We have an exciting opportunity for a Social Research Assistant to assist with multiple aspects of technical assistance (TA) to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of training and TA activities conducted for local preschool programs in North Carolina and for national early intervention and preschool special education programs.
This position will use processes, project management systems, and communication protocols to coordinate, organize, and monitor multiple topical work-group meetings (schedules, agendas, and notes). The Social Research Assistant will assist with event planning including communications to clients, staff, and consultants; coordinating registration; planning with hotels and other venues; and processing staff and participant travel reimbursements.
The Social Research Assistant will assist project Directors and TA staff with collecting, analyzing and summarizing data including design of questionnaires for gathering data from clients and staff in order to set and track progress toward project priorities and goals, and track evaluation data to inform project decisions. Additional responsibilities include providing technical support in use of software such as Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Qualtrics, and web-based meeting software (e.g. Zoom) as part of PD and TA activities.
The context of the work is always complex and can be political and sensitive, requiring a high degree of expertise, maturity, flexibility, and commitment on the part of all of our project staff.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Ability to work independently and adapt to dynamic and varied job responsibilities, with direction from supervisors.
Values working in an environment that is collaborative, team focused, with an emphasis on continuous improvement.
Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills for communicating with staff within the organization and clients outside the organization.
Experience in organizing data, materials and communications for a complex project with multiple tasks and participants.
Experience coordinating efforts across multiple organizations (i.e., different locations).
Good proof reading and editing skills.
Skilled in use of Microsoft Office Suite Software with expert knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
Experience in working with early childhood programs and education.
Skilled in UNC’s financial records system (ConnectCarolina) to successfully manage travel arrangements and reimbursements.
Experience using Zoom videoconferencing and Qualtrics preferred.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
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