Project Coordinator, Center for Child and Family Policy

North Carolina, United States
09 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
09 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

SSPP Center for Child and Family Policy

Job Description

Center for Child and Family Policy Mission:

The mission of the Center for Child and Family Policy is to contribute to solutions to important problems affecting today’s children and families, through an integrated system of scientific research, debate and dissemination, public service, and teaching.

The center emphasizes the bridge from basic research to policy and practice. Occupational Summary: The Center for Child and Family Policy recently received funding from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) for an efficacy trial of a teacher professional development program in elementary schools in North Carolina.

This comprehensive teacher PD program provides English as a second language (ESL) and classroom teachers with a framework for collaboration, skills for implementing high-impact instructional strategies, and approaches for incorporating families’ cultural wealth into the classroom. The PD program is based on research supporting teacher PD and includes the DCCS Institute, follow-up application modules, ongoing implementation coaching, and weekly collaboration sessions between the ESL and classroom teachers.

The specific aims of this Goal 3 Efficacy Study are to:

Aim 1: Examine the effectiveness of the DCCS PD program for increasing collaboration between the ESL and classroom teachers, increasing the use of high-impact instructional strategies with ELs, incorporating students’ cultural wealth into the classroom, and increasing outreach to parents.

Aim 2: Examine the effectiveness of the DCCS PD program on students’ language and literacy skills in phonics/word recognition, language and writing, comprehension, and vocabulary. Aim 3: Explore student, teacher, and parent characteristics that mediate or moderate the relationship between the DCCS program and students’ language and literacy outcomes.

Please see this short video about the project on YouTube:

Work Performed A detailed description of functional areas and tasks follows: The position is full time, but a part-time option (30 hours per week) may be available if desired.

This position will act as a key collaborator with the primary investigators to lead the research teams in developing, refining and conducting project activities.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work with school principals, ESL teachers, and classroom teachers to recruit Latino English Learners (ELs) to participate in the study. Collect and organize parent consent forms and parent surveys.
  • Coordinate and schedule data collection activities including teacher surveys, workshop evaluations, parent surveys, student assessments, teacher observations within several North Carolina school districts.
  • Supervise senior research aides in data collection and data entry activities.
  • Create and maintain database of all study data, including online teacher surveys, student assessments, classroom observations, and parent surveys.
  • Analyze and interpret quantitative andqualitative data in conjunction with principal investigator(s), statisticians, and other members of the research team.
  • Lead efforts in obtaining and maintaining university IRB approval and reporting on grant activities to the Institute of Education Sciences.
  • Manage project administrative responsibilities such as contractor paperwork, project invoices, short-term cash funds, research participant consents and payments, etc.
  • Participate in preparation of manuscripts for publication, written reports to funders, and conference presentations.
  • Attend project-specific meetings - this includes travel to various school sites.
  • Manage the workflow of data collection staff and an undergraduate research assistant.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to work described herein.

In addition, the successful candidate will possess the following qualities/attributes: Excellent organizational skills. Experience working with teachers and students. Proven excellence in working with a research team and coordinating data collection Experience conducting evaluations of school-based programs. Experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred but not required.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Requisition Number 401484562
Location Durham
Job Family Level 10
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt
Full Time / Part Time FULL TIME
Regular / Temporary Regular
Shift First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

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Work requires communication and analytical skills normally acquiredthrough a 4 year college education.


Work requires a general knowledge of research methods, procedures andactivities normally acquired through 1 year of social science researchexperience.OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

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