Research Associate for CHILD Tool Trainings at Yale University

The Zigler Center in Child Development & Social Policy under the Yale Child Study Center brings together a diverse group of researchers and practitioners in an effort to improve the well-being of children and families by bringing objective child development research into the policy and public arenas. Recently, faculty from the Zigler Center developed a classroom observation tool called the CHILD (Climate of Healthy Interactions for Learning and Development; Gilliam & Reyes, 2016, 2017). The CHILD promotes the quality of social-emotional interactions in early child care and education settings.

We currently seek a Research Associate who will primarily be responsible for conducting trainings on the CHILD Observation tool across the country and contributing to the development of CHILD materials and content. Ability to travel around the US is a major requirement for the position.

The primary responsibility of the Research Associate is to serve as the primary point of contact for individuals and organizations interested in CHILD Tool training. Under direct supervision of the PI, regular tasks include:
· organizing, delivering, and facilitating CHILD trainings, and applying a variety of training techniques, concepts (e.g., adult learning), learning tools, and practices to ensure maximum participant engagement and effectiveness of training
· maintaining database to track certification progress of trainees, ensuring trainees pass reliability testing and are certified, and maintaining accurate records
· maintaining training supplies in an organized manner, ordering and restocking when necessary
· acting as administrator for the learning management system (LMS) and monitoring progress of online users (training on LMS will be provided)
· contributing to the ongoing quality improvement efforts including development and refinement of the CHILD Toolkit

The Research Associate is also responsible for assisting in research projects. Typical tasks include:
· participating in research meetings
· conducting classroom observations using the CHILD Tool and other classroom observation tools
· creating online surveys using Qualtrics
· summarizing findings from literature reviews
· contributing to manuscript writing and publish articles for peer-reviewed journals
· presenting research findings at professional conferences
· assisting in other center duties as assigned.

The Research Associate position is a one-year full-time appointment, with annual renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding. The ideal candidate has a masters degree in early childhood education, school psychology, developmental psychology, or related field; is experienced in public speaking (e.g., delivering trainings, teaching classes); is committed to the scientific nature of the work; has excellent oral and written communication skills, along with effective time management skills. Candidates must have a flexible schedule and willing and able to travel around the US. Experience as a preschool teacher is a plus.

Interested applicants should submit via e-mail a cover letter, CV, and a minimum of two letters of reference addressed to: Madeline Klotz ( The cover letter should include a section on why social and emotional learning is critical to instill at an early age. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and considered until the position is filled. Please make “Zigler Center Research Associate Position” the subject line of your e-mail.

Yale University is an equal opportunity employer and offers excellent benefit packages.

Chin Reyes, PhD
Research Scientist
The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development & Social Policy
Yale Child Study Center
310 Prospect St.
New Haven, CT 06511
(T) 203.432.8710 (F) 203.432.7147

Co-developer/Master Trainer, CHILD Program

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