Research Assistant at Harvard University

Posted in Research 12 days ago.

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Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Harvard University

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Research Assistant
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Job Summary

The Ecological Approaches to Social Emotional Learning (EASEL) Lab, led by Professor Stephanie M. Jones, seeks a full-time Research Assistant to join our team in the Prevention Science and Practice Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The EASEL Lab explores the effects of high-quality social-emotional interventions on the development and achievement of children, youth, teachers, parents, and communities. Our projects aim to advance the field of social and emotional learning through research, practice, and policy.
This position will involve supporting the two senior researchers (Jones and Bailey) and the International Projects Coordinator (Sonya Temko)

Job-Specific Responsibilities
• Carry out the Core Adaptive Framework Project, a partnership between EASEL Lab and the Interagency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE); including helping to code international frameworks for SEL and psychosocial support (PSS), analyze literature and data to identify core competencies needed for children and youth in emergency settings, develop localizing processes to aid contextualization by diverse global partners, develop training and instruments for field testing, provide Technical Assistance to field testing sites in ~6 regions around the world, analyze and synthesize field testing data, and write case studies.
• Carry out the Kernels Toolkit for SEL: Support for Educators in Response to COVID-19 Project, a partnership between the EASEL Lab and UNICEF; including helping to adapt and translate low-cost targeted SEL strategies for use in global emergency and humanitarian settings, develop contextualization guidance, teacher/parent training videos, SMS and radio segments to support uptake and usage in low-resource settings, and support dissemination activities via online toolkit designed to be a free and accessible global public good.
• Translate SEL-related materials between English and Spanish.
• Support EASEL team in additional research, programmatic, or administrative tasks as needed.

This is a full-time term position with an end date of 06/14/2021

Basic Qualifications
Previous experience in a research and/or school based setting. Previous experience with SEL research; experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis. Fluency in Spanish and ability to translate materials between English-Spanish required.

Additional Qualifications
This position requires excellent organizational and communication skills, demonstrable initiative, ability to work independently, and strong interpersonal and administrative skills. Experience collaborating with school-based partners and a high capacity to plan and organize is required.
• A master's degree in human development, education, or prevention science
• Knowledge and experience with education in emergency and/or humanitarian contexts, particularly in international (non-US) settings
• Familiarity with social-emotional developmental literature and SEL programs
• Familiarity with measures of social-emotional development, particularly across multiple cultures, countries and languages
• Experience and skills in managing, cleaning, and analyzing data for school-based, developmental and intervention research