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Assistant Researcher

Kansas City, KS Full-time
Posted on November 20, 2019

Assistant Researcher Life Span Institute, University of Kansas JUNIPER GARDENS CHILDREN'S PROJECT 

Position Description 

We are seeking a part-time to full-time Assistant Researcher for a research project that focuses on developing and implementing a coaching model for an elementary classroom management intervention. Approximately 4 school districts and 20 elementary schools with students at risk for school failure will participate in the project and contribute to the development of the program. The coaching model will consist of project staff training school district personnel and utilizing video coaching software. Schools will be recruited from districts in the metropolitan Kansas City area (Kansas and Missouri schools), and up to a 60 mile radius. A collaborating site will be recruiting schools in the San Francisco area. 

The Assistant Researcher will participate in teacher training and development of implementation resources; specifically online training materials. Reliable transportation and the ability to be flexible in scheduling around school schedules are required. This position requires strong organizational, communication, and management skills as evidenced in work experience. The position is at JGCP, located in downtown Kansas City, Kansas in the Children’s Campus of Kansas City building: 444 Minnesota Ave, Suite 300, Kansas City, KS 66101. Travel to schools within the metro area is required. Reimbursement for local travel in addition to salary. Please note that all offers of employment are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the background check. Continuation is contingent on satisfactory evaluation and available funding. 

RESPONSIBILITIES: 50% - Contribute to the development of professional development resources and materials, including presentations, handouts, and video tutorials. 

20% - Conduct assessments including direct observation of classrooms and survey administration. 

20% - Attend research team meetings; collaborate with Principal Investigators to develop/revise module content and coaching procedures. 

5% - Provide ongoing support and resources to district personnel for implementing the intervention. 

5% - Manage data entry, materials preparation; create reports on findings from research. 


  1. Bachelor’s degree in education, special education, behavior analysis, 

psychology, or related field. 2. Minimum 1 year experience working with elementary teachers or elementary 

age students in public schools as evidenced in application materials. 3. Minimum 1 year experience collaborating using video-conferencing tools such 

as Zoom, Skype, Goto Meeting etc as evidenced in application materials. 4. Fluent in the use of office productivity applications and cloud-based 

applications such as OneDrive, Box, Sharepoint, Google Docs as evidenced in application materials. 

Position Requirements: 

  1. Reliable transportation and the ability to be flexible in scheduling around school 

schedules are required. 2. Travel to schools within the area is required. 


  1. Master’s degree in education, applied behavior analysis, psychology, special 

education or related field. 2. Experience with video editing and production. 3. Experience with website design. 4. Experience conducting interventions or research with elementary school 

students at risk for school failure. 5. One year experience coaching teachers addressing teaching or behavior 

management skills. 6. Strong written and oral communication skills as evidenced in work history. 7. Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently across 

multiple projects, with limited supervision as evidenced in work history. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin December 2, 2019 and will continue until a qualified applicant pool has been identified. 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: For more information and to apply go to Please submit an online application, cover letter, vitae and contact information for three professional references. In the cover letter, please indicate how you see your particular skills set and prior experience contributing to the research at JGCP. 

FTE: 75-100% SALARY: $23.00—$25.00 hourly, commensurate with education and experience. 

START DATE: Jan 2, 2020 or when position is filled 

If you have questions about the position, you may email Dr. Wills at 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. 

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

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