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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

Communications Associate

CCRC is seeking a full-time communications associate who will support the Center’s communications and media outreach efforts. The communications associate will write and edit a variety of content for print and web, including research summaries, press releases, blog posts, website content, social media, and email newsletters, describing complex research findings in a way that is accessible to a nonacademic audience.

Duties also include posting content to our websites, assisting in website maintenance, managing our email newsletter distribution, formatting and designing PowerPoint and Word documents, other light design work, and assisting with other communications activities. The communications associate will also help analyze the impact of our work by tracking media mentions and monitoring our social media accounts, and will help identify opportunities for us to refine our content strategy and expand our reach. The position reports to the Center’s Senior Communications Manager and Communications Director.

Candidates should have an interest in higher education and issues of access to and success in postsecondary education. The ability to work as part of a team and to balance multiple project tasks is essential. Experience with community colleges is preferred. This position is based in New York City.

Please include with your application a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples.

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Responsibilities

  • Write and edit research summaries, press releases, blog posts, website content, email newsletter items, and other material
  • Post content to the Center’s websites and blogs. Coordinate with researchers and administrative staff to gather information on upcoming conference presentations and post conference information on our websites
  • Format papers in Word and design presentations in PowerPoint
  • Maintain the Center’s email marketing calendar to ensure we are engaging our audience consistently and effectively
  • Track mentions of our research in the news media and post the most relevant, high-profile mentions on our website
  • Assist with the management of our social media accounts
  • Assist with media campaigns
  • Assist research and communications staff with project-related tasks

Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Two years of post-college experience in communications, journalism, social science writing, or a related field
  • Superior understanding of grammar, spelling, and standard style conventions
  • Strong writing skills and critical thinking ability and the ability to write for different audiences
  • Ability to understand complex academic prose and social science research and to distill it for broader audiences
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Word, including the use of “track changes” and formatting tools for tables and text
  • Experience managing web content in WordPress, Joomla, or similar content management system
  • Experience using social media platforms
  • Familiarity with HTML and CSS
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented communications staff to contribute to and execute the Center’s communications plans
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects and to anticipate and meet deadlines
  • Keen attention to detail

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience in a communications role in an academic or technical field
  • Familiarity with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, as well as email newsletter platforms
  • An eye for design and interest in digital storytelling
  • Basic video editing skills

Note: A proofreading exercise and writing assignment will be included in the interview process.

Exceptional candidates who do not meet all the requirements may be considered for a position as communications assistant.

We encourage you to apply even if you meet some, but not all, of the requirements listed.