Cornell University, Yang Tan Institute

Position ID:Cornell-YTI-EXTPOLICYASSOC [#19962, WDR-00028183]
Position Title: Extension Associate – Policy Associate, Cornell University
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Strategic Management / Strategic Management
Labor and Employment / Labor and Employment trends, Labor policy, Worker training
Appl Deadline: finished (2021/10/07, finished 2022/01/27)
Position Description:    

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

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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 vaccine and booster 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 full 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 It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

For additional information on Cornell's Vaccination/Booster Compliance Program click here.

Position is located in Ithaca, NY, within the ILR School on the campus of Cornell University, or can be based remotely.

The School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University has an immediate opening for an Extension Associate – Policy Associate in the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability in the Extension/Outreach Division.

This position 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 Extension Associate will participate with other academic staff in setting YTI and project-specific goals.  In addition, the Extension Associate will actively engage and participate in both ILR and YTI general events and activities as available. This position of Extension Associate reports to the Project Director of CAPE-Youth.

The position’s primary focus will be as a Policy Associate for the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth (CAPE-Youth). The Center works to improve employment outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities by helping states build capacity in their youth service delivery and workforce systems. It conducts research, develops partnerships, and shares best practices. In addition, CAPE-Youth helps states identify new opportunities to expand career pathways, work-based learning, strategic partnerships, systems coordination and professional development for practitioners.

Extension Associate is a full-time, academic, non-tenure track, term position with an initial appointment through August 31, 2023. The position may be re-appointed based on recommendations by the appropriate YTI Leadership (Principal Investigator), Director (s) and Associate Dean as well as available funding and work.  

Project-Related Emphasis: This position’s role is to develop policy briefs, tool kits, and materials, train, and provide technical assistance to state and federal policymakers on improving employment outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities.

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


  • Masters degree or higher in special education, general education, vocational rehabilitation, psychology, disability studies, adult education, or other related field.
  • Minimum of one year of experience providing professional development and/or technical assistance. 
  • Minimum of two years of experience writing policy and/or interpreting policy with direct application to daily work of self and colleagues in the agency/field.
  • Minimum of three years of experience working in or collaborating closely with K-12 education settings with educators and/or administrators.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and experience teaching adult learners. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in collaborative environments and to contribute to the innovation and outcome success of a team.
  • Relevant professional leadership and network development at the state and regional level.
  • Frequent travel required.
  • May participate in flexplace work arrangement.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in special education, vocational rehabilitations, or closely related education, workforce development, or youth service field.
  • Two or more years of experience providing professional development and/or technical assistance to practitioners in special education, vocational rehabilitation, workforce development, or related field.
  • Two or more years of experience working in transition for students and youth with disabilities and the ability to demonstrate content knowledge in the area of transition.
  • 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.).
  • Professional credentials in disciplinary area, such as appropriate state and national licensure, certifications, etc.
  • Minimum three years of experience with conducting/leading distance learning.
  • Three or more years of experience working in special education, vocational rehabilitation, workforce development, or youth service field.

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, teaching experience, and Diversity & Inclusion Statement.   

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

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:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
201G Dolgen Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853