Graduate Research Assistant - 12224BR

Graduate Research Assistant

Department: 
Bureau of Child Research
Location/Division: 
Kansas City, Kansas
Reg/Temp: 
Temporary
Employee Class: 
S-Student

Position Overview

The Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP: www.jgcp.ku.edu) is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) at 50% – 75% FTE. The GRA would join a research team that is developing and testing technology to promote data-driven intervention decision making practices by practitioners serving infants and toddlers with or at-risk for disabilities. These decision-making practices are informed by practitioners use of Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDIs) for Infants and Toddlers (www.igdi.ku.edu). The GRA will assist in planning and administering standardized assessments with children in infant-toddler programs throughout the Kansas City metro area. Using procedures derived from implementation science, the candidate will also help evaluate how childcare programs are using IGDIs to identify children at risk for delays and inform intervention services for children not making expected progress. These evaluations will be based on analyses of existing records and interviews/surveys of program staff. Opportunities for the GRA to propose/conduct individual studies of early educators’ data-driven decision making practices will also be available. The candidate must have strong organizational, communication, and written skills as evidenced by work history, and must have reliable transportation. 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. The position is at JGCP, located in the Children’s Campus of Kansas City building, 444 Minnesota Ave, Suite 300, Kansas City, KS 66101.

Job Description

25% Work with current JGCP staff to support local Kansas City infant/toddler programs, use of Infant-Toddler IGDIs for progress monitoring and data-driven decision making

30% Monitor and report fidelity of data-driven decision making practices of participating programs, and problem-solve strategies to improve implementation in low-fidelity programs

30% Administer batteries of standardized child assessments in centers and homes, document and enter assessments into local database

10% Assist in preparing progress reports for funding agencies, and posters and papers to disseminate project findings

5% Participate in ongoing research meetings

Required Qualifications

1. KU student must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours each semester during the academic year. Enrollment of one credit hour during the summer session is required if the student was not enrolled the previous spring or is not pre-enrolled in the upcoming fall term.
2. Current enrollment in a graduate program at KU with a course of study in applied behavior science (ABS), special education, school psychology, or related academic field.
3. At least one year experience administering and scoring standardized early childhood assessments.
4.
Effective written communication skills as evidenced in application materials and one sample written product (e.g., recent course paper, blog, first-author published paper, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications

1. Master’s degree in applied behavior science (ABS), special education, school psychology, or related academic field.
2. At least one year of home visiting experience (e.g., parent/family support services, child assessment administration/scoring, etc.)
3. At least two years of experience working with office productivity software such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.
4. At least two years of experience as an educator/direct service provider in center-based or home visiting early childhood education programs.
5. Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently or with limited supervision.
6. Demonstrated ability to prioritize across several simultaneous projects, communicating recommendations on a regular basis to individuals from various backgrounds.
7. Strong oral communication skills as determined through interview process and reference checks.

Additional Candidate Instructions

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.
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.
Selected candidates must successfully pass a background check.

Contact Information to Applicants

If you have questions about the position, you may email Dr. Buzhardt at jaybuz@ku.edu. If you have questions about the application process, you may contact Diana Skill at 913-735-2612

Advertised Salary Range

$17.00-$19.00 hourly, commensurate with education and experience.

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Posting Information
Posting ID:
12224BR
Department:
Bureau of Child Research
Location/Division:
Kansas City, Kansas
Reg/Temp:
Temporary
Employee Class:
S-Student
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