A recent blog post by our friends at Perkins+Will takes a statistical look into the potential impact of applying Omni technologies to cities facing major issues with stormwater retention.
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Omni Ecosystems, located in Chicago, seeks a Controller to join our team on a full-time basis. The Controller is an integral member of the Omni team and plays a key role in Omni’s mission. Attention to detail, proactive thinking, a high degree of accuracy, and an up-beat attitude will help this person be successful with critical responsibilities in a fast-paced, positive environment.
Omni Ecosystems creates living infrastructure, reconnecting cities with nature and restoring balance within the built environment. We are a turnkey operation designing, manufacturing, installing, and maintaining working landscapes that elevate the social, environmental and financial bottom lines.
We are a diverse, hard-working team with expertise in innovative research & development, design and landscape architecture, construction project management, and landscape maintenance and ecosystem stewardship.
Omni's notable projects include: the green roofs on Studio Gang Architects’ new offices in Wicker Park, the Harvard Business School in Boston, and the Cummins headquarters in Indianapolis; landscape architecture at the Nobu Hotel in Chicago; the living wall at the restaurant Nico in the Thompson Hotel; and rooftop farms with The Roof Crop.
The firm seeks a detail-oriented and hard-working individual with a commitment to accuracy and excellence, and a passion for our mission: to improve the earth across the triple bottom line. The Controller will manage the financial recordkeeping, reporting, human resources, and back-office operations, working closely with our team of professionals. Candidates should be self-motivated, proactive, and adhere to high standards of quality and accountability.
Bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, or similar major
5-15 years progressively-responsible experience in financial administration
Preference will be given to candidates with the Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant designations
Experience in web-based software including Quickbooks Online, TSheets, Prosperworks, and Google Apps including GMail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides
Experience in web-based ERP software
Experience in accounting for inventory management; various service arrangements including lump sum, time and materials, and hourly not-to-exceed; and construction accounting, including AIA G702 G703, lien waivers, work-in-progress, etc.
Excellent organizational, administrative, analytical, and communication skills
Positive attitude and good sense of humor
Maintain comprehensive, logical, and organized system of accounts
Carry out all bookkeeping tasks
Manage accounts receivable and accounts payable
Review and approve expenses, time, and PTO
Review and correct entries within Omni Protocols: Financials, Quickbooks, GoogleDrive, TSheets
Prepare credit applications, pre-qualification forms and applications, maintain WBE applications and prepare renewal materials, maintain and prepare vendor and customer forms
Carry out office coordination and/or manage office coordinator/manager, as needed/staffed
Interface with landlord and neighbor tenants, managing day-to-day changes in building related topics
Manage I-9 verification
Manage corporate insurance renewal and Certificate of Insurance requests and filing
Manage health insurance applications, cancellations and questions
Carry out new employee on-boarding, forms, and training in Omni Protocol and Omni Processes
Calculate and remit sales & use taxes for states where Omni conducts business
Calculate and remit payroll taxes
Coordinate with external firm to prepare and submit Omni’s quarterly tax returns
Coordinate with external firm to prepare and submit Omni’s annual federal and state tax returns
Utilize existing ERP; review existing ERP, analyze new ERP, and implement new ERP, as needed
Reports to CEO
Assist with other projects and tasks, as needed
Salary and Benefits
Omni offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience. Health insurance is also available to eligible employees.
If you are a dedicated financial professional who excels at collaboration, meets the above qualifications, takes pride in details, has a passion for optimizing systems, and loves working with great people, apply today! Please send your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Jessica Bourque at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications without a separate PDF cover letter, separate PDF resume, and salary requirements will not be considered.
At Omni, we welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace. We believe that an inclusive environment benefits our employees, our firm, and our community. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
Omni Workshop is seeking creative, independent, and conscientious thinkers with a commitment to our shared vision: landscapes have the power to change everyday lives. Join our collaborative firm as a Designer and work closely with our team of professionals. Candidates should be self-motivated and adhere to high standards of excellence and accountability.
Strong conceptual design ability at a variety of scales and strong 3D spatial design, graphic representation and software skills
Enthusiastic commitment to the multidisciplinary design process and team-focused environment
Demonstrated knowledge in the art and practice of landscape architecture, urban design, related history and theory, and private and public development
Completion of a professionally-accredited landscape architecture or architectural degree program
Entry-level to 5 years experience
If you are a dedicated designer who excels at collaboration and meets the above qualifications, then please send your CV and portfolio to Jessica Bourque at email@example.com. Portfolios must be submitted for all design positions. Applications without work samples will not be considered. Portfolios should be one PDF attachment, 10-20 pages, at a maximum of 5 MB.
At Omni, we welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace. We believe an inclusive environment benefits our employees, our firm, and our community, while also enriching and challenging our own thinking about design. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
A recent article from Thrillist spotlights the growing movement of urban agriculture and its potential to transform our cities. Omni was happy to be featured as an urban farming leader for the story, talking about the challenges and rewards of growing food in green roofs.
Omni's headquarters features an 8,000-square-foot rooftop farm, growing in 4-8 inches of media. We work with our partners at The Roof Crop to distribute the food directly to local restaurants and consumers.
Read the full story here: https://www.thrillist.com/lifestyle/nation/how-urban-farming-took-root
The Studio Gang Treehouse officially is one of Chicago's best event spaces, according to a prestigious yearly list compiled by Crain Chicago Business.
A key element of the stunning rooftop respite is a 5,000-square-foot Omni Ecosystems prairie, home to the one of the world's only known rooftop wheat fields. The Midwestern prairie grows in 5 inches of media and was installed in 2015.
Congrats to our friends at Studio Gang! Read more about the Treehouse and other winners here: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/best-chicago-event-spaces-directory
Chicago Roof Deck + Garden picked our brain about all things green roof for a recent Q&A. Omni talks about the novelty of rooftop farming, the upcoming projects we're most excited for, and the basics of green roof technology.
Read the full interview here: http://www.chicagoroofdeck.com/blog/green-roofs/
Recover Green Roofs and Omni Ecosystems have proved a winning combination— literally. Our collaborative green roof project for Harvard Business School was awarded Waterproofing Project of the Year from renowned industrial supplier, Sika.
The award-winning roof marks Omni's first installation on the East Coast. Big thanks to Recover Green Roofs—an Omni certified supplier—for installing our system so beautifully!
Project description from Sika:
"Recently, some of the brightest minds in the country turned to the brightest minds in roofing. When Harvard Business School wanted to replace a small, existing green roof with an intensive system covering 11,000-square feet, they looked to Recover Green Roofs of Somerville, Mass., for the answer.
Recover connected with Omni Ecosystems to become the Northeast’s first certified installer of their comprehensive green roof system. After Sarnafil G 410 membrane was installed, Recover put down Omni's ultra-light soil blend that grows a diverse variety of native species, which mimic the natural cycle of a meadow and self-regenerate with each season. This project is a living example of what is possible in sustainable roofing in an urban environment."
Check out other winners here: http://usa.sarnafil.sika.com/en/group/literature/what-new/project_of_the_year_winners/2016-project-of-the-year.html
Omni Ecosystems CEO Molly Meyer recently joined the Board of Directors at Openlands, a municipal conservation organization serving northeastern Illinois.
Since its creation in 1963, Openlands has preserved more than 55,000 acres of natural and open space to ensure cleaner air and water and protect natural habitats and wildlife.
Read Molly's comments in the organization's publication, Openlander, below.
"Nature is important to me as a place for getting centered, for reconnecting with who I am and with what I care about," says Molly. "In nature, I am able to quiet my mind, and yet I'm able to connect with other people. Those two sides of the experience are important: nature is where I can recharge alone or where we can commune together.
"I love experiencing nature in Chicago atop the green rooftops my company Omni Ecosystems creates. We create verdant ecosystems where you feel like you are walking through a meadow or a prairie, but really you are a few stories up (or many stories!) on a green roof. We also create agricultural roofs where you can pick and eat a tomato or a pepper or some kale. We even grew a wheat roof in Wicker Park then harvested and milled it into high-grade pastry flour. Access to nature is vital for all, and it's great when it's right upstairs. I also love to walk my dog along the Chicago River where there is green space and public access.
Asked about her favorite Openlands program, Molly doesn't hesitate: "TreeKeepers is so cool! Look at the impact it has, addressing both trees and the community for the long term. Progress compounds, which is so important because even small incremental change over a long period has an incredibly substantial impact. That is what a 54-year-old organization can do.
"I look forward to supporting and becoming more knowledgeable about the great work Openlands does. It is an honor to be able to contribute to furthering Chicagoans' access to nature."
You can learn more about Openlands at https://openlands.org/
A harvest of impressive radishes from our rooftop meadow at Harvard Business School was made into a delicious side dish. The daikons were served in a cucumber radish salad at the facility.
Omni Ecosystems was named a world-changing agricultural innovator for our work in rooftop farming.
At Omni, we're proud to be an island of already in a sea of not yet. Our lightweight, comprehensive green roofs support fully-operational farms, providing easy and immediate access to local, sustainable food. With our recent wheat harvest, we shattered the the boundaries of urban agriculture and became one of the first entities to successfully harvest and process rooftop grain.
We believe this kind of bold innovation is vital to bettering our communities. Thanks to Inhabitat for featuring Omni green roofs as one of "7 agricultural innovations that could save the world" Click here to read the full list and learn about other important work on this front.
Omni Ecosystems is laying the foundation for a new, innovative design studio, known as The Omni Workshop, with the hiring of landscape architect Michael Skowlund, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP.
Skowlund brings more than a decade of industry experience to his post as Director of Landscape Architecture, joining the Omni team after six years with Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects.
“Nationally, Omni is making bold moves, and there’s a great opportunity to develop a progressive landscape architecture studio here,” Skowlund said. “I look forward to applying everything I’ve learned and doing great work.”
Skowlund excels at large-scale, collaborative design, and has contributed to award-winning projects throughout the country. Most notably, the SandRidge Energy Commons project which transformed a blighted area of Oklahoma City into a model space for civic engagement.
Aligned with Omni’s ethos to democratize green infrastructure, Skowlund’s passion is in creating accessible, working landscapes that go beyond aesthetics and solve community problems.
“Michael is an outstanding leader in landscape architecture, with a wealth of experience and an eye for designing spaces that make a positive impact on communities,” said Molly Meyer, CEO and Founder of Omni Ecosystems.
“We are thrilled to have Michael join our diverse team of scientists, construction professionals, and ecosystem stewards. By creating the landscape architecture studio, Omni now provides the full suite of turnkey solutions for all living infrastructure. From designing landscapes to inventing, supplying, installing and maintaining ecosystems, we are lowering costs for clients and increasing accountability.”
Omni's grain harvest is still making news, recently featured in Modern Farmer and AgNet West.
Click here for the full story story via AgNet West: "But one architectural firm in Chicago that has a 5-thousand-square foot rooftop garden took it a step further, you might say by accidentally harvesting a wheat crop."
Click here for the full story via Modern Farmer: "Wheat is an unconventional choice for rooftop gardens and farms, but if this experience is replicable, well, maybe it shouldn’t be."
IndyStar compiled a list of impressive green roofs around Indianapolis, and Omni makes a few cameos.
Indianapolis is a city undergoing a transformation. New construction is moving away from historically inefficient design toward more ecologically-sound structures. Omni is proud to contribute to this growing sustainable movement within the city.
Omni's CEO Molly Meyer dished out advise and insights for the latest edition of Living Architecture Monitor (LAM). She was included on a panel of award-winning green roof designers that fielded questions from LAM.
Read her response about what is most important in terms of green roof performance:
For the full interview, click here and flip to page 4.
Jon Hansen of WCIU You & Me visited with Omni Ecosystems, The Roof Crop and student youth program participants for a live broadcast this morning. He chatted with Omni CEO Molly Meyer, farm manager Will Sauceda, and intern Darius Robinson.
Watch the broadcast below to learn more about Omni's work in urban ag (and see our rooftop farm for yourself!)
After visiting Omni, WCIU headed to Baker Miller to taste some of the locally-sourced goods the bakery made with wheat harvested from one of our rooftop farms. Read more about our wheat harvest here and check out the accompanying broadcast below.
Omni Ecosystems took part in a unique collaboration resulting in 60 pounds of red winter wheat harvested from the rooftop prairie of Studio Gang Architects.
The grain was threshed and winnowed by students enrolled in after-school programs, and then milled and baked into (delicious!) chocolate chip cookies by our friends at Baker Miller.
We were proud to collaborate on this incredible project!
Omni Ecosystems is doing its small part to help the youth of Chicago. We offer hands-on summer internships and jobs to local students, and share our headquarters with Empowerment through Education and Exposure, an impactful non-profit.
EEE, Omni, The Roof Crop and all other participants of One Summer Chicago received recognition at a press conference given by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, hosted at Omni Ecosystems' headquarters. The mayor praised the work of EEE and other after-school programs, and condemned the violence targeted at Chicago youth.
The mayor, his wife, his staff and media outlets were given a tour of the Omni space while students showcased some of their summer projects.
We hope this inspires other Chicago-based businesses to follow Omni & TRC's lead.
The visit made local headlines. Check out the coverage below:
Omni Ecosystems CEO Molly Meyer was one of 30+ international speakers chosen for last year's Green Roofs and Walls Virtual Summit.
She lectured on Omni's Comprehensive Green Roof, and Omni's push to make green infrastructure more accessible, affordable and ecologically responsible.
Click here to watch the entire lecture titled "Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Conmprehensive Green Roof"