Senior Research Manager

Job Type

Full Time





Start Date



United States


The College Transition Collaborative (CTC), based out of the Department of Psychology at Stanford University, aims to create higher education learning environments that foster equitable student outcomes by bridging research and practice. CTC partners with colleges and universities to develop scientifically proven approaches that place the student experience at the center of institutional programs and practices. Our work helps institutions better understand how their students experience moments of transition or difficulty, and how psychologically-informed practices can convey to all students they are valued, respected, and can excel. CTC’s work has helped support greater engagement, retention, and completion for students at diverse colleges and universities across the United States, particularly for traditionally marginalized groups such as students of color, first-generation students, and low-income students. To learn more, please visit our website at

We are seeking a Senior Research Manager who will lead the management of CTC’s research projects in collaboration with CTC leadership and Project Principal Investigators. This person will be an essential project member, contributing to the successful development and execution of our projects in line with CTC’s mission and in support of CTC’s organizational milestones. This work will take place in an early-stage, dynamic and ever-evolving environment, so the Senior Research Manager must be able to be flexible in their approach and implementations.

Key roles and responsibilities will include:

Project Management

  • Collaborate with the with Executive Director, Project Principal Investigators, and CTC staff to lead the management of CTC’s research projects
  • Ensure that CTC projects are scoped appropriately, executed with fidelity, and all project goals and deliverables are met within the necessary timeline

Supervision of Direct Reports

  • Manage multiple direct reports, and support the fulfillment of their role, execution of day-to-day tasks, and their professional development
  • Assist in hiring and onboarding new staff as needed

Relationship Management and Research Engagement

  • Help to maintain strong and effective relationships with varied stakeholders, such as researchers, practitioners, and partner organizations, as well as occasional engagement with funders
  • Create and maintain engagement with CTC Research Fellows/Affiliates, with an emphasis on increasing interdisciplinarity, diversity, and areas of expertise among researchers that we work with

Dissemination of Results

  • Collaborate with team members on the preparation of reports, briefs, and presentations for different audiences, including academic conferences

Research Agenda and Project Selection 

  • Support the Executive Director and Board of Directors in creating and maintaining a strategic research agenda and selecting and prioritizing new projects.
  • Help to identify and prioritize key research areas of interest to researchers, practitioners, and funders

The ideal candidate is someone who:

  • Is passionate about efforts to improve equity for marginalized and underrepresented populations
  • Has strong supervisory skills and enjoys leading and supporting others
  • Has a strong understanding of experimental research
  • Has demonstrated expertise designing and conducting research projects and managing teams conducting research collaboratively
  • Is able to multitask, prioritize, and delegate
  • Is able to work effectively under tight deadlines, both individually and in leading a team
  • Has strong organizational skills
  • Has strong critical thinking skills
  • Is a strong written and oral communicator
  • Has a graduate degree or a combination of education and relevant experience

We welcome and encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds who can bring unique perspectives to the table. If you feel this position would be a good fit for you, please apply even if you don’t meet all of the listed criteria exactly.


Why work for CTC? Some perks include:

  1. Contributing to rigorous, mission-oriented work that strives to reduce educational inequality in the United States.
  2. Being involved in facilitating cutting-edge research with some of the most prominent social scientists and higher education changemakers in the field.
  3. Helping build an early-stage organization with room for professional growth.
  4. Joining a close-knit, friendly team that highly values diversity and inclusion.
  5. Great benefits through Stanford Benefits & Rewards.
  6. Flexible location and working hours. We are a semi-remote team with colleagues around the country in different time zones, and we believe that team members should be free to work flexible hours as long as the work is getting done.

Location: Remote

Schedule: Full-time

Classification Level: Exempt

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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