Senior Communications and Policy Specialist
The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers has received a grant from the US Department of Education to develop and carry out the work of its first ever Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) , which will provide research-based support and technical assistance to the field on how to improve early education outcomes. Will research and provide strategic and high quality technical assistance (TA) strategies to state policy makers on behalf of CEELO. Develops and organizes Webinars and Peer Learning Communities on topics related to current early childhood state policy issues. Responsible for: coordinating and editing CEELO products for publication, including website, policy briefs, FastFacts, press releases, and blogs; generating data reports from the CEELO Tools Online Database to track technical assistance work and information requests and fulfillment. Collaborates on the overall editorial, pictorial, and graphic concepts and plans for periodicals, book projects, publications, web sites, social media, and/or other publishing initiatives for NIEER, and coordinating and editing production of topical and timely blog posts, and other social media posting. Contributes significantly to development and completion of NIEER's Annual State of Preschool Yearbook ("the Yearbook"), from data collection through publication and publicity. Responsible for checking and tracking data in the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and/or other data file for the Yearbook, updating and composing entries for the Yearbook, and communicating with state policy representatives regarding the data. In addition, the position will participate in research projects as assigned. For NIEER, and as needed for CEELO, will build industry relationships, identify and evaluate promising proposals, explore key area/issues/services for potential features, evaluate and determine appropriate articles to recommend, and present project proposals to unit for approval. Provides editorial and acquisition expertise, and in-depth, subject specific advice to authors. Facilitates the editorial review process. Collaborates with authors, oversees revision completion, and provides substantive editing of major research studies, reports, proposals, manuscripts, and scholarly articles for content, style, consistency, and clarity of message. Recommends or determines illustrations, layout, design, and production of in-house and/or vendor print, web, or multimedia productions. Interviews, researches, writes, or otherwise creates original feature articles and editorials, text, graphic, audio, video, web-based, or other complex non-routine documents.
Requires a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Education Policy, Development or Psychology. Earned doctorate strongly preferred. A minimum of three years of experience working with others to: plan, develop and implement research-based technical assistance to a variety of early education policy-makers and practitioners, including those at the national level; contribute to ongoing strategic planning, development, management, and implementation of programs; engage in research and policy analysis. Experience should include conducting and disseminating education research, including developing instruments, data collection and analysis, writing and presenting research-related reports. Requires advanced knowledge of current early education policy and practice including issues of finance, governance, and assessment, and ability to develop, deliver, coordinate, and evaluate high-level technical assistance informed by the latest research (requires an ability to discern research quality in these areas), that can demonstrably increase the ability of regional and national early education entities to enhance early learning outcomes, as required per Rutgers University agreement with the Department. Requires experience that demonstrates comprehensive knowledge, skill, and understanding of writing, formatting, proofreading, publishing, promotional advertising, organization coordination, and/or facilitation.
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The National Institute for Early Education Research is seeking Data Collectors year-round.
Applicants should be graduate students, have a BA or be upperclassman undergraduate students with a focus on child development, early childhood, psychology or related field. Knowledgeable about child development and developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching practices (e.g. Teacher) preferred. Experience in classroom settings and/or working with children highly preferred. Must be available to work 2-3x per week during data collection period; days are flexible and must be available to attend intensive trainings that vary between 2 days and a full week. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate an excellent academic record (GPA should be 3.0 or better).
Founded in 2002, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) is affiliated with the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, a Research I institution. NIEER supports early childhood policy development by providing independent research and analysis. The Institute’s work includes large-scale, multi-state evaluations of the effectiveness of PreK programs, randomized trials of alternative programs and policies, research syntheses, and national and international evaluations of early childhood programs.
Pay is competitive. To apply please send a letter of interest, curriculum vita, transcript (if currently a student), and the names of two references. Submit these to Carol Contreras, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the phrase “Data Collector” in your subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For questions, contact Milagros Nores, at email@example.com..
Rutgers University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.