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WestEd Position Announcement

Benefits Highlights

  • All health benefits effective first of the month following date of hire
  • 15% contribution toward retirement effective day one of employment
  • 15 vacation days, which will increase to 20 days per year beginning the 4th year of employment
  • 12 holidays
  • 12 days sick leave per year
Position Title: Child Development Assessor (English/Cantonese/Mandarin) Program Quality Review Assessor
Reports to:Senior Research Associate II
Program: Center for Child & Family Studies
Salary: Level D - $53,920 - $67,400
Location: Home Office
Time Base:100%
Position No: 5119

WestEd — a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency — works with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. WestEd has more than a dozen offices nationwide, from Massachusetts, Vermont, and Georgia, to Illinois, Arizona, and California, with headquarters in San Francisco.

WestEd's Center for Child & Family Studies (CCFS) is dedicated to helping America's children get a healthy start in life. It does this by promoting research-based, high-quality early care and education services for children and families, with special attention to those living in poverty, dual language learners, and those with disabilities or other special needs.

The Center’s Evaluation Team specializes in assessment and evaluation that supports high quality intentional care and teaching for children birth to 8 years. The team’s work is focused in the following three areas: (1) developing formative observation-based child development assessments that are aligned to early learning state standards for children birth through kindergarten and that are used by early care and education teachers to support ongoing reflective curriculum planning; (2) promoting intentional approaches to the assessment of quality of care in programs caring for infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children, including conducting program quality assessments, developing and delivering training, and creating the PITC PARS infant/toddler program quality assessment and related materials; and (3) and designing and conducting formative evaluations to support implementation and ongoing improvement of programs, policies, services, or training designed to promote high quality care in early care and education settings.

Position Description

To conduct program quality assessments with demonstrated reliability using the Environmental Rating Scales (ITERS-R, ECERS-R, FCCERS-R) or CLASS instruments. Must be trilingual with strong written and verbal fluency in English. This is an 50% FTE position based out of home office.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
1. Conducting programs quality assessments in center-based and family child care programs caring for infants, toddlers, or preschool-age children.
2. Successfully completing initial training, including achieving reliability with Instrument Anchors and online reliability modules.
3. Adhering to all project protocols for conducting assessments and completing scoresheets and reports.
4. Maintaining high inter-rater reliability with other assessors on the team through training and simultaneous assessment.
5. Scheduling assessments with programs and maintaining up-to-date team assessment calendar.
6. Conduct data entry using cloud based systems.
7. Participating in project team meetings.
8. Providing evidence to support ratings on scoresheets and write well-documented CLASS reports.
9. Editing/reviewing bilingual summary reports.
10.Reviewing scoresheets and reports completed by other assessors, as needed.


• Must be trilingual (Cantonese/Mandarin) with written and verbal fluency in English.
• B.A. degree, minimum, in early childhood education or related field.
• Experience in the provision of early care and education in ECE settings (family child care, infant/toddler care, and/or center-based programs).
• Ability to be reliable in conducting program quality assessments.
• Ability to work well both independently and under direction.
• Strong interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.
• Must be able to provide own transportation throughout San Francisco. Only travel conducted within San Francisco is reimbursable per project guidelines.
• Ability to sit and use their hands and fingers, to handle or feel materials.
• Ability to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
• Strong organizational skills and careful attention to detail.
• Skillful in the use of Microsoft programs and cloud based systems.
• Dependability, reliability, and a professional attitude.
• Experience working as a team member in a professional setting.
• Ability to work well under deadlines, effectively managing multiple timelines simultaneously, within an active, transparent team environment.
• Experience interacting and working with members of diverse cultural and linguistic communities.
• Must be US citizen or authorized to work (visa sponsorship not available).

Application Process

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730 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

WestEd is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veterans’ status or other status protected by applicable law.