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Clayton Early Learning is one of the nation's leaders in early childhood education, dedicated to improving the quality of learning that children experience before they begin kindergarten. When we have positions available, we seek early childhood professionals who want to spread their wings, share their talents, work collaboratively with other leaders in early childhood and actively incorporate research-based strategies into improving their practice.

Research and Evaluation Associate

Department: Research & Evaluation
Location: Denver, CO

POSITION SUMMARY: Clayton Early Learning is seeking a creative and experienced individual to serve as a Research Associate (RA). This person will bring previous experience working on data collection projects within educational research, including working with young children to assess growth in learning and sharing child and family outcome data with instructional teams as part of the continuous improvement cycle. The Research Associate will work on several projects within the Research and Evaluation department for Clayton Early Learning; current projects settings include early childhood education schools, public preschools, public schools within K-12, library districts, and family homes.



  • Schedule data collection activities (i.e., study participant recruitment, study consent, child assessments, and classroom observations) with instructional teams in early childcare settings.
  • Participate in data collection activities, including administering norm-referenced, standardized child assessments and participant interviews (including but not limited to: face-to-face interviews, focus groups, telephone and other technology assisted interviews.)
  • Conduct observations and collect secondary data from preschool and K-12 teachers in the Denver metro area.
  • Collect parent and staff survey data, which may involve preparing interviews, in-person visits to drop off and collect surveys, and telephone follow-up.
  • Meticulously adhere to policies to protect the confidentiality of human subjects participating in evaluation studies.
  • Complete all necessary paperwork related to data collection (including scoring of assessments) and perform other clerical tasks, such as data entry, as related to and required by the research. Provide quality checks on data collected.
  • Assist with dissemination of research findings from projects conducted in the Research and Evaluation Department. This may include analyzing data, conducting literature reviews, writing dissemination documents, and making presentations.  


  • Demonstrate responsible professional behavior by participating effectively within and across teams. 


  • Occasional within-state travel may be required.



#1: Focus Groups, Interviews and Qualitative Analysis

#2: Quantitative Analysis

#3: Data Systems (e.g., databases, programming), A/V support

#4: Data Visualization and Design (e.g., graphics, web design)

#5: Educator rapport (e.g., data utilization for individualized planning and instruction, preparing teachers to talk with families about data)



  • Must be available at least 40 hours per week during daytime, weekday hours, preferably mornings.
  • Completion of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Basic Course on Human Research.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to build collaborative working relationships with program staff, children, and their parents
  • Participate in Clayton-wide committees aligned with Clayton’s strategic goals (e.g., Wellness committee, Social Media, Food for Families).


QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.





Minimum education:  

  • BA/BS required. BA/BS in Education, Human Development, Family Studies, Psychology or a related field preferred.


Work experience: 


  • Minimum 1 year research experience (preferably on concurrent projects), including experience as an assessor or interviewer, especially with preschool aged children, is preferred.
  • Prior training in the administration of some if not all of the following assessments preferred: 1) Subscales from the Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement (e.g. Letter-Word Identification, Applied Problems), 2) the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, 3) Preschool Language Scale, 5thEdition, 4) direct assessment of executive functioning in young children (e.g., Pencil Tap, Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders, and/or Minnesota Executive Functioning Scale).
  • Prior training and certification on commonly used classroom observation measures including: 1) Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™), 2) Environment Rating Scales (Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, 3rdEdition, Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale)
  • Understanding of early childhood education, particularly as it relates to research, evaluation, implementation science, and data utilization.
  • Knowledge of and experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection methodologies.
  • Proficiency in Spanish (both written and spoken) is strongly preferred.
  • Prior professional experience working directly with children is preferred.
  • Computer competencies are required, specifically in a Windows environment with experience in Excel, Access, Word, and Outlook.
  • Experience with data entry and filing with quality assurance and attention to detail preferred.

Certificates or licenses:

Valid driver’s license with evidence of vehicle insurance preferred.

Special professional and/or job-related requirements:


  • Knowledge of basic statistical techniques (i.e., the general linear model). Competency with a statistical package (ex. SPSS) is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to maintain a cooperative, supportive, and amiable relationship with colleagues and community members.  
  • Experience in managing and relating to and interacting with parents and others who represent various backgrounds.
  • Experience collaborating with instructional teams to use child assessment data within the classroom to establish child-level and classroom-level goals for continuous improvement.



This position reports to: Research and Evaluation Manager



Telephone, computer, scanner, copier, and similar other business/office equipment, computer software and automobile.


  • Conduct activities involving stooping, kneeling, bending, reaching, standing and walking on a moderate basis and sitting on a frequent basis
  • Lift, carry, push, and/or pull a burden weighing up to 10 pounds on a limited basis
  • Grasp and manipulate office and similar other tools and materials
  • Work with hands above shoulder height with a weight up to 5 pounds
  • Work with arms extended at shoulder height with a weight up to 5 pounds
  • Participate in routine conversation in person or via telephone, and distinguish telephone, radio/pager signals, alarms, and other auditory tones in a noisy environment
  • Distinguish small objects at near and far distances in conditions of bright or low light. Distinguish color and depth, and see objects in a wide field of vision.


This position is classified as a Category III risk within Clayton Early Learning work environment. Employees in Category III are those whose primary job responsibilities involve no exposure to blood, body fluids or other potential infectious materials. See exposure control plan for further details. The majority of this position's duties are performed within an indoor or a protected environment. The incumbent may be exposed to loud noises, to the threat of direct or indirect violence/conflict by other individuals, and to other unanticipated circumstances associated with the profession.





  • PC and software knowledge
  • Data Entry
  • Ability to interact effectively with all partners in the project, from young children to program managers representing various agencies
  • Experience in relating to others who represent various backgrounds. May involve interaction with persons whose first language is not English. Work with other people taking into consideration, among the dynamics, their needs, their personal styles, and the requirements of their jobs.
  • Advanced level organizational, writing, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to develop and track schedules, programs, policies, and other details, and apply good time management and organization skills
  • Understand and perform basic mathematical computations and beginning accounting principles
  • Ability to apply advanced problem-solving skills essential in developing solutions for unanticipated issues and challenges
  • Ability to coordinate concurrent project priorities and manage resources to achieve successful completion of projects
  • Ability to remain calm and calm others in an emergency, stressful and/or confrontational situation
  • Ability to identify conflict and develop the procedures or seek out support to take the steps necessary to resolve the issues


Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job. I understand I am to become familiar with its contents. If I have any questions regarding this job description, I understand that I should talk to my supervisor. 

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