Research Aide - 12984BR

Research Aide

Bureau of Child Research
Juniper Gardens Area
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, a community-based research center affiliated with the Institute for Life Span Studies at the University of Kansas, is seeking a Research Aide at .90 FTE) to assist research faculty, staff, and students in their daily research support activities. The responsibilities of the Research Aide include but are not limited to data collection and management activities; customer service responsibilities; general office duties; and assist with research project administration tasks as needed. The Research Aide will assist with several internally and externally funded research projects. Continuation of this position is contingent on funding. Please note that all offers of employment are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the background check Position is located in downtown Kansas City, KS. Valid driver's license and reliable transportation are required.

Job Description

35% - Data Collection and Data Management:
Facilitate data collection with research participants using standardized assessments, observational measures, and surveys; building and maintaining rapport with research partners such as families, teachers, and program administrators; and communicating and working with research partners and project staff to coordinate the scheduling and administration of assessments and appropriately handle care of assessment data. Assist the project teams with the preparation of 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 and assist in conducting reliability assessments. Attend data collection team and research project meetings.

35% - Administrative Program Support:
Greet and welcome staff and guests; direct visitors to appropriate area and monitor visitor log; set a positive office atmosphere; answer and direct telephone calls; serve as general point of contact and handle inquiries; process research supply requisitions; submit and follow-up on work orders for building maintenance, supplies and other special requests; sort and distribute incoming mail; assist with outgoing mailings, including ensuring all outgoing mail is appropriately packaged and sealed with appropriate postage, charged to the correct projects; prepare meeting and training rooms; and assist in keeping common office space and meeting rooms tidy.

30% - Research Project Support:
Assist multiple projects in dissemination of documents, resources, assembling packets, copying, preparing bulk mailings, filing, collating, labeling, data entry, audio transcriptions, editing of manuscripts, proofreading, meeting scheduling, and event planning. Support projects during staff illness/maternity leave or other unique situations. Assist projects with any specific support as needed and learn specific duties related to the project and carry those out as needed and as efficiently as possible.

Required Qualifications

  1. High school diploma OR GED or Bachelor’s degree.
  2. Four years of guest or public service experience.
  3. Effective written and verbal communication skills as evidenced by application materials and work experience.
  4. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail as evidenced by work history.
  5. Experience working with computers, including with e-mail, word processing, spreadsheet, database, and telecommunications application software (Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, and Skype for Business) as evidenced by application materials.
  6. Experience working independently to prioritize and coordinate multiple tasks and projects at one time, as evidenced by application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience working in an educational setting with children.
  2. Experience administering assessments and conducting observations of young children (GRTR, CIRCLE, PELI, and TOPEL).
  3. Experience participating in research projects related to early intervention/education.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Please apply online and provide a cover letter, a resume and contact information for two professional references.

Review of applications will begin October14, 2018 and will continue until position is filled.

Contact Information to Applicants

For questions about the position, please contact Jenne Bryant at 913-321-3143.
For questions about the application process, please contact Diana Skill, 913-735-2612,

Advertised Salary Range

$28,548 - $34,164 ($15.25 to $18.25 hourly) commensurate with education and experience

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Posting ID:
Bureau of Child Research
Juniper Gardens Area
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
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