Program Manager
Finger Lakes Community Development Center


The Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) invites applications for a one-year program manager position to (1) lead the Finger Lakes Community Development Center (FLCDC), a key experiential learning component of the Sustainable Community Development program at HWS, and (2) teach or co-teach up to two undergraduate classes. This administrative position reports to the director of the Finger Lakes Institute and may continue past the initial one year contract.

The FLCDC provides Finger Lakes communities with innovative and creative planning and development alternatives to particular challenges of the region. Primarily as a result of the region's natural assets and history, communities throughout the Finger Lakes share similar economic, environmental, and social characteristics. The current and future states of these communities rely on improving quality of life for all citizens, being good stewards of natural resources, and fostering responsible growth of the built environment. FLCDC projects are client-driven and, thus far, have involved collaborations with Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council; City of Geneva; Town of Geneva; New York State of Department of Transportation; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation; and non-profit organizations.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to teach two courses in the HWS Environmental Studies Program. The first, Sustainable Community Development Methods & Tools, is a 300-level, twenty student, capstone course for the newly approved Sustainable Community Development minor. In this course, students work in interdisciplinary teams to solve real world development-related problems through an experiential learning project with a community partner. The second, Introduction to Environmental Studies: Sense of Place, is a 100-level, thirty student, introductory course that emphasizes the importance of understanding and embracing sense of place from diverse and interdisciplinary perspectives across a range of environmental issues.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Urban, Regional or Landscape Planning; Economic Development; or a related field;
  • Professional work experience in planning or economic development;
  • Teaching experience;
  • Ability to represent HWS and FLCDC projects to leaders from many professional sectors across the Finger Lakes and New York State;
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to prioritize tasks, manage multiple competing priorities, and meet deadlines;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills with a creative mindset; and,
  • Sophisticated understanding of, and commitment to, the role and mission of a selective private liberal arts college and capacity to work creatively, sensitively, and professionally with a diverse constituency.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled starting on June 24, 2014. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, brief portfolio of project work (reports, plans, designs, papers, etc.), and names and contact information for three references to:

Office of Human Resources
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
337 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456

Or by email to: ferran@hws.edu


Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to attracting and supporting faculty and staff that fully represent the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the nation and actively seek applications from under-represented groups. The Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or any other protected status.

Founded as Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women, Hobart and William Smith Colleges today are a highly selective residential liberal arts institution with a single administration, faculty and curriculum but separate dean’s offices, student governments, athletic programs and traditions.  The Colleges are located in a small diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  With an enrollment of approximately 2,000, the Colleges offer 62 different majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program.  Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission.