The College of Agriculture and Life Science is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
The New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech (COE) is committed to improving people's lives and livelihoods by growing New York's vibrant food and agriculture economy statewide, and supporting innovation and leadership in those sectors. The COE is a business development hub for the state's food, beverage and agriculture industries. The COE cultivates business growth and job creation opportunities by connecting businesses and entrepreneurs to the resources they need to scale and thrive. The strategy and goal is to push entrepreneurs and startups to commercialize new innovations; pull food, beverage and agriculture-related business to locate in New York; and grow existing food, beverage and agriculture-related businesses.
Reporting directly to the Executive Director of the New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture (COE), the Program Manager serves as a coordinating agent and representative for the COE's activities throughout the state to support the growth of the food and agriculture sector in New York. The Program Manager collaborates closely with a range of internal and external stakeholders, and must be able to understand, track, and follow up on the intricate details of multiple projects and agreements. This role requires a high degree of organizational diligence and aptitude, combined with thoughtful interpersonal and diplomatic skill to advance priorities to a diverse set of private, academic, and government resources in New York State. The position involves supervision of one or more student employees and interns to assist in achieving programmatic objectives.
Work closely with the Executive Director under general supervision, keep supervisor informed of progress. Responsible for making some decisions, which require consideration of various criteria.
Bachelor's degree with more than 3 years of related experience required, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Proven ability to work independently and proactively while using sound judgment in decision-making.
Highly effective written and oral communication and public outreach techniques.
Excellent organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail.
Proven ability to work collaboratively and enjoys building relationships with diverse groups and individuals.
Proficiency and comfort with MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Google Docs, Adobe and similar programs.
Passion for food and agricultural innovation.
Ability to speak confidently and concisely particularly in group situations.
Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
Establish goals and objectives and determine methods to accomplish these goals using effective time management.
Demonstrate skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and proper judgment in accomplishing tasks whether acting independently or participating effectively on a team.
Must have excellent customer service skills.
Must be comfortable with multitasking and adapt to competing priorities.
Ability and desire to learn and adapt to new technology.
Must have an maintain a valid driver's license
Master's degree in business, urban studies or urban planning, agriculture, public affairs, public policy, or other economic development related field preferred.
Experience successfully writing grant proposals.
No visa sponsorship is available for this position.
No relocation assistance is available for this position.
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