The CCC Seeks A Researcher

Title:                RESEARCHER  

Status:             Full-time, exempt

Reports to:      Executive Director

Location:         Portland, Oregon


The Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) seeks a passionate Researcher to advocate for real change by addressing socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism, and inequity of services experienced by our families, children and communities. The ideal candidate will have experience organizing communities of color and underserved populations for collective action resulting in social change to obtain self-determination, wellness, justice and prosperity.  

Formed in 2001, the CCC is an alliance of culturally-specific and pan-immigrant and refugee community based organizations.  The CCC supports a collective racial justice effort through policy analysis and advocacy, culturally-appropriate data and research, and leadership development in communities of color.


Leads the Coalition of Communities of Color’s (CCC) data and research strategy. Implements culturally-appropriate data and research projects that advance racial justice by providing the basis for informed decision-making that impacts policy discussions. Objectives include implementing a community-based participatory research project into the lived realities of communities of color; providing technical assistance to a cohort of community-based organizations working to close opportunity gaps; and establishing a racial justice research center.  More specifically:

  • Leads large multi-stakeholder racial disparities studies: Conducts research using secondary data and may generate primary data; Writes and presents research findings in accessible and compelling ways; Provides technical assistance to other non-profit organizations.
  • Relationship building: Builds and strengthens partnerships with entities including CCC members, social justice organizations, organizations with research capacity, higher education institutions, researchers, public sector institutions, and foundations.
  • Data Advocacy: Identifies research to strengthen advocacy and other organizational practices; Builds capacity among organizations to conduct or commission research; Identifies data priorities and strategizes advocacy to achieve them; Creates and sustains collaborations working towards data equity goals.
  • Strategic Vision Planning: Creates a racial justice research center designed to expand the volume and usefulness of research on racial justice; Provides strategic leadership to the research center; Links non-profits with potential research partners; Advises on research methods; Conducts research studies individually, or as part of a team, or oversees recruitment and supervision of additional researchers; Operationalizes accountability for research agendas and projects to the CCC’s membership.
  • Administrative responsibilities: Seeks and sustains research project funding and manages budget.


PhD in Political Science, Social Work, Community Health, or other relevant social sciences field and 5 years of experience as a researcher. Applicants also must have the following minimum experience, which may have been gained concurrently and in either graduate academic or post-baccalaureate degree work experience:

  • 5 years conducting critically rooted and theoretically robust, multi-method (including quantitative or qualitative community-based) research design and analysis in the social sciences.
  • 2 years conducting research especially pertaining to communities of color.
  • 3 years working with various types of stakeholders, including community organizations of color, institutions of higher education, policy think tanks and/or policy makers.
  • 3 years supervising and training people to conduct research.
  • 4 research projects published or under peer review.
  • Documented evidence of one (1) successful grant.

Job Details

Full-time position at Coalition of Communities of Color located at 221 NW 2nd Avenue, Suite 303, Portland, Oregon 97209.

How To Apply

Send cover letter, resume & research sample to or by mail to CCC, ATTN Dani Ledezma, Interim Executive Director, 221 NW 2nd Avenue, Suite 303, Portland, Oregon 97209.