Position Description: The Center for Improving Child Care Quality (CICCQ) conducts high-quality research with a focus on improving the early care and education environments of young children at local, state, and national levels. Housed within UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS), CICCQ has been collaborating with faculty at UCLA and other universities, school districts, and community agencies in research and evaluation for over 20 years.
The CLASS Specialist maintains a high level of conceptual understanding and technical application of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) suite of measures (Infant, Toddler, and Pre-K versions) to review and assess CLASS data collected by other CICCQ staff. Responsibilities include applying knowledge of the measures to review notes and observation data and, in collaboration with the Training Coordinator, support data collectors' understanding of how to apply the concepts of the CLASS to write notes based on observations. The CLASS Specialist provides ongoing feedback to other data collectors about their CLASS notes, helps answer questions about how to apply the measures to specific situations encountered in the field, and assists with supervising data processing, including database approvals.
This role provides a critical link between CICCQ research staff and the program participants who are the recipients of the notes. The CLASS Specialist engages in ongoing communication with the rest of the CICCQ data collection team regarding individual CLASS assessments to ensure validity, accuracy, and clarity of scoring. This position supports the Center management team by providing regular, detailed feedback to the project supervisors about the data collectors' performance in using the CLASS measures. The Specialist makes recommendations for continuing education and training on the CLASS, and works with the Training Coordinator to create reference materials and training schedules to support the CLASS measurements. Additionally, the CLASS Specialist may independently, or with a partner, travel to family childcare homes, schools, and other childcare settings to observe and assess programs and teacher-child interactions, on an as-needed basis.
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UCLA is known worldwide for the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. UCLA offers undergraduate degrees in more than 127 majors and graduate degrees in 198 program areas. UCLA has 11 highly regarded professional schools. Eight are ranked among the nation's top 15 in their field by U.S. News & World Report. UCLA is consistently among the most popular campus in the nation for undergraduate applicants. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Benefits:UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks' vacation per year; an average of 12 days per year sick leave; 13 paid holidays per year; health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan with 5 year vesting and various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, and the University Credit Union.