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 residents of Ithaca, the Southern Tier, Upstate New York, and beyond. CREA is a young but active and fast-growing group - since inception in 2014, we have launched a dozen new programs and raised over $25m for entrepreneurship and economic development programs. Our team is nimble and lean; made up of 14 professional staff, 10 entrepreneurs in residence (EiRs), and 15+ student employees, we run high-impact programs that help entrepreneurs start and grow new businesses and help create a vibrant and diverse economy in the region.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Upstate New York (UNY) I-Corps Node is a regional hub for entrepreneurship training for scientists and researchers that is led by Cornell in partnership with RIT and the University of Rochester. Operations for the UNY I-Corps Node are led by CREA, with guidance from the Cornell School of Engineering.
Working collaboratively as part of a dynamic team, the Program Associate for the UNY I-Corps Node will assist in the development and deployment of innovative operational solutions for regional I-Corps programs. I-Corps prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory, and accelerates the economic and societal benefits of NSF-funded, basic-research projects that are ready to move toward commercialization.
In this role, you will have three primary responsibilities:
Provide day-to-day oversight of the UNY Node's regional 'short course' program, including scheduling and delivery at partner universities across the Northeast, instructor scheduling and training, tracking data and reporting on program outcomes, and helping short course participants who receive a Node nomination to form teams and apply to the national I-Corps Teams program. Oversee implementation of a rigorous, efficient and scalable candidate prescreening and selection process to feed into the national I-Corps Teams recruitment process. Oversee implementation of program and financial oversight systems to ensure participant progress and adherence to program requirements for the regional and national I-Corps Teams.
This dynamic role will provide support and oversight to set up and execute all aspects of Node programming, while working with the UNY Regional Director to advise and guide recommendations for program improvement and streamlining processes. Prospective employees should have enthusiasm to tackle new projects, the ability to work independently, strong communication skills and a willingness to think critically.
Please attach a cover letter and resume when applying for this position.
This is a two-year term position with the possibility of extension.
Bachelor's degree with at least 3-5 years' operational management experience and/or project management experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Proficiency in networking and communicating with a diverse population of groups and individuals.
Ability to support multiple projects simultaneously and to work independently
Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
Proven strong organizational and time management skills.
Strong critical thinking skills and process-oriented work practices with analytical skills toward process improvement.
Demonstrated track record of taking initiative to develop and implement work processes and procedures.
Experience using Airtable, Box, Calendly, Excel, Eventbrite, Salesforce, Zoom, etc.
No Visa sponsorship available for this position.
No relocation assistance available for this position.
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