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CCRC is seeking applicants for the position of Senior Research Associate II, who will lead quantitative research studies of strategies for improving student outcomes. These studies will use administrative datasets and other quantitative data to estimate the effects of reforms across a range of academic outcomes. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading research planning and management, data collection and analysis, and writing and dissemination activities across multiple research projects. S/he is also tasked with day-to-day project management, staff supervision and training, partnership cultivation, and representing the Center as a content expert. The Senior Research Associate II leads select project fundraising and organizational development efforts. For more information on CCRC’s current research activities, see CCRC Current Projects.

This full-time position is based in New York City and requires travel. Candidates must submit an application, letter of intent, a CV, and two academic writing samples (of 10 pages or less). To apply, visit the Teachers College Human Resources website.

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Responsibilities

Project Planning

  • Lead the conceptualization and design of research projects.
  • Work with CCRC leadership and administration to ensure projects are properly staffed and other necessary supports are in place.
  • Cultivate relationships with potential research partners.

Project Management

  • Lead the day-to-day activities of research projects.
  • Monitor project progress and troubleshoot obstacles.
  • Ensure proper research documentation (e.g., IRB materials, prospectus, protocols) is prepared, approved, and disseminated.
  • Lead project meetings.
  • Finalize project updates for internal and external purposes.

Data Collection

  • For quantitative research, oversee identification and securing of primary and secondary data sources, which may require the development and execution of scopes of work, data agreements, and other contracts.
  • For qualitative research, oversee data collection planning and coordination and oversee on-site and remote data collection activities.

Data Management & Analysis

  • Oversee day-to-day data management and analysis activities.
  • Ensure data are logged, data dictionaries are prepared, and data are stored in accordance with appropriate security standards.
  • Lead coding process, including codebook development and test coding.
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis and extrapolate research findings.
  • Develop implications and recommendations based on research findings.

Writing

  • Author and co-author publications, including research reports, briefs, journal articles, blogs, and op-eds.
  • Manage publication review processes that include reviews of storylines and drafts and may engage external reviewers.
  • Serve as a reviewer for papers from within and outside of CCRC.
  • Coordinate communications strategy for research publications with communications team and external partners.

Fundraising

  • Lead the development of new research projects.
  • Lead proposal development and grant writing activities.
  • Cultivate relationships with funders and “pitch” new project ideas in coordination with CCRC leadership.

Dissemination & Public Relations

  • Present research findings at meetings and conferences and to a variety of audiences (research, practitioner, and policymaker).
  • Provide expert commentary at conferences, speaking engagements, and meetings with external stakeholders.
  • Respond to external inquiries from press in coordination with CCRC’s communications team.

Supervision & Leadership

  • Mentor and supervise colleagues.
  • Manage multi-person research teams.
  • Assess and confer with CCRC leadership about project staffing needs at regular intervals throughout the year.
  • Lead select organizational development and strategy activities in coordination with CCRC leadership.

CCRC Service

  • Identify professional development needs of research staff and devise learning opportunities to address those needs.
  • Coordinate and participate in CCRC events.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in education, economics, sociology, statistics, or a related field; 8+ years of experience conducting research projects in education or the social sciences; and 3–5 years managing research projects OR master’s degree in education, economics, sociology, statistics, or a related field and 8+ years of research and/or program leadership experience.
  • Content knowledge of higher education policy and current issues facing community colleges.
  • Successful track record of preparing grant applications and research proposals.
  • Experience supervising the work of other professionals, including training and overseeing a research team.
  • Experience and skills in interacting with external organizations and funders.
  • Record of publishing academic articles and research-based products aimed at nonacademic audiences.
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with quantitative (e.g., econometric analysis) research design and methods.
  • Experience managing and manipulating administrative datasets.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical 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.
  • Advanced proficiency in Stata, SAS, or R.