The Center On Rural Innovation (CORI) is a nonprofit action tank advancing economic prosperity in rural America through the creation of inclusive digital economy ecosystems that support scalable entrepreneurship and tech job creation. We are seeking a digital jobs training coordinator who is looking to join a fast-growing team committed to expanding access to tech jobs for workers living in rural America.
Guided by a strong belief in rural ingenuity and small-town potential, CORI and its sister organization, Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. (RISI), provide strategic support to rural communities wanting to develop inclusive, resilient digital ecosystems. Our systems approach to digital economy ecosystems involves building a nationwide network of local economic change agents; increasing the digital workforce and access to digital jobs both local to rural areas and remote; using mapping and data to highlight rural opportunities; making direct investments in underserved rural entrepreneurs; and closing the digital divide so all Americans can participate in the 21st century digital economy. We are currently working with 18 towns across 17 states to execute on this model.
Rural America is home to 15% of the workforce overall, but just 5% of the tech workforce. COVID-19 has challenged assumptions about where digital economy jobs and tech talent can exist, and we are seizing the moment to create a more equitable distribution of these high-paying jobs.
We are gearing up to launch our pilot program with Generation USA , a global non-profit organization with a mission of transforming education and employment systems by preparing, placing, and supporting individuals into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible. This program will support a virtual cohort of new tech learners in our Rural Innovation Network (rural communities within our support network) as they complete Generation USA’s training and receive wrap-around support, focusing specifically on communities with diverse populations and high unemployment rates.
The Digital Jobs Training Coordinator will help our team manage this initiative by serving as an advocate and liaison between CORI, leaders in rural communities participating in the program, and Generation USA staff. The Program Coordinator will be primarily responsible for supporting rural community partners to execute effective program recruitment strategies and working with the CORI and Generation teams on job placement.
This position will work closely with our Future of Work Talent Lead, who leads our work partnering with community leaders and world class technology skill providers to identify and implement workforce development strategies that give workers the digital skills necessary for technology jobs with local employers and as remote workers.
- Manage the Generation USA program within the Future of Work (FOW) team at CORI, with an emphasis on inclusive program recruitment, project management, and process improvement.
- Help CORI and Generation USA develop a working model of Generation USA’s curriculum and wrap-around support, specifically for rural communities across the US. Inform new models and best practices for our other FOW programs.
- Meet on a consistent basis with Generation USA staff to monitor student progress and assist in student job placement efforts. Keep CORI’s Future of Work team updated on program status and potential interventions. Maintain consistent communication with all involved.
- Use their understanding of the needs and challenges faced by rural tech workers and learners–particularly women, BIPOC, and Latinx workers– to develop and curate outreach materials and strategies to assist with inclusive program recruitment.
- Experience working directly with student groups or training participants with proven success in a virtual environment
- Experience building or supporting programs from the ground up and improving processes over time
- Experience conducting outreach campaigns and achieving enrollment goals
- Experience working in a fast paced, collaborative environment – can handle multiple priorities with quality results, while still meeting deadlines
- Experience working in education, project management, training, human resources, workforce development, or job placement preferred
- A passion for supporting the economic development of diverse rural communities