Study Director

Job Title: Study Director (6263U) #25235
Job ID: 25235
Location: Main Campus-Berkeley
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary
Department: Inst Research on Labor and Employment



The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE), at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) focuses on achieving comprehensive public investments which enable and reward the early childhood workforce to deliver high-quality care and education for all children. To achieve this goal, CSCCE conducts cutting-edge research and proposes policy solutions aimed at improving how our nation prepares, supports, and rewards the early care and education workforce to ensure young children’s optimal development. As a result of this work, policymakers and their staff, thought leaders in the field, and other stakeholders use CSCCE’s research and recommendations to inform policy decisions that support the early care and education workforce.

IRLE is an “Organized Research Unit” of the University of California at Berkeley. IRLE brings together faculty from several academic departments and supports multidisciplinary research about labor and employment relations. IRLE sponsors many research centers, including the California Public Employee Relations, Center for Labor Research and Education, the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics, and the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE). It publishes the widely respected academic journal, Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, and houses an important research library that collects and preserves a wide array of information about work, organizations and labor issues.


The Study Director (Survey Researcher 3) will lead the research for the 2019 California Early Care and Education Workforce Study for the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE). The Workforce Study will be a multi-component study implemented with a statewide and regionally representative sample of the early educator workforce in California. The research design will ensure comparability to CSCCE’s 2006 Workforce Study while also addressing new areas of early care and education research and policy, and may include subsamples of certain populations and sub-studies. Activities will include developing the study research design and sampling plan in coordination with CSCCE staff and consultants, informing survey development, working with CSCCE staff to select a survey research firm, overseeing the work of a survey research firm to pilot and administer the surveys, conducting data analysis, and leading report preparation.

  • Develop sampling plan and multi-component research design in coordination with CSCCE staff and expert consultants to ensure study goals are met efficiently and within study budgets, including planning for sub-studies, sampling of sub-populations, and managing the research protocol for county-level reports. Leads work with consultants, and incorporates feedback from expert review panel.
  • Participates in the development of surveys and informs selection of appropriate survey instrument (CATI/web/multi-modal).
  • Oversees the selection of and work of a contract survey research firm to program survey instrument (web and/or CATI); draft written instructions for telephone interviewers (if needed); pretest and pilot survey instruments; develop cognitive questioning as necessary; implement the survey, manage data collection procedures, and monitor response rate, including for county-level and sub-study data; Implements procedures to increase response rates as needed.
  • Sets up basic record keeping systems for monitoring study progress. Including monitoring progress and costs of project and advises if changes in the scope of the project appear necessary.
  • Cleans and analyzes survey data.
  • Leads report preparation, including developing process for completing county-level reports. Writes report briefs and peer review articles as appropriate. Coordinates with project staff on ancillary communication materials.
  • Provides guidance to lower level staff.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
  • Thorough knowledge of survey research methodology, data collection procedures and protocols.
  • Knowledge of developing sampling plans for large-scale studies including sub-samples
  • Experience implementing and managing large-scale, multi-component, mixed-method studies
  • Thorough knowledge and skills relating to the development of survey instrumentation.
  • Strong quantitative data analysis skills
  • Knowledge of statistical software, such as SPSS or STATA
  • Demonstrated experience in writing reports of study findings
  • Solid communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with staff and external partners, both verbally and in writing.
  • Solid organizational skills
  • Ability to use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in related area preferred

Salary & Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

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How to Apply

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Other Information
This is a two year, full-time contract position.

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