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Field Research AssistantNew York University - New York, NY
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New York University: NYU - Domestic: Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development: Office of Research: Institute of Human Development and Social Change


New York City

Open Date

Jan 22, 2020


Feb 28, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


The Strengthening the Architecture for High Quality Universal Pre-K project at New York University is seeking individuals to support recruitment efforts in the spring of 2020. The project is being led by Dr. Pamela Morris and Dr. Elise Cappella, and it aims to evaluate how professional supports given to preschool teachers are: 1) improving teachers’ classroom practices and 2) fostering children’s academic and social-emotional development. Notably, the project is being conducted in the context of New York City’s Pre-K for All initiative, a nationally-recognized effort to provide high-quality preschool opportunities to every child in the city. The research project ultimately aims to contribute to education scholarship and to provide New York City’s policy leaders with valuable data that will help them strengthen preschool programming across the city.

By working as a field research assistant, you will have the opportunity to engage directly in the recruitment effort that is fundamental to project success. Specifically, research assistants will be expected to build relationships with principals, site leaders, teachers and other school officials in pre-k sites throughout New York City. Those hired will be expected to effectively communicate project information to school officials through in-person meetings, email, and on the phone. Additionally, field research assistants will need to record all correspondence and meetings with school officials using a data tracking software and Google Calendar, report regularly to NYU staff, and submit administrative paperwork. This position is a short-term, part-time opportunity; the exact hours can be discussed on an individual-basis.

Commitment and Duration:

  • Attendance at a 3-day training in April (dates and times TBD);
  • Commit to working at least 3 days during the data collection periods (late April - June) from 8am-4pm;
  • Must be able to travel throughout New York City to pre-k sites with recruitment materials;
  • Must be willing to undergo a background check through the NYC Department of Education, or provide proof of previous fingerprint clearance to work in NYC Department of Education schools;
  • Comply with all data security and confidentiality requirements;


The pay rate is $ per hour and any travel time outside of normal commute will be compensated This short-term, part-time position represents a wonderful opportunity for anyone looking to engage in research, gain valuable skills, and be part of an effort to strengthen New York City’s historic Pre-K for All program.


  • Candidates should be working toward or have already earned a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (psychology, education, sociology, or related field)
    • Master’s degree in relevant discipline, a plus
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to explain social science research to a variety of audiences
  • Strong communication skills over phone and email with consistent follow-up
  • Acute attention to detail and ability to record correspondence with school officials using data tracking software and keep track of meetings using Google Calendar
  • Punctuality in addition to professional appearance and demeanor
  • Prior sales or recruitment experience, a plus
  • Prior experience working in school settings, a plus

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume or CV, and contact information for three references through Interfolio (Insert link). If you have questions about the position, please contact Hailey Vogel at @ Review of applications will begin immediately. For best consideration, please apply before Friday, 02/28.

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