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Senior Extension / Extension Associate, Equality Initiative - Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab

Cornell University
Job Location:
Ithaca, New York
Extension and Outreach
Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab is a collaborative research, teaching, and public knowledge center for progressive economic development in Greater Buffalo. Through actionable research, internships, workshops and forums, curriculum development and credit courses, consultation, and public policy formation, Buffalo Co-Lab advances an equitable economy and a democratic community.

Cornell University ILR School's extension history begins with Buffalo. Since 1946, ILR has played a vital role in the region, working in partnership with businesses, unions, government, education and community organizations to build an economy that works for all. The bold pragmatic new initiatives of Buffalo Co-Lab follow a long line of innovations over decades of economic change. Always aligned with high road principles, ILR consistently promotes radical collaborations in pursuit of the common good.

Key components of ILR Co-Lab include:
  • Dynamic policy and legal expertise on workplace, labor, and economic development issues, utilized in collaboration with the broad civic infrastructure of the region and key community partner, the Partnership for the Public Good
  • Community-engaged learning for Cornell and ILR students through the flagship program of High Road Fellowships and Careers in Public Service
  • Technical and analytical economic geography expertise and policy development, including Data for Equitable Economic Development and Sustainability (Good DEEDS for Greater Buffalo)
  • Innovative education, action research and policy analysis to advance racial, economic and democratic equality from the community to the nation
  • Interactive digital library, researchers network, and education for the public through Buffalo Commons
  • Visiting Community Scholars exchange between Buffalo and the Cornell campus in Ithaca.
Senior Extension / Extension Associate - Equality Initiative Associate
This position within the Extension Outreach Division of the ILR School is responsible for developing and delivering accessible education, practical research and policy applications to address the persistent problems of inequality in America, utilizing Western New York as a field operation for innovation. They will provide substantial expertise and collaborative guidance to the Greater Buffalo community and advance the field of equitable community change through national professional and advocacy networks. Position rank will be determined by qualifications and experience.

Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab is seeking candidates for an extension associate position based in Buffalo to add experience and expertise specifically in overcoming racial and economic inequality. This position will complement and strengthen the Buffalo ILR organization which has a record of tackling immense challenges of economic change for 75 years. From post-war industrial strife and peacetime conversion, through decades of economic prosperity and social change, through deindustrialization and economic decline, to the much celebrated revitalization of recent years. ILR has had a hand in the advancements marking these eras-a strong labor movement, progressive human resource and workforce development practices, innovative collective bargaining and labor-management cooperation, civil rights and women's rights at work, robust occupational safety and health protections, adjustment to industry change in a global economy, union-community collaborations for economic justice, innovative living wage and workers' rights policies, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, accountable economic development with public benefit for public subsidies, a voice for community organizations in a dynamic civic and cultural infrastructure-all giving meaning to ILR's land grant mission to promote knowledge for the public good.

And yet, Buffalo's economic rejuvenation has been no match for national trends of growing economic and racial inequality. Low-wage jobs, persistent poverty, and racial segregation discriminately limit the opportunities of individuals and impair the economic vitality and promise of the region as a whole. This position will focus directly on ways to promote equality, from community measures to combat racism to state and national policies to assure for all Americans an equal chance in the economy and an equal say in the democracy.

This position provides opportunities to develop equality-focused initiatives within ongoing work of the Buffalo Co-Lab as well as to create new programs and methods for understanding and reducing racial and economic inequality. As its name indicates, the Co-Lab is based on collaboration, and ILR encourages cooperation within and among extension and resident faculty on research, teaching, and policy projects that advance ILR's mission.

This is a full-time, academic non-tenure track, term position with an initial three-year appointment. The position may be reappointed on the basis of recommendations by the appropriate Director and Associate Dean as well as available funding and work. This position of Extension Associate reports to the Director of ILR Buffalo Co-Lab.

This senior extension / extension associate position will:
  • develop, maintain and build policy collaborations with grassroots and advocacy organizations that are advancing racial, social and economic equity
  • provide quality academic and applied research, education, consultation, insight, and public discourse to improve our understanding of policies and practices that can fundamentally decrease inequality and its costs to our economy, society and democracy
  • develop relationships and provide assistance to elected representatives, public officials, and community leaders to build support for equity progress
  • work in collaboration with other ILR and Cornell colleagues to advance the university's ability to advance equity through its land-grant mission
  • participate in state and national events to meet with other professionals, share knowledge/expertise, develop collegial relationships, and maintain professional skills and knowledge
  • Seek and secure funding for maintaining and expanding the Co-Lab's initiatives for equality.
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.

More information about the ILR School can be obtained at our web site, and the ILR Buffalo Co-Lab at


Preferred Qualifications:

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. Application materials should be submitted through Academic Jobs Online:

This is a full-time, academic non-tenure track, benefits eligible term opportunity located in Buffalo, NY.

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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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. With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the Cornell Tech campus located on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

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