Vanderbilt University Research Field Collector, Flex in Nashville, Tennessee

Research Field Collector, Flex (Job Number: 1801768)


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.

Under moderate supervision, you will assess the math and self-regulatory skills of children and conduct semi-structured interview sessions with students in 9th – 10th grades. The position requires travel to schools in Nashville and surrounding areas. The work is temporary and hours are irregular, depending on the assessment schedule, which is based primarily on the school schedules.

Formal training to learn the use of tablet hardware and software plus multiple measures for assessment will begin in January. You must be able to attend 3 days of formal training followed by an intense practice and certification process. Assessments begin in December of 2018 and last through mid-May of 2019.

Duties and Responsibilities :

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

  • Participate in training tolearn interview protocols.

  • Conduct individualassessments and interviews with 14-16 year-old students and teachers,using tablets and assessment software while following a specifiedassessment protocol.

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

  • Be able to functionrelatively independently within a varied and flexible schedule withmultiple tasks to perform, with a high level of attention to detail.

  • Have a valid driver’s licenseand car, or other reliable transportation, in order to visit schools forassessments. (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.

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 withchild assessment is a plus, but not required. Some general mathknowledge/skills are also a plus, but not required.

Additional information:

  • There are 12 positionsavailable.

  • This is a part-time temporaryposition requiring at least 3 full days per week, 15-29.5 hours per week.

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 andprotected 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