HS&B Part-Time Session Facilitator

RTI International
Rockville, MD
Jun 15, 2019
Jun 18, 2019
Accountant, IT
Full Time
Part-Time Session FacilitatorsRTI International is currently seeking Part-Time school-based Session Facilitators to administer a computerized assessment for the High School and Beyond 2020 study (HS&B:20) and complete out-of-school parent and student prompting at homes. This round of data collection is a field test and the base year main study data collection will be completed in the fall of 2020.Position Summary:Session Facilitators (SFs) will be responsible for administering in-school computerized assessments of students who are enrolled in the ninth grade as well as contacting parents via both phone and in-person to prompt them to complete the parent interview, and for the student to complete the student assessment.Position Type:This position is part-time, offering approximately 5-20 hours per week. Some weeks during the assessment period will not have any hours due to school and assessment schedules and/or a lack of field cases. Some overnight travel may be necessary depending on the location of the schools and cases. The position is scheduled to begin with training August 5-9, 2019. The project is scheduled to continue through approximately December 2019 (as needed and depending on school schedules and the number of remaining field cases).Responsibilities:Conduct valid, high quality in-person administrations in compliance with all project protocols covered at training and documented in the project manual.Use a project laptop to enter session information into a project system, often times transferring it from a hardcopy version into the electronic version. Must be able to view and analyze electronic reports, enter electronic time and expense information, and send and receive email.Set up an access point to establish connectivity to the student Chromebooks. Must be quick on your feet to solve technical issues.Move Chromebooks from one location to another in a school that may have stairs (cases weigh ~55 lbs., have wheels and have a retractable handle to pull them).Visit parents and students in-person, prompt them, and gain their cooperation for the student assessment and parent interview.Record call information in the computer when contacts or attempted contacts are made as well as record event and status codes as appropriate.Must be able to read questions verbatim from a laptop, probe the parent when an answer is unclear, and record the response in the computer.Promptly transmit data when cases are worked and records of call are entered.Report progress and problems to your supervisor during weekly conference calls and/or as needed. After each school session, you must debrief your FS over the phone on the details of the in-school data collection.May be asked to contact and/or visit a school or district to gain cooperation or convert a few refusal. These schools will be reviewed by project staff and if you are local to them, you may be asked to meet with a principal or district personnel.Must assume full responsibility for use and care of the computers, taking reasonable and appropriate steps to safeguard against damage, loss, or theft, and returning the laptop at the conclusion of the assignment or at a supervisor's request.Must keep all project information confidential and maintain data security.Complete all required activities in a professional manner, while maintaining the integrity of all information acquired.Qualifications:High school graduate or GED. Some college preferred.Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the first date of employment.Valid driver's license and personal automobile available for business use, as required (even if you live in a city with good public transit, you may be required to travel to schools/homes with project equipment in the suburbs and therefore must have your own transportation).One year of experience directly or indirectly related to teaching, working with children in schools, and/or field interviewing is preferred.Must adhere to a schedule dictated by supervisor and the school that ensures student sessions are conducted and out-of-school parent and student cases worked in a timely fashion.Must be able and willing to work primarily early mornings through mid-afternoon on weekdays for in-school work and evening and weekends for the in-field cases.Must be available for a variable work schedule, as dictated by school assignments and out-of-school cases, including overnight travel to conduct session administration and prompting in out-of-area schools and/or cases.Effective interpersonal and verbal communications skills. Must be receptive-not defensive-when given feedback from project personnel about your performance. Employees must strive to learn and improve.Experience using computers and competent with common internet and computer applications.Have regular access to an in-home internet connection for data transmissions.Must have a home telephone or cell phone that you can use to place and receive unlimited calls and texts to and from schools, supervisors, technical support, and project staff as necessary. The project does not provide cell phones or reimburse for phone charges.Availability for overnight travel either by personal automobile or air travel as specifically required for project trainings and other activities.Must pass a federal security background check. This includes fingerprinting and signing a confidentiality agreement and affidavit of nondisclosure. SFs also may be required to undergo additional security clearance required by some schools and/or districts.Complete eQIP, a US Department of Education background check and application and any related documents when requested. You will also have to meet with an OPM investigator to review your application.Must be legally authorized to work in the United States and should not require now, or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status.Physical Requirements:Must be able to lift and carry 20 pounds, and to convey a 55-pound rolling case in the field. You will also be required to bend over to take the tablets out of the rolling case (which sits on the floor).Ability to operate personal vehicle for study use.Must be able to read text verbatim from paper documents and the computer.Must be able to sit, stand, walk, and climb stairs to access student session and prompting locations.Training & Pay:Successfully complete an approximate 8-hour home study which includes online training, manual reading, and a quiz. Travel to, attend and successfully complete a 5-day in-person training, including certification, at RTI in Research Triangle Park, NC. The dates of the training are 8/5 through 8/9 with 8/4 and 8/9 being travel days. Pay for this position will be $17.50/hour.RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach-one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above. Examples include: operating a computer, a phone, and other office machinery, driving to households; walking from car to household; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between households; ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines;, ability to work a varied schedule, including evening and weekend hours based on project needs; consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1.For USA Job Postings Only: RTI participates in the US Government E-Verify program. Further information regarding the E-Verify program and laws that are designed to protect you against discrimination relating to your legal right to work in the US can be found at https://www.rti.org/jobs.For San Francisco, CA USA Job Postings Only: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. Further information is available here.We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.

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