Part-Time Field Assessor VIQI (Philadelphia, PA) at RTI Research Triangle Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Posted in Other 7 days ago.

Job Description:



Part-time work paying $20 per hour!


Philadelphia, PA

RTI International, is seeking part-time child assessors to work on an early childhood center-based research study. This important research study, led by MDRC, is designed to learn more about children's experiences in preschool settings. Data collectors will travel to participating centers to conduct 25-minute assessments with preschool-age children.

This position will offer, on average, 20 hours per week from October to December 2021 depending on assignment. Candidates must be available to work daytime, weekday hours, particularly between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. Additional work may be available past November as part of future phases of the study.


  • Work a variable work schedule, averaging 20 hours per week and as dictated by preschool/center schedules and case assignments from October through December 2021.

  • Independently manage workload of approximately 2-3 early childhood centers.

  • Work with assigned staff at early childhood centers to determine logistics of child assessments.

  • Travel to sampled early childhood centers to complete child assessments. It is expected you will visit a school a minimum of 2 times.

  • Track parental permission results, communications with center administrators, and log updates related to logistics.

  • Assume full responsibility for use and care of project equipment, taking reasonable and appropriate steps to safeguard against damage, loss, or theft and return at the conclusion of the assignment or at a supervisor's request.

  • Complete, organize, and safely store paperwork.

  • Use a laptop computer for project activities, including entering information in web-based systems, viewing electronic reports, and sending/receiving email.

  • Adhere to all project deadlines and maintain accurate records of progress and administrative reports.

  • Complete all required activities in a professional manner, while maintaining the integrity and confidentiality of all information acquired.

  • When working in the field, must be willing to agree to any COVID-19-related protocols put in place by RTI. These could include, among others, wearing face coverings, gloves, taking temperatures daily, social distancing with survey respondents, and/or completing a health pledge. All safety supplies required for use on the project will be provided by RTI.


  • Have a minimum of an associate degree.

  • Have reliable transportation, either with a personal vehicle or public transportation.

  • A valid drivers' license and automobile insurance as required by your state.

  • Have regular access to an in-home internet connection to complete data collection tasks.

  • Have strong attention to detail.

  • Be comfortable working in a preschool setting and in all types of neighborhoods.

  • Possess effective interpersonal and verbal communication skills.


  • Experience working on school-based research studies, particularly in preschool settings.

  • Degree in Early Childhood Education, Psychology, or related field.

  • Experience conducting direct assessments with children, using measures such as the Preschool Language Scales, Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement, or similar assessments.


  • Hourly wage will be determined based on the area in which work is being performed. The pay rate for Philadelphia, PA is $20/hour.

  • Project related mileage would be reimbursed at the government rate, currently $.56/mile.

  • Per diem available for overnight travel.


Data Collectors are required to attend a web-based training scheduled for October 2021. Attendance at training is mandatory. Trainees must successfully complete training including online courses, teleconferences, and an oral certification to continue employment on the project.


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