Extension Support Specialist – Residential Child Care Project; Cornell University


Ithaca, NY

Job Description Summary:

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 and flexible work options.

Cornell Human Ecology explores the complexity of human life. We bring together a wide range of perspectives to understand the full context of the human experience and improve lives at every scale, from cells to society. Our research and academic programs focus on the interaction of humans with their biological, economic, social and physical environments. Using Cornell’s far-reaching extension network and the college’s translational research methods, we deliver our findings directly to communities and families, ensuring that our work reaches those who need it most.

The Residential Child Care Project, located at Cornell University, translates current research into programs that are designed to improve the quality of care for children and young people living in group care settings. While initially designed for residential programs, RCCP programs have been adapted for use in schools, juvenile justice programs, foster care, adoptive families, and community-based programs.

The Residential Child Care Project has been invited to over 40 states, Canada, Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom with its ongoing programs to improve the quality of residential and group care as well as improve schools’ abilities to manage children’s challenging behaviors. The widely disseminated Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) System is used in hundreds of children’s residential programs, foster and adoptive family programs, juvenile justice settings and schools. The RCCP implements and evaluates its Children and Residential Experiences (CARE), an evidence-based program model designed to help childcare agencies re-align their organizational practices around the best interests of children. It is used in over 50 agencies worldwide.

Job Description:

What You Will Do

The Field Instructor will provide training, implementation consultation, and technical assistance to the residential childcare community, schools, foster and adoptive care providers, and child welfare services through the Residential Child Care Project. This position offers a unique opportunity to work with, and contribute to, a team of extension and research faculty to provide innovative programs that enhance services for children, young people, and their families. These services are delivered within New York State, nationally and internationally.

The position requires extensive travel (approximately 50% of the time) throughout New York State, North America and internationally. This position is entirely remote. When not traveling the incumbent will work from their home office.

This is a one-year term position with the possibility of renewal.

No visa sponsorship or relocation assistance are provided for this position.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience in and/or demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and wellbeing.
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • A bachelor’s degree in the social sciences, social work, education, or a related field is required, plus minimum 2 years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in family and children’s services, residential childcare and adolescent issues, or educational settings is required.
  • Must be skilled in training provision with knowledge of adult learning theories and training technique.
  • Must have experience in community systems and working with many levels of staff in both the public and private sector.
  • Must be able to work independently and with teams.
  • Should be very organized and detail oriented.
  • Verbal and written communication skills essential.


  • Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
  • Our benefits programs include comprehensive health care options, generous retirement contributions, access to wellness programs, and employee discounts with local and national retail brands. We invite you to follow this link to get more information about our benefits: https://hr.cornell.edu/benefits-pay.
  • Follow this link to learn more about the Total Rewards of Working at Cornell: https://hr.cornell.edu/jobs/your-total-rewards.
  • Our leave provisions include health and personal leave, three weeks of vacation and 13 holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, and an end of the year winter break from December 25-January 1.
  • Cornell’s impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, tuition aid for external education, and Cornell Children’s Tuition Assistance Program.

This position may be performed at a remote location of your choice within the United States. The New York Convenience of employer guidelines require New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for this position. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working temporarily outside New York State.

For more information about possible tax implications for those working remotely outside of New York State, please visit our flexible work website: Living & Working Outside New York State | Working at Cornell.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We’re an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.