Senior Research Assistant Position









Position Summary: The Community College Research Center (CCRC) at the Institute on Education and the Economy (IEE) at Teachers College, Columbia University is seeking a full-time qualitative senior research assistant to join a multi-year, grant-funded project examining developmental education reform. Candidates should have experience helping to design and conduct qualitative education and/or social science research and have a well-articulated interest in community colleges, higher education, or issues of access to and success in postsecondary education. The position is based in New York City and reports to a senior research associate. CCRC will consider candidates who are available immediately as well as who are graduating in May 2013.




Research planning and management:

§  Contribute to the formulation of research questions and aligned data collection and analysis strategies

§  Identify, analyze, and synthesize relevant empirical literature to inform research activities

§  Draft, review, and edit research planning documents, including prospectuses, fieldwork guidelines, protocols, and surveys

§  Assist with the organization and execution of research team meetings, including scheduling, agenda development, and record keeping

§  Help to prepare progress reports for funders and subcontracts for project partners

§  Prepare Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications and supporting materials for submission and renewal


Data collection, management, and analysis:

§  Help to identify appropriate data sources and coordinate data collection logistics, including fieldwork scheduling

§  Independently conduct interviews, focus groups, observations, survey administration, and document review and complete necessary data collection follow up

§  Coordinate team-wide systems for secure data organization and management spanning collection through analysis

§  Draft, review, and edit data collection and analysis documents, including field notes, fieldwork debriefs, and analytic memos

  • Use qualitative software or other organizing techniques to analyze data and extrapolate findings

Writing and dissemination:

§  Co-author research reports, articles, or other products

§  Present research findings at meetings and conferences under the supervision of senior project staff

Other responsibilities:

§  Participate in fundraising activities

§  Take part in CCRC events and professional development activities


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Master’s degree in education, sociology, psychology, economics, or a relevant social science
  • Coursework in qualitative research methods and experience conducting qualitative research
  • Proficiency with ATLAS.ti, NVivo, or similar qualitative data analysis software
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Track record of delivering high-quality work product under deadline
  • Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Travel is required

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Research experience related to instructional technology and teaching and learning
  • Familiarity with quantitative research methods
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • A valid driver’s license


To Apply:  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. Apply through the TC Human Resources Web site at: