The Research Coordinator will report to the Senior Project Manager and shall provide on-the-ground coordination, implementation, and research support. The Research Coordinator will work closely with Connecticut-based infant and toddler childcare providers and TMW Center research and curriculum staff. The Research Coordinator shall be responsible for recruiting and consenting study participants, providing regular implementation and technical support to study participants, data collection, and operational and logistical coordination of various study activities.
As a primary on-the-ground point of contact for study participants, the Research Coordinator shall build positive relationships with childcare centers, classroom teachers, families and Connecticut's Office of Early Childhood (OEC) staff to ensure strong communication and a successful research partnership with the TMW Center.
Required: Significant in-state (Connecticut) field work consisting of regular site visits to child care providers and study participants required. Up to 75% of time may be spent working in the field. Must have access to reliable transportation.
Required: Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in ECE or a related job discipline.
Knowledge of early childhood developmental stages and pedagogy and/or early education setting: child care, Pre-K, or early elementary education.
Knowledge and skills developed through work experience or training in early education, early childhood systems, applied research, or related discipline.
Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Ability to work in early child care classrooms (i.e. can pass a background check required by state licensure).
Firm understanding of current best-practice pedagogy related to language development instruction, as well as some familiarity with quality improvement strategies, professional learning practices and tools (such as Teaching Strategies Gold, CLASS, LENA etc.).
Has general awareness in research techniques, survey research methods or methods and relevant scientific knowledge.
Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
Ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with colleagues, especially those of differing backgrounds.
About TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health
The TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health is an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Chicago that advances a novel public health approach to prevent early cognitive disparities and achieve impact at scale. Our mission is to create a national shift in the knowledge and behavior of parents, caregivers, and educators that leads to optimal foundational brain development in all children during the first five years of life. In pursuit of this mission, we translate the latest brain science into tools and strategies that help parents, caregivers, educators, organizations, and communities meet the developmental needs of children.