The Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC). SEDAC is an applied research program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our mission is to decrease the energy footprint of the State of Illinois and beyond. SEDAC is sponsored and funded by the Illinois State Energy Office at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, state and local government agencies, the US Department of Energy, the utility energy efficiency programs, and other funding sources.

This position is a full-time academic hourly appointment and is not eligible for University benefits. Hourly rate is based on qualifications. The position is eligible for RSL BasicCare, a limited benefit health insurance program. Candidates with OPT work authorization are welcome to apply.

The SEDAC office is located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The address is 1 St. Mary’s Road, Champaign, IL 61820. For qualified candidates, we will consider a flexible schedule and remote work arrangement.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: At SEDAC, we work hard to create an environment where people from diverse backgrounds are respected, supported, and heard. We learn from our differences and rely on each other to grow and change. By embracing diversity, we are better prepared to help create a more equitable energy landscape. We are committed to increasing access to energy efficiency services and jobs among underserved populations, and to identifying and addressing bias in the work we do.

Description. Engage in program outreach and education activities; assist with energy assessments; support report production and publications development; support SEDAC programs. Current SEDAC programs include energy code training and education; energy assessments; energy efficiency and renewable energy technical assistance; net zero energy and climate action planning; green business programs; energy workforce development; and applied energy research.

Major duties and responsibilities include the following:


  • Assist in marketing and outreach to diverse stakeholders to increase participation in SEDAC projects.
  • Assist in developing presentations and educational materials for SEDAC projects.
  • Assist in promoting the SEDAC mission.

 Technical and Research

  • Assist with production of SEDAC technical materials.
  • Assist with technical and sustainability analyses.
  • Assist with research projects and initiatives including literature reviews, manuscripts, and reports.


  • Assist with project implementation support and other SEDAC services to clients.
  • Assist in advising clients on energy impacts of design choices.
  • Help provide review of SEDAC assessments and reports.

Requirements and Qualifications. We are seeking an entry level/early career professional; however, we will consider more experienced applicants. We provide training and mentorship for new hires.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, Urban Planning, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Communications, Education, Business, or related field.
  • Excellent analytical skills, and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of SEDAC.
  • Ability to effectively work and communicate with diverse stakeholders from a variety of racial, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Additional preference will be given for candidates with:

  • Knowledge of building design, construction, code compliance, energy modeling software, energy audits, and energy modeling experience. These types of skills are helpful but not required. We are willing to train qualified candidates who lack a strong technical background.
  • Some knowledge of graphic design or video editing/production.
  • Some experience with public presentation.

Start Date.  As soon as possible after hiring approval.

To apply, please send a CV/resume, a cover letter, and the names and email addresses or phone numbers of three professional references to Sumi Han (

University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.