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compensation: $18-25 per hour
employment type: part-time

Part-Time Job Opportunity: Spring 2019
Classroom/Home-Based Care Setting Observers

The Early Learning Study at Harvard (ELS@H) is a study being run by researchers at Harvard University designed to provide guidance to the field about: (1) key outcomes for children that are particularly sensitive to high-quality early learning environments (e.g., vocabulary, higher-order thinking, self-regulation), and (2) features of early schooling (e.g., types of instruction, teacher characteristics) that maintain and/or multiply - or even undermine - the benefits of preschool. This study is a population-based investigation within Massachusetts aimed at capturing the experiences of children in the various settings in which they are cared for and educated. We are moving into the second year of the study in which we will track up to 5,000 3- and 4-year-olds as they progress through school. For more information on the study you can go to:

Abt Associates, a Massachusetts-based research organization, is partnering with Harvard researchers to carry out the study. The positions being advertised will be under the management of Abt research staff. You can visit Abt's website here:

Needed: Individuals for the position of a classroom/home-based care setting observer. This is a part-time temporary position that includes conducting observations in preschool classrooms and home-based care settings. Applicants must be available at least a minimum of 3 days per week. Staff will be hired as consultants through a temporary staffing agency. No benefits can be provided. We will pay for certain approved travel expenses and access to a car is essential for this work. Weekly timecards will be completed online, so candidates must have access to computer and internet. More details about the position are listed on the next page.

Qualifications for All Positions
• Education: Bachelor's degree in Education, Psychology, or related field preferred.
• Job skills and experience:
- Excellent communication/ interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail are required.
- Comfort with accurately entering data and using a computer tablet is required.
- Experience working with children in early childhood/elementary education settings is strongly preferred.
- Experience with conducting classroom/home observations is preferred--specific experience with the PreK CLASS, COP/TOP, and Simple Interactions observation tools is valued.
- Bilingual (Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin) preferred.
- Training/education in child development preferred.
- Previous research experience preferred.

To apply for the classroom/home-based care setting observer position, please send your resume via email to The team will contact potential observer candidates for individual interviews, and we aim for final selection to be completed by February 15, 2019.

Time Period: There will be a mandatory training of up to 6 days in late February/ early March (dates TBD). Observations will be conducted from mid-March through approximately June 2019. Observers must be available at least 3 days per week during the school day.

Job Location: Observations will take place in preschools, kindergartens, and home-based care settings across the state. Data collectors may specify preferred areas of the state to work in and must be able to transport themselves to the data collection sites (within a one-hour driving radius).

Position Description:
Classroom Observers will conduct half-day observations of center classrooms and home-based care settings. They will use standardized observation measures of the behaviors and interactions between teachers/providers and children. These measures may include the Child Observation in Preschools (COP)/ Teacher Observation in Preschools (TOP), the Classroom Assessment Scoring System Pre-K (CLASS Pre-K), and the Simple Interaction (SI) Tool. Previous experience with these specific measures or other standardized classroom observation measures is valued.

The position will involve conducting outreach through phone and email to care providers of children enrolled in the study and then ultimately scheduling dates to visit the provider in-person to conduct the observations. Staff will need to be well-versed in the study background information and protocols in order to address care provider questions. The position will also involve regular data entry and progress tracking in an online database. Candidates must be able to attend the full training session and meet reliability standards on the measures. All training time is paid. Hotel accommodations will be covered for candidates who live more than one hour from Cambridge.

Salary: Observers will be paid $18 - $25/hour, depending on relevant experience and language skills.

Other: Candidates will be required to have CORI/SORI checks, which can be arranged upon conditional hiring.

To apply for the classroom/home-based care setting observer position, please send your resume via email to The team will contact potential observer candidates for individual interviews, and we aim for final selection to be completed by February 15, 2019.
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