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New York University Part-time Field Research Assistants in New York, New York

The Strengthening the Architecture for High Quality Universal Pre-K ( research study at New York University is seeking individuals to support remote recruitment efforts in the summer of 2021. The project is being led by Dr. Pamela Morris and Dr. Elise Cappella, and it aims to evaluate how professional supports given to preschool teachers are: 1) improving teachers’ classroom practices and 2) fostering children’s academic and social-emotional development. Notably, the project is being conducted in the context of New York City’s Pre-K for All ( initiative, a nationally-recognized effort to provide high-quality preschool opportunities to every child in the city. The research project ultimately aims to contribute to education scholarship and to provide New York City’s policy leaders with valuable data that will help them strengthen preschool programming across the city.

By working as a field research assistant (RA), you will have the opportunity to engage directly in the recruitment effort which is fundamental to project success. Specifically, RAs will be expected to build relationships with principals, site leaders, teachers and other school officials in pre-k sites throughout New York City in a primarily remote context. We are not planning for in-person work at this time, though this may change if research assistants live locally, are vaccinated, DOE and NYU policy permit in-person work, and the candidate is comfortable making in-person visits to sites. Those hired will be expected to effectively communicate research information to school officials through email, phone, and Zoom. Additionally, RAs will need to record all correspondence and meetings with school officials using Google Sheets and Google Calendar and meet regularly with NYU project staff. RAs will be provided regular feedback on their performance through conversations with project management. At the end of the summer, project management will provide a comprehensive performance review. This position is a short-term, part-time opportunity (between 12-20 hours per week), though the exact hours can be discussed on an individual-basis. There may also be an opportunity to extend employment into the Fall semester in order to support the recruitment of families.

Commitment and Duration:

  • Commit to working at least 3 days per week during the recruitment period (as early as June-September) from 8am-4pm EST;

  • Must be able to commit at least 12 hours per week

  • Must be willing to undergo a background check through the NYC Department of Education, or provide proof of previous fingerprint clearance to work in NYC Department of Education schools;

  • Attendance at a 3-day virtual training (dates and times TBD);

  • Comply with all data security and confidentiality requirements;


The pay rate is $21.50 per hour, or commensurate with experience. This summer part-time position represents a wonderful opportunity for anyone looking to engage in research and be an essential part of an effort to strengthen New York City’s historic Pre-K for All program.

  • Candidates should be working toward or have earned a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (psychology, education, sociology, or related field)

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Ability to explain social science research to a variety of audiences

  • Strong verbal and writtem communication skills

  • Proficiency in Google Suite, especially Google Sheets

  • Acute attention to detail to record correspondence with school officials and track necessary follow-up with program leaders

  • Prior experience working or attending school in a remote context and with teleworking technology (e.g. Zoom), a plus

  • Prior sales or recruitment experience, a plus

  • Prior experience working in school settings, a plus

Please submit a cover letter, resume or CV, and contact information for three references through Interfolio.

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New York University requires that all community members (students and employees) be in compliance with NYU’s COVID vaccination policy for the 2021-2022 academic year. This offer of employment is contingent upon compliance with the University's policy regarding the COVID-19 vaccination and, in order to commence employment, requires a University approved upload of a vaccination record OR a University approved medical/religious exemption. Those who receive a conditional offer of employment on or after August 1, 2021 are required to upload a valid vaccination record or they must obtain an appropriate medical or religious exemption before they can commence employment at their US-based NYU work location