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Assistant Researcher--ASSESSOR

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS JUNIPER GARDEN'S CHILDREN'S PROJECT
Kansas City, KS Part-time
Posted on June 28, 2019

Infant-Toddler Early Childhood Assessor

Assistant Researcher (1-2 positions)

Life Span Institute, University of Kansas

JUNIPER GARDENS CHILDREN’S PROJECT

Position Description

 

Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, a community-based research institute affiliated with the University of Kansas, is conducting a research program aimed at evaluating a professional development model for implementing a tiered model of supports for infant-toddler social-emotional development within center-based early childhood programs. We are seeking 1-2 part time (50% - 75% FTE) assessors who will be responsible for conducting classroom observations and child assessments in infant-toddler early childhood education programs in the Kansas City Metro area in the implementation of the intervention focused on social-emotional development. 

 

Assessors will conduct classroom observations, teacher interviews, and child assessments according to the study schedule. Assessors will conduct data entry, checking, and cleaning. Assessors may provide administrative supports in the preparation of intervention products. This position requires experience in infant-toddler care, as well as strong organizational and communication skills, ability to plan and manage time, attention to detail, and ability to work with a team of professionals.

 

Please note these positions are approximately 50% - 75% (20-30 hours per week), and may be limited to one year, as it is dependent on grant funding. The continuation of these positions into the subsequent school year will be contingent upon successful grant funding and individual employee performance. 

 

Must have reliable transportation and ability to be flexible in scheduling around school and staff schedules. Must have availability in the mornings, and some afternoons. Please note that all offers of employment are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the background check. Continuation is dependent on satisfactory yearly evaluation and funding. Position is located in Kansas City, KS with travel within the KC metro area.

 

Job Duties

  1. 60% - Conduct classroom observations, teacher interviews, and child assessments in infant-toddler early childhood education settings. 
  2. 20% - Conduct data entry, data checking, and data cleaning.
  3. 10% - Assist with the preparation of intervention materials.
  4. 10% - Attend program team meetings and research project meetings.

 

Required Qualifications:

  1. Bachelors’ degree or equivalent in social work, psychology, early childhood, early intervention, special education, counseling, or related field.
  2. Two-year minimum experience in working in early childhood education classrooms or programs as evidenced in application materials.
  3. One-year minimum experience conducting assessments, observations as part of an early childhood education program or early childhood education research as evidenced in application materials.
  4. Reliable transportation and ability to be flexible in scheduling around teacher schedules (Need weekday morning and some afternoon availability).

 

 

Preferred Qualifications 

  1. Master’s degree or equivalent in in social work, psychology, early childhood, early intervention, special education, counseling, or related field.
  2. Strong organizational and communication skills and attention to detail as demonstrated in work experience. 
  3. Experience participating in research projects related to early intervention/education.
  4. Experience administering standardized assessments and conducting naturalistic observations.
  5. Fluent in oral and written Spanish.
  6. Experience with culturally diverse populations.

 

FTE:  50% - 75% (20-30 hours per week) 

 

SALARY: $18.00-$22.00 hourly, $28,080-$34,320 at 75% FTE annually, commensurate with education and experience. 

 

DEADLINE/START DATE: Review of applications will begin July 8, 2019 and will continue until a qualified applicant pool has been identified. 

 

START DATE: August 12, 2019 or when position is/are filled. 

 

TO APPLY:  For more information and to apply go to https://employment.ku.edu/staff/14900BR  

 

Please submit an online application, cover letter, resume/vitae and current contact information for three professional references. Candidates who do not submit ALL of the above through the online system, will not be considered.  Please do not email application materials. 

 

If you have questions about the position, you may email Kathy Bigelow at kbigelow@ku.edu . If you have questions about the application process, you may contact Diana Skill at (913) 735-2612.

Please note that all offers of employment are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the background check.

 

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