Graduate Research Assistant - 20969BR

Graduate Research Assistant

Department: 
Bureau of Child Research
Location/Division: 
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Reg/Temp: 
Temporary
Employee Class: 
S-Student

Position Overview

Researchers at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, a community-based research center with the University of Kansas, are leading a national collaboration of researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and funders to develop solutions to the problem of the “word gap” in early exposure to talk experienced by young children from underserved families. Among the network’s primary objectives is to maintain a national multi-site network of research entities that will collaborate to strengthen the evidence base of effective interventions reducing the word gap, develop and implement a plan for disseminating research findings and intervention-relevant resources to diverse stakeholders, and to support emerging research scholars.
We are seeking one Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) to work 50% FTE (20 hours per week) through August, 2022. The GRA will work on the project under the guidance of the Project Co-Principal Investigators and the Project Coordinator. The GRA will attend regular project meetings and will be responsible for assisting the Leadership Team and Work Groups in developing associated deliverables from research and assisting with translation and dissemination of findings for diverse audiences including researchers, teachers, parents, and policymakers. The GRA will also assist with BWG-related intervention studies and assist with the completion of project-specific tasks including maintaining the project website and creating the bi-monthly network newsletter.
The GRA will be expected to work independently with guidance from the Project Co-Principal Investigators and the Project Coordinator. The GRA will be expected to have a background in early education, speech/language pathology, applied behavior science, social work or a related field, and knowledge about interventions for supporting children’s language growth aimed at parents, teachers, child-care providers, and/or community-implementers. Underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. This position may be a hybrid of on-site work and telework as deemed by supervisor.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the background check.
Continuation is dependent on yearly funding and satisfactory annual evaluation.
The position is located in Kansas City, Kansas in the Children’s Campus of Kansas City Building, 444 Minnesota Ave, Suite 300, Kansas City KS 66101.

This position will be a hybrid of on-site work and telework as deemed by supervisor.
Underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Job Description

80% Assist the Co-PIs and Coordinator in carrying out the BWG Research Network activities.
15% Assist Co-PIs, Coordinator, and Leadership Team in preparation and dissemination of project information through traditional academic journals, research briefs, newsletters, and webinars.
5% Assist the Co-PIs and Coordinator with completing the overall network activities including work plans and deliverables for all work groups.

Required Qualifications

  1. Current enrollment in 6+ hours in KU graduate program in Early Childhood Special Education, Speech-Language Pathology, School Psychology, Child Psychology, Social Work, Psychology, or related field, as shown in application materials.
  2. Excellent organizational skills as evidenced by application materials.
  3. Two-year minimum computer word-processing data-base knowledge, as demonstrated in application materials.
  4. Research project must complement student’s studies, as demonstrated in application materials.
  5. Excellent English written and oral communication skills as evidenced by application materials, interview performance and references.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, School Psychology, Child Psychology, Early Childhood Special Education, Psychology, or related field.
  2. Experience working on a research team related to early intervention or early childhood development
  3. Minimum one year of teaching or providing direct services to young children or their families
  4. Experience disseminating research to practitioners and policy makers.
  5. Experience with maintaining websites
  6. Coursework in research design
  7. Experience developing newsletters and Powerpoint presentations
  8. Experience working with diverse people in a variety of situations.
  9. Ability to work independently and attend to details as demonstrated in work experience.
  10. Experience creating newsletters and social media campaigns

Additional Candidate Instructions

Please submit an online application, cover letter, resume or vitae and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be accepted.

Review of applications will begin January 6, 2022 and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants has been identified.

Salary: $18.00-$20.00 hourly, $720.00--$800.00 biweekly, commensurate with education and experience. Eligible candidate to receive Spring 2022 tuition sponsorship.

Contact Information to Applicants

If you have questions about the position, you may email Drs. Alana Schnitz at aschnitz@ku.edu, Judith Carta at carta@ku.edu. If you have questions about the application process, you may contact Diana Skill at dskill@ku.edu
Please note: All offers of employment are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the background check.

Advertised Salary Range

Starting at $720 biweekly

Work Schedule

Varies.


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Posting Information
Posting ID:
20969BR
Department:
Bureau of Child Research
Primary Campus:
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Reg/Temp:
Temporary
Employee Class:
S-Student