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Ac Hourly - Data Specialist- IECAM SPED

The Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map in the Department of Special Education seeks a Data Specialist that will work with the project director and data team to assist with the acquisition, verification, and preparation of data for the research project's website, publications, and responses to various data requests.

Duties & Responsibilities

Data Work

  • Data cleaning: Reformat and edit the original/source data into suitable formats for further processes using various spreadsheet, statistical, or mapping software to produce the desired data elements.
  • Data checking: Verify that estimates produced are correct and the underlying process is valid and free from error.
  • Data preparation: Perform due diligence on the data and its metadata (information and documentation about the data) for public viewing in the online database and interactive maps.
  • Data Products: Create data reports, snapshots, presentations, as needed.
  • Data Requests from Stakeholders 5 • Assist the project director and data manager to develop customized maps, data charts, and tables, as well as prepare data reports, technical reports, and other publications. • Respond to data requests and other questions from IECAM users.
  • Perform additional data- or technology-related tasks as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in library and information science, urban and regional planning, computer science, demographics, geography, or related field. Experience working with data acquisition, preparation, and management Knowledge of MS Office products (Word, Excel, Access, etc.) Familiarity with SQL databases Familiarity with demographic data, such as from the U.S. Census Bureau Strong writing and verbal communication skills Organizational skills and attention to detail Ability to work both independently and collaboratively Willingness to learn new technologies

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in library and information science, urban and regional planning, computer science, demographics, geography, or related field.

Familiarity with Python

Familiarity with Stata or other data and statistical analysis software

Experience working with the U.S. Census Bureau website and its data

Familiarity with other state and federal sources of data on young children

Appointment Information

This is a temporary Academic Hourly position. The expected start date is as soon as possible after 3/17/2023. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information

Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on March 17, 2023. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. Applications not submitted through will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact Dawn Thomas  For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

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Requisition ID: 1016133

Job Category: Research

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Hiring Hourly Programmer for 2 Educational Technology Research Projects

We’re looking to hire 1 to 2 programmers on an hourly basis (about 10 hours per week) to provide extra help to support the development of novel web technologies for our NSF funded projects SimSnap and Connected Spaces.

SimSnap is a collaborative science simulation that enables students to collaboratively learn about plant biology. For this project, we are looking for help working on a few pieces: 1) An real-time collaborative tool that enables students to develop, share, and negotiate around ideas at the small group and whole class levels; 2) Working with the Seeed Studios USB Mic Array to get direction of arrival of student speech and converting it to text (using services such as in near real-time; 3) A teacher dashboard application that uses data mining across the simulation, collaboration tool, and the microphone array and applies machine learning to give the teacher real-time updates on the class.

Connected Spaces (CxS) is a technology toolkit that works primarily with underserved youth at makerspaces distributed across the US to help them connect with peers and mentors. In CxS we are building an integrated system based on a core set of tools to help students communicate in new and exciting ways 1) REACH projector, which uses a compact projector and camera system to project images and capture gestures across the makerspaces to help student collaborate around physical objects at a distance; 2) The CxS dashboard that shows which students are in which spaces in real-time and their personal maker interests, to help students reach out for help or advice across the spaces; 3) The Build-in-Progress platform, a social network that allows students to catalogue their maker projects and share them with the peers.

These projects are largely web-based, so experience with Java Script, HTML, CSS are key skills. Experience with modern Javascript UI libraries (react, angular, meteor, etc.) is a bonus.

Several of the projects may also include Python (including Flask). For the REACH projector, OpenCV for video streaming, image processing, and computer vision are also a plus.

This is a great opportunity to work on some innovating learning technologies with researchers across the US and in Canada!

As mentioned above, we are looking to hire for about 10 hours a week. The hourly rate will be $20/hr.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Mike Tissenbaum at 

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