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Senior Research Associate

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Position type: Staff
Location: New York
Categories: Research

Posting Summary:
CCRC is recruiting a Senior Research Associate to help build evidence on strategies to improve education and career outcomes for students in community colleges and other open-access institutions.

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About CCRC
The Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University, studies community colleges because they provide critical access to postsecondary education and are uniquely positioned to promote equity and social mobility in the United States. Our mission is to conduct research that helps these institutions strengthen opportunities and improve outcomes for their students, particularly those from underserved populations.

Position Summary
CCRC is recruiting a Senior Research Associate to help build evidence on strategies to improve education and career outcomes for students in community colleges and other open-access institutions. We are seeking candidates who have expertise in one or more content areas in which we are actively conducting research: for example, whole-college guided pathways reforms, teaching and learning, student services, workforce training, higher education finance, and others (for a complete list, please see our website). The Senior Research Associate should have either a Ph.D. or master’s degree and relevant work experience, including training and experience in quantitative and/or mixed methods research. We are looking for individuals who want to engage with policymakers and practitioners in their research and contribute to increasing equity and opportunity in higher education for underserved students.

CCRC offers a collaborative work environment in a university setting that includes robust communications and grants management teams, access to rich longitudinal data, and the opportunity to answer questions important for the field. Our research is conducted in partnership with states and institutions across the U.S., and we actively disseminate our findings to the field. The position is based in New York City and may require some travel. Please include with your application a cover letter, resume or CV, and two writing samples (preferably lead or sole author).

CCRC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We believe that our diversity is essential to our success, and we aim to cultivate a respectful and inclusive environment where all employees are empowered to do their best work. For information about CCRC’s current research activities, mission, and values, please visit ccrc.tc.columbia.edu.


The Senior Research Associate will collaborate with CCRC leaders and staff to identify critical issues on which new research is needed, and develop the plans and relationships needed to execute such research successfully. The Senior Research Associate will help to prepare proposals for research funding and will play a lead role in writing and presenting on CCRC research to policymaker and practitioner audiences. The Senior Research Associate will be responsible for managing projects and supervising staff, and will work with CCRC’s communications team to disseminate findings through publications and presentations to practitioners and policymakers

Key responsibilities include:
● Project and staff management: Leads or co-leads project planning; mentors, trains and oversees the work of junior staff and/or students; and identifies professional development needs and opportunities.
● Data collection, management and analysis: Identifies and secures primary and secondary data sources; conducts quantitative and/or qualitative analysis; and develops implications and recommendations based on research findings.
● Writing and dissemination: Authors or co-authors reports, blogs and articles for policy and practitioner audiences; presents findings and represents CCRC to scholarly and practitioner audiences; and works with the director of applied learning to engage target audiences.
● Project development and fundraising: Collaborates with colleagues on the development of new research projects; contributes to proposal development and grant writing activities; and develops relationships with funders.
● Center Development: Models CCRC values internally and externally; helps to create a positive and supportive working environment for research teams and partners; and contributes to CCRC's organizational strategy and development, including our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Minimum Qualifications:
● Ph.D. and at least two years of post-doctoral experience or a master’s degree and at least five years of post-master’s degree experience in education, economics, sociology, statistics, or a related field
● Content knowledge in one or more subject areas in higher education research, such as whole-college reforms, teaching and learning, workforce training, higher education finance, or other topics
● Experience writing research reports or journal articles
● Graduate-level training in quantitative methods and/or mixed methods research
● Experience managing and manipulating administrative data sets
● Proficiency in Stata, SAS, or R
● Excellent written and oral communication skills and public speaking facility, including briefings and presentations for policymakers and practitioners
● Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to foster collaborative and productive relationships internally and with external partners
● Ability to travel and represent CCRC in external meetings

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