organizational initiatives
Developing new strategies that advance Delta and its mission
Strong analytical and problem solving skills
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Advanced knowledge of environmental and economic issues not only in the Great Lakes region but in the Midwest
As a Specialist, an employee will know what happens on the ground in the dynamic landscapes of the Midwest and Great Lakes. A Specialist will bring that robust experience in regenerative food and land stewardship to Delta while working within the team to implement a variety of projects that focus on changing how we think about the practices that we implement on the landscape, how we value the environmental impacts, and how to change the structural drivers to create large-scale impacts.
A Specialist will bring strong technical skills to the team including an aptitude for technical analysis, communication, networking and collaboration. A Specialist will continue to build expertise in the team’s focus areas. A Specialist should be adept at tackling difficult environmental and social problems (as it pertains to agriculture and land stewardship) with often unclear paths to success, or take iterative approaches with a long-term goal of seeking solutions to larger social and environmental issues. A Specialist will also need to be comfortable working by themselves, among multiple types of personalities, on tight deadlines, in ambiguous and circuitous circumstances, and have an overall positive outlook on the change that happens in the world.
As part of a truly multidisciplinary organization, the Specialist 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:
Collaborate on multiple agriculture, regenerative food and landscapes projects to ensure high-quality, on-time, and on-budget deliverables
Manage staff, interns, and partners to complete deliverables
Assist in the creation of decision support tools for a variety of stakeholders
Identify, lead, and implement projects and/or project tasks as part of a project team
Work to conceive and develop proposals, and engage team members in the development process
Collaborate on team planning and implementation meetings
Where project structures require it, take a hands-on approach by developing work plans with tasks, timeframes, milestones, resources, and dependencies; or, when required, a hands-off approach by providing project teams with the resources they need to execute high-quality project deliverables
Develop and maintain key professional affiliations in support of organizational and professional development goals
Identify program partners and collaborate across boundaries to meet common objectives
Identify and understand the primary users of products, services, and deliverables
Maintain effective communication with clients and stakeholders managing and meeting project expectations
Be adaptable in acknowledging that other duties will come and go; and, be willing to go the extra mile to get the job done
What you’ll have:
College degree preferred, and advanced degree desired or equivalent experience
At least 5-7 years of overall professional experience specifically in agriculture, regenerative foods and/or land stewardship
Strategic, excellent organizational skills, self-starter, motivated, and enjoy working in a team environment
Ability to apply systems thinking to complex environmental issues
Demonstrated success developing and evaluating program models, and selecting and successfully operationalizing innovative programs
Proficient in using technology as both a project implementation tool as well as a management reporting tool
Ability to organize, analyze, and visualize data and documents to produce deliverables
Proficient in producing GIS-based deliverables
Strong project management skills managing complex, multi-faceted projects resulting in measurable successes and program growth
Experience in managing and motivating people to meet high performance standards
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail
Additional Salary Information: 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.
About Delta Institute
Delta Institute is a nonprofit that thinks like a business to build both a resilient environment and economy through sustainable solutions.
Catalyze. Disrupt. Transform. Action and impact are core to Delta as we strive to create a 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 impact 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.