Posting Summary: The Curry School of Education's Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) provides a comprehensive assessment of young children's knowledge of the important literacy fundamentals that are predictive of future reading success. PALS is the state-provided screening tool for Virginia's Early Intervention Reading Initiative (EIRI) and is used by 99% of school divisions in the state on a voluntary basis.
PALS is seeking candidates for hourly wage positions as Research Assessors. Incumbents administer early literacy assessments to children in grades four through eight. The assessments are conducted in-school with small groups of five or fewer children. This is a part-time position that requires a flexible schedule and a willingness to take both day and overnight trips within Virginia. Assessors are asked to provide their own transportation if they are working in schools in Charlottesville or Albemarle County. Transportation is provided for any trips beyond those locales. A typical work week is 10 to 20 hours, but hours vary.
At least six months of experience working with children in an educational capacity is required. An associate's or bachelor's degree in an education or related field may substitute for the experience. A bachelor's degree or college coursework in education or a related field is strongly preferred. Written and verbal fluency English is required. The ability to accurately record information and strong attention to detail, as well as the ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships is also required. The ability to articulate assessment findings in verbal and written communications is required. Ability to take both day and overnight trips within the Commonwealth of Virginia is essential.
Required Minimum Level of Education: High School Diploma or Equivalent Required
Preferred Minimum Level of Education: Not a Requirement
Preferred Specific Degree/Training: A bachelor's degree or college coursework in education or a related field is strongly preferred.
Required Minimum Level of Experience: Some - up to 4 years
Required Specific Experience: At least six months of experience working with children in an educational capacity is required. An associate's or bachelor's degree in an education or related field may substitute for the experience.
Preferred Minimum Level of Experience: Some - up to 4 years
Preferred Specific Experience: Experience working with elementary age children is highly preferred.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Written and verbal fluency in English is required. Ability to accurately record information and strong attention to detail. Ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships. The ability to articulate assessment findings in verbal and written communications. Ability to take both day and overnight trips within across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Required Computer Applications: Knowledge of computers, software: Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, Outlook and Word), and the use of the internet.
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