Cornell University, Worker Institute

Program ID:Cornell-Worker Institute-EXTASSOCWI [#22028, WDR-00032236]
Program Title: Labor Leadership Programs Associate - Senior Extension Associate / Extension Associate - ILR School, Cornell University
Program Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Location:New York, New York 10022, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Management and Organizations
Business / Management, management and organizations, management communications
Leadership. Sustainability, and Organizational Change
Labor and Employment / Labor and Employment trends, Labor policy, Worker training
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/07/06, finished 2023/05/12)

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

Position is located in New York, NY, within the ILR School located at 570 Lexington Ave New York, NY 10022, or can be based remotely. The position requires significant ability to travel for retreats and tailored/customized union programs.

The School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University has an immediate opening for Labor Leadership Programs Associate - Senior Extension Associate / Extension Associate in the Worker Institute in the NYC Extension/Outreach Division.

Our Team:

Over 20 years ago, the Worker Institute founded the New York State Union Leadership Institute (ULI), a powerful retreat-based program offered in conjunction with the NY State AFL-CIO. This yearly cohort program provides support to unions by training staff and leaders to be more powerful and effective in their work. Many of New York State’s union leaders attribute their ability to leverage increased power and effectiveness – including reaching the highest-level staff and elected positions – to their participation in the ULI earlier in their careers.  In 2013, a sister program, the National Labor Leadership Initiative (NLLI), was created. It provides a similar space and support for the highest-level national leaders of unions and worker organizations. The growth potential for these programs is exponential. Since 2013, the WI leadership programs have offered regional-level leadership programs across multiple regions of the US & Canada. In 2022 a global labor leadership program has been launched in conjunction with the Solidarity Center. In 2021, an advanced program limited to graduates of our existing retreats and focused on supporting leaders through the pandemic was launched.

Our programs also work directly with stakeholder organizations to bring the curricula and approach into individual unions. To date, we have offered versions of the NLLI/ULI curriculum to staff and leaders at multiple unions across the US.

What you will do:

This position is focused on supporting the New York State Union Leadership Institute, in partnership with the ULI Director. The leadership development associate will oversee recruitment and logistics and serve as an anchor on the facilitation team for our New York State retreat-based leadership program. Responsibilities include coordinating retreats, teaching current curriculum, and expanding curriculum offerings by researching and developing new modules, maintaining relationships with key union leadership stakeholders and providing tailored organizational and leadership development support to stakeholder organizations. A skilled relationship manager, this associate will deepen our existing organizational relationships and bring new organizations into our programs. The labor leadership associate will also maintain a set of organizational development clients who rely on the Worker Institute to help them increase the power and effectiveness of their organization.

Senior Extension Associate / Extension Associate is an academic, full-time, non-tenure track, term position with an initial appointment through June 30, 2025. The position may be re-appointed based on recommendations by the appropriate Director and Associate Dean for Outreach, as well as available funding and work. Position rank will be determined by qualifications and experience.

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

What we need:

You will be a top candidate with our preferred qualifications:

ILR School appreciates employees by providing the opportunity to pilot a 3:2 campus-to-home hybrid schedule after a period of orientation and acclimation.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Cornell appreciates employees with great 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, wellbeing, 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. 

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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
email address
570 Lexington Ave
12th Floor
New York, NY 10022