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Early Childhood Research and Project Management Assistant: Temporary Hire

This position will work with WestEd’s Early Childhood Intervention, Mental Health and Inclusion team on an OSEP-funded model demonstration project titled: Collective Impact Model for Part C. We are looking for a Research and Project Assistant to perform a variety of administrative tasks and support the CIM-C project director and support information exchange and communications between the Alabama implementation site team and CIM-C staff.

To be successful in this role, you should be well-organized, have great time management skills, be a quick learner, maintain confidentiality for all project activities, and have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Familiarity with Part C/IDEA early childhood intervention, special education or home visiting services a plus. The ideal research and project coordinator must possess a high tolerance for ambiguity, demonstrated flexibility, and a willingness to new responsibilities as well as the ability to provide and accept constructive criticism. You should have a strong commitment to apply principles of culturally responsive evaluation or equitable evaluation in applied research and evaluation projects. Must be authorized to work in the USA.

The research and project assistant will support the project activities that include qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis to support data collection and analysis via review of state and local child find data, conducting meaningful difference evaluations of change over time, assisting with the development of focus group protocols, supporting virtual communities of practice via zoom, including issuing meeting notices and tracking attendance.

Examples of duties include gathering information from different state and federal webpages and resources to compile descriptive reports, completing literature reviews and conducting research interviews with early childhood providers and/or parents and caregivers as appropriate to the project’s activities.

A successful applicant will:

· Maintain quality control standards to preserve data integrity

· Schedule and conduct family and provider interviews to include getting permission from all participants

· Documenting research activities aligned with fidelity protocols

· Lead instrument development (e.g., surveys, observation protocols, rubrics, interview guides, focus group guides)

· Analyzing data using qualitative and quantitative methods

· Summary data in written reports and/or visual graphics

· Format information for internal and external communications – memos, emails, presentations and reports

· Take minutes/notes during team meetings

· Familiarity with technology: excel, power point, zoom, project management programs (e.g., Miro, Smartsheet), 508 compliance requirements

· Develop and manage a timeline for evaluation projects; coordinate, schedule, and manage project activities.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in child development, education, education policy, psychology, public health, or related field.

Anticipated Timeline: April 1, 2022-September 30, 2022 with opportunity to continue into the next federal fiscal year (beginning October 1st). 15 hours per week; pay negotiable but expected to start at $50/hour. Candidate responsible for submitting timeline invoices for reimbursement and assumes all federal and state income tax responsibilities.

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