Cornell University

Research Support Specialist, Climate Jobs Institute - Hybrid (NYC)

Employment typeFull-Time

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  • Job Description

      Req#: WDR-00043220

      This 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 Research Support Specialist – Research Support Specialist C06 in the Climate Jobs Institute in the Extension/Outreach Division with a focus on the intersection of labor, employment, and climate change.

      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.

      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 we are seeking:

      The Research Support Specialist will support the research functions of the Climate Jobs Institute (CJI) program and contribute to and author independent research projects and collaborate with CJI faculty, staff, and ILR students on ongoing applied and academic research projects. Research work may involve conducting fieldwork related to research projects and collecting and analyzing information from archives, libraries, and other data and information centers. The individual will write and edit research reports, analyze current research and public policy, compile information and statistics, and generate literature reviews of ongoing research and education projects.

      The position will provide legal research and analysis to support policy development and recommendations at the local, state, and national levels. This will involve using tools such as Lexis, Westlaw, and PowerSuite to understand complex regulatory environments in the fields of labor, energy, administrative, constitutional, contract, and employment law, and translate that research into presentations, policy reports, and internal memoranda.

      The Research Support Specialist will also provide research assistance and perform research work for educational programs, including preparing presentations and crafting materials for CJI trainings. The individual will present at, participate in, and attend conferences, workshops, and public events related to research topics. The Research Support Specialist will work with undergraduate student fellows at the CJI. The individual will also edit grant and funding proposals, and write media articles for the CJI and ILR communications related to research topics.

      This is a term, full-time, bargaining unit position that falls under the NYC ILR Extension exempt CWA contract. Initial appointment through June 30, 2025, position may be reappointed with approval based on available funding and work.

      The position is based in the Cornell University, New York City ILR Extension office located at 570 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022.

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

      What we need:

      • Bachelor’s degree and two to three years of relevant experience, education, or equivalent combination.

      • Experience conducting legal research and analysis in a law firm, legal department, or similar environment.

      • Demonstrated ability to write research reports/manuscripts for publication using appropriate style guides.

      • Extensive experience with editing documents and research reports for publication.

      • Ability to prepare presentations, create slides, and craft documents for educational programs and trainings.

      • Experience in translating research/evaluation and complex concepts for a general audience.

      • Ability to work on multidisciplinary teams, providing creative and critical independent thinking while also considering diverse opinions and approaches.

      • Experience or internship working with unions, labor boards, or academic labor programs.

      • Experience with internet, Lexis/Westlaw, and library searches.

      • Good familiarity with many of the following areas including labor unions, especially building trade and energy sector unions, worker organizing and collective bargaining contracts, climate protection and clean energy policy, renewable energy and other low-carbon economic sectors, low-wage precarious work and inequality, and union and worker training programs.

      • Must be able to manage multiple competing deadlines and be flexible with changing work priorities.

      • Capable of working independently for long stretches of time with limited supervision.

      • Capable of working in a collaborative environment.

      • Excellent verbal, written, telephone and public presentation skills.

      • Advanced experience with preparing, creating, and transforming academic citations in multiple formats such as APA, MLA, and Bluebook.

      • Experience and skill using and learning different software packages and web-based tools (e.g., Microsoft Office, Zoom or videoconferencing software, Lexis Nexis, library databases, and Qualtrics).

      • Experience in and/or demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and wellbeing.

      • Passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and wellbeing.

      You will be a top candidate with our preferred qualifications:

      • Master’s or advanced degree in public policy, law, labor relations, or related discipline.

      • Prior experience working in climate change, labor, or policy communication.

      • Four to five years of experience in research and/or program evaluation environment.

      • Experience working in a team environment, providing collaborative input, and contributing support to creative database projects.

      • Ability to manage large datasets and extrapolate from data for use in public policy analysis.

      • Knowledge of the construction industry, public sector procurements, or union organizing.

      • Extensive knowledge of the offshore wind industry including the manufacturing supply chain, emerging clean energy technologies, New York state public policy on climate and offshore wind, and labor standards for renewable and clean energy projects.

      • Research experience with reviewing and examining collective bargaining agreements.

      • Capability to perform public policy research and understand the decision-making and law-making process of multiple states, federal, and international contexts.

      • Knowledge of Canva and InDesign is preferred.

      • Working knowledge of Spanish (or other foreign languages).

      Salary meets New York City minimum exempt threshold of $62,400.00.

      ILR School appreciates employees by providing the opportunity to pilot a nine day per month campus-to-home hybrid schedule.

      No relocation assistance or visa sponsorship provided 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.

      Familiarize yourself with Cornell's COVID-19 workplace guidance as well as the university's COVID-19 services and information .

      University Job Title:

      Research Support Spec C06

      Job Family:

      Communication Wkrs of America



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      Pay Range:

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      Remote Option Availability:

      Hybrid Remote


      Contact Name:

      Brenda Herrling

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      Cornell University is a private Ivy League and statutory land-grant research university, based in Ithaca, New York.