Civic Research and High Road Program Associate – Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab

Civic Research and High Road Program Associate – Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab

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Position is located in Buffalo, NY, within the ILR School located at 617 Main Street, Suite 300


The School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University has an immediate opening for an Extension Associate - Civic Research and High Road Program Associate within Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab in the Extension/Outreach Division of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. The Extension Associate 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 thematic area goals and will annually set individual programmatic and budgetary goals with the Executive Director. This position is located as the ILR School Buffalo location at 617 Main Street, Suite 300 and reports to the Director of ILR’s Buffalo Co-Lab program.

Our Team:

Buffalo Co-Lab advances an equitable economy and democratic community, collaboratively integrating scholarly and practical understanding to strengthen civic action.

Key components of ILR Buffalo 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 programs of High Road Fellowships, Democracy Summer Fellowships, and Careers in Public Service
  • Technical economic geography expertise for spatial analysis of economic problems and solutions and policy development, including Data for Equitable Economic Development and Sustainability (Good DEEDS)
  • Interactive digital library of Buffalo-based research and civic information, extensive researchers network, and education for the public through Buffalo Commons
  • Visiting Community Scholars exchange between Buffalo and the Cornell campus in Ithaca

What you will do:

The focus of this position is on public education, applied research on community and economic development and/or engaged learning, and overseeing the High Road Fellowship program in Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-lab. The 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.

Extension Associate is an academic non-tenure track, term position with an initial appointment through December 31, 2025. The position may be reappointed on the basis of recommendations by the appropriate Executive Director and Associate Dean as well as available funding and work. 

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

What we need:

  • Master’s degree in related subject matter expertise (industrial and labor relations, employment or labor law, human resources/management/business, organizational behavior/change, economics, workforce development, vocational rehabilitation, occupational medicine/workplace safety and health, education, diversity/inclusion, public administration, etc.).
  • At least two to three years of work experience related to community and economic development.
  • 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 three to six years teaching related courses in college-level or professional environment, conducting training to relevant target audience, and/or conducting research in the thematic content area.
  • Demonstrated writing ability and/or 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.).
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in collaborative environments and to contribute to the innovation and outcome success of a team.

You will be a top candidate with our preferred qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in related field.
  • Minimum of one to three years demonstrated experience in large project management (e.g. several staff and budgets exceeding $500,000).
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading teams and mentoring, coaching, and supervising teaching personnel:  three to five years preferred.
  • Professional credentials in disciplinary area, such as appropriate state and national licensure, certifications, etc.
  • 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.

ILR School Outreach appreciates employees by providing the opportunity to pilot a 3:2 campus-to-home hybrid schedule.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

ILR School Salary $69,500 to $85,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To Apply:

Interested parties should submit a vita and letter of application describing qualifications and research agenda, teaching/training experience, and diversity & inclusion statement.

Application materials should be submitted through Academic Jobs Online:


Pay Range:

$46,500.00 - $85,500.00

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.

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About Us

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.

We offer a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including: employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave, flexible work options.