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I-86 Innovation Corridor

Director of Workforce Development




The I-86 Innovation Corridor is a 3-county region located in New York State’s Finger Lakes Region.  The Corridor is home to several major and multinational corporations specializing in materials science, manufacturing, food and rail transit.  The initiative is led by a group of regional stakeholders representing the public sector, major employers, education providers, community and economic development organizations, and workforce development partners.  

The I-86 Innovation Corridor recently adopted an Integrated Workforce Development Strategy, and is seeking a Director to manage implementation of the strategy based on the priorities established by the I-86 Workforce Coordinating Committee.


· Priorities Established by the I-86 Workforce Coordinating Committee:   Drive implementation of the I-86 Integrated Workforce Strategy Plan based on priorities established by the Coordinating Committee.

· Relationships with Regional Leaders and Stakeholders:  Develop relationships and work in collaboration with employers, education institutions, county municipalities, state agencies, economic development agencies, work force agencies, and other organizations to advance the workforce strategies.

· Communications and Reporting: Serve as the day-to-day administrative face of the I-86 Workforce Initiative and primary source of communication regarding the overall strategic action plan and specific initiatives.  Oversee the preparation (digital) and electronic distribution of an annual report to the I-86 Steering Committee, I-86 Workforce Coordinating Committee, and regional stakeholders.

· Regional Dashboard Management:  Establish key economic indicators, and track and report information to the Coordinating Committee, Advisory Council and work groups.  This would include LMI, job demand trends and other data available from the NYS DOL and CSS WFNY.  Recommend additional data sources to the Coordinating Committee as required.

· Metrics Related to Strategic Objectives:  Work with stakeholders to gather data, monitor progress, and report on the metrics established by the Coordinating Committee.

· Education and Training Needs Inventory:  Maintain an inventory of employer workforce needs and education/training programs, and facilitate use of information across work groups as appropriate.  Note: A baseline inventory was established during the planning process.

· Work Groups:  Convene and facilitate industry sector-based work groups.  Note these workgroups will be one of the primary sources of qualitative industry feedback for labor market demand and education/training needs.  Priority work groups include manufacturing, healthcare, tourism and emerging fields.

· Trends and Workforce Demand: Collaborate with agencies such as Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben Work Force New York (CSS WFNY) and the New York Statement Department of Labor to identify and utilize databases and technology tools associated with Strategic Workforce Planning.   Also, identify future industry and employer trends, and update the forecast for worker supply and demand.

· Region-wide Workforce Programs and Activities:  Serve as the representative of the I-86 Workforce Initiative on region-wide strategic initiatives, as determined to be priorities by the Coordinating Committee, such as recruitment efforts for major industry sectors, career awareness programs led by CSS WFNY, etc.

· I-86 Innovation Corridor Strategic Initiatives:  Serve as the representative of the Workforce Initiative to other I-86 Corridor initiatives that are compatible with workforce development such as quality of life and image.

· Best Practices:  Identify best practices from throughout the country and bring that information to the work groups and Coordinating Committee.


The I-86 Workforce Director will be an employee of Three Rivers Development, which functions as the administrative home of the initiative.   Three Rivers is located in Corning, New York.


Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required.    Advanced education is preferred.


· Five+ years of increasingly responsible professional experience in workforce development, economic development or equivalent business or public sector management experience.

· Demonstrated leader with a track record of success, proven accomplishments and performance in workforce and/or economic preferred.

· Possess the knowledge, professional competence and vision required to effectively lead implementation of a regional workforce development plan.

· Experience in data analysis and utilizing predictive analytics is a plus.

· Knowledge of current workforce and economic development trends and practices, workforce issues related to business development, and overall administration.

· Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with the employers and key stakeholder groups throughout the three-county I-86 Innovation Corridor region.

· Consensus building and interpersonal, verbal, public presentation and written communication skills.

· Evidence of ability to exhibit independent judgment in the implementation and evaluation of plans, procedures and policies.

· Strong management and planning skills, including the ability to plan, direct and coordinate activities.

· Computer literacy.


Submit letter of interest and resume electronically to: 

Betsey Hale, President 

Three Rivers Development 






I-86 Integrated Workforce Development Strategy





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