The New Mexico StartSmart K-3 Plus project is a national longitudinal research project funded by the U.S. Department of Education Investing In Education (i3) and numerous foundations. It is a validation study of an existing New Mexico program, the K-3 Plus Program. The State program includes: An additional 25 full days of school in the summer before Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third grades - with class sizes typically smaller than during the school year; instruction focused on literacy, math, social skills, arts, and physical education; provision of transportation, breakfast and lunch; professional development training in literacy; teachers certified in Elementary Education, with minimum of Bachelor's degree; and a parent involvement component.
Specifically, StartSmart K-3 Plus is measuring the impact of the increased instructional time on the literacy, numeracy and social skills of students as well as on costs and resources; moreover funding formulas, specific to sample sub groups (e.g., rural, urban) will be proposed. The StartSmart study uses a randomized control design, which is the gold standard in educational research; roughly half of the nearly 2,000 students are randomly selected to receive summer services and the other half are randomly selected to serve as a control group, where they do not receive summer services and we can measure any potential differences between the two groups. The five-year project began in the fall of 2011 and is operating in 7 New Mexico school districts, including Albuquerque, Deming, Gadsden, Gallup-McKinley, Hobbs, Roswell, and Santa Fe.
Responsibilities The StartSmart K-3 Plus project seeks a Cost-Benefit Study Lead and Co-Investigator to join the StartSmart K-3 Plus leadership. Primary responsibilities include (1) execute a study of the costs of the K-3 program in project schools and districts in New Mexico, (2) create funding formulas to support the program taking into consideration variables of interest, (3) execute a study of the potential cost benefits of this program, (4) disseminate results, (5) engage in high-level policy discussions, and (6) function as a co-investigator with responsibility to provide input for ongoing research and analysis.
This is a full time, 12-month position with supervision of staff. The position requires flexibility, commitment, honesty and integrity. It is fully funded through extramural sources. Funding until October of 2015 is secured with the current potential of additional funding into early 2016. The position requires a high level of management and communication skills as it operates in conjunction with school districts statewide, and several key partners or constituents in New Mexico (i.e., the Public Education Department, Legislative work groups). It also requires refined skills in that the successful candidate will also share results with policy makers (i.e., State and Federal legislative members, the U.S. Department of Education staff) both in person and in writing. The successful candidate will also participate with the other co-investigators to seek and maintain extramural funding for additional exploratory analysis of data already collected.
Minimum Qualifications 1.Earned Doctorate in a field that includes cost-benefit analysis (e.g., Economics, Public Policy, Education Finance, Research and Evaluation)
2.Demonstrated experience in conducting large scale cost-benefit analyses
3.A record of professional achievement commensurate with a co-investigator position of a prestigious national grant.
4.Demonstrated skill in the supervision of staff
5.Successful experiences working in a team context
6.Experiences coordinating and collaborating with diverse stakeholders
7.Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
8.Creativity, leadership and initiative in managing the cost aspects of the project
9.Knowledge of data collection techniques and measurement tools; including web based applications.
10.Demonstrated expertise in designing and carrying out quantitative and qualitative evaluation activities.
11.An ability to exercise prudent and independent judgment in the pursuit of project quality and research standards.
12.Ability to travel and be away from home for up to a week at a time
13.Experience working with statistical packages (e.g., SPSS, STATA)
1. Arrange travel, lodging, and other transportation for staff, contractors, and presenters for the Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center (MPRRC) project.
2. Provide office support for the MPRRC project and staff.
Responsibilities I. Schedule and arrange travel, lodging and meeting logistics for MPRRC program staff, contractors and training/meeting participants.
* Plan, coordinate and arrange flights, hotel accommodations, and logistics for MPRRC staff, technical assistance contractors and others as needed.
*Process travel according to University and federal policies.
*Complete the Travel Authorization, Reimbursement and related electronic forms and documentation, checking that proper authorization has been received determining that the travel and/or reimbursement are appropriate and necessary.
II. Provide office support to the MPRRC project and staff.
*Record and transcribe information with a high degree of accuracy.
*Prepare documents with appropriate format and with a professional appearance.
*Meet deadlines and prioritize work appropriately.
*Use the proofing/editing process outlined by the department on all documents leaving the Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) office.
*Interact effectively with staff and States in a service-oriented manner, exchanging ideas and clarifying issues that are unclear regarding office processes.
Minimum Qualifications Two years related office support work OR an Associate's degree in a related field.
1. Positive and professional demeanor in interacting with program staff, contractors and travel personnel.
2. Excellent writing and communication skills
3. Ability to work quickly and efficiently on multiple tasks simultaneously
4. Ability to work with the MPRRC Director and staff to meet deadlines and to prioritize workload appropriately
5. A working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and the ability to produce professional quality documents
6. Experience with various computer operating systems and office machines (e.g. copiers, printers, projectors, etc.)
7. Applicant must be dependable, accurate, well organized, and able to work with minimal direction
Preferred Qualifications Broad understanding of the University, including budgetary procedures, purchasing, travel, and Banner preferred.
054241- This is an Early Interventionist II position. The position will provide services to children and their parents with signs/symptoms of Autism and behavior difficulties in their homes, community, and/or classroom settings.
One position available: 50%-75% time
This is a position requires travel and services to families primarily in Box Elder county.
Responsibilities * Assess and teach children with signs/symptoms of Autism and their families.
* Classroom instruction to children with signs/symptoms of Autism and their parents to address the requirements identified by each child's IFSP.
* Understanding and use of adult learning principles and methodologies.
* Demonstrate competence using criterion referenced evaluation/assessment to identify developmental delays in all areas of development.
*Demonstrate knowledge/experience of one or established treatments appropriate for children under 3 with an ASD.
* Consultation to day care providers, community activity facilitators, and other individuals that have contact with children enrolled in the Up-to-3 program.
* Ensure appropriate supervision and active involvement of USU students.
Minimum Qualifications 1. Bachelor or Master degree in Special Education or a related degree with 2 or more years of experience providing services to children with ASD.
2. At least one year or education equivalent evaluating and teaching young children with developmental delays or disabilities and their families.
3. If applicable, Utah State licensures(s) required by the Utah Office of Occupational Licensing or State Office of Education applicable to the profession.
4. Maintenance of appropriate professional affiliations(s) needed to supervise undergraduate and graduate students during practicum, student teaching, and internships.
5. Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
6. Ability to effectively convey information verbally and in writing.
Preferred Qualifications 1. Write and speak Spanish fluently
2. Training and experience in ASD methodology
3. Residing in Box Elder County