The Thirty Million Words Initiative at the University of Chicago seeks a Research Specialist 2 to assist in curriculum development. This position involves working collaboratively with a team of curriculum designers to interview stakeholders, research, identify and write relevant content, develop multimedia assets, pilot test new material, and refine content based on research findings. Candidate must have excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, attention to detail, as well as experience working with under-served populations, parents and young children. Knowledge of adult learning modalities, professional development best practices and child language development preferred. A demonstrated track record working in a creative environment is a plus. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:- Conceptualize, outline, and write curriculum content for existing and new TMW Initiative programs in coordination with curriculum team and under direction of PI and Director, Communications and Curriculum. - Incorporate current child development, professional development, and adult learning literature, as well as TMW Initiative research findings into curriculum content.- Build curriculum content including computer-based presentations, paper edits, and video rough cuts. - Facilitate one-on-one and focus group qualitative interviews to obtain feedback from key stakeholders on curriculum content. Collate and track feedback and address content when necessary. - Cultivate and maintain relationships with partner organizations to facilitate recruitment of participants for formative review and participation in video component of curriculum.- Coordinate video shoots with participants and film crews. Coach participants in modeling of best practices, as outlined in TMW curriculum, during video shoots. Organize, encode and maintain videos. Review raw footage and flag useful behaviors for use in curriculum content. - Perform literature reviews and additional research in support of curriculum content.- Perform other duties as assigned.
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