The Thirty Million Words Initiative at the University of Chicago is looking for a Research Specialist II 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 underserved 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.
Excellent written, communication, and interpersonal skills required
Analytical and problem solving skills required
Strong ability to relate to people from diverse gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds required
Ability to master technology and software programs as needed
Ability to work both independently and with a team required
Proven track record to work within prescribed timelines required
Valid Driverâ™s License required
Knowledge of adult learning best practices preferred
Knowledge of professional development best practices preferred
Basic knowledge of child language development preferred
Education, Experience and Certifications:
Bachelorâ™s degree in a field of study relevant to the research being conducted required
2 years of experience in related field required
Experience working in a creative environment preferred required
Experience working with families and young children required
Experience working with underserved populations
A resume, cover letter, and contact information for at least three references are required to be attached to be considered for this position.
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