Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Position ID:Cornell-ILR-EXTBUFFCO [#18743, WDR-00026226]
Position Title: Senior Extension / Extension Associate, Equality initiative - Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Buffalo, New York 14203, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Economics / Any Area of Inequality, I2- Education and Research Institutions
Appl Deadline: withdrawn (posted 2021/06/03)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

Equality Initiative Associate

This position within the Extension Outreach Division of the ILR School is responsible for developing and delivering accessible education, practical research and policy applications to address the persistent problems of inequality in America, utilizing Western New York as a field operation for innovation.  They will provide substantial expertise and collaborative guidance to the Greater Buffalo community and advance the field of equitable community change through national professional and advocacy networks.  Position rank will be determined by qualifications and experience.

This position provides opportunities to develop equality-focused initiatives within ongoing work of the Buffalo Co-Lab as well as to create new programs and methods for understanding and reducing racial and economic inequality. 


Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab is seeking candidates for a senior extension / extension associate - Equality Initiative Associate position based in Buffalo, NY to add experience and expertise specifically in overcoming racial and economic inequality.  This position will complement and strengthen the Buffalo ILR organization which has a record of tackling immense challenges of economic change for 75 years. From post-war industrial strife and peacetime conversion, through decades of economic prosperity and social change, through de-industrialization and economic decline, to the much celebrated revitalization of recent years. ILR has had a hand in the advancements marking these eras—a strong labor movement, progressive human resource and workforce development practices, innovative collective bargaining and labor-management cooperation, civil rights and women’s rights at work, robust occupational safety and health protections, adjustment to industry change in a global economy, union-community collaborations for economic justice, innovative living wage and workers’ rights policies, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, accountable economic development with public benefit for public subsidies, a voice for community organizations in a dynamic civic and cultural infrastructure—all giving meaning to ILR’s land grant mission to promote knowledge for the public good. 

And yet, Buffalo’s economic rejuvenation has been no match for national trends of growing economic and racial inequality.  Low-wage jobs, persistent poverty, and racial segregation discriminately limit the opportunities of individuals and impair the economic vitality and promise of the region as a whole.  This position will focus directly on ways to promote equality, from community measures to combat racism to state and national policies to assure for all Americans an equal chance in the economy and an equal say in the democracy. 

This is a full-time, academic non-tenure track, term position with an initial three-year appointment. The position may be reappointed on the basis of recommendations by the appropriate Director and Associate Dean as well as available funding and work. This position of Extension Associate reports to the Director of ILR Buffalo Co-Lab.


This senior extension / extension associate position will:

  • Develop, maintain and build policy collaborations with grassroots and advocacy organizations that are advancing racial, social and economic equity
  • Provide quality academic and applied research, education, consultation, insight, and public discourse to improve our understanding of policies and practices that can fundamentally decrease inequality and its costs to our economy, society and democracy
  • Develop relationships and provide assistance to elected representatives, public officials, and community leaders to build support for equity progress
  • Work in collaboration with other ILR and Cornell colleagues to advance the university’s ability to advance equity through its land-grant mission
  • Participate in state and national events to meet with other professionals, share knowledge/expertise, develop collegial relationships, and maintain professional skills and knowledge
  • Seek and secure funding for maintaining and expanding the Co-Lab’s initiatives for equality.

More information about the ILR School can be obtained at our web site, and the ILR Buffalo Co-Lab at


  • Master’s or other advanced degree in a social science, economics, government and public administration, policy or law, with relevant expertise related to racial and economic inequality.
  • Life and work experience confronting inequality.
  • Work experience with community organizations, unions, government, or advocate or educational organizations in a role that includes policies and practices to advance racial and social justice, and economic equality.
  • Strong skills in written communication, report writing, and qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • Ability to work independently and collectively within a team and strong interpersonal communications skills.
  • Commitment to working to build more equitable communities and economic democracy.
  • Relevant professional leadership and network development at the state, regional, national, and/or international areas in relevant professional, trade, policy, or public networks.
  • Minimum of three to six years teaching related courses in college-level environment, conducting training to relevant target audience, and/or conducting research in the thematic content area.
  • Demonstrated writing ability and scholarly record in the thematic content area (articles in peer-reviewed journals, articles in trade publications, research and project reports, informational brochures, policy briefs, etc.).
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in collaborative environments and to contribute to the innovation and outcome success of a team.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in related field.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Western New York regional political economy.
  • Minimum of one to three years demonstrated experience in large project management (e.g. several staff and budgets exceeding $500,000).
  • Minimum of one to three years demonstrated experience in promoting thematic area program teaching, consultation, and research services to regional, state, or national networks through the use of in-person, print, and electronic mediums.
  • Professional credentials in disciplinary area, such as appropriate state and national licensure, certifications, etc.
  • Minimum of one to three years demonstrated experience in successful grant writing and grant management.
  • Minimum of one to three years of experience with distance learning.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Rewards & Benefits:

Cornell provides great benefits that include educational benefits, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options to choose from, generous paid leave provisions and superior retirement contributions.

Cornell has also been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, well-being, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. For more information click here.

To Apply:

Interested parties should submit a vita and cover letter. 

This is a full-time, academic non-tenure track, benefits eligible term opportunity located in Buffalo, NY.

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.

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