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.
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.
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.
- Experience working with community colleges and community college data.
- Experience conducting cost analysis.
- Supervisory experience.
CCRC is recruiting a Senior Research Associate and Program Lead who will join its leadership team and be responsible for developing and managing a set of applied research projects designed to improve education and career outcomes for students. We are seeking an individual who is a recognized expert in at least one content area in postsecondary education (for example, high school-to-college transitions, teaching and learning, student services, workforce training, higher education finance, or others) and who is committed to increasing equity and opportunity for underserved students. The successful candidate will be part of CCRC’s efforts to make the design and execution of research more equitable, race-conscious, and impactful.
CCRC conducts its work in partnership with states and institutions across the U.S. and actively disseminates its research to policymakers, practitioners, and other audiences interested in community colleges and higher education reform. We offer a collaborative work environment in a university setting that includes robust communications and grants management teams, access to rich administrative data sets, and skilled graduate students who are preparing for careers in higher education research and teaching.
The Senior Research Associate and Program Lead should have either a Ph.D. or a master’s degree and relevant work experience. The position is based in New York City and will require some travel. Please include a cover letter, resume or CV, and two writing samples (preferably lead or sole author) with your application.
- Project development and fundraising: Identify new strands of work and develop personal content knowledge to be responsive to opportunities in the field; lead the development of new research projects; lead proposal development and grant writing activities; and cultivate and maintain relationships with funders and with state, research, and institutional partners.
- Research program management: Lead, as part of the CCRC leadership team, organizational development and strategy activities for CCRC, including our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; ensure projects are properly staffed and other necessary supports are in place; identify professional development needs and opportunities for researchers; and develop with center leadership a communications strategy for the program area.
- Project and staff management: Lead a set of projects within one or more program areas; mentor, train, and oversee the work of junior staff and/or students; delegate key project tasks appropriately; and monitor progress toward project milestones and timelines.
- Writing and dissemination: Act as an ambassador for CCRC and be a recognized expert in a program area; 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.
- Data collection, management, and analysis: Oversee major data collections and identification of data sources; lead quantitative and/or qualitative analysis; and develop implications and recommendations based on research findings.
- Center service: Model CCRC values internally and externally; and lead or serve on working groups to help create an inclusive and supportive working environment for staff and partners.
- Ph.D. or master’s degree in economics, education, public policy, sociology, statistics, or a related field
- 8+ years of experience conducting research projects in education or related field and 5+ years managing research projects
- Content knowledge of higher education policy and practice and current issues facing community colleges
- Successful track record of writing research proposals and winning grants or contracts
- Experience and skills in interacting with external organizations and funders
- Experience supervising the work of other professionals, including training and overseeing a research team
- Extensive knowledge of and experience with quantitative (e.g., econometric analysis) or qualitative research design and methods
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Excellent organizational and management skills
- Advanced proficiency in Stata, SAS, and/or R (quantitative) or advanced proficiency in Dedoose or similar qualitative data analysis software (qualitative)
- Experience working with community colleges and community college data, including managing and manipulating administrative data sets
- Experience recruiting states, colleges, or schools to participate in external research projects
- Familiarity with federal agencies and philanthropic foundations that support education research and dissemination
- Record of publishing academic articles and research-based products aimed at nonacademic audiences