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CCRC seeks 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, and email newsletters, describing complex research findings in a way that is accessible to a nonacademic audience. The communications associate will also help analyze the impact of our work by tracking media mentions, reviewing Google Analytics data, and monitoring our social media accounts, and will help identify opportunities for us to refine our content strategy and expand our reach. Duties also include keeping track and posting information about upcoming conference presentations on our websites, managing our email campaign schedule, and assisting with other communications activities. The position reports to the center’s communications specialist and managing editor.

A cover letter, resume, and writing sample are required for application. A proofreading test and editing/writing assignment will be included in the interview process. To apply, visit the Teachers College Human Resources website.

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


  • Write and edit research summaries, press releases, blog posts, website content, email newsletter items, and other material.
  • Track mentions of our research in the news media and post the most relevant, high-profile mentions on our website.
  • Review Google Analytics data to identify trends, and compile reports on page views and downloads for CCRC’s funders.
  • Coordinate with researchers and administrative staff to gather information on upcoming conference presentations and post conference information on our website.
  • Maintain CCRC’s email marketing calendar to ensure we are engaging our audience consistently and effectively.
  • Maintain social media accounts.
  • Participate in media campaigns.
  • Assist research and communications staff with project-related tasks.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • 2–4 years of experience in communications, public relations, journalism, 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.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • 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.
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Word, including the use of "track changes" and formatting tools.
  • Capacity to travel once or twice a year to conferences.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience in a communications role in an academic or technical field.
  • Experience writing and editing content for the web and other nonacademic venues.
  • Basic proficiency in HTML and CSS.
  • Prior experience working with content management systems such as WordPress or Joomla.