The Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) creates and supports programs that leverage the region's robust educational and industrial assets, as well as the innovative and creative capacity of the Southern Tier's residents. Our team of fourteen professional staff, six additional entrepreneurs in residence (EiRs), and 15+ student employees makes an impact on the region, works with talented entrepreneurs and their teams, and creates opportunities for learning and growth.
Under the general supervision of the Competitions Director, implement New York Food and Agriculture Competition (Grow-NY). Provide oversight for the coordination and administration of Grow-NY including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and providing overall quality and cost control to the program. Other duties include:
Coordinate and consult with CREA staff, mentors, and vendors to utilize their high level of expertise and ensure that the latest and best business practices are incorporated into Grow-NY
Coordinate with Empire State Development (ESD) regarding Grow-NY strategic and tactical priorities and budgets
Support Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) and its programs as required to ensure positive integration of Grow-NY and its priorities, programs, and staffing to CREA programs and priorities, including successfully engaging the NY Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture (COE) in partnering with the Grow-NY competition
The Grow-NY initiative is a $15 million program announced by NY State in January 2019 that includes a food and agriculture business in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Central regions of NY State.
With the business competition at the center of Grow-NY, the program will also offer:
This is a 3 year term position with the possibility of extension based on successful performance, needs of the program and available funding.
The competition has been funded for three years. Extensions to the program will require additional sources of funding to be arranged. The term of this position will match the term of the Grow-NY funding and is anticipated to exist for the duration of the competition. This is a 100% FTE position with 95% time spent on Grow-NY. 5% will be spent on other duties as needed.
Bachelor's degree with at least 5 - 7 years of program management and organizational development experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
Exceptional ability to lead large, decentralized teams;
Strong public speaking skills;
Proficiency in networking and communicating with a diverse population of groups and individuals;
Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks at any given time, to work independently, to make decisions that can significantly impact the University and projects;
Excellent interpersonal and written and oral communication skills;
Experience in managing complex projects and priorities - bringing strategic vision and attention to detail;
Proven strong organizational, time management skills;
Strong computer skills required to manage and perform analysis with spreadsheets and databases.
Passion for entrepreneurship and the economic development of Upstate New York;
Substantial experience in the food and agriculture sector
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