Research and Evaluation Associate - ERS

POSITION SUMMARY: This position is responsible for assisting in the delivery of the Environment Rating Scales Project across Colorado. This person is responsible for helping to implement the reliability and certification system using the Environment Rating Scales to evaluate quality improvement in early childhood programs statewide. This position will help ensure that accurate scores are given by Rating Specialists on the ERS because scores are often tied to funding for child care programs. Project responsibilities include, being one of the State Core reliability evaluators on the Environment Rating Scales, providing some training to coaches and providers on the Environment Rating Scales, certifying coaches on the Rating Scales, and helping to develop observation policies and notes for clarification.


Conduct reliability observations on the Environment Rating Scales for rating partners, including but not limited to Qualistar Colorado and the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Conduct ERS certification visits with coaches and other T/A providers across the state.

Schedule reliability observations with rating partners and coaches.

Thoroughly and accurately complete all score-sheets and reliability paperwork.

Track observation data that will be reported to funders.

Attend and help clarify rater questions at regular rater meetings.

Attend and help develop quarterly evaluator meetings.

Take the lead role in addressing ERS and CLASS questions from coaches, directors, and teachers in the field.

Provide Environment Rating Scale related trainings or training support as needed.

Ability to present at conferences both in and out of Colorado.

Work with the ERS Trainers to develop trainings based on the ERS to help support programs and coaches.

Edit ERS reports from certified coaches/TA Providers.

Accurately enter reliability data into an Access database.

Job requires traveling state-wide throughout the year.

Help develop “best practice” observation protocols.

Maintain reliability on all Environment Rating Scales including the ECERS-R, ITERS-R, FCCERS and SACERS. Must be willing to have reliability status checked by the Lead ERSI team in North Carolina and periodic inter-rater reliability checks with other ERS Lead team members.

Accurately complete all required paperwork, including writing high quality feedback reports related to the observations at child care programs as needed.

Demonstrates responsible professional behavior by participating effectively within and across internal and external teams including child care partners.

Maintains regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule and Clayton Early Learning policies.


Participate on committees related to the Environment Rating Scales.

Attend regular Research and Evaluation meetings, Institute Meetings, and Clayton-wide meetings.

Schedule and conduct ERS consultations with providers to discuss observation results.

Obtain and maintain certification/reliability on other classroom observation tools, such as the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASSTM) and Program Administration Scale.

Obtain and maintain status as a Certified Playground Safety Inspector.

Support other Research and Evaluation projects as requested.

Access to a personal vehicle is required, as much of the position involves local and statewide. Personal car mileage will be reimbursed.

Perform other duties as assigned.

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: 
Bachelor’s Degree preferably in Education, Psychology, or Human Development. Master’s Degree is preferred.

Prior work experience in positions similar or related to this job:

Currently reliable on and have used the ECERS-R, ITERS-R, FCCERS-R, and CLASS tools to conduct observations in a variety of early childhood settings and with a variety of curriculums. Experience training on the Environment Rating Scales preferred.

Prior experience working in a classroom and/or Family Child Care Home is preferred.

Experience working with children, parents, Early Childhood Education teachers, directors and/or coaches is preferred.

Experience scheduling and contacting people for observations and assessments..

Computer competencies are required, specifically in a Windows environment with experience in Excel, Access, Word and Outlook.

Certificates or licenses:

Reliable on ECERS-R, ITERS-R, FCCERS tools.

Position requires a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.

Special professional and/or job-related requirements:

Current PPD-TB and physical examination, background check, and compliance with other regulatory requirements as applicable.

Must be available at least 40 hours per week during daytime, weekday hours. Some availability on weekends on occasion.

Special training or experience:

Training on the Environment Rating Scales in either Colorado or North Carolina is preferred.

Knowledge of the culture, and conditions inherent within Denver and the surrounding community.

Experience in relating to and interacting with diverse child care providers.


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