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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 quantitative research projects focused on the success of community college students, particularly in terms of students’ transfer and employment outcomes. For more information on CCRC’s current research activities, see: CCRC Current Projects. This full-time position is based in New York City, and requires travel.

Applicants must submit a letter of intent, a CV, and two academic writing samples in addition to their application.

Apply through the TC Human Resources website: CCRC 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 quantitative dataServe 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
  • Represent the Center and present research at conferences, speaking engagements, and events
  • Advise and manage junior researchers on research methodology and quantitative data management or analysis; conduct performance appraisals
  • Participate in meetings with funders and other external stakeholders, and respond to external inquiries from press, researchers, and the general public

Requirements:

  • A PhD in sociology, education, economics, public policy, or related field
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience conducting quantitative research projects in social science or education, including at least 2 years of post-doctoral experience
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple grant- and contract-funded projects, including budget, personnel, and deadlines
  • Demonstrated interest in higher education policy and current issues facing community colleges
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with quantitative research designs and methods commonly applied in the social sciences, such as propensity score methods, econometric quasi-experimental designs, or multilevel modeling
  • Experience managing and manipulating complex longitudinal 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
  • Travel is required

SENIOR RESEARCH ASSISTANT II (Qualitative)

Position Summary:

The Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University is seeking a qualitative Senior Research Assistant II to join multiple multi-year, grant-funded research projects focused on institutional reform and faculty engagement in community colleges. Candidates should have experience helping to design and conduct qualitative education and/or social science research and have a well-articulated interest in access to and success in postsecondary education. The position responsibilities include project planning and coordination, data collection and analysis, and writing and dissemination. The position is based in New York City and travel is required.

Applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume, and two (2) academic writing samples (each no longer than 10 pages) in addition to their application.

Apply through the TC Human Resources website: CCRC Senior Research Assistant II

Responsibilities:

Project Planning

  • Identify, critically review, and synthesize relevant literature
  • Contribute to the formulation of research questions and aligned data collection and analysis strategies
  • Draft and revise research-related documents, including study prospectus, fieldwork guidelines, interview protocols, and surveys
  • Participate in project development and proposal writing activities

Project Coordination

  • Oversee and coordinate preparation of Institutional Review Board (IRB) materials for submission
  • Maintain records related to the progress of research and activities
  • Assist with the organization and execution of research team meetings
  • Organize, log and secure data in accordance with CCRC data security procedures
  • Independently respond to internal and external requests for information
  • Contribute to project updates for funders

Data Collection and Analysis

  • Plan college site visits (i.e., coordinate with college research liaisons, recruit participants, and schedule research activities)
  • Independently conduct observations, interviews, and focus groups
  • Draft, review, and edit data collection and analysis documents, including fieldnotes, fieldwork debriefs, and analytic memos
  • Administer surveys and/or coordinate with college research liaisons on the administration of surveys
  • Use data analysis software or data organizing techniques to manage and analyze data
  • Extrapolate research findings from data analysis

Writing

  • Co-author study reports and other written products
  • Participate in the CCRC internal paper review process

Dissemination and Field Building

  • Present research findings at meetings and conferences under the supervision of senior project staff
  • Represent CCRC at meetings, events, and conferences under the supervision of senior project staff

CCRC Service

  • Participate in Center events and professional development activities

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or advanced graduate training in higher education, education, or equivalent social science
  • Coursework or experience in qualitative research methods
  • 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
  • Track record of delivering high-quality work product under deadline
  • Good judgment, reliability, and ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Travel is required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with Dedoose or similar qualitative data analysis program
  • Proficiency with Qualtrics or similar online survey development program
  • Graduate-level coursework or research experience related to education reform, organizational change, teaching and learning, or program evaluation
  • Coursework or experience in quantitative research methods

SENIOR RESEARCH ASSISTANT II (Qualitative)

Position Summary:

The Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University is seeking a qualitative Senior Research Assistant II to join multiple multi-year, grant-funded research projects focused on strengthening programmatic pathways to student end goals and improving advising and other supports to help students complete programs quickly and affordably. Candidates should have experience helping to design and conduct qualitative education and/or social science research and have a well-articulated interest in access to and success in postsecondary education. The position responsibilities include project planning and coordination, data collection and analysis, and writing and dissemination. The position is based in New York City and travel is required.

Applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume, and two (2) academic writing samples (each no longer than 10 pages) in addition to their application.

Apply through the TC Human Resources website: CCRC Senior Research Assistant II

Responsibilities:

Project Planning

  • Identify, critically review, and synthesize relevant literature
  • Contribute to the formulation of research questions and aligned data collection and analysis strategies
  • Draft and revise research-related documents, including study prospectus, fieldwork guidelines, interview protocols, and surveys
  • Participate in project development and proposal writing activities

Project Coordination

  • Oversee and coordinate preparation of Institutional Review Board (IRB) materials for submission
  • Maintain records related to the progress of research and activities
  • Assist with the organization and execution of research team meetings
  • Organize, log and secure data in accordance with CCRC data security procedures
  • Independently respond to internal and external requests for information
  • Contribute to project updates for funders

Data Collection and Analysis

  • Plan college site visits (i.e., coordinate with college research liaisons, recruit participants, and schedule research activities)
  • Independently conduct observations, interviews, and focus groups
  • Draft, review, and edit data collection and analysis documents, including fieldnotes, fieldwork debriefs, and analytic memos
  • Administer surveys and/or coordinate with college research liaisons on the administration of surveys
  • Use data analysis software or data organizing techniques to manage and analyze data
  • Extrapolate research findings from data analysis

Writing

  • Co-author study reports and other written products
  • Participate in the CCRC internal paper review process

Dissemination and Field Building

  • Present research findings at meetings and conferences under the supervision of senior project staff
  • Represent CCRC at meetings, events, and conferences under the supervision of senior project staff

CCRC Service

  • Participate in Center events and professional development activities

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or advanced graduate training in higher education, education, or equivalent social science
  • Coursework or experience in qualitative research methods
  • 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
  • Track record of delivering high-quality work product under deadline
  • Good judgment, reliability, and ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Travel is required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with Dedoose or similar qualitative data analysis program
  • Proficiency with Qualtrics or similar online survey development program
  • Graduate-level coursework or research experience related to education reform, organizational change, teaching and learning, or program evaluation
  • Coursework or experience in quantitative research methods

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