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The Center for Early Education Research and Evaluation (CEERE) at HighScope Educational Research Foundation announces a Post-doc/Project Manager position to begin in September 2019. This individual in this role will report to the Project Director. The role will primarily be on a grant awarded to HighScope from the US Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) grant: Supporting Preschool and Kindergarten Students’ Self-Regulation Through HighScope Curriculum Enhancements: Plan-Do-Review and Conflict Resolution. The goal of this project is to improve the self-regulation skills of Detroit preschool and kindergarten students by building off the historic HighScope Perry Preschool Study. This project is in partnership with Detroit Public Schools Community District.
• Manage the research efforts of early care and education projects.
• Contribute to data collection through instrument development and managing incoming data.
• Coordinate teacher training and coaching.
• Observe coaches and teachers in the classroom, troubleshooting challenges in fidelity of implementation.
• Lead and attend meetings with district administrators, teachers, and project partners.
• Oversee day-to-day research and evaluation activities including budgeting, planning, analysis, and mentoring staff.
• Code and analyze quantitative and qualitative data.
• Lead and contribute to writings and publications, including peer-reviewed manuscripts, research briefs, progress reports, annual reports, and blog posts.
• Lead and contribute to presentations at professional meetings and conferences.
• Lead and contribute to grant writing.
• Maintain communication with federal project officer and participate in i3 learning community webinars and activities.
• Maintain communication with participating teachers and families, including hosting meetings and writing newsletters.
• Manage and collaborate with research and evaluation partners at the Center and beyond.
• Build and maintain relationships in the school district and the Detroit community.
• Use existing data at the Center to contribute to your own line of research.
• Travel to local and national meetings and conferences.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
• Ph.D. in developmental psychology, early childhood education, or related field. ABD or a Masters with highly relevant experience will be considered.
• Experience conducting research in child care centers and/or schools, particularly in low-income, urban communities.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
• Knowledge of the early care and education field and achievement/opportunity gap.
• Knowledge of the development of and interventions to support self-regulation in young children.
• Demonstrated ability to support the design and implementation of a large-scale research and/or evaluation project and/or initiative.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively manage a research and/or evaluation project.
• Proficient use and understanding of statistical analysis packages (e.g., SPSS, Stata, SAS, MPlus) and procedures (e.g., HLM, mixed methods, moderation and mediation).
• Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to effectively manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously.
• Superb creative thinking and written and verbal communication skills.
• Commitment to working collaboratively with team members, project partners, and funders.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
• Knowledge of early childhood self-regulation literature and classroom-based interventions, including teacher coaching desired.
• Knowledge of fidelity of implementation and improvement science literature desired.
• Agile, entrepreneurial, and a team player who seeks to advance the Center and its goals.
• Self-starter able to work independently, along with the judgment to seek supervision and/or input from others when necessary.
• Ability to develop new value-added relationships with potential collaborators and stakeholders.
HOW TO APPLY:
Application review begins immediately and continues until position is filled. Send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief writing sample, and contact information for three professional references to apply.
DISCLAIMER -This position is contingent on continual funding for the i3 grant project. The primary duties for this position will last approximately two years. While continual funding of this position is a priority, no guarantee of employment is implied after this 2-year period.
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