Cornell University, Yang-Tan Institute

Position ID:Cornell-Yang-Tan Institute-SREXTGOLDEN [#18939, WDR-00026948]
Position Title: Thomas P. Golden Executive Director, Yang-Tan Institute, Cornell University
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Management and Organizations
Leadership. Sustainability, and Organizational Change
Labor and Employment / Labor and Employment trends, Labor policy, Worker training
Strategic Management / Strategic Management
Appl Deadline: finished (2021/07/14, finished 2022/01/19)
Position Description:    

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

Position is located in Ithaca, NY, within the ILR School on the campus of Cornell University.

The School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University has an immediate opening for a Senior Extension Associate – Thomas P. Golden Executive Director within the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability (YTI) in the Extension/Outreach Division of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. The Senior 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 Senior Extension Associate will participate with other academic staff in setting thematic unit goals and will annually set individual programmatic and budgetary goals with the Academic Director. 

The Thomas P. Golden Executive Director oversees, with the academic director, the implementation of the unit strategic direction, fiscal administration, and academic staff supervision of the employment and disability thematic program area and monitors quality assurance, impact, and outcomes of the education, training, technical assistance, consulting and research activities of the program.  This position reports to the YTI Academic Director. 

Senior Extension Associate is an academic, non-tenure track, term position with a three-year initial appointment. The position may be reappointed on the basis of recommendations by the appropriate Academic Director and Associate Dean for Outreach as well as available funding and work.  

Key components of the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability include:

  • The institute conducts research and provides continuing education and technical assistance on many aspects of disability in the workplace with focus on workplace issues, health & wellbeing, community inclusion, data, education & learning, emerging topics.
  • Researchers and practitioners at the Yang-Tan Institute (YTI) have helped companies, labor organizations, government agencies, schools, and communities throughout the United States and abroad to accommodate and integrate individuals with disabilities. Our team consults with business and industry, and with policy makers, educators, disability advocates, and rehabilitation practitioners.
  • YTI contributes to developing inclusive workplace systems and communities in a variety of ways. Our team engages in research and produces scholarly articles, develops training materials, conducts training sessions domestically and internationally, and offers technical assistance on a wide array of disability-related matters. Our expertise embraces legal mandates and operational issues, providing an all-encompassing perspective that enables us to help transform public policy into practice.

Institute Related Emphasis: 

In collaboration with the Academic Director, the Thomas P. Golden Executive Director will provide leadership and management of the unit and for ILR Outreach, working collaboratively with other Outreach Leads on the School’s outreach and public engagement. Responsible for providing substantive expertise in state, local and national public policy matters related to employment and disability, participate in grant writing, develop productive relationships with government agencies and other funding organizations concerned with advancing equal opportunities for all people with disabilities and teach in those areas. This role provides opportunities for cooperation with other extension and resident faculty on research, teaching and policy projects that advance ILR’s land-grant mission, as well as opportunities to connect with students and alums to promote ILR’s unique education and scholarship. This position provides a range of research, evaluation, training, content development, organizational development, programming and administration in the area of disability in the workplace.

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

Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree (Master's, doctoral, or law degrees) in related subject matter expertise (vocational rehabilitation, rehabilitation science, diversity/inclusion, human resources/management/business, industrial/organizational psychology, organizational behavior/change, economics, workforce development, disability studies, employment or labor law, occupational medicine/workplace safety and health, education, industrial and labor relations, etc.). 
  • Professional credentials in disciplinary area, such as appropriate state and national licensure, certifications, etc.
  • Demonstrated relevant professional leadership and network development experience at the state, regional, national, and/or international areas in relevant professional, trade, policy, or public networks.
  • Minimum of seven to ten 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, research and policy briefs, etc.).
  • Demonstrated experience in leading teams and mentoring, coaching, and supervising teaching and/or research personnel and graduate students; five to seven years preferred.
  • Minimum of three to five years demonstrated experience in successful grant writing and grant management.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in related field strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of seven to ten years demonstrated experience in large project management (e.g. several staff and budgets exceeding $500,000).
  • Minimum of three to five years demonstrated experience in promoting thematic area program teaching, consultation, and research services to regional, state, or national networks through the use of both in-person and remote platforms.
  • Demonstrated subject matter expertise in the areas of workforce development, employment and disability policy, workplace disability inclusion, mental health in the workplace, school-to-work transition for youth with disabilities, vocational rehabilitation, disability studies and other directly related fields, as evidenced by related scholarly activity, and pursuit, award and administration of related federal or state-sponsored projects.
  • Minimum of three to five years of experience with design and delivering 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 letter of application describing qualifications and research agenda, and teaching experience.   

This is an academic, full-time, non-tenure track benefits eligible term opportunity located in Ithaca, NY on the campus of Cornell University.


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.  

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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:
email address
137 Ives Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853