The Environmental Frontiers Initiative, housed in the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, seeks a Graduate Student Project Lead to oversee research efforts under EFCampus, which brings together students, faculty and the UChicago Office of Sustainability Planning to conduct research that advances sustainability practices on campus. EFCampus had its inaugural projects in the 2020-2021 academic year, analyzing utility data for labs, LEED buildings and water consumption and building evidence in support of targeted conservation measures. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in bridging sustainability research and operational planning, and includes direct access to the University’s sustainability efforts and institutional leads. The position will be approximately 5 hours/week beginning in Spring Quarter 2021, shifting to a full-time role for 10 weeks of Summer 2021. The role is paid $20/hour, and there is also potential to extend this role into the Fall/Winter quarters for interested students.


Job Summary

The Graduate Student Project Lead will oversee two to three EFCampus projects: 1) Lab User Engagement on Energy Savings, 2) Water Reduction Planning and 3) Campus Tree Ecosystem Services Benefits Analysis. These projects are currently underway, and will expand in Summer 2021. Working in close collaboration with faculty and staff stakeholders, the Graduate Student Lead will be responsible for scoping the next phases of these projects, defining milestones and deliverables, and conceiving of programmatic strategy. This role also entails supervising two teams of 3-5 undergraduate RAs conducting analysis on these projects. The Grad Student Lead will serve as the central coordinator across all EFCampus stakeholders, namely the undergraduate students, faculty members, and representatives from the Office of Facilities Services. In supervising the undergraduate RA teams, you will be responsible for providing regularly scheduled guidance on the students’ work, responding to their inquiries, ensuring they meet identified milestones and deadlines, and reviewing their work products for quality and completeness.
  • Must be enrolled in a University of Chicago graduate degree program during Summer 2021.
  • Preference for students with a demonstrated focus on environmental science, energy policy, sustainability research, conservation measures, or urban scholarship
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of professional experience in conducting research projects, program management, sustainability planning, and/or engineering
  • Experience working with senior leaders or executives in a complex environment preferred
Preferred Qualifications
  • Exceptional time and project management and organizational skills including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines
  • Demonstrates the skill and willingness to take initiative and to proactively anticipate organizational needs
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and manage resources accordingly
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Familiarity with data visualization platforms like Tableau a plus.
  • Significant experience in quantitative methods and/or computational analysis preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to influence people to meet goals and deadlines, work collaboratively with senior leadership, scholars, student workers, and other stakeholders