Research Assistant II

WestEd - Work at Home3.4

The Center for Child & Family Studies (CCFS) promotes high-quality, research-based early care and education, informing national, state, and local child and family policies. CCFS’s acclaimed Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) is the most widely used training system for infant and toddler caregivers in the country. CCFS collaboratively developed the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP), an observational child assessment, and provides professional development on its use. CCFS also provides a variety of technical assistance and policy support services to public agencies, including ongoing work with First 5 California (F5CA) and the California Department of Education-Early Care and Learning Division (ELCD) to support the development of an aligned system of high-quality early childhood services and infrastructure across the state.

Compensation is competitive dependent upon experience. This position is at a WestEd grade level E.


Data Collection – assist with instrument development (e.g., surveys, observation protocols, rubrics, interview guides, focus group guides); support and participate in various data collection efforts (e.g., interviews, focus groups, observations, surveys).
Quantitative Data Management/Analysis – maintain, merge, and manage datasets using SPSS, Stata, or another statistical software package; effectively summarize descriptive data; conduct basic analyses (e.g., t-tests, correlations, regressions, ANOVA).
Qualitative Data Management/Analysis – develop coding schemes for qualitative data; analyze qualitative data using qualitative analyses software (e.g., ATLAS.ti, Dedoose).
Project Coordination – collaborate with team members to coordinate, schedule, and manage evaluation activities such as interviews, focus groups, and survey administration.
Report and Presentation Production – assist in the writing of project reports and presentations through researching and editing particular sections and preparation of graphic (i.e., data tables and charts) and written (i.e., bulleted or narrative text) summaries of findings. Conduct literature reviews as needed. Conduct web searches and download data from state data sources.
Use of Technological Tools and Applications – use qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis software; use of data visualization software; use of project management applications (e.g., cloud-based productivity tools, videoconferencing, mobile apps).


Bachelor’s degree in child development, education, psychology, or related field (Master’s Degree preferred).
Experience designing or administering surveys, preferably with web based survey systems.
Experience in conducting interviews and observations.
Experience managing data sets and using descriptive statistics in SPSS or Stata.
Experience with content analysis of qualitative data.
Experience compiling and organizing qualitative data sets (narrative text and documents) for efficient analyses in ATLAS.ti or Dedoose.
Ability to develop charts, tables, and other graphics for reports and presentations.
Strong knowledge of research and evaluation methodology, measurement, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
Experience conducting applied research or evaluation in education, psychology, and/or social sciences (e.g., developing and conducting interviews, focus groups, observations, and surveys; data collection, coding, and analysis; project coordination).
Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies for data collection, analysis, and reporting of findings.
Strong knowledge of MS Office, including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
Experience in early education settings working with teachers and administrators is preferred. Teaching experience or providing professional development is a plus.
Resourcefulness, careful attention to detail, and strong organizational skills.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills, including the ability to prioritize work on multiple projects.
High tolerance for ambiguity, demonstrated flexibility, and a willingness to take on new responsibilities.
Demonstrated ability to work as a team player and to treat staff, partners, clients, and evaluation participants respectfully.
Ability to provide and accept constructive criticism.
High level of self-motivation and ability to work independently, when necessary.
Ability to manage overnight travel as part of project work.
Proficiency in Spanish reading and writing is a plus.
Must be authorized to work in USA (visa sponsorship not available).

This position will be located in a California-based home office.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.