Cornell University, Worker Institute

Position ID:Cornell-Worker Institute-TODEXTWI [#19079, WDR-00027232]
Position Title: Training and Organizational Development Associate – The Worker Institute, Cornell University
Position Type:Other
Position Location:New York, New York 10022, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Labor and Employment / Labor and Employment trends, Labor policy, Worker training
Appl Deadline: finished (2021/08/02, finished 2021/12/09)
Position Description:    

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

Effective January 1, 2022, all new Cornell hires, regardless of role and work location, must be fully vaccinated and present proof of an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccination or have a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption. Failure to demonstrate compliance with this requirement prior to the first day of work will result in the delay of employment with Cornell and may result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

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 Organizational Development Associate within the Worker Institute of the Extension/Outreach Division of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) 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. This position reports to the Worker Institute Executive Director.

Extension Associate is a full-time, academic, non-tenure track, term position, with an initial contract of one year. The position may be reappointed on the basis of available funding and work with recommendations by the appropriate Executive Director, Academic Director and Associate Dean.

Project Related Emphasis:

This position is responsible for managing the design and development of curriculum and programs for worker centers and other labor organizations. These programs will focus on developing replicable training models on key subjects essential to workers’ rights and important workforce development. This would include work with domestic workers – nannies/housecleaners; restaurant workers, day laborers and nail salon workers, linked to industry standards change. This position lies at the nexus of intersectional inequalities and sectors of low-wage workforce excluded from traditional labor protections. Key values in program development and design include: equity, intersectional/ trauma-informed language; organizational representation of “worker voice” and participatory models of adult education, virtually and in person. Responsibilities include: design and development of curriculum, design and implementation of pedagogical models, coordination of coalitions, coaching and mentoring trainers, supporting worker center capacity to implement training, and liaising with stakeholders to ensure integration of the models within key campaigns and coalitions, contribute to writing articles and reports, and contribute to financial integrity of programs through external funding sources.

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

Required Qualifications:

        Master’s Degree in social work, public health, education, labor studies, or a related field

        Minimum three to five years of experience in community or labor, trauma-framed public health models, adult educational program vision, curriculum design, implementation and program evaluation

        Track record in bilingual online, interactive training using social media low tech platforms (What’s App)

        Demonstrated track record in adult learning and commitment to language justice

        Demonstrated track record in NY state and or national coalition work with BIPOC and low wage workers

        Experience and desire to work within an action-oriented research setting

        Strong skills in organizing, coalition building, conflict resolution, worker center education, theories of adult learning, participatory curriculum design, written communication, report writing, train the trainer models both virtually and in person

        Comfort and flexibility with working on several projects simultaneously and supervising student interns at undergraduate and graduate levels

        Familiarity with labor unions, worker organizations, and coalition building

        Social Justice: a strong commitment to racial, economic, social and justice

        Ability to work independently and collectively within a team, and strong interpersonal communication skills

        Some evening and weekend work as well as travel is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience contributing to financial integrity of programs through seeking/securing external funding sources - contracts, grants, etc.
  • Minimum of one to three years demonstrated experience in project management (coordination among stakeholders, staff, contractors; managing budgets and logistics, etc.)
  • Demonstrated writing ability in the thematic content area

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

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. 

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

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