Oregon Research Institute
  • Eugene, OR, USA
  • $16.63 to $22.16
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

benefit eligible at .5 FTE or greater

Research Assistant 1


Located in Eugene, OR

Description of Project: The First Step Next program is an early intervention that helps children who are at risk for development of behavior problems in preschool and primary grades get off to the best possible start in school. This project will collect long-term, follow-up data from families who previously participated in an evaluation of the program's efficacy in preschools in Oregon, Illinois, Kentucky, and Ohio.

Purpose: The Research Assistant (RA) will be expected to locate, re-establish, and maintain contact with families who previously participated in the project; establish and maintain contact with participating children's elementary schools through negotiations with relevant school personnel (e.g., school principal, etc.) and direct contact with teachers; retrieve student academic record data from school records; and administer, with high levels of reliability, literacy assessments with children in either school or home settings. The RA also will be expected to perform general administrative tasks aligned with the aforementioned duties including data entry, photocopying, mailing, and filing, as needed. This is an hourly classification for employees who will be expected to work under the supervision of a Project Manager or Data Analyst on the project.

Position Requirements:

  1. Knowledge, skill and ability: Bilingual language skills in Spanish & English are desirable. Demonstrated ability to learn and follow procedures and protocols for a behavioral research project. Will be required to complete training in a specific research protocol and to achieve a certain level of data collection reliability. Ability to communicate effectively with research staff and participants (e.g., teachers, parents, and children) from both Spanish and English speaking children both verbally and in writing. Ability and willingness to learn complex coding systems or interview protocols. Must be willing to travel and/or work flexible hours to increase effort on project during critical times.
  1. Experience and training: Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree with previous experience in a research or school environment or experience working with preschool or elementary age children is required. Previous proven experience locating and tracking project participants for research purposes is highly desirable. Previous data collection experience and experience administering academic assessments also is desirable. Applicants with an equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the job will be considered.
  1. Personal traits and characteristics: Ability to establish rapport and implement recruiting procedures with both children and adults. Must be able to follow instruction and work well under pressure in order to meet project deadlines.  Must be an organized self-starter with strong problem solving skills.  Must be dependable and reliable with respect to deadlines and the handling of research data.  Must be adept at completing paperwork in a complete, accurate, and timely manner.  Must be willing to accept responsibility, and to show good judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness.  Must be willing to adhere to the principles of confidentiality governing research work and the ORI computer acceptable use policy.  Must value working in a collaborative environment.  Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and be able to successfully complete a criminal background check in order to work in the public school setting.

Salary :    $16.63 hour - $22.16 depending on experience (Benefit eligible at half-time or more.)

Closes:  December 5, 2019.

Apply online at: https://ori.applicantpool.com/jobs/

Research Assistant, Oregon Research Institute, First Steps,

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