Qualitative Senior Research Assistant II

Position Summary:

The Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University is seeking a qualitative Senior Research Assistant II to join multiple multi-year, grant-funded research projects focused on institutional reform and faculty engagement in community colleges. Candidates should have experience helping to design and conduct qualitative education and/or social science research and have a well-articulated interest in access to and success in postsecondary education. The position responsibilities include project planning and coordination, data collection and analysis, and writing and dissemination. The position is based in New York City and travel is required. 

Applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume, and two (2) academic writing samples (each no longer than 10 pages) in addition to their application. To Apply: Apply through the TC Human Resources Web site: careers.tc.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57179


Project Planning 
o Identify, critically review, and synthesize relevant literature
o Contribute to the formulation of research questions and aligned data collection and analysis strategies
o Draft and revise research-related documents, including study prospectus, fieldwork guidelines, interview protocols, and surveys
o Participate in project development and proposal writing activities
Project Coordination
o Oversee and coordinate preparation of Institutional Review Board (IRB) materials for submission
o Maintain records related to the progress of research and activities
o Assist with the organization and execution of research team meetings 
o Organize, log and secure data in accordance with CCRC data security procedures
o Independently respond to internal and external requests for information 
o Contribute to project updates for funders
Data Collection and Analysis 
o Plan college site visits (i.e., coordinate with college research liaisons, recruit participants, and schedule research activities) 
o Independently conduct observations, interviews, and focus groups
o Draft, review, and edit data collection and analysis documents, including fieldnotes, fieldwork debriefs, and analytic memos
o Administer surveys and/or coordinate with college research liaisons on the administration of surveys
o Use data analysis software or data organizing techniques to manage and analyze data
o Extrapolate research findings from data analysis

o Co-author study reports and other written products
o Participate in the CCRC internal paper review process
Dissemination and Field Building 
o Present research findings at meetings and conferences under the supervision of senior project staff
o Represent CCRC at meetings, events, and conferences under the supervision of senior project staff
CCRC Service 
o Participate in Center events and professional development activities

Minimum Qualifications:
● Master’s degree or advanced graduate training in higher education, education, or equivalent social science
● Coursework or experience in qualitative research methods
● 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
● Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
● Travel is required

Preferred Qualifications:
● Proficiency with Dedoose or similar qualitative data analysis program
● Proficiency with Qualtrics or similar online survey development program
● Graduate-level coursework or research experience related to education reform, organizational change, teaching and learning, or program evaluation
● Coursework or experience in quantitative research methods


Posted: 6/28/16