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Communications Specialist


The Community College Research Center (CCRC), an interdisciplinary research organization, is the leading independent authority on two-year colleges in the United States and a thought leader on the issues of college readiness, access and success, and community college institutional reform. CCRC seeks to hire a Communications Specialist to develop and implement CCRC's communications strategy, manage the Center's external marketing, and promote knowledge of our work among external stakeholders, including educators, higher education organizations, and policymakers. The ability to understand qualitative and quantitative research reports and to summarize Center research findings and implications in written form is essential.


To Apply: Apply through the TC Human Resources web site: CCRC Job Posting.In addition to their application, applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume, and two short writing samples (1-2 pages each).



  • Develop and execute communications and marketing plans for CCRC publications and events, as well as for two federally funded research partnerships led by CCRC (the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment [CAPSEE] and the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness [CAPR]); identify opportunities to make Center research more accessible and to demonstrate its relevance to educators and policymakers.
  • Plan and write short-form publications, such as research overviews, that summarize and synthesize Center research; lead production of such pieces with designers and printers.
  • Maintain a robust media presence for the organization by building strong relationships with reporters, and by writing and disseminating press releases, op-eds, blog posts, and articles.
  • Manage media requests, track media appearances, and provide media training to CCRC leaders as needed.
  • Leverage working relationships with community colleges, education and policy organizations, associations, and governmental bodies to aid in dissemination.
  • Manage and grow CCRC's and CAPSEE's social media presence on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Develop new content for CCRC, CAPSEE, and CAPR websites and write the CCRC annual newsletter.
  • Track impact of dissemination efforts via Google Analytics.
  • Hire and manage outside vendors.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree.
  • Three years of experience in organizational communications, media relations, or other relevant area (or equivalent combination of education and experience).
  • Three years of experience in writing and editing, with demonstrated ability to write persuasive, well-researched, well-organized prose.
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to understand and synthesize social science research findings.
  • Strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of initiatives concurrently.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects and to anticipate and meet deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree.
  • Experience working in an education-related field, with demonstrated knowledge of education issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to forge and maintain relationships with journalists, and a track record of placing features and opinion pieces in major news outlets.
  • Demonstrated ability to present research in ways that are compelling to reporters and actionable for practitioners and policymakers.



Project Assistant

The Community College Research Center (CCRC), an interdisciplinary, internationally recognized research organization focused on the study of community colleges, is seeking a part-time project assistant to support all Center activities. CCRC office hours are 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The position is 15-19 hours per week and the work schedule requires a minimum of three days per week. Five days per week is preferred. The position reports to the Program Associate and Administrative Coordinator and begins immediately.

To Apply: Apply through the TC Human Resources web site TC Human Resources: CCRC Job Posting. In addition to their application, applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume, and a writing sample (1-2 pages).


  • Answer, screen and forward incoming telephone calls, representing the Center to our funders, education leaders, government liaisons, policy makers, researchers and many others. 
  • Maintain office and kitchen inventory, update order log accordingly; unpack, pack shipments and organize inventory; track inventory needs on Excel log.
  • Track shared calendar reservations for laptops, digital recorders, projector, two conference phone lines, conference and break rooms. Insure there are no double-booked reservations and that all equipment is accounted for and in optimal working order. 
  • Resolve technological needs including maintenance and set-up of office equipment, assist Program Associate in troubleshooting computer hardware and software issues. 
  • Monitor common areas and equipment within office (i.e. break room, printers, Quench water, etc.) and insure all are organized, clean and in working order. 
  • Take care of mailings, filing, duplicating, office errands, and other tasks as needed. 
  • Manage logistics and materials for meetings, seminars, and conferences in consultation with Administrative Coordinator. 
  • Maintain clear organization of all publications and purge as directed.
  • Manage electronic mailing lists; enter and maintain data on online databases. 
  • Support research teams with data entry as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of one year office/administrative experience
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent verbal and written skills as well as strong library skills.
  • High level of problem-solving
  • Excellent editing skills: candidate should be able to suggest revisions and make basic editorial and formatting changes to reports and papers.
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Internet and E-mail; resourceful about learning new programs as needed. (At least intermediate skill level in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Gmail.)
  • Experience with troubleshooting computer hardware and software problems.
  • Reliable, responsible, detail oriented, highly organized, and demonstrated initiative.
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively on several projects simultaneously, prioritize, and anticipate and meet deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teachers College student
  • Recent Teachers College administrative experience with working knowledge of Purchasing and Accounts Payable procedures
  • Working experience with an academic research organization
  • Intermediate proficiency with Macintosh operating system

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