Organization: The Colorado Education InitiativeTitle: Project Coordinator/Research Assistant
Categories: Nonprofit Jobs
Region: Denver Metro Area
Org Type: 501(c)(3)
The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) seeks a Project Coordinator/Research Assistant to coordinate the administration of the Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source (Smart Source) tool to assess health-related policies and practices in approximately 350 schools and 30 school districts throughout Colorado in 2015 and expanding up to 1350 schools by 2017. The purpose of Smart Source is to streamline multiple tools that have previously existed in the state in order to reduce the burden on schools, increase the number of schools assessing their health policies and practices, and improve the quality of school-level health policy and practice data so that information can be accessed by a variety of stakeholders, including the participating schools and districts, as well as parents, funders, legislators, state agencies and community partners.
This position will report to Smart Source Manager and serve as a member of the Health and Wellness team at CEI. This position will also work closely with the Research and Impact Manager, who provides the research and evaluation support to Smart Source. While this position will exclusively support the Smart Source project from a logistics and communications perspective, there may be opportunities in future years to provide research support on this project as well as engage with the Research and Impact team on other projects.
About The Colorado Education Initiative
CEI is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, governed by an independent board of trustees that develops initiatives to support the Colorado Department of Education’s work. We envision a Colorado where every student is prepared and unafraid to succeed in school, work, and life, and to take on the challenges of today, tomorrow, and beyond. CEI unlocks the unique potential of every student in Colorado by incubating innovation, shining a spotlight on success, and investing in sustainable change that improves outcomes for all students.
· Develop and manage relationships with key school and district personnel to promote and secure participation in data collection efforts.
· Serve as the main point of contact for schools and districts participating in the fall 2015 Smart Source pilot and in subsequent years, by providing technical assistance on the following:
o Participating in the pilot process
o Completing the online Smart Source tool
o Obtaining additional feedback about Smart Source
o Participating in the award and recognition component of Smart Source
o Using Smart Source data and reports
· Develop and maintain system/database to track school and district participation, contacts, incentives and other relevant information
· Generate and disseminate reports for schools and districts participating in the pilot
· Assist in developing and conducting regional data use trainings
· Assist in the collection and cleaning of data related to the Smart Source evaluation plan
· Assist in developing tools and resources that promote the Smart Source effort and the data collected from the pilots
· Collaborate with external stakeholders including members of the Smart Source Steering Committee and Healthy Schools Collective Impact Workgroups
· Prepare, edit and/or coordinate meeting agendas, minutes, and presentations, as needed
· Assist in the planning, coordination, and execution of meetings, conferences, and other gatherings
· Other duties as assigned
· BA/BS degree, in education, public health, social science or other related field
· Strong Microsoft Office background, with proficiency in Excel
· Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously
· Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to tailor communications to the appropriate audience and the ability to simplify information so that it is digestible to a variety of audiences
· Commitment to high quality work
· Demonstrated ability to work independently to prioritize, manage, and successfully execute on position responsibilities
· Background and experience working on research projects and/or data collection efforts
· Proven interest/background working in education and/or public health
- Strong problem-solving skills and analytical skills
· Excellent attention to details and how they support a broader set of project objectives
· Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced and constantly evolving environment
· Ability to travel occasionally within Colorado
· Data analysis skills and experience using statistical software packages (e.g., SAS, SPSS)
· Experience visually representing data (e.g., tables and figures) and drafting reports
· Technical experience building databases in MS Access or other software
Please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should indicate the position in the subject line of the email. Applications will be taken until 5 p.m. on April 30, 2015 and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. No phone calls, please.
The Colorado Education Initiative is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace. CEI strives to be an inclusive organization, and as such takes affirmative action to insure that discrimination does not occur against an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual identity, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.
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