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Position Summary:

The Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University is accepting applications for the position of Systems Administrator to support and assist the Center in data management tasks and the development of IT policies and procedures. CCRC is the leading independent authority on two-year colleges in the United States. We conduct research on issues affecting community colleges and work with colleges and states to improve student success and institutional performance. This position is a full-time role and is based in New York City.

We currently have 20 ongoing projects using state administrative and national data stored on Linux-based servers. The ideal candidate will work with project leaders to draft and enforce data agreements in the acquisition, usage, storage, and eventual termination of the data. The candidate will also work with CCRC staff and partners to maintain servers and user accounts, as well as help store, clean, catalogue, and document data. Apply through the Teachers College Human Resources website:  Systems Administrator/Data Librarian


  • Support and implement software and hardware on Linux-based servers.
  • Create and manage user accounts, work with CCRC partners to perform system maintenance, and manage data backups.
  • Update documentation of technical specifications and instructions for CCRC staff.
  • Maintain data systems by establishing, maintaining, and enforcing organization and legal standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Recommend information technology strategies, policies, and procedures; identify problems; evaluate trends; anticipate requirements.
  • Contribute to team effort by understanding strengths and weakness around data practices, developing plans to address weaknesses, and engaging users to determine their needs.
  • Conduct system audits, data agreement audits, and manage software installations.
  • Preserve assets by implementing disaster recovery, back-up procedures, information security, and control structures.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, benchmarking state-of-the-art practices, and participating in professional societies.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Expertise with Linux. Experience with Stata, Windows, R, Excel, SQL, RDBMS software, and SFTP protocols.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to understand technical jargon, complex information, and system requirements.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and communicate complex technical information to laypeople.
  • Ability to work on tight deadlines and resource constraints.
  • Excellent knowledge of technical management, information analysis, computer hardware/software systems, network administration, data governance, and data security.
  • Associate degree in computer science or 2+ years' experience troubleshooting and maintaining IT systems. Certifications are a plus.
  • Takes initiative, enthusiastic to learn new skills, and is oriented to support a team of non-technical users.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of and experience managing data at a research center or in an Institutional Research (IR) capacity at a college or university.


Position Summary:

The Community College Research Center at the Institute on Education and the Economy at Teachers College, Columbia University seeks a Senior Operations Strategist to support and assist the Director and senior leadership team in carrying out the mission and strategy of the Center. The Senior Operations Strategist will manage implementation of the Center's strategic priorities and ensure that decisions on policy and procedure are shared and understood organization-wide.

Reporting to the Director, the Senior Operations Strategist is a member of the Center's senior leadership team, and will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of sustainable operational structures to support the organization as a whole. S/he will manage two individuals and serve as a key bridge across CCRC's operational and research capacities, as well as a close liaison to Teachers College and Columbia University.

This is an ideal opportunity for a strategic and versatile leader with a strong process orientation and exceptional relationship management skills.

To be considered for this position, please visit the OnRamps website: Senior Operations Strategist


Operational Leadership and Strategy Implementation

  • Manage the implementation of the Center's strategy and high-priority initiatives.
  • Conduct organizational analyses and make recommendations for new or revised operational strategies, programs, and policies.
  • Facilitate distributed leadership functions at the Center, including coordinating staffing for priority initiatives and providing project management support as needed.
  • Oversee planning and coordination of effective senior leadership team and staff meetings, ensuring appropriate follow-up and execution support.

Systems and Process Design and Management

  • Contribute to more integrated human resources and talent development processes, including onboarding, training, project staffing, and career advancement.
  • Develop systems to coordinate workflow between research, finance, and administration, in particular with respect to project staffing, budgeting, deliverables, and reporting.
  • Work closely with the communications team to ensure it has the systems in place and the resources it needs to enact a robust outreach strategy.
  • Work closely with the Director and senior leadership team to develop a fundraising strategy and tracking system to ensure fundraising efforts are coordinated across teams and with the Center's finance and administration staff.

Stakeholder Management and Communications

  • Manage relationships with Teachers College, Columbia University, the advisory board, and key external constituents.
  • Assist with internal communications, supporting the senior leadership team in communicating Center priorities, developments, and initiatives.
  • Handle queries, concerns, and requests from staff on behalf of the Director, working to understand and solve problems and engage proactively with issues and people.
  • Act as surrogate for the director with external stakeholders and the general public as needed; represent the Center at external events, building relationships with researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and funders.
  • Work with the administrative and communications staff to oversee special event planning and execution.


  • 10+ years of professional work experience, preferably in positions involving a significant volume of operational and project management responsibilities.
  • Experience working with senior leadership to drive strategic priorities and a track record of results when managing complex projects and initiatives.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate with high-level stakeholders and experts in various fields.
  • Exceptional organization skills and ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects.
  • Understanding of complex organizational policy and systems, with the capacity to overcome unforeseen obstacles and see projects through to completion.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently and manage confidential matters.
  • Strong leadership skills, self-direction, and self-motivation.
  • Comfort with fundraising and experience developing strong, long-term relationships.
  • Advanced degree(s) preferred in a relevant field such as education, public policy, the social sciences, business, or communications. Knowledge of and experience with community colleges is preferred.
  • Ability to travel on occasion.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.



Position Summary:

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 Scientist to lead a suite of multi-year, grant-funded projects focused on student support services. The Senior Research Scientist has responsibility for leading multiple research studies as part of CCRC’s portfolio of foundation- and government-funded projects, overseeing ongoing research and research staff, including designing, implementing, and communicating research findings and policy implications to academics, funders, policymakers, and the press. In addition, the Senior Research Scientist 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. Application must include a letter of intent, a CV, and two academic writing samples. Apply through the Teachers College Human Resources website: Senior Research Scientist


  • 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 raising the Center’s profile and visibility as a whole and to key audiences including policymakers at the federal and state levels, researchers, policy influencers, higher education practitioners, foundations, and the media.
  • 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 years of experience in conceptualizing, leading, managing, and conducting research in higher education, with extensive experience in research design and analysis.
  • 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 eight years of experience supervising the work of other research professionals.
  • Recognized expert 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 work effectively as part of a multifaceted team.
  • Ability to travel broadly and represent Director and Center.



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 particular 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. Application must include a letter of intent, a CV, and two academic writing samples. Apply through the Teachers College Human Resources website:  CCRC Senior Research Associate


  • 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A PhD in sociology, education, economics, public policy, or related field.
  • A minimum of eight years of experience conducting quantitative research projects in social science or education, including at least two 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.

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