Senior Research Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate based on education and experience




New York
New York
United States



The Senior Research Associate is responsible for leading research planning and management, data collection and analysis, and writing and dissemination activities across multiple research projects that relate to community college student supports and/or teaching and learning. S/he is also tasked with day-to-day project management, staff supervision and training, partnership cultivation, and representing the Center as a content expert. The Senior Research Associate also leads select project fundraising and organizational development efforts.


• Lead the conceptualization and design, and implementation of research projects; manage multi-person research teams

• Oversee the identification and securing of primary and secondary data sources, which may require the development and execution of data agreements, and other contracts; for qualitative research, oversee on-site and remote data collection activities. Ensure proper research documentation is prepared, approved, and disseminated.

• Conduct quantitative and/or qualitative analysis and extrapolate research findings

• Author and co-author publications, including research reports, briefs, journal articles, blogs, and op-eds.

• Present research findings at meetings and conferences and to a variety of audiences (research, practitioner, and policymaker)

• Lead the development of new research projects as well a proposal development and grant writing activities

• Assess and confer with Center leadership about project staffing needs at regular intervals throughout the year

• Lead select organizational development and strategy activities in coordination with Center leadership


Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in education, economics, sociology, statistics, or a related field; 5+ years of experience conducting research projects in education or the social sciences OR masters degree in education, economics, sociology, statistics, or a related field and 8+ years of research experience.
  • Content knowledge of higher education policy and current issues facing community colleges.
  • Successful track record of preparing grant applications and research proposals.
  • Experience supervising the work of other professionals, including training and overseeing a research team.
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with quantitative (e.g., econometric analysis) or qualitative research design and methods.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
  • Track record of delivering high-quality work product under deadline.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of student supports and/or teaching and learning in higher education.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Doctorate (PhD)