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Field Data Collector (Universal School Meals)

Job ID 2063-2

Position Description:

Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to improve well-being around the world. We collaborate closely with public-and private-sector partners to translate big questions into deep insights that improve programs, refine strategies, and enhance understanding using data science and analytics. Our work yields actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas, from health, education, early childhood, and family support to nutrition, employment, disability, and international development.

We are currently recruiting self-motivated, outgoing individuals to collect data in schools for the waste study component of the Universal School Meals Program Evaluation, sponsored by the Nutrition Policy Institute. The study will collect important information from California public schools, including plate waste, solid waste, and school meal environments. Data collection will take place in approximately 60 schools spread across 20 districts in California between February through April 2024. There will be a required two-day training in late January 2024

We offer:

  • Mileage and travel expense reimbursement
  • Paid training on-site in Oakland, CA

Position Requirements:

  • Prior field and observational experience in relation to nutrition services preferred
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Willingness to undergo a low-level background check
  • Excellent computer and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Experience working in school environments and professional settings
  • Strong work ethic and a commitment to reliability and high-quality productivity
  • Ability to work a minimum of 30 hours per week for the duration of the project

Attendance of all scheduled training sessions is required to work on the project. Project training is expected to occur January 2024.

We offer an hourly pay rate of $22

Available Locations: Oakland, CA; San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Fresno, CA; Shasta, CA; Irvine, CA

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Any offer of employment will be contingent upon passing a background check. Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo security clearance as a condition of working on the project. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance. Additionally, if you participate in/complete the application process and are denied, Mathematica may choose to terminate your employment.

Although Mathematica does not require vaccination from COVID-19 as a condition of employment, various projects or agencies may require documentation of vaccination (or an approved exception/accommodation).

We take pride in our employees and in their commitment to excellence. We encourage staff to collaborate in developing creative solutions to difficult problems and to share the responsibility and enjoyment of carrying out complex projects. This collegial spirit has helped us earn our reputation for innovative and high quality work.

One of Mathematica’s core values is a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work is more robust because it is informed by a variety of diverse perspectives, and our mission to improve societal well-being is strengthened by a greater understanding of issues and challenges facing the populations we serve. Mathematica’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion is woven into our everyday actions, policies, and practices—including decisions regarding recruitment, training, compensation, and promotion. We are dedicated to maintaining a work environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

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