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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 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 website: 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:

  • Bachelor's 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.

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