Summary Description: The Columbia School of Social Work invites applications for a Staff Associate position.Under the direction of the Senior Research Scientist, this position will conduct educational and psychological assessments with adults and young children during home visits in New York City; ancillary responsibilities include but are not limited to communicating with study participants about the home visits and supervising the research assistant who will assist with the home visits. A secondary function of this position is to take a lead role in the fieldwork with clients at social service agencies in New York City; this role includes site visits to present the study to agency directors, recruiting agency clients into the study, and overseeing data collection to ensure fidelity to study protocols.This full-time position will support the New York City Longitudinal Study of Wellbeing (NYCLSW) and NYC Kids studies. The NYCLSW and NYC Kids studies are longitudinal surveys of panels of New York City residents with a focus on the causes and consequences of economic disadvantage. Home visits will be conducted with families of young children in New York City to administer educational and psychological assessments. This position will conduct home visits and manage the home visit component of the Early Childhood study, including outreach to study families and coordinating work by other employees on the home visit team. The Staff Associate will consent the parent and answer parents' questions about the research and administer the psychological and educational assessments to the parent and child. Based on his/her prior field experience, the Staff Associate will make informed decisions regarding residence safety and whether study participants are able to consent/participate, and will provide service referrals to study participants as needed. List the specific duties of the position in order of their importance and estimate the usual percentage of time devoted to each.?Manage home visit component of NYC Kids study, including communicating with study participants about the home visits, reviewing data on home visit participation, and identifying barriers to study participant completion of the home visit (15%)?Conduct home visits with families with 3-year-old children to administer educational and psychological assessments. The Staff Associate will (1) consent parents and answer any questions about the research, (2) administer educational and psychological assessments to parents and children, (3) train and supervise junior staff who assist with the home visit, (4) maintain fidelity to the study protocol, ensuring that the data collected are valid and reliable, (5) exercise independent judgment in the field in order to ensure the safety and security of staff, equipment, and data (60%)?Take a lead role in the fieldwork with clients at social service agencies in New York City, including site visits to present the study to agency directors, recruiting agency clients into the study, and overseeing data collection to ensure fidelity to study protocols. (10%)?Maximize retention of agency-based respondents by reviewing data on survey attempts and completions and drawing on fieldwork experience to identify case-specific strategies for outreach (10%)?Other related duties as assigned, including collaborating with project staff to conduct data analysis and write research reports and participating in survey design (5%).
Minimum Qualifications: BA with four year related experience Two years of related experience required with master's Degree; ?MA in social work, psychology, or sociology with two years of related experience or BA in social work, psychology, or sociology with four years related experience?Early Child Development knowledge and experience?Experience working with young children?Experience conducting surveys with live subjects?Telephone Interviewing) and/or survey software preferred?Experience using CATI (Computer Assisted. ?At least 2 years FT field experience, which may include clinical/social services delivery and/or research interviewing
Preferred Qualifications: MA in Social Sciences or related field
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