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Omni seeks controller

We're hiring! Read the position the description and how to apply below.


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.

About Us

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.

 

Controller Description

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.

 

Required Qualifications:

  • 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

 

Key Accountabilities

  • 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

  • Run payroll

  • 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.

 

Apply

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 jbourque@omniecosystems.com. 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.

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Omni Workshop accepting portfolios

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.

Desired skills:

  • 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

Contact

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 jbourque@omni-ecosystems.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.

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omni featured as urban farming pioneer

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. 

If you’re trying to grow food in a completely foreign environment, where you don’t have nutritious substates, when you don’t have reliable water, when you have extreme temperatures — extreme cold and extreme heat — that’s like Mars, and that’s pretty much what it’s like to grow on a rooftop,
— Molly Meyer

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

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studio gang roof a chicago hot spot

Photo courtesy of Hannah Hoggatt Photography 

Photo courtesy of Hannah Hoggatt Photography 

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

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And the award goes to...

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

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Molly Meyer joins Openlands Board of Directors

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/

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Rooftop radishes served at Harvard Business School

Photo courtesy of Recover Green Roofs LLC. 

Photo courtesy of Recover Green Roofs LLC. 

Photo courtesy of Recover Green Roofs LLC. 

Photo courtesy of Recover Green Roofs LLC. 

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.

The meadow is an Omni Ecosystems // Recover Green Roofs LLC collaboration and is the first comprehensive green roof installed in New England. Learn more about the project by clicking here.

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Seven world-saving ag innovations, featuring Omni Ecosystems

Photo courtesy of Hannah Hoggatt Photography 

Photo courtesy of Hannah Hoggatt Photography 

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. 

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Omni makes New England debut

A collaboration between Omni Ecosystems and Recover Green Roofs resulted in a stunning multi-tier meadow system on the Harvard Business School's McArthur/McCollum Hall. The installation marks New England's first comprehensive green roof. 


From our friends at Recover:

The roof was planted with a variety of native species desirable for pollinators and seeded with a mix of quick-to-germinate annuals and flowering herbaceous perennials. Many of the seed species are commonly used as cover crops to improve soil conditions, reduce soil erosion, and provide habitat for beneficial insects. Germination began 3 days after seeding, and within several weeks the roof developed into a lush meadow of flowering buckwheat, calendula, aster, milkweed, clover and ripe radishes.

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Welcome Michael Skowlund, Omni's first Director of Landscape Architecture

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.” 

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Appearances in Modern Farmer & AgNet

Photo courtesy of Hannah Hoggatt Photography

Photo courtesy of Hannah Hoggatt Photography

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."

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Omni featured in Inhabitat!

Photo courtesy of Hannah Hoggatt Photography

Photo courtesy of Hannah Hoggatt Photography

Our wheat harvest was spotlighted by the popular sustainable design blog, Inhabitat.

We couldn't be more pleased with this project. Click here to read Inhabitat's full story and see exclusive photos from the harvest and milling. 

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A look at Indy's unexpected rooftops

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. 

Click here to check out the full list, which includes Omni's Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and WFYI green roofs. 

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Molly Meyer in Living Architecture Monitor

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:

A green roof must engage and satisfy its users. It should be visually stunning, delighting people through a unique and visceral connection to nature. When a roof is not accessible, it should be agriculturally productive, should provide habitat and respite to birds, butterflies ad the many creatures that provide ecosystems services that we humans don’t even comprehend

For the full interview, click here and flip to page 4. 

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WCIU broadcasts LIVE from Omni's Rooftop farm

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!) 

Jon Hansen chats with Molly Meyer and Will Sauceda of Omni Ecosystems about growing plants and vegetables and grains on Chicago rooftops!

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. 

Jon Hansen brought harvested wheat from the Omni Ecosystems rooftop to Baker Miller where they used the locally sourced grains to bake cookies. Local and sustainable! Jon thought they tasted amazing!

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Omni takes wheat to new heights

Omni Ecosystems, Studio Gang Architects and The Roof Crop facilitate Chicago's first rooftop wheat harvest. 

Omni Ecosystems, Studio Gang Architects and The Roof Crop facilitate Chicago's first rooftop wheat harvest. 

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! 

Read the full story at DNAinfo Chicago.

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Mayor Emanuel visits Omni headquaters

Photo courtesy of Nathan Kirkman

Photo courtesy of Nathan Kirkman

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: 

Abc7 Chicago, "Chicago Youth Celebrate Summer Accomplishments" 

Chicago Sun Times "Mayor suggests people to divided against city's violence" 

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