Cornell University, Worker Institute

Position ID:Cornell-Worker Institute-EXTWI [#22036, WDR-00032265]
Position Title: Worker Rights & Equity Associate, The Worker Institute, Cornell University - HYBRID
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:New York, New York 10022, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Economics / Any Area of Inequality
Labor and Employment / Labor and Employment trends, Labor policy, Worker training
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/07/07, finished 2022/11/03)
Position Description:    

*** this position 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 Avenue.

The School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University has an immediate opening for a Worker Rights & Equity Associate- Senior Extension Associate for the Worker Rights & Equity Program at The Worker Institute in the Extension/Outreach Division of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Our Team:

The Worker Institute engages in research and education on contemporary labor issues, to generate innovative thinking and solutions to problems related to work, economy and society. It advances academic research, theory and practice in the changing world of work and the rights of workers.

The Worker Institute brings together labor leaders, worker justice advocates, academic faculty, applied researchers, policy makers and practitioners to identify and advance policies that enhance collective bargaining rights for all workers, build stronger unions and strengthen worker rights organizations’ ability to impact economic policy, reduce income inequality, and build a more just and democratic society.

Based in NYC, the Worker Institute provides thematic and technical expertise in key contemporary workplace issues via action driven research, innovative and inclusive education programs and policy development to advance economic and racial equity in NYS and beyond.

What you will do:

The Senior Extension Associate for The Worker Rights and Equity program works in collaboration with the Research Director and Director of Equity @ Work. This person is responsible for developing and delivering innovative research, policy applications and educational programs that address the persistent problems of economic inequality in America by addressing challenges faced by workers in growing sectors of the American economy. Strategic collaborations will aim to enhance collective bargaining rights and representation for all workers, with an emphasis placed on advancing new models of collective representation in sectors traditionally excluded from social and labor rights protections (i.e. low wage and precarious workers, immigrant workers, service workers, and gig-economy workers). This work requires an understanding of issues of diversity and inclusion as key components that advance workplace equity for women and immigrant workers in the gig economy and growing service economy.

The Senior Extension Associate will provide substantial expertise and collaborative guidance to unions and worker justice organizations and advance the presence of the Worker Institute in the field of worker-focused policy innovation through local, state, and national professional and advocacy networks and ongoing public programming. The person in this position will contribute to writing articles and reports and contribute to financial integrity of programs.

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

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

What we need:

  • Terminal degree in a social science, economics, government and public administration, policy or law, with relevant expertise related to racial and economic inequality.
  • 7-10 years of life and work experience with unions, worker justice, community organizations, government, advocacy or educational organizations in a role that includes policies and practices to advance racial, gender and social justice, and addresses income inequality.
  • Experience in both qualitative and quantitative analysis; a strong understanding of mixed-methods research that incorporates workers’ voices through participatory research approaches.
  • Expertise in industry and workforce research and an ability to communicate the policy and organizing implications of research that seeks to raise industry standards for low-wage and new sectors of the economy (e.g., direct care and the gig economy).
  • 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 3 - 6 years conducting research and 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 (reports, 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.
  • Experience and desire to work in an action-oriented research setting.

You will be a top candidate with our preferred qualifications:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English, preferred

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.

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.

As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 primary vaccination or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location.

New hires are required to provide documentation showing primary vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

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