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Research Assistant

Company: Kansas State University
Location: Independence
Posted on: January 28, 2023

Job Description:

Research Assistant

Department: 3670055010 Health & Human Sciences Dean

Job no: 514523

Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)

Location: Other

Worksite: Hybrid and/or Remote eligible (must reside in US)

Categories: Research / Scientific / Grants, Child Development

Pay Grade: 06B

About This Role:

The Kansas Institute for Early Childhood Education and Research (KIECER) and Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities (KCCTO) teams, within the College of Health and Human Sciences, are looking to hire a Research Assistant who will work on a statewide project in the area of childcare and early education. This position will join a cadre of staff and have responsibility for project activities associated with the early childhood education workforce. Additional responsibilities include the contribution to, and dissemination of, materials specific to evidence-based practices in childcare and early education. This position will report to the KIECER Director.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyze data from early childhood workforce development projects, including performing basic descriptive analysis

  • Perform data entry and manage database and other data files

  • Assist in data collection across the state of Kansas using a variety of early childhood assessment tools

  • Perform quality assurance to maintain the integrity of data and human subject protocols

  • Conduct literature research in support of publication and presentation efforts

  • Assist in the design of survey and other data collection measures

  • Coordinate with project coordinators, director, and evaluation coordinator on data collection and evaluation

  • Assist in the preparation of presentations and publications for clients, refereed publications, and regional and national conferences

    The expertise of individuals may be in the area of early care and education of young children (i.e., psychology, human development, and family science) and/or instructional technology/computer sciences with an introductory knowledge of data collection, data synthesis, and analysis.

    Travel may be required as it relates to attendance at educational events for personal skill and professional development. Staff may also be required to attend meetings to represent the project.

    Why Join Us:

    Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities, Inc. (KCCTO) is a state-wide training office dedicated to providing quality, accessible, professional development opportunities to family childcare providers, childcare center staff, and other early education professionals throughout Kansas. KCCTO is a sponsored project of Kansas State University and the College of Health and Human Sciences. The mission of KCCTO is to ensure high-quality early education and care through professional development and support for those who work with and on behalf of young children. KCCTO is the current contracted agency by the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) for the Early Childhood Workforce Development Project and the Infant Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN).

    The Kansas Institute for Early Childhood Education and Research (KIECER) is a partnership between the Division for Student Life and the College of Health and Human Sciences. The Institute is housed in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Kansas State University. The mission of KIECER is to elevate and influence practice, an equitable workforce, and family systems through collaborative efforts to advance the science of early childhood education and development. The work of the Institute falls within three main areas: workforce development, research and outreach, and engagement.

    The College of Health and Human Sciences is home to six academic departments (Applied Human Sciences; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health, Hospitality Management; Interior Design and Fashion Studies; Personal Financial Planning; and Kinesiology), the Center on Aging, and the Physician Assistant Program. In addition, the college serves as a satellite location for the WSU nursing program. The College enrolls roughly 2,700 students (graduate and undergraduate) and employs over 100 full-time faculty members in teaching, research, and Extension positions (https://www.hhs.k-state.edu/). The College is committed to promoting research, scholarship, creative activity, and discovery with a strategic and cohesive focus on health and human behavior.

    Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off (vacation, sick, and holidays). To see what benefits are available, please visit https://www.k-state.edu/hsc/benefits.

    We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

    Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

    Worksite Options:

    This position may be eligible for a hybrid and/or remote worksite. Work may be performed on employer premises, designated assignment location, and/or performed fully in a remote capacity. An employee who is working remotely must reside within the United States in order to comply with all federal and state laws, filings, or tax requirements.

    What You'll Need to Succeed:

    Minimum Requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree

      Preferred Qualifications:

      • Bachelor's degree in child development, early childhood, psychology, or a related field

      • Master's degree in child development or early childhood

      • One year of research-related experience

      • One year of experience with database software (i.e., spreadsheets/Excel, SPSS)

      • Three years of experience with data graphing software (i.e., line graphs, bar graphs, pie charts)

      • Familiarity with early childhood settings

      • Management/supervisory experience

        Other Requirements:

        • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

          How to Apply:

          Please submit the following documents:

        • Cover letter

        • Resume

        • Three professional references

          Screening of Applications Begins:

          Immediately and continues until the position is filled.

          For more information, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Jennifer Francois, at jfrancois@ksu.edu with the subject line Research Assistant Search.

          Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

          $26.44 - $29.33/hour

          Equal Employment Opportunity:

          Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

          Background Screening Statement:

          In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

          Advertised: Jan 23, 2023 Central Standard Time

          Applications close: Open until filled

Keywords: Kansas State University, Tulsa , Research Assistant, Other , Independence, Oklahoma

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