Senior Research Assistant

Teachers College Columbia University

Job Description

Senior Research Assistant


Full Job Description


Job Summary/Basic Function:
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 a full-time Senior Research Assistant to support research projects focused on community college funding policies and resource allocation and improving statewide workforce recovery efforts. The position’s responsibilities include supporting senior staff, participating in data collection, management, and analysis, and assisting in the preparation of project-related publications. Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team and to balance multiple project tasks are essential.

This grant-funded position may begin immediately and is based in New York City. Please include with your application a cover letter, resume and writing sample.

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.
For information about CCRC’s current research activities, mission, and values, please visit ccrc.tc.columbia.edu



Research planning and management

  • Co-lead aspects of design of existing research projects
  • Draft and revise research-related documents, including study prospectus and data collection materials
  • Maintain records related to the progress of research and activities
  • Assist with the organization and execution of research team meetings (e.g., draft agendas, organize formal note-taking and task-setting)
  • Contribute to team meetings in substantive ways
  • Independently respond to internal and external requests for information
  • Participate in project updates for funders


Data management, collection, and analysis

  • Lead or co-lead aspects of data collection activities
  • Lead or co-lead data cleaning and coding
  • Use data analysis software or data organizing techniques to manage and analyze data
  • Lead or co-lead data analysis
  • Extrapolate research findings from data analysis
  • Ensure data documentation, organization, and security



  • Draft and revise analytic memos and reports
  • Contribute to the development of report storylines
  • Co-author study reports and other written products
  • Participate in the CCRC internal paper review process
  • Contribute to proposal development, including literature reviews and editing supplemental materials
  • Present research findings at meetings and conferences under the supervision of senior project staff

CCRC service

  • Participate in Center events and professional development activities
  • As requested, serve on working groups to support CCRC’s equity mission

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or advanced graduate training in higher education, public policy, or equivalent social science degree
  • Experience conducting interviews and focus groups
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • 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, ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of community colleges, higher education, and issues of access to and success in postsecondary education
  • Experience coding qualitative data using Dedoose or equivalent qualitative data management platform

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.


Salary Range:

$63,000 - $70,000


Competitive Compensation and Benefits

The salary range reflects the College’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the compensation for the position at the time of the job posting. Salary decisions are dependent on several factors including but not limited to market and organizational considerations, experience, and qualifications of a selected candidate as well as internal and external equity.

Our benefits contribute significantly to the total compensation package that includes medical, dental, vision, and supplemental insurance plans; flexible and hybrid work schedules; tuition remission; life insurance; short and long-term disability insurance; an exceptional employer retirement matching program; health savings accounts (HSA), flexible spending accounts (FSA), Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility, and a robust Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

If you would like to request any disability related accommodations to complete the job application or to participate in the interview process, please email:oasid@tc.columbia.edu.



Teachers College maintains a hybrid work environment, which provides employees with flexible work arrangements, while ensuring we preserve the important aspects of our unique in-person college-campus culture. Depending on role and business needs, colleagues will either work onsite or in a hybrid model (combination of in-office and virtual days). Employees are expected to live within a 150-mile radius of the College.

We will consider qualified candidates that reside beyond this radius based on the responsibilities and duties expected of the position. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Teachers College is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community and to providing equal opportunity in employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity or gender expression), religion, creed, national origin, age, citizenship, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

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