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CCRC is seeking a full-time Senior Research Assistant II to contribute to two grant-funded multi-year projects examining reforms and approaches that support students as they enter and progress through community and broad-access four-year colleges. Studies will examine, among other topics, the use of technology in advising and counseling; student support services; and transfer between community colleges and four-year institutions. Candidates should have experience designing and conducting qualitative education and/or social science research and have a well-articulated interest in community colleges, higher education, and/or issues of access to and success in postsecondary education. The position is based in New York City and begins as soon as possible this fall. National travel is required.


To Apply: Apply through the TC Human Resources Web site: HR Sr RA Posting. In addition to their application, applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume, and two (2) academic writing samples (each no longer than 15 pages).




Research planning and management:

  • Identify, analyze, and synthesize relevant empirical literature to inform research activities
  • Draft, review, and edit research planning documents, including prospectuses, fieldwork guidelines, protocols, and surveys
  • Assist with the organization and execution of research team meetings, including scheduling, agenda development, and record keeping
  • Prepare Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications and supporting materials for submission and renewal

Data collection, management, and analysis:

  • Help to identify appropriate data sources and independently coordinate data collection logistics, including fieldwork scheduling
  • Independently conduct interviews, focus groups, observations, survey administration, and document review and complete necessary data collection follow up
  • Coordinate team-wide systems for secure data organization and management spanning collection through analysis
  • Draft, review, and edit data collection and analysis documents, including field notes, fieldwork debriefs, and analytic memos
  • Use qualitative software or other organizing techniques to analyze data and extrapolate findings

Writing and dissemination:

  • Contribute to research reports, articles, or other products
  • Present research findings at meetings and conferences under the supervision of senior project staff

Other responsibilities:

  • Participate in fundraising activities
  • Take part in CCRC events and professional development activities

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree or advanced graduate training in higher education, sociology, or equivalent social science degree
  • Coursework or experience in qualitative research methods
  • Coursework or experience conducting fieldwork
  • Track record of delivering high-quality work written and oral work product under deadline
  • Experience drafting and revising research papers and articles, either independently or as part of a team
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Good judgment, reliability, ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Proficiency with ATLAS.ti, NVivo, or similar qualitative data analysis program
  • Travel is required


Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate-level coursework in education policy
  • Graduate-level coursework in quantitative research methods, particularly in econometric analysis or policy analysis
  • A valid driver’s license

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