Westat is currently seeking motivated individuals with a commitment to excellence to work as Field Interviewers for an important study, the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies-Cycle 2 Main Study (PIAAC-Cycle 2 MS).
PIAAC is a cyclical, large-scale study of adult skills and life experiences focusing on education and employment. Survey participants are asked questions about their educational background, work history, the skills they use on the job and at home, their civic engagement, and sense of their health and well-being. In addition, participants complete an assessment that is designed to compare a broad range of adult skills, from simple reading to complex problem-solving skills.
The primary role of the PIAAC Field Interviewer will be to screen pre-selected households and conduct in-person interviews with selected respondents. Interviewers are responsible for contacting these households in person to gain cooperation, scheduling appointments, and conducting interviews using a Westat-provided tablet computer. Interviewers report regularly to a Field Supervisor, complete and submit administrative paperwork, and need to comply with data security and confidentiality requirements.
Protecting the health and safety of our employees and survey participants is a top priority for Westat. Based on recommendations from the CDC and other public health authorities, we require staff to protect and monitor their health while working on their assignment. The use of personal protective equipment, regular testing for COVID-19, or other screening activities is required. As a Federal Government contractor, Westat will require staff to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon, and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.Basic Qualifications
- Be 18 or older (or an emancipated minor) with the ability to enter binding confidentiality agreements to protect project information;
- Be a U.S. citizen;
- Be available to complete a virtual training program and additional hard-copy materials between August 12 and August 20, 2022; and
- Be available to attend mandatory in-person training Sunday, August 21 - Wednesday, August 24, 2022 or Wednesday, August, 24 - Saturday, August 27, 2022.
Training dates may be adjusted and are contingent on COVID-19 rules and regulations.Minimum Requirements
- Reside in the geographic location determined by the project.
- Be available to work during the data collection period of August 2022 - April 2023.
- Be available to work 24+ hours per week; at least 6 hours per day, including evenings and weekends, when work is available.
- Be willing to travel locally within the county or neighboring counties for project work.
- Be able to meet the physical requirements of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations:
- Lift and carry 20 pounds of equipment and materials,
- Walk several blocks, and
- Climb a stairs while carrying equipment and materials.
- Have regular and reliable access to a secure high-speed internet connection.
- Have regular and reliable access to an insured, reliable vehicle.
- Have a valid (current) driver's license that is not under suspension.
- Have work experience in jobs requiring public contact such as sales, teaching, real estate or social work.
- Have in-person interviewing experience on household studies;
- Comfortable working in unfamiliar locations, knocking on doors;
- Have strong reading, verbal, and written communication skills;
- Have excellent computer skills (be able to access the internet, use the keyboard and email);
- Be comfortable using smartphones to keep track of time, enter data, and navigate to your assigned areas;
- Have the ability to conduct in-depth interviews with people from all walks of life and socio-economic strata in respondents' homes;
- Able to communicate effectively and appropriately with respondents;
- Able to establish and maintain a good rapport with study respondents;
- Be self-motivated, organized, detail oriented, and able to convey the importance of the study to respondents;
- Display a professional appearance and demeanor;
- Work consistently in an organized manner;
- Be flexible in working assigned cases;
- Work well independently, including setting your schedule with little direct supervision;
- Be responsive to corrective feedback; and
- Be able to read maps and use apps to navigate to the households in the assignment.
Any offer of employment may be contingent upon receipt of acceptable results from a post-offer background screening, if required for the specific position, which may include, for example, identity verification, employment history, motor vehicle driving record history, and criminal or sexual offender records history.
This is a part-time, variable hour, non-exempt position eligible for overtime pay. This position is not initially eligible for health insurance. The hourly rate for this position is dependent on geographic location. The hourly rate for this location is $17.62. This position qualifies for sick leave pay based on hours worked. Upon successful completion of this assignment, you will be eligible for consideration for reassignment on other Westat field data collection projects if they become available.
Working on this study can be a fascinating, rewarding experience. If you are a reliable self-starter, this position may be right for you.
Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.