The Research Assistant is responsible for the developing and implementing of a statewide needs assessment for an Early Refugee School Impact (RSI) program. Early RSI is a new component of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) RSI program, expanding RSI’s focus to encompass early childhood programming for ORR-eligible children ages 0-6 and their families. Early RSI aims to raise the quality of services available to refugee children and families across Kansas on the birth to kindergarten continuum, specifically to promote access to child care, ensure children are prepared to succeed in formal schooling, and holistically support the family at this crucial stage of children’s development. This is a five-month temporary assignment, possible extension based on programmatic needs.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Desk review of key relevant documents, including but not limited to refugee community backgrounders and other local and state early childhood programs and resources
- Develop and plan for an Early RSI statewide needs assessment, including but not limited to participant compensation, selection of audience, stakeholder recruitment and engagement, data collection and methodology development, and formative and summative evaluations.
- Develop survey and interview design, selecting methodology for quantitative and qualitative data collection needs
- Conduct surveys, interviews, and focus groups at locations across the state.
- Provide instruction and guidance on best practices in data analysis and reporting, including but not limited to qualitative and quantitative data analysis, report creation and dissemination strategy, and action planning
- Submit final report of the Early RSI statewide needs assessment to KSOR Senior Management Team (SMT)
- Support the needs of participants by providing interpretation and translation, as appropriate
- Other duties, as assigned.
- Advanced degree (MA or higher) in education, social sciences, or any other subject relevant to
- Knowledge and experience of the educational needs and issues for refugee children ages 0-6 and their families in Kansas
- Excellent written and spoken English
- Expert knowledge and experience of qualitative and quantitative research
- Experience in report writing required
- Ability to work with a group of diverse stakeholders and produce results
- Fluency in the languages of the target populations (Swahili, Dari, Pashto, Spanish) preferred
- Ability to drive a vehicle; and must have valid driver license, proof of insurance and good driving record.
- Standard office work environment with considerable time at a computer terminal.
- Position is based in Wichita, Kansas. Remote work may be required.
- Five-month temporary assignment; with flexible working arrangement, if needed
- Occasional evening and weekend hours as required by the work.
- Approximately 20% domestic travel within Kansas.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires new hires to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for any in-office or hybrid positions. All IRC US offices require full vaccination to attend any in-office functions (e.g., meetings, trainings).
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.
Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
US Benefits: We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days depending on role and tenure, medical insurance starting at $120 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with immediately vested matching, disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles.