Vanderbilt University Research Field Collector, Flex (Peabody Research) in Nashville, Tennessee

Research Field Collector, Flex (Peabody Research) (Job Number: 1801812)


Our mission is to conduct research aimed at improving the effectiveness of programs for children, youth, and families. Using field research, program evaluation, and research synthesis (meta‐analysis), our faculty and staff help determine which programs are actually making a difference in the lives of the people they serve. Our research addresses many aspects of child and family programs, such as their implementation, costs, dissemination, and social or political support. But the main focus for all of our work is the effects of programs on children and families.

The person in this position will work on an externally funded educational research project at the Peabody Research Institute (PRI) focused on early childhood education and assume responsibility for the project functions related to classroom observations. The position requires travel to schools in the Memphis, Shelby County area.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in training tolearn observation tool and procedures. Continued employment is dependenton successfully completing the process to reliability administer theobservation tool.

  • Conduct systematic classroomobservations using tablets and software while following a specified observation protocol. Must be comfortable with computers and other technology.

  • Check and send observation datain a timely and efficient manner.

  • Communicate politely andprofessionally with teachers, principals, and school staff.

  • Be able to function relativelyindependently within a varied and flexible schedule with multiple tasks toperform, with a high level of attention to detail.

  • Have a valid driver’s licenseand car, or other reliable transportation, in order to visit schools inthe Memphis, Shelby County area school districts for observations.

  • Participate in a backgroundcheck to meet Vanderbilt University requirements for working withchildren.

  • Complete online training tobecome certified by Vanderbilt’s Institutional Review Board, a committeethat protects the rights of human participants in research studies.

  • Must be able to stand for longperiods of time.

Profile of an IdealCandidate:

  • The position requires aBachelor’s degree, but a Master’s degree is preferred.

  • Experience in education,research, or administration is preferred but not required.

  • Previous experience withchildren is a plus, but not required.

  • Additional information:

  • Part-time, temporary position requiring at least 2 full daysper week, 3 or more are preferred; hours can range from 15-29.5 hours perweek.

  • Observationswill run January 2019 to March 2019.

  • Reliabletransportation is required; research will primarily take place in Memphis,TN (Shelby County area).

  • Formal training to learn theuse of tablet hardware and software plus multiple measures for assessmentis required;

  • You must be able to attend 3days of formal training followed by an intense practice and certificationprocess.

  • Compensation will be providedfor all training/practice time and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

  • Salary is dependent uponeducation and experience.

  • Background screens will beperformed and education will be verified prior to employment.

About Vanderbilt Benefits:

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview.

About Vanderbilt University:

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students, faculty, and staff frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #1 in the Princeton Review among 382 top colleges and universities for “happiest students” - as well as #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 21050 - Peabody: Research Administration

Job: Research, Extension, and Other Education Professionals

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action