Research Assistant, UMKC Institute for Human Development, 81191

University of Missouri-Kansas City
UMKC Volker Campus

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Job Title: Research Assistant, UMKC Institute for Human Development, 81191
Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 40745
Hiring Department Institute for Human Development, UCEDD

The UMKC Institute for Human Development, University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (IHD) is an applied research and training center for human services designed to exemplify the University’s goals of engaged scholarship and community partnerships. Its functions include interdisciplinary training, applied research, community program development and information dissemination.

Job Description

The IHD is seeking a Research Assistant to join the early childhood team. The Research Assistant will engage in research, evaluation, training, and demonstration activities associated with sponsored and other research projects. Specific tasks include field-based data collection and processing, assessing early childhood program quality, coaching early childhood professionals, organizing and drafting materials for research papers and/or presentation, and development, implementation, and evaluation of projects. The position will require regular interaction with community and university-based research partners and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This position will work on projects related to health equity, community based participatory research and the health and well-being of marginalized groups (including communities of color, people with disabilities, and more). The research assistant will:

    Assist in data collection and analysis from observational assessments, surveys, focus groups, interviews, etc.Schedule and meet with community partnersProvide technical assistance to direct service professionalsAssist in developing training videos and resourcesOrganize and assist in writing journal manuscripts and publicationsFulfill contract and grant activities as needed
Reporting Structure:
The Research Assistant will report directly to the Senior Research Assistant.

Remote Office/Field Placements

The Research Assistant will work from a home office in driving distance of one of seven regions across the state of Missouri. The Research Assistant will conduct field-based observational assessments or coaching sessions in early childhood programs from one to five days per week.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in early childhood education or closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications

Five years’ experience in early childhood education is preferred. Experience with observation-based early childhood program assessment is preferred. Assessor certification in Classroom Assessment Scoring System® (CLASS) and/or Program Administration Scale (PAS) is preferred. Training in Conscious Discipline and/or Practice-Base Coaching models is preferred.

Full Time/Part Time

Full-Time, benefit eligible, unranked/non-tenure track academic position. Initial contract is 12 months.


$40,000-$50,000/year commensurate with experience/qualifications, paid hourly.

Application Deadline

Position will remain open until filled.

Application Instructions

To be considered you must apply through the UMKC e-recruit portal. Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachments.

Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

If you are experiencing technical problems, please call (855) 524-0002.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

UMKC Statement on Diversity Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish, Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Roos Advocate for Community Change

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Annual Report

Multicultural Student Affairs

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