The Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy at Erikson Institute in Chicago is seeking a Research Assistant to support a Learning Collaborative of up to 10 family child care networks over a 16-month period with in-person learning sessions and monthly webinars for the purpose of sharing promising strategies, testing and evaluating new innovative, program-level practices to improve services to family child care providers that lead to positive outcomes, and learning from home-based child care and improvement science experts around effective implementation of supports to providers. This position is well-suited to a doctoral student with interests in the area of early childhood and child care systems development and strong quantitative data management and analyses skills. The Research Assistant primarily will report to the Principal Investigator to help participating network sites with data analyses and management. The research assistant will also work with the Project Manager to assist with the coordination of Learning Collaborative in-person and virtual meetings. This is a temporary, part-time hourly position at 20 hours per week, with the project expected to last two years.
Roles & Responsibilities: •Supports data aggregation and analysis across the collaborative (including assisting teams with data collection, data entry, and data cleaning)
•Maintenance and management of data files
•Coordination of online data collection efforts across teams, including troubleshooting with participants as needed
•Conducts quantitative analyses and provides support to quality improvement teams and partners for monthly data collection, aggregation of data across teams, validation, transformation and presentation (including run charts, Pareto charts, funnel plots)
•Helps to collate monthly reports from teams and generates monthly collaborative-wide reports including PowerPoint slides and Excel visuals (charts and graphs)
•Assists with preparation of data for webinars, learning sessions and other presentations
•Helps to facilitate communication between project leaders and collaborative participants; helps to facilitate data sharing during web-based and in-person learning sessions
•Uses data visualization tools to provide insight into data and improve the aesthetics of graphically presented analyses.
•Assist with onsite meetings by prepping materials, setup and cleanup, and help as needed
•Adhere to policies regarding the handling/storage of research data and materials
•Master’s degree in social work, administration, early childhood, human development, public policy, public health, human services, or related field is required; doctoral candidate preferred.
•One or more years of research experience considered; two or more years preferred
•Demonstrated competence in basic quantitative analyses
•Knowledge and experience with spreadsheets (Excel)
•Strong organizational skill to synthesize information from multiple sources.
•Ability to organize workflow and to meet deadlines.
•Quantitative analytical skills with attention to detail and accuracy.
•Able to work both independently and as part of a team.
•Ability to handle confidential materials discreetly and professionally.
•Strong problem analysis and problem-solving skills. Comfortable working with data.
•Competence with PCs and Windows Office applications, especially Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
•Experience with analytic reporting tools and data visualization tools (including run charts, pareto charts)
•Experience with run charts, control charts, funnel plots, and pareto charts and their use for decision-making.
•This position requires strong oral and verbal communication skills. Must be comfortable following up with Learning Collaborative participants via phone and email, with reminders of deadlines and requests to submit data as required.
Founded in 1966, Erikson Institute is the nation's premier graduate school in child development. We improve the lives of young children and families through graduate and continuing education in child development, social work, and early childhood education, as well as through community programs and policy research. Erikson is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. We offer a variety of employee benefits, including excellent health and dental plans, life/disability insurance, transit stipend, matching retirement contributions, and more. To learn more please visit: www.erikson.edu
Erikson Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other classes protected by federal, state, or local laws. In addition, Erikson Institute provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws (including during the application or hiring process).
To Apply: Please email, fax or mail a cover letter and C.V. to:
Maggie Reardon Erikson Institute 451 North LaSalle Street Chicago, IL 60654
e: mreardon @erikson.edu
NO phone inquiries accepted.
About Erikson Institute
In everything we do, Erikson Institute — the nation’s premier graduate school in child development — works to improve the care and education of children age birth to eight.
•We prepare early childhood professionals to help children reach their full potential and to support families.
•We assess and treat children’s developmental, behavioral, social-emotional, and learning issues.
•We support stressed parents and help them build their strengths.
•We improve Chicago’s schools.
•We enhance math education in preschools and kindergarten.
•We study early childhood programs to understand what works and why.
These are just a few examples of the ways we work to change the lives of children and families. We achieve our mission through:
•academic programs that provide deep knowledge of early growth and development essential to working effectively with young children; ongoing professional development to sharpen the skills and effectiveness of those working in the early childhood field.
•online programs that expand access to advanced education.
•direct services to families.
•applied research that pinpoints effective early childhood programs, practices and policies.
•com...munity partnerships and initiatives that improve and expand services in schools, social service agencies, the child welfare system, health services, courts, and more.
Each year, the work of our faculty, researchers, alumni, and students touches the lives of an estimated 4 million young children across the nation.