Picard Center: Post-Doc CCYS

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

United States

February 9, 2022


Position Title : Picard Center: Post-Doc CCYS

Department : 9020Picard Center for Child Dev

Responsibilities :

The Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning is a leading university-level research center that for over two-decades has built on the legacy of its namesake—one of the longest serving Louisiana state superintendents of education—to produce rigorous, innovative, and actionable evidence in order to ensure that all children get a strong start and continuous support to excel in school and life.

Among the Picard Center's signature current projects are conducting a bi- annual Caring Communities Youth Survey that supports behavioral health interventions in schools across the state, collecting CLASS observations in several thousand early childhood to early elementary classrooms annually statewide, and leading an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Task Force at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The third largest university in Louisiana, UL Lafayette's research expenditures more than doubled over the last half-decade, placing it currently in the top 10 nationally for funding through partnerships with business and industry. The Picard Center's 40,000+ square foot building located in the university's research park includes state- of-the-art information technology that facilitates large scale data analysis. In addition to substantive and methodological experts leading individual projects, staff include experts in pre/post award administration, financial and compliance management, and information technology who provide center-wide support.

The Caring Communities Youth Survey (CCYS) post-doc will work under the mentorship of the Director of the Picard Center Dr. Rachel Gordon and Project Director of the CCYS Dr. Raymond Biggar. Drs. Gordon and Biggar share a commitment to establishing mentorship plans with post-doctoral fellows that support their professional goals along with fulfilling Center needs. RAG1 These supports include co-writing external grant applications that might fund continued work at the Center after the post-doc period ends. The CCYS post- doctoral fellow will join other post-docs currently being hired to form a cohort who can work collaboratively together and learn from one another, as they also work and learn with staff throughout the Center. Dr. Biggar will offer direct supervision.


  • A primary responsibility of the post-doc will be to coordinate an enhancement component of the CCYS whose broad objective is to improve reliability and validity of the survey.
  • One subcomponent is to train OBH staff on survey concepts with a focus on content validity and test length, and the post-doc will contribute to the development and delivery of these training materials.
  • The post-doc will also collaborate in the hosting of in-person and virtual dialogue and activities through which Picard Center staff, OBH staff, and local schools and stakeholders, decide what revisions to pilot in a subset of parishes.
  • The post-doc will support the design, implementation, analyses, and reporting of these pilot administrations of the enhanced CCYS survey, including online survey administration and dynamic document reporting.
  • Particular attention will be paid to parishes not currently participating in the CCYS, and the post-doc will support recruitment in these parishes.
  • With supervision and support form Drs. Biggar and Gordon, the post-doc will set agendas, facilitate meetings, capture next steps, and ensure follow through across these activities.
  • In addition to parish and state reports, the post-doc will spend a portion of their time co-authoring scholarly publications and writing external grant proposals using the CCYS.
  • The CCYS Post-Doc will need to perform duties independently and confidentially and must exercise a high level of judgment and initiative. The Post-Doc must be able to anticipate problems and critical issues as they arise, providing summary information to facilitate timely responses. The Post-Doc must be able to handle correspondence and phone calls professionally and efficiently, including determining appropriate action, and be enthusiastic about working collaboratively with multiple teams.

    Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications, experience, and proven ability. The holder of this position is an employee of the State of Louisiana and as such enjoys a generous benefits package.

    The post-doc will be hired for a two-year term. The appointment might continue after this period, if mutually desired and if either CCYS funding or additional successful external grant proposals allow.



    The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A PhD in the social, behavioral, educational, or health sciences is required
  • Substantive training in child, human, or lifespan development is essential
  • Strong quantitative background to support collaborating with statisticians and data scientists
  • Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to interact positively with both internal and external constituencies
  • Ability to prioritize work with minimal supervision
  • Motivated to learn new skills, as needed
  • Committed to the mission of the center
  • Applications should be submitted on the UL Lafayette job search website and should include: 1) a letter that demonstrates the candidate's understanding of the position and how his/her background meets the position criteria; 2) a curriculum vita; 3) three to five references.

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