Senior Research Associate


Position Summary: The Community College Research Center at the Institute on Education and the Economy at Teachers College, Columbia University is accepting applications for a Senior Research Associate position who will manage a suite of multi-year, grant-funded projects. The successful candidate will design and lead quantitative research projects focused on the success of community college students, particularly in terms of students’ transfer and employment outcomes. 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. 

Applicants must submit a letter of intent, a CV, and two academic writing samples in addition to their application.

Apply through the TC Human Resources website:


• Conceptualize and operationalize the research framework and design of new and ongoing studies, including management plans and budgets; lead teams in collecting and analyzing quantitative data 

• Serve as lead author or co-author on Center publications (reports, briefs, working papers) and journal articles, as well as review working papers from within and outside of the Center

• Develop ideas for new studies and research strands, write proposals to secure funding for future research, and communicate with funders

• Represent the Center and present research at conferences, speaking engagements, and events

• Advise and manage junior researchers on research methodology and quantitative data management or analysis; conduct performance appraisals

• Participate in meetings with funders and other external stakeholders, and respond to external inquiries from press, researchers, and the general public


• A Ph.D. in sociology, education, economics, public policy, or related field

• A minimum of 8 years of experience conducting quantitative research projects in social science or education, including at least 2 years of post-doctoral experience

• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple grant- and contract-funded projects, including budget, personnel, and deadlines

• Demonstrated interest in higher education policy and current issues facing community colleges

• Extensive knowledge of and experience with quantitative research designs and methods commonly applied in the social sciences, such as propensity score methods, econometric quasi-experimental designs, or multilevel modeling

• Experience managing and manipulating complex longitudinal data sets

• Experience in drafting and revising research papers, articles, and briefs

• Experience training and overseeing a research team

• Excellent organizational and analytical skills

• Outstanding oral and written communication skills

• Track record of delivering high-quality work product under a deadline

• Good judgment, reliability, and ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team

• Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

• Advanced proficiency in Stata or SAS

• Travel is required.


Posted: 7/6/16