Cornell University, Climate Jobs Institute

Cornell University, Climate Jobs Institute

Climate Jobs Associates
Senior Extension Associates / Extension Associates

Position may be located in New York City, Buffalo, Ithaca,
other remote locations in New York State will be considered



Cornell University, Climate Jobs Institute
Position ID: Cornell-Climate Jobs Institute-CJIEA3SKINNER [#27546, WDR-00044925]
Position Title: Climate Jobs Institute, Climate Jobs Associate – HYBRID
Position Type: Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location: New York, New York 10022, United States [map]  

Subject Areas:

Educational Administration
Finance / Geospatial analysis
Labor and Employment / Labor policy, Labor Studies, Unions

Application Deadline: (posted 2024/04/24, listed until 2025/04/01)
Position Description: Apply

Climate Jobs Institute, Climate Jobs Associate – HYBRID

The Climate Jobs Institute is based in New York, NY, within the Cornell University ILR School located at 570 Lexington Ave. Position may be located in New York City, Buffalo, Ithaca, other remote locations in New York State will be considered.

The School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University has immediate openings for Climate Jobs AssociatesSenior Extension Associates / Extension Associates in the Climate Jobs Institute in the NYC Extension/Outreach Division with a focus on the intersection of labor, employment, climate justice and climate change. These positions are 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.

Our Team:
The Climate Jobs Institute at Cornell University’s ILR School is guiding New York and the nation’s transition to a strong, equitable, and resilient clean energy economy that tackles the climate crisis, creates high-quality union jobs, and builds a diverse and inclusive workforce centering frontline communities of color.

Through cutting-edge policy research, deep relationships with on-the-ground partners, and innovative training and education programs, the Institute provides the information that policymakers, the labor and environmental movements, industry leaders and others need to navigate this historic transition to a zero-carbon economy.

The Climate Jobs Institute serves as the academic and educational partner to the Climate Jobs National Resource Center, providing research, policy and educational support to coalitions of unions in numerous U.S. states.

What you will do:
The successful candidates will use research, policy, training and education skills to guide New York’s and the nation’s transition to a strong, equitable and resilient clean energy economy that tackles the climate crisis, creates high-quality union jobs, confronts race and gender inequality, and builds a diverse and inclusive clean energy workforce centering frontline communities.

Through deep relationships with labor unions and labor allies, Climate Jobs Institute (CJI) studies the labor and employment impacts of the clean energy transition; designs pro-worker, pro-union climate policy; and delivers innovative training and educational programming to unions, policymakers, the environmental movement, industry leaders and others.

Specifically, the Senior Extension Associate / Extension Associate will:

  • Build strong, trusting relationships with labor unions, especially building trades and energy unions, environmental organizations, elected leaders, and other allies.
  • Lead policy and technical research and analysis to design jobs-centered, pro-union and equitable climate policy.
  • Plan, organize and implement educational convenings, trips, trainings and workshops based on CJI’s research, policy and expertise and the needs of partner organizations.
  • Become subject matter experts in the labor and employment impacts of a range of clean energy technologies, including solar, wind, geothermal, hydrogen, building upgrades, low-carbon transportation and more.
  • Join a team of talented, hardworking and mission-driven individuals who value CJI’s partnerships with unions and labor allies, high-impact work, and building a positive, supportive, joyful and equitable team culture.

Senior Extension Associate / Extension Associate is an academic, full-time, non-tenure track, term position with an initial appointment through June 30, 2026. The position may be re-appointed based on recommendations by the appropriate Director and Senior Associate Dean for Outreach and Sponsored Research, 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 at: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu, and the Climate Jobs Institute at: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/climate-jobs-institute.

What we need:

  • Master’s or other advanced degree in related subject matter expertise (industrial and labor relations, social science, labor economics, employment or labor law, workforce development) with relevant expertise related to labor unions, inequality and equity issues, and climate change.
  • Candidate should have at least 3-5 years of experience working with the labor movement or on climate change with an emphasis on worker, labor or social justice issues.
  • Experience and desire to work in a fast-paced, action-oriented research setting.
  • Strong skills in written communication, report writing, quantitative, qualitative, and geospatial analysis, and policy research and analysis.
  • Comfort and flexibility with working on several research projects simultaneously and supervising research assistants.
  • Strong commitment to racial, economic, social, gender and climate justice.
  • Ability to work independently and collectively within a team, strong interpersonal communications skills, and a commitment to cultivating a positive, supportive, hardworking and equitable team culture.

You will be a top candidate with our preferred qualifications:

  • Experience working with two or more of the following functions: worker/union organizing, political organizing, policy/legislation, collective bargaining, collective representation, and leadership development.
  • Experience with union pre-apprentice and apprentice training programs and the ability to lead or support diversity, equity, inclusion and justice work.
  • Experience with multiple unions and worker organizations. Experience with federated labor bodies, including the national AFL-CIO, State AFL-CIO and/or Central Labor Council/Area Labor Federations.
  • Experience partnering with union leaders and staff, legislators and staff, and the environmental and climate movements.
  • Experience organizing high-level educational programs including international trips, large conferences, multi-day retreats, and strategic planning efforts.
  • Ability to conduct qualitative interviews with labor, industry and governmental officials.
  • Ability to manage complex projects with large teams.

ILR School Outreach appreciates employees by providing the opportunity for a 9 day per month campus-to-home hybrid schedule.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Salary $69,500 to $126,500 commensurate with rank, experience, qualifications, and location.

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/training experience. To continue to meet our educational, research and service goals and to meet our commitment to our founding principle, we hire and invest in faculty members who share our historical commitment to pursing knowledge for …any person…in any study. We ask applicants for all faculty positions to share their experiences and/or approaches (past, current or future) to fostering learning, research, service and/or outreach in such a diverse community.

This is an academic, full-time, non-tenure track benefits eligible term opportunity located in New York, NY, within the Cornell University ILR School located at 570 Lexington Ave, or can be based in Buffalo or Ithaca, other remote locations in New York State will be considered.
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.

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Employment Assistance:
For specific questions about the position or application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting or for general questions email: mycareer@cornell.edu.

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EEO Statement:
Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, and we do not tolerate discrimination based on any protected characteristic, including race, ethnic or national origin, citizenship and immigration status, color, sex/gender, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, age, creed, religion, actual or perceived disability (including persons associated with such a person), arrest and/or conviction record, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression and/or identity, an individual’s genetic information, domestic violence victim status, familial status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations in accordance with applicable law.

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

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:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research statement
  • Teaching statement
  • Letter of Application
  • Diverse Community experiences and/or approaches

And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:

Lara Skinner (lrs95@cornell.edu)
570 Lexington Ave.
New York, New York 10022

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