Cornell Tech is Hiring and Planting

April 29, 2017

With the start of spring, it’s a beautiful time to be on Roosevelt Island!


Just a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see many of you at Cornell Tech’s Town Hall, where we provided several updates about the campus and programming as we move closer to our September opening. We were thrilled to be joined by City Council Member Ben Kallos, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and the members of the Cornell Tech Construction & Community Task Force, and we thank them for their ongoing guidance and support.


For those who may have missed it, we wanted to provide you with some important updates from the Cornell team:


Campus Job Opportunities


Julie Delay, Cornell Tech’s senior director of human resources and campus-wide initiatives, talked about job opportunities on campus with Cornell Tech and our contractors. The opportunities range from staff positions at Cornell Tech, campus security jobs through our partner Allied Universal, building-care personnel for our residential building with Related Management Company, food services positions through Starr Catering Group, and more.


We have created a dedicated location on our website – – where you can view Cornell Tech job opportunities and access links to the positions available with our contractors. The positions are being updated often, so if you don’t see a fit, be sure to check back to explore other roles. We highly encourage Roosevelt Islanders to apply for jobs on the campus. There are many opportunities – and you’ll enjoy a short commute!


Open Space


As many of you have already seen, construction of The Bloomberg Center, The Bridge, and The House is nearing completion. Much of the work left is on the interiors of these buildings and the public open space, about which Andrew Winters, Cornell Tech’s senior director of capital projects (and by now a very familiar face for many of you on the Island), had some very exciting news.


Per our agreement with the City, Cornell Tech is required to provide 40,000 square feet of public open space as part of the first phase of our campus. We are thrilled to announce that we will be providing more than triple that – 130,000 square feet of permanent public open space – when we open in September. The openness of our campus is key to both the values of collaboration and innovation at Cornell Tech, and to our commitment of making our campus open and accessible to New Yorkers. There are no gates, walls, or barriers to our campus, and we look forward to seeing you on the lawn!


Partnership with PS/IS 217


At the Town Hall, Diane Levitt, Cornell Tech’s senior director of K-12 education, provided some exciting updates about our work with PS/IS 217. We were so happy to also hear from the school’s PTA president, Erin Olavesen, about students’ and parents’ excitement about Cornell Tech and computer science, and Teacher in Residence Meg Ray, who is helping the teachers at PS/IS 217 incorporate computer science into their classrooms. We are proud to announce that, since 2016, computer science lessons have been implemented in all elementary grades at PS/IS 217. That means there is now computer science education in every grade and every class, and every week for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. And there’s much more to come – especially since, come September, our students, faculty, and staff will be just a short walk away!


Additional Updates


Roosevelt Islanders also had the opportunity to hear from Juliet Weissman, Cornell Tech’s chief administrative officer, at the Town Hall. She talked more about campus programming and some of the innovative research our faculty members (whom you will start seeing around the Island soon) are doing. Our Senior Director of Facilities Operations, Floyd Young, was joined by our partners at Allied Universal and Starr Catering Group to talk about our security plan and the new café that will open at The Bloomberg Center.


We will be connecting with you many more times as we get closer to our campus opening in September. For more information, please visit, and feel free to stop by Gallery RIVAA where I have office hours every Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.




Jane Swanson

Community Liaison, Cornell Tech


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