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CCRC is seeking a part-time Senior Research Assistant to support quantitative research projects focused on developmental education. The position’s responsibilities include supporting senior staff; participating in data collection, management, and analysis; and helping to prepare project-related reports, presentations, and publications. Candidates should be skilled programmers in Stata, have experience working with large datasets, and bring a strong background in quantitative methods. Prior experience in both quantitative economic analysis and some data management is required.

This is a part-time position. The Senior Research Assistant will work 15 hours per week from January 2021 until August 2021, with the flexibility to increase hours in summer 2021 and extend work until June 2022.

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Research Planning and Management

  • Co-lead aspects of the design of existing research projects.
  • Draft and revise research-related documents, including study prospectus and data collection materials.
  • Maintain records related to the progress of research and activities.
  • Assist with the organization and execution of research team meetings (e.g., drafting agendas, organizing formal note-taking, and task-setting).
  • Contribute to team meetings in substantive ways.
  • Independently respond to internal and external requests for information.
  • Participate in project updates for funders.

Data Management, Collection, and Analysis

  • Lead or co-lead aspects of data collection activities.
  • Lead or co-lead data cleaning and coding.
  • Use data analysis software or data organizing techniques to manage and analyze data.
  • Lead or co-lead data analysis.
  • Extrapolate research findings from data analysis.
  • Ensure data documentation, organization, and security.


  • Draft and revise analytic memos and reports.
  • Contribute to the development of report storylines.
  • Co-author study reports and other written products.
  • Participate in the CCRC internal paper review process.

Dissemination and Public Relations

  • Present research findings at meetings 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, economics, public policy, or equivalent social science degree.
  • Experience with managing data and quantitative/statistical software.
  • Advanced proficiency with Stata.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of community colleges, higher education, and issues of access to and success in postsecondary education.
  • Graduate-level coursework in economic policy or program evaluation.
  • Experience working with large administrative datasets (student data from K-12 schools or postsecondary institutions).

About CCRC

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.