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Workforce Innovations

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Workforce Innovations (formerly Workforce Development) strategically aligns opportunities and provides support to ensure our workforce is prepared for the job skills we need today and tomorrow. We provide support, education and training, effective performance and development plans, and create the environment to inspire and engage the workforce to gain results. We strive for continuous improvements, and seek to attract and retain those who want to work in a fast-paced agile environment to achieve goals.

The Office of Workforce Innovations was created in October 2012 and is responsible for putting the resources in place to develop the OIT’s workforce.


To that end, a few key areas of responsibility include:

  • Recruitment & On-boarding
  • Intern/Mentorship Program
  • Veterans Career Program
  • Learning and Development
  • Performance Management
  • Career Path Planning
  • Retention Efforts
  • Succession Planning

None of these key areas could possibly thrive without a fully engaged, very energetic, and enthusiastic workforce! So, welcome aboard! You are in for an exciting time with a career in technology, especially in OIT. We are glad you are here. Questions and comments, please contact: Kelly Samson-Rickert, Ed.D, SPHR, Director of Workforce Development at
Kelly.rickert@maine.gov


NASCIO 2016

Check out these videos from the event.

Partnerships Improve States' Cybersecurity Posture

Beyond deploying the right mix of technology to meet cybersecurity threats head on, enlist partners in the battle to ensure everyone works on common security goals.

Legacy IT Modernization Challenges

NASCIO attendees share lessons and best practices learned through the hard work of modernizing legacy IT infrastructure.

Recruit and Retain a World-Class IT Team

States may choose not to compete with the private sector for bright and savvy IT professionals, but instead tout the benefits of government service and unique experience opportunities.


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GovCIO Outlook (PDF) - August 2016 Issue featuring Jim Smith, CIO for the State of Maine.


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