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Vanderbilt University Research Field Collector, Flex in Nashville, Tennessee

Research Field Collector, Flex (Job Number: 1900724)


Peabody Research Administration is seeking 12 Research Field Collectors. Under moderate supervision, you will conduct classroom observations and/or individually assess developmental skills of children in prekindergarten through 2ndgrade classrooms. The position requires some overnight travel across the state of Tennessee. The work is part-time and temporary.

Formal training to learn the use of tablet hardware and software plus multiple measures for assessment will begin mid-August 2019. You must be able to attend 2-4 days of formal training, followed by an intense practice and certification process. You will be compensated for all training. The assessments will be conducted twice during the 2019-2020 school year, in the fall (Aug-Oct) and again in the spring (Mar-May). The observations will be conducted twice throughout the year (Sept-Dec/Jan-Apr). You may be selected to conduct both assessments and observations, or just assessments, depending on the project’s need.

This is a Part-time, temporary position requiringat least 4 full days per week during the assessment periods, at least 3 duringthe observation period. Hours can range from 15-29.5 hours per week

Duties and Responsibilities

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

  • Participate in training tolearn assessment tools and procedures and complete the certificationprocess for assessment. Continued employment is dependent on successfullycompleting the process to become certified to administer the assessmentbattery.

  • Conduct systematic classroomobservations using tablets and software while following a specifiedobservation protocol. Must be comfortablewith computers and other technology.

  • Check and send assessmentand/or observation data in 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.(Insurance required)

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

  • Become certified byVanderbilt’s Institutional Review Board, a committee that protects therights of human participants in research studies.

  • Must be able to stand for longperiods of time for observations.

Profile of an IdealCandidate

  • The position requires aBachelor’s degree, but a Master’s degree is preferred, and experienceinteracting with young children.

  • Experience in education,research, or administration is preferred.

  • This is aPart-time, temporary position requiring at least 4 full days per weekduring the assessment periods, at least 3 during the observation period.Hours can range from 15-29.5 hours per week.

  • 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.

Vanderbilt is a smoke-free workplace in compliance with the Non-Smoker Protection Act, Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-1810. In accordance with that law and Vanderbilt policy, smoking is prohibited in all enclosed areas on Vanderbilt property.

To learn more:

To learn more about this position, please contact Tonya Beaird Lowe, project coordinator at the Peabody Research Office at Vanderbilt University:


About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university’s students, staff, and faculty 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. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2018 (Forbes).

AboutVanderbilt Benefits

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.

Commitmentto Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.

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