The Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University, studies community colleges because they provide critical access to postsecondary education and are uniquely positioned to promote equity and social mobility in the United States. Our mission is to conduct research that helps these institutions strengthen opportunities and improve outcomes for their students, particularly those from underserved populations.
CCRC is seeking two full-time Research Assistants to support research projects focused on educational pathways, particularly in humanities and STEM fields; strategies to improve community college students’ sense of belonging and academic success; and the development of workshops and other educational activities focused on whole-college reforms. Candidates should have coursework or experience related to education and/or social science research and have a well-articulated interest in improving access to and success in community colleges and
postsecondary education. The position responsibilities include project planning and coordination, data collection and analysis, and writing and dissemination. Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team and to balance multiple project tasks are essential. These grant-funded positions may begin immediately and are based in New York City, though work will begin remotely. Please find the application link and more information about each position at ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/employment and include a cover letter and resume.
For information about CCRC’s current research activities, mission and values, please visit
ccrc.tc.columbia.edu. CCRC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We believe that our diversity is essential to our success, and we aim to cultivate a respectful and inclusive environment where all employees are empowered to do their best work.
Project Planning & Management
- Critically review relevant research
- Participate in drafting and revising research-related documents, such as data collection instruments and Institutional Review Board (IRB) materials
- Participate in project team meetings (e.g., take notes, ask questions)
- Perform project-related tasks such as filing, copying, scheduling, document dissemination, and shipping
Data Collection & Analysis
- Assist with collecting and organizing research data and information
- Conduct interviews and classroom observations under the supervision of senior project staff
- Communicate with research site personnel regarding fieldwork and other project-related activities under the supervision of senior project staff
- Assist senior staff in analyzing and managing research data and information
- Adhere to guidelines on data documentation, organization, and security
Writing and Dissemination
- Contribute to the writing of project publications and reports
- Write social media and blog posts
- As requested, assist senior staff in proposal preparation, including writing literature reviews, and preparation for conference presentations and dissemination activities
- Participate in Center events and professional development activities
- As requested, serve on working groups to support CCRC’s equity mission
- Bachelor’s degree
- Coursework or experience related to education or social science research
- Outstanding oral and written communication skills
- Track record of delivering high-quality work product under deadline
- Good judgment, reliability, ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
- Direct experience with community colleges and/or broad access postsecondary institutions (either as a student or employee)
- Experience using Dedoose or other qualitative coding software
- Experience working in a research center or as a member of a research team
- Coursework or experience in quantitative methods
- We encourage you to apply even if you meet some, but not all, of the requirements listed.
CCRC at Teachers College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. CCRC does not discriminate, and all qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to race; color; national origin; religion; creed; sex or gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression); sexual orientation; citizenship status; pregnancy; disability; age; military or veteran status; marital or partnership status; genetic information, genetic predisposition, or carrier status; prior unemployment status; consumer credit history; status as a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses, or stalking; or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Legal work authorization is required.