Senior Research Scholar

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate based upon experience




New York
New York
United States


The Community College Research Center at the Institute on Education and the Economy at Teachers College, Columbia University is accepting applications for the position of Senior Research Scholar to lead a suite of multi-year, grant-funded projects focused on student support services and teaching and learning. The CCRC Senior Research Scholar has responsibility for leading multiple research studies as part of CCRC’s portfolio of foundation- and government-funded projects. S/he will oversee ongoing research and research staff, design, and implement research projects, and communicate findings and policy implications to a range of audiences. In addition, the Senior Research Scholar serves as a public face of CCRC, serving as a national “thought leader” while representing CCRC in the higher education and academic sectors and cultivating funder relationships. 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. Contact Sarah Phillips (, CCRC Administrative Coordinator, for more information.


  • Design, lead, and manage large multi-year and multi-institutional research projects and manage research teams to carry out high-profile studies.
  • Lead publication of research findings in multiple formats (electronic media, academic journals and articles, reports, and briefs for researchers, community college practitioners, policymakers, and the general public).
  • Work with the Center’s leadership teams to coordinate existing research projects and strategically plan for the development of new studies and research strands.
  • Seek out and build relationships with public and private funders, and write proposals to secure funding for research projects.
  • Collaborate with the Center’s leadership on continuously developing and executing strategies for providing high quality research to the field.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations on research findings for academic and practitioner audiences.
  • Respond to media requests and other external inquiries concerning postsecondary research.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in education, sociology, economics, or a related field.
  • Eight or more years of experience in conceptualizing, leading, managing, and conducting research in higher education, with extensive experience in research design and analysis.
  • Content knowledge of higher education policy and current issues facing community colleges.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in writing grant proposals and securing funding.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills and public speaking facility.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple grant- and contract-funded projects (budgeting, personnel management, scheduling/logistics).
  • A minimum of four years of experience supervising the work of other research professionals.
  • Recognized expertise in community colleges, higher education, or related field.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to foster collaborative and productive relationships among external organizations and funders.
  • Ability to travel broadly and represent Director and Center.

Preferred Qualifications:

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

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Doctorate (PhD)