Job announcement: Visiting Technical Assistance Engineer, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, is seeking a Visiting Technical Assistance Engineer for our Technical Assistance Program.

This position will be based at our Champaign, Illinois offices and will work with Illinois companies, communities, and the manufacturing industry to identify and document their sustainability efforts, and to identify trends and drivers of sustainability within a corporate/community environment and gaps in resources, tools and technologies creating barriers and challenges to actual implementation of sustainability, waste minimization and recycling opportunities.

This is a full-time, academic professional position offering a salary of $60,000 to $65,000, commensurate with experience. Generous vacation and sick leave. State Universities Retirement System. Group health, dental, vision and life insurance.

ISTC works as a change agent to help customers identify and implement practices that improve efficiency. Here are some ways that ISTC helps organizations become sustainable including Pollution Prevention, Energy Efficiency, Water purification and use reduction, Pilot Technology Laboratories.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Over 50% time of travel required within the state of Illinois and surrounding regions.
  • Identify, visit, and secure Illinois manufacturers, industry, and commercial businesses as clients for the technical assistance program to further increase client base.
  • Work in a collaborative fashion with other ISTC groups to develop programs for Illinois manufacturers
  • Work with manufacturers, municipalities, and state and federal agencies to promote the implementation of sustainable practices
  • Develop business cases for the implementation of sustainable practices for manufacturers within the state of Illinois
  • Use life cycle analysis, carbon footprint determination, and other standard sustainability tools to evaluate potential solutions for Illinois businesses
  • Build a base of industrial and commercial clients within the tri-state region who may benefit from programs and technical assistance, and who may offer future research collaborations.
  • Manage projects and provide appropriate communication with sponsoring agencies and clients
  • Communicate project progress and results in written and oral form
  • Work jointly with a number of varied constituencies while observing standards of professional conduct
  • Keep current on relevant Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) requirements and guidelines that would impact the sustainability of manufacturers


Required: Bachelor’s degree in engineering.
Preferred: Master’s degree in engineering and/or Masters in Business Administration


Required: Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the management of projects related to sustainability, energy efficiency, or process improvement. Previously responsible for financial performance of unit or division (e.g. responsible for profit and loss (P&L)).  Experienced in negotiating contracts.  Extensive experience interacting with customers, clients, and vendors. Ability to perform multiple tasks in a resource limited environment. Developed business cases for a range of sustainable related activities within organizations.

Preferred:  Ten (10) years or more experience in the management of projects related to sustainability, energy efficiency, or process improvement. Experience in the negotiation and management of contracts. Primary interface for key accounts. Adept at life cycle analysis. Experience working closely with economic development agencies. Established track record of building a customer base and satisfying customer needs.

Knowledge Requirements: Demonstrated knowledge of industrial processes and process economics. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated capability to interact with clients and customers under difficult and demanding situations. Awareness of the impact of current and potential regulations on industrial processes.

To Apply

Applications must be received by May 31, 2014.  Applications may be reviewed prior to closing date, but all candidates will be reviewed.  To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile by visiting and submitting requested information.  Qualified candidates must submit a cover letter detailing qualifications, curriculum vitae or resume’, working e-mail address, and the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete information will not be reviewed.

For further information on hiring process, please contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 217-333-6897,  For technical questions regarding job duties, please contact: Deb Jacobson, Search Committee,

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