Pomona Project Research Specialist

Location
Charlottesville, VA
Posted
Jun 09, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Pomona Project Research Specialist

Position Type: Hourly Wage

Department: Dean's Office, Curry School of Education

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 06-08-2018

Posting Summary:
The Center for Education Policy and Workforce Development (EdPolicyWorks) in the Curry School of Education seeks applicants for multiple Research Specialist (wage) positions to collect data in pre-kindergarten classrooms in Pomona, California. The Pomona Project Research Specialist (wage) collects data for the Pomona Project (Evaluating the Effects of Full- vs. Half-Day Pre-Kindergarten in the Pomona Unified School District), which explores whether and how children's participation in full versus half day pre-kindergarten contributes to their school readiness, kindergarten success, and academic achievement in elementary school.

The Research Specialist conducts observations within pre-kindergarten classrooms and administers assessments of children's academic and self-regulation skills. Responsibilities include mastering a set of early childhood assessments, and then scheduling, administering, scoring, and coding these child and classroom assessments within the project timeline. This will include data entry, data uploading, ensuring data integrity, and visiting classrooms to distribute and collect parent and teacher consent forms and surveys. Work is approximately 15-20 hours/week during two 5- to 6-week data collection windows
(fall: 8/27/18 - 10/5/18; spring: 4/8/19 - 5/17/19).

We are looking for motivated individuals who are interested in being trained in several standardized child assessments and gaining experience conducting educational research.

A bachelor's degree in Social Science, Education, or a related field is required, as is one year of experience performing direct work with children in an educational setting or an out-of-school setting (such as a summer camp or an after school program). Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills; strong organization skills and attention to detail; and the ability to work effectively with a diverse population are essential. Ability to use and troubleshoot technology is required. In addition, knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, and Word), use of the internet, proficiency with laptops, tablets and/or PCs, and experience uploading/downloading information using cloud storage platforms is required.

Reliable transportation for traveling between schools is required. Incumbents must also be able to attend a one-week training session in the Pomona area in August and a refresher training in March.

Before beginning work, hired individuals must (1) successfully pass a tuberculosis test (or have passed one within 4 years), (2) complete and pass a fingerprint/background check, (3) complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Integrative Human Subjects Research Training Module, and (4) pass reliability checks for observation-based assessments. These certifications can happen after hiring but must be completed before work begins. Tests will be reimbursed.

The hourly rate is $20-$25/hour, commensurate with experience. These are at-will wage positions that do not carry benefits.

To apply, visit http://jobs.virginia.edu and search on Posting Number 0623463. Complete an application online; attach a cover letter, and resume/curriculum vitae.

For questions about these positions, please contact Ted Keefe at twk7b@virginia.edu.

This is a wage position which is not eligible for leave or other benefits and is limited to 1500 hours of work in a year. For more information, refer to the Wage Employment link: http://uvapolicy.virginia.edu/policy/HRM-029.

The Curry School of Education and the University of Virginia welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities; we seek to build a culturally diverse intellectual environment. We are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employers.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills; strong organization skills and attention to detail; and the ability to work effectively with a diverse population are essential. Ability to use and troubleshoot technology is required.

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