Teachers College, Columbia University Senior Research Associate in New York, New York

Senior Research Associate

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Job no: 502045

Position type: Staff

Location: New York

Categories: Administrative/Professional, Education/Instructional, Research

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 who will serve as a lead quantitative analyst and study leader for 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, with a focus on practices that improve the progression of students from high school to community college, transfer from community colleges to university and employment after college. 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. To Apply: Application must include a letter of intent, a CV, and two academic writing samples.


  • 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 R, Stata or SAS

  • Travel is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with data mining techniques.

  • Valid driver license

Advertised: 04 Oct 2017 Eastern Daylight Time

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