Social Research Assistant

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

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Position Title:

Soc/Clin Research Assistant - Journey

Working Title:

Social Research Assistant

Position Number:

20036265, 20036266

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Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited:

Full-Time Permanent

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Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday, 8a-5p, although a flexible work schedule may be considered.

Department Name and Number:

FPG Child Development Inst-631200

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) serves as one of the nation’s leading early childhood research centers offering excellent opportunity for collaborative work, including other researchers within the Institute, University faculty, and national researchers in multiple disciplines. FPG promotes collaboration across disciplines as well as the translation and dissemination of knowledge to help children live healthier and more productive lives. FPG has a particular focus on the study of vulnerable populations, such as those at risk for or who have disabilities and those who are disadvantaged.

Our Institute is one of the nation’s oldest and largest multidisciplinary centers devoted to the study of young children and their families. FPG was created in 1966 by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to support its mission in research, public service, and teaching in the area of child and family development. About 300 researchers, implementation and technical assistance specialists, staff, and students work on more than 75 projects related to developmental disabilities; early care and education; physical and social health; professional development, technical assistance, and implementation science; public policy and evaluation; and racial, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity.

The Trohanis Technical Assistance (TA) Projects group at FPG is dedicated to improving the availability and quality of services, and ensuring optimal outcomes, for young children with, or at risk for, disabilities and their families. We assist states and local agencies that provide early intervention (EI) and early childhood special education to implement evidence-based practices, develop and manage effective and efficient systems of services, coordinate inter-agency programs, develop data systems, and improve data quality to improve services and outcomes for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and their families. This position will support the following projects:
• The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center) – provides TA to the Coordinators of the State Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Early Childhood Programs to help them improve the systems, practices, and outcomes for young children with disabilities, and their families.
• The N.C. Early Learning Network (ELN) – provides early learning communities with professional development and TA to support preschool children with disabilities and their families through the vision of DPI’s Office of Early Learning.
• The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy) – assists state agencies in creating, expanding, or improving early childhood cross-agency and longitudinal data systems.
• The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education Center (STEMIE) – develops and enhances the knowledge on the practices and supports necessary to improve access and participation within (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) STEM learning opportunities for young children with disabilities.

The Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting (CIFR) – assists states to improve the quality of their collection, reporting, analysis, and use of IDEA Part B and Part C fiscal data.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description:


The Social Research Assistant will assist with multiple aspects of technical assistance (TA) to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of training and TA activities conducted for state and national early intervention and preschool special education programs.

- Support technical assistance through the use of Excel databases, Qualtrics, PowerPoint, Word and web-based meeting software (e.g. Zoom, GoToMeeting) as part of professional development and technical assistance activities.- Coordinate, organize, and monitor multiple topical workgroup meetings (schedules, agendas, and notes).- Assist the Directors and TA staff with collecting, analyzing and summarizing data including design of questionnaires for gathering data from clients and staff in order to set and track progress toward project priorities and goals, and track evaluation data to inform project decisions; and assist with event planning including communications to clients, staff, and consultants; coordinating registration; planning with hotels and other venues; and processing staff and participant travel reimbursements.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

•Expertise in Zoom.
•Experience creating surveys in Qualtrics.
•Skilled use of Microsoft Office Suite Software with expert knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
•Ability to work independently and remotely with direction from supervisors.
•Ability to work as part of a team, collaborate with colleagues, and maintain cooperative working relationships with team members.
•Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills for communicating with staff within the organization and clients outside the organization.
•Experience in organizing data, materials and communications for a complex project with multiple tasks and participants.
•Good proofreading and editing skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Experience in working with early childhood programs and education.
•Skilled in UNC’s financial records system (ConnectCarolina) to successfully manage travel arrangements and reimbursements.

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Job No:
Posted: 3/31/2021
Application Due: 4/21/2021
Work Type: Full Time