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SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Position Summary:

The Community College Research Center at the Institute on Education and the Economy at Teachers College, Columbia University is accepting applications for a Senior Research Associate position who will manage a suite of multi-year, grant-funded projects. The successful candidate will design and lead qualitative and quantitative research projects focused on the success of community college students.

For more information on CCRC's current research activities, see our website at ccrc.tc.columbia.edu. This full-time position is based in New York City, and requires travel.

Application must include a letter of intent, a CV, and two academic writing samples.

Apply through the TC Human Resources website: Senior Research Associate

Responsibilities:

  • Conceptualize and operationalize the research framework and design of new and ongoing studies, including management plans and budgets; lead teams in collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data
  • Serve as lead author or co-author on Center publications (reports, briefs, working papers) and journal articles, as well as review working papers from within and outside of the Center
  • Develop ideas for new studies and research strands, write proposals to secure funding for future research, and communicate with funders
  • Advise and manage junior researchers on research methodology and data management or analysis; conduct performance appraisals
  • Represent the Center and present research at conferences, speaking engagements, and events
  • Participate in meetings with funders and other external stakeholders, and respond to external inquiries from press, researchers, and the general public
  • Represent the Center and present research at conferences, speaking engagements, and events

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A PhD in sociology, education, economics, public policy, or related field
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research projects in social science or education, including at least 2 years of post-doctoral experience
  • Demonstrated interest in higher education policy and current issues facing community colleges
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with qualitative and quantitative research designs and methods commonly applied in the social sciences, such as propensity score methods, econometric quasi-experimental designs, randomized control trials, case study analysis, and interview research
  • Experience managing and manipulating complex longitudinal qualitative and quantitative data sets
  • Experience in drafting and revising research papers, articles, and briefs
  • Experience training and overseeing a research team
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Track record of delivering high-quality work product under a deadline
  • Good judgment, reliability, and ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Advanced proficiency in Stata or SAS
     

 

SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Position Summary:

The Community College Research Center at the Institute on Education and the Economy at Teachers College, Columbia University is accepting applications for the position of Senior Research Scientist to manage a suite of multi-year, grant-funded projects. The CCRC Senior Research Scientist has responsibility for overseeing ongoing research and research staff, including designing, implementing, and leading multiple research studies as part of CCRC's portfolio of foundation- and government-funded projects and communicating research findings and policy implications to academics, funders, policymakers, and the press. In addition, the Senior Researcher serves as a public face of CCRC, serving as a national "thought leader" while representing CCRC in the higher education and academic sectors and cultivating funder relationships.

For more information on CCRC's current research activities, see our website at ccrc.tc.columbia.edu. This full-time position is based in New York City, and requires travel.

Application must include a letter of intent, a CV, and two academic writing samples.

Apply through the TC Human Resources website: Senior Research Scientist

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Director and Center's leadership teams to coordinate existing research projects and strategically plan for the development of new studies and research strands
  • Seek out and build relationships with federal and private funders, and write proposals to secure funding for research projects
  • Design, lead, and manage large multi-year and multi-institutional research projects and manage research teams to carry out high-profile studies
  • Lead publication of research findings in multiple formats (electronic media, academic journals and articles, reports, and briefs for researchers, community college practitioners, policymakers, and the general public)
  • Collaborate with leadership on continuously developing and executing strategies for raising the Center's profile and visibility as a whole and to key audiences including policymakers at the federal and state levels, researchers, policy influencers, higher education practitioners, foundations, and the media
  • Prepare and deliver presentations on research findings for academic and practitioner audiences.
  • Respond to media requests concerning postsecondary research

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in education, sociology, economics, or a related field
  • 8 years of experience in leading, managing, and conducting research in higher education, with extensive experience in research design and analysis
  • A minimum of five years of experience in writing grant proposals and securing funding
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills and public speaking facility
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple grant- and contract-funded projects (budget, personnel, deadlines)
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience supervising the work of other research professionals
  • Recognized expert in community colleges, higher education, or other related field
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to foster collaborative and productive relationships among external organizations and funders
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multifaceted team
  • Ability to travel broadly and represent Director and Center

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