Program Manager: Rural Innovation Initiative

Remote · Hartland, Vermont, United States


About Us

Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc (RISI) is dedicated to helping clients bring prosperity and investment to rural areas in the digital age.

We use data-driven strategies, modern geospatial tools, and deep experience in rural economies to develop new modes of rural economic development for communities and stakeholder organizations. Working with our sister organization the Center on Rural Innovation (501c3) and philanthropic partners like the Siegel Family Endowment, Kauffman Foundation, and Reid Hoffman, we are partnering with communities as they launch Innovation Hubs in small towns - facilities that offer digital job skills training for the “future of work,” co-working space, remote/distributed work opportunities, support for entrepreneurs, housing for young workers, amenities and cultural resources. We believe that our activities will attract parallel and follow-on investment from a variety of sources in the towns where we operate, creating momentum for economic renewal.

In addition, we analyze the drivers of growth and resilience in rural economies and build data analytics platforms that inform the efforts of rural development stakeholders across the country. Our goal is to develop replicable and scalable paradigms for rural economic development in America.

This is a flexible location position, the right candidate can be located anywhere in the United States.

RISI is headquartered in a historic general store building in the village of Hartland, Vermont, a part of the Upper Valley and greater Dartmouth College region. For more information, please visit our website:

Rural Innovation Initiative

Our young organization is developing a model for building digital economy ecosystems in rural America, specifically “Innovation Hubs” that introduce remote work strategies, entrepreneurship development programs and computer science training to small towns. Having launched its first Innovation Hub, Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Economic Development Administration to scale the model to other rural communities around the country and assist them with strategic efforts to diversify their economies through a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. We are seeking an exceptional strategist and change agent to help support communities as they implement the Innovation Hub model and work creatively to close the rural opportunity gap.

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