Position Title : Picard Center: Post-Doc CCYS
Department : 9020Picard Center for Child Dev
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
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
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
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
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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