ExCEL Quality Part-Time Classroom Observer in St. Louis, MO at RTI International

Date Posted: 1/4/2020

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Job Description

RTI International is seeking to hire two teams of part-time classroom observers to work on an early childhood center-based research study in St. Louis, MO. This important research study, led by MDRC, is designed to learn about children’s experiences in preschool settings. Classroom observers will travel to participating early childhood centers to conduct classroom observations in participating preschools.

This position is temporary and will offer on average 20-25 hours per week from February to April 2020. Candidates must be available to work daytime, weekday hours, particularly between the hours of 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


  • Attend project training and pass certification requirements set forth by the project.
  • Be available to work, on average, 20 hours per week from February to April 2020.
  • Be willing to travel reasonable distances to reach assigned sites.
  • Have strong attention to detail.
  • Be able to complete, organize, and safely store paperwork.
  • Be comfortable working in a preschool setting, and in all types of neighborhoods.
  • Independently manage workload of approximately 2-3 early childhood centers.
  • Adhere to all project deadlines and maintain accurate records of progress and administrative reports.
  • Complete all required activities in a professional manner, while maintaining the integrity and confidentiality of all information required.
  • Employee must be 21 years of age at time of employment


  • Have a minimum of an associate degree
  • Have reliable transportation, either with a personal vehicle or public transportation
  • A valid drivers’ license and automobile insurance as required by your state
  • Have regular access to an in-home internet connection to complete data collection tasks
  • Effective interpersonal and verbal communication skills


  • Experience working on school-based research studies, particularly in preschool settings
  • Degree in Early Childhood Education, Psychology, or related field
  • Experience conducting classroom observations, using the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS), and/or similar observation tools including the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Classroom observers will receive paid training in person, tentatively scheduled for February 17-21 for Team #1 and February 23 – March 1st for Team #2 in North Carolina. Attendance at training is mandatory. Trainees must successfully complete training and certification to continue employment on the project.


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.

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