P/T Short-Term Role: American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family & Child Experiences Survey

Jan 13, 2020

Mathematica is seeking to hire a team of part-time, short-term classroom observers to work on the American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 2019 (AI/AN FACES 2019), which is sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation.

About the Study

AI/AN FACES is a large-scale study of Region XI Head Start programs, which are operated by federally recognized AI/AN tribes. The study provides descriptive, nationally representative information on the characteristics, experiences and development of Region XI Head Start children and families, and the characteristics of the Head Start programs and staff who serve them. The study consists of various components, including classroom observations, child assessments, and surveys for parents, teachers, and other program staff.

About the Position

During a nine-week period in late winter/early spring 2020, Mathematica will employ a team of classroom observers, who will travel weekly to selected Head Start programs in AI/AN communities across the country for approximately three days. During these visits, observers will conduct observations of a set of selected study classrooms.

This is a short-term, part-time position averaging 30 hours per week for approximately 9 weeks. Observers will be required to work a variable schedule, including evenings and weekends, and must be available for extended overnight travel throughout the country.

 Pay for this position is $17/hour (or more based on experience). Compensation includes an additional health and welfare benefit. All work-related travel, accommodations, and meals are included when traveling for the project.

Observers will…
 Observe classrooms using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS-R), and additional measures developed for AI/AN FACES
 Take detailed notes during the observation  Use a laptop to enter observation scores and selected notes on the same day as the observation
 Submit time, mileage, and expense forms daily
 Complete and return observation booklets according to required deadlines

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities
 Experience working with and/or in AI or AN communities
 Highly cultivated cultural competency coupled with strong cross cultural understanding and communication skills
 Demonstrated ability to effectively relate to and support diverse populations
 Possess a high standard of integrity and understanding of AI/AN issues to ensure that work is culturally appropriate and respectful

 High School Diploma or equivalent
 Be comfortable working in a preschool setting, and in all types of communities, including rural and remote
 Ability and willingness for extended overnight travel to AI/AN communities throughout the country
 Strong attention to detail
 Experience and ability to operate a laptop computer with skills and visual acuity including connecting to Wi-Fi.
 Ability to work well independently and under the direction of project coordinators
 Ability to meet various physical demands, including, but not limited to:
 Meeting the physical requirements of the position with or without accommodations.
 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, stand, and sit for periods of time, use hands and fingers, talking, and hearing.
 Valid U.S. driver’s license required

Preferred experience
 Experience conducting classroom observations, using the CLASS, ECERS-R, and/or similar observation tools
 Data collection experience strongly preferred, particularly in Head Start or preschool settings
 Degree in Early Childhood Education, Psychology, or related field

Training and Schedule
 Paid (including travel, accommodations, and meals), in-person, mandatory training is scheduled for February 5-13, 2020 in Tucson, AZ
 Further employment is contingent upon successful completion of training and certification
 Must pass a criminal background check
 Qualified candidates should be available to commit for the full length of the observations data collection process (approximately March, April, and May 2020)

Contact Information

If you are interested in the position or have any questions about the observer role or study, please contact Season Bedell at (520) 729-3242 or SBedell@mathematica-mpr.com. Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2019.

About Mathematica

Mathematica is dedicated to improving public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on information collection and analysis for our partners and clients. The company has been at the forefront of assessing the effectiveness of policies and programs since 1968. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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