Cornell University, Worker Institute

Position ID:Cornell-Worker Institute-CLIMTRAIN [#16707, WDR-00023680]
Position Title: Labor Leading on Climate Training and Education Associate - Worker Institute - ILR School, Cornell University
Position Type:Other
Position Location:New York, New York 10022, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Management and Organizations
Leadership. Sustainability, and Organizational Change
Labor and Employment / Labor and Employment trends, Labor policy, Worker training
Appl Deadline: finished (2020/08/21, finished 2021/02/09)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

Labor Leading on Climate Training and Education Associate - Worker Institute

Position is located in New York, NY, within the ILR School located at 570 Lexington Ave, working remotely until location reopens.

The School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University has an immediate opening for an Extension Associate – Training and Education Associate within the Worker Institute of the Extension/Outreach Division of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. The Extension Associate is responsible for extension programming and administration within one or more thematic areas.  The Extension Associate is responsible for developing and delivering programs and services that are closely aligned with the strategic mission and core values of the ILR School, and for monitoring quality, impact, and outcomes of education, training, technical assistance, consulting and research activities of the program.  The Extension Associate will participate with other academic staff in setting thematic area goals and will annually set individual programmatic and budgetary goals. This position reports to the Labor Leading on Climate Director.

Extension Associate is a non-tenure track, academic term position with a one-year appointment.  The position may be reappointed based on available funding and work with recommendations by the appropriate Executive Director, Academic Director and Associate Dean.

Project Related Emphasis:

This position is responsible for updating and developing new educational programs for unions on climate change, climate protection, and the clean energy economy with the goal of helping unions develop a positive, proactive labor- and equity-based approach to addressing the climate crisis, and for monitoring quality, impact, and outcomes of these education and training activities. The ideal candidate will serve as part of the core faculty team of the Worker Institute’s Labor Leading on Climate initiative, working at the nexus of labor, employment, climate and clean energy issues.

More information about the ILR School can be obtained at our web site, and the Worker Institute at

Required Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in public policy, environmental studies, labor studies, or a related field.
  • Significant experience in curriculum development and training facilitation for adult learners, particularly popular education methodologies for training around power analysis, labor rights, gender and racial equity and social justice concepts and practices.
  • Minimum three to five years forming strategic partnerships with unions, worker advocacy organizations and other allies to develop relevant content and curricula and evaluate learning activities.
  • Strong presentation and written communication skills for unions and other audiences. 
  • Comfort and flexibility with working on several projects simultaneously.
  • Deep familiarity with labor unions, worker organizations, and the social justice movement; familiarity with climate change.
  • Strong commitment to racial, economic, social and climate justice and movement building.
  • Ability to work independently and collectively within a team, and strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Experience working with diverse groups, and building a strong rapport with facilitation team and participants; demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience contributing to financial integrity of programs through seeking/securing external funding sources - contracts, grants, etc.


This is a full-time non-tenure track academic benefits eligible one-year term opportunity based at the ILR NYC Extension office located at 570 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022, working remotely until location reopens.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Interested parties should submit a vita and letter of application describing qualifications and research agenda, and teaching experience. 

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
570 Lexington Ave
12th Floor
New York, NY 10022

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