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Working at CCRC

CCRC studies community colleges because they provide critical access to postsecondary education and are uniquely positioned to promote equity and social mobility in the United States. Our mission is to conduct research that helps these institutions strengthen opportunities and improve outcomes for their students, particularly those from underserved populations.

Join our team of researchers and dedicated support staff as we work to address some of the most pressing problems facing community colleges and their students.

For an overview of employee benefits, visit the Teachers College Human Resources website.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

At CCRC, we believe that our diversity is essential to our success, and we aim to cultivate a respectful and inclusive environment where all employees are empowered to do their best work. Part of your responsibilities will be to serve on working groups to support CCRC’s equity mission through our research and through our organizational policies and practices.

CCRC at Teachers College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. CCRC does not discriminate, and all qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to race; color; national origin; religion; creed; sex or gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression); sexual orientation; citizenship status; pregnancy; disability; age; military or veteran status; marital or partnership status; genetic information, genetic predisposition, or carrier status; prior unemployment status; consumer credit history; status as a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses, or stalking; or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Legal work authorization is required.

Current Openings

Senior Research Associate

CCRC is recruiting a Senior Research Associate to help build evidence on strategies to improve education and career outcomes for students in community colleges and other open-access institutions. We are seeking candidates who have expertise in one or more content areas in which we are actively conducting research: for example, whole-college guided pathways reforms, teaching and learning, student services, workforce training, higher education finance, and others. The Senior Research Associate should have either a PhD or a master’s degree and relevant work experience, including training and experience in quantitative and/or mixed-methods research. We are looking for individuals who want to engage with policymakers and practitioners in their research and contribute to increasing equity and opportunity in higher education for underserved students.

CCRC offers a collaborative work environment in a university setting that includes robust communications and grants management teams, access to rich longitudinal data, and the opportunity to answer questions important for the field. Our research is conducted in partnership with states and institutions across the U.S., and we actively disseminate our findings to the field. The position is based in New York City and may require some travel. Please include a cover letter, resume or CV, and two writing samples (preferably lead or sole author) with your application.

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The Senior Research Associate will collaborate with CCRC leaders and staff to identify critical issues on which new research is needed and develop the plans and relationships needed to execute such research successfully. The Senior Research Associate will help to prepare proposals for research funding and will play a lead role in writing and presenting on CCRC research to policymaker and practitioner audiences. The Senior Research Associate will be responsible for managing projects and supervising staff and will work with CCRC’s communications team to disseminate findings through publications and presentations to practitioners and policymakers.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Project and staff management: Lead or co-lead project planning; mentor, train, and oversee the work of junior staff and/or students; and identify professional development needs and opportunities.
  • Data collection, management, and analysis: Identify and secure primary and secondary data sources, conduct quantitative and/or qualitative analysis, and develop implications and recommendations based on research findings.
  • Writing and dissemination: Author or coauthor reports, blog posts, and articles for policy and practitioner audiences; present findings and represent CCRC to scholarly and practitioner audiences; and work with the director of applied learning to engage target audiences.
  • Project development and fundraising: Collaborate with colleagues on the development of new research projects, contribute to proposal development and grant writing activities, and develop relationships with funders.
  • Center development: Model CCRC values internally and externally; help to create a positive and supportive working environment for research teams and partners; and contribute to CCRC's organizational strategy and development, including our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


  • PhD and at least two years of postdoctoral experience or a master’s degree and at least five years of post–master’s degree experience in education, economics, sociology, statistics, or a related field.
  • Content knowledge in one or more subject areas in higher education research, such as whole-college reforms, teaching and learning, workforce training, higher education finance, or other topics.
  • Experience writing research reports or journal articles.
  • Graduate-level training in quantitative methods and/or mixed-methods research.
  • Experience managing and manipulating administrative datasets.
  • Proficiency in Stata, SAS, or R.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and public speaking facility, including briefings and presentations for policymakers and practitioners.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to foster collaborative and productive relationships internally and with external partners.
  • Ability to travel and represent CCRC in external meetings.

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience working with community colleges and community college data.
  • Experience conducting cost analysis.
  • Supervisory experience.