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Seeking Early Childhood Study Data Collectors

Sep 05, 2017

Position: Early Childhood Study Data Collector

Category: Research and Evaluation

Location: Kentucky (statewide)

Career Level: Mid-Level (2+ years’ experience)

Employment Type: Independent Contract up to 6 months


Compass Evaluation and Research, located in Durham, North Carolina, is seeking motivated individuals with a commitment to excellence to collect data for an important early childhood study to be conducted in the state of Kentucky. Kentucky All STARS is the state’s quality rating and improvement system serving child care centers, family child care homes, Head Start, and public preschool that receive public funding. The purpose of the current study is to validate the rating system.


Data collectors will participate in training specific to the study and instruments and will receive regular monitoring for data collection reliability, data quality, and data content. Data collectors also will be expected to maintain all procedures to ensure data quality, confidentiality and ethical requirements, including obtaining consents, scheduling and completing site observations in a timely and professional manner, and proper management of completed assessment data.


Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates must possess:


  • Minimum of a high school diploma or GED—Associates Degree or higher preferred;
  • Education or experience in early childhood or early education settings;
  • Familiarity with or exposure to one or more of the Environment Rating Scales (i.e., Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale, Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale, and/or School Age Care Environment Rating Scale)—Previous experience preferred;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills;
  • Excellent reliability in securing and completing appointments at scheduled days, times, and locations; and
  • Competent and capable as a self-starter, subject to off-site supervision.  


Candidates also must be willing and able to:

  • Successfully complete paid online training on using the Environment Rating Scales including the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-R and ECERS-3), Infant/Toddler Environment Ratings Scale (ITERS-R), Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS-R), School Age Care Environment Rating Scale (SACERS-U); NIH Protecting Human Research Participants; and other study documents such as questionnaires or surveys as well as the study overview and general expectations;
  • Work 20-30 hours per week, or more as needed (to align with child care and after school care schedules) during the data collection period;
  • Travel to childcare centers, preschools, and/or childcare homes within a one-to 1.5-hour radius of your location (note, all efforts will be made to minimize travel to 1 hour or less);
  • Comply with instructions given by the Field Coordinator and other research staff; and
  • Engage in ongoing communication with Research staff by providing daily-to-weekly updates to the Field Coordinator via phone or email; participating in WebEx or teleconferences, as required; and participating in project meetings, as required.


Any offer of employment will be contingent upon receipt of acceptable results from a background screening based on the specific position which will include, at a minimum, criminal records history.


Expected Duration and Working Arrangements:

  • This is a temporary and short-term assignment. All activities related to this position, including training and data collection, are expected to occur between October 15, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
  • This is an independent contracted position. Contractor will not be an employee of Compass, and thereby will not be entitled to the benefits normally provided to employees, including, but not limited to, medical insurance and/or participation in any pension or profit-sharing plan. The conduct and control of the work to be performed by Contractor under this agreement rest exclusively with Contractor. The Contractor shall perform his or her services for Compass in accordance with behavior and ethical standards applicable and customary to the profession.  
  • Pay rate is based on the number of assessments completed. Pay rate is expected to cover the cost of travel/mileage and other expenses incurred during daily data collections, such as meals.

How to Apply:

Send resume and cover letter with qualifications to by email or fax to:

Ms. Debi Thalhamer

Compass Evaluation and Research


Fax: 919-321-6997

Application deadline: October 1, 2017