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Assistant Researchers Temporary

Kansas City, KS Temporary
Posted on July 8, 2019

Assistant Researchers



Life Span Institute, University of Kansas



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 how a Practice Based Coaching model (Literacy 3D) can be used to enhance the literacy focus of early childhood (EC) teachers through data-driven decision making and strategies that boost children’s opportunities to respond in literacy activities. We are looking for 1-2 temporary Assistant Researchers, at 50%-75% time, who will be responsible for data collection activities with preschool students and teachers, including administering literacy assessments to children, observing classroom instruction and interactions, and assisting in the preparation and delivery of data reports in the Kansas City Metro, as well as data management and entry at our offices in downtown Kansas City, KS. This position requires strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work with a team of professionals. Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license are required for this position. 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.  


Job Duties 

  1. 70% - Facilitate data collection with children and teachers using standardized assessments, observational measures, and surveys; build and maintain rapport with research partners including families, teachers, and program administrators; communicate and work with research partners to schedule and administer assessments.
  2. 25% - Assist the project team with the preparation or research materials and delivery and dissemination thereof to project staff and research partners; complete research tasks, such as scoring and submitting data, data entry and checking, participant tracking; assist with overall data management.
  3. 5% - Attend data collection team and research project meetings.


Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, early childhood, special education, counseling, or related field.
  2. Available least 3 mornings a week (8:00 am to 12:30 pm) 
  3. Six month’s minimum experience working with young children in school, daycare, home, or community settings.
  4. Experience administering assessments and conducting observations of infants, toddlers and/or young children.
  5. Effective organizational skills as evidenced by application materials. 
  6. Reliable transportation and ability to be flexible in scheduling around school and staff schedules.


Preferred Qualifications 

  1. Master’s degree or higher in social work, psychology, early childhood, special education, counseling, or related field.
  2. Experience participating in research projects related to early intervention/education.
  3. Experience with culturally diverse children.
  4. Fluent in Spanish and English, written and oral. 


SALARY: $17.00-$20.00 hourly, $26,520-$31,200 annually at 75% FTE, commensurate with education and experience.

DEADLINE/START DATE: Review of applications will begin July 18, 2019 and will continue to collect a pool of qualified applicants. The posting will remain open on an ongoing basis until all positions are filled.


TO APPLY:  For more information and to apply, go to


Please submit an online application, cover letter, resume/vitae and contact information for three professional references.


Please note: All offers of employment are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the background check


If you have questions about the position, you may contact Diana Skill at (913) 735-2612.


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