Research Instructor

Chicago, IL
Part Time
Student (College)



MAPSCorps Research Instructor



MAPSCorps is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based on the south side of Chicago. Born from the South Side Health and Vitality Studies at the University of Chicago, MAPSCorps uses an approach called asset-based community-engaged research to ensure that our science serves community priorities and needs.  

MAPSCorps employs and delivers STEM and health-focused programming to local high school youth who map existing resources in a given area. Working in teams, MAPSCorps participants walk every block of our communities, observing, collecting, and analyzing data about all public-facing businesses and organizations. The teams of Research Instructors and Youth Mappers work from community-based-organizations to conduct research about their mapping assignments. Throughout the course of the program, each team prepares an extensive research project that has a social determinants of health focus and presents it at the program’s culminating event, the Scientific Symposium. 

*Please note that, due to the ongoing pandemic, details of this job description are subject to change at any time. MAPSCorps adheres to local and state guidelines regarding COVID-19.* 


Position Description:  

Research Instructors are MAPSCorps alumni, undergraduate, or graduate students who ensure high quality data collection in the field and are responsible for the implementation of the MAPSCorps STEM-based, positive youth development curriculum. Research Instructors are trained in data collection methods and are responsible for training youth Mappers. Reporting to their Field Supervisors (high school educators) and MAPSCorps programming directors, Research Instructors take on a nuanced mentorship role in which they build trust and relationships with youth Mappers; this mentorship is intended to enhance learning objectives, provide broad academic and professional guidance, and ensure a meaningful youth Mapper developmental experience.   

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Mandatory attendance at Research Instructors training sessions. 
  • Collecting community survey and asset mapping data from community members as well as public-facing businesses & organizations. 
  • Training youth mappers in data collection 
  • Providing daily oversight and leadership to a group of high school students 
  • Mentoring youth mappers in broad academic and workforce development skills  
  • Collaborating daily with Field Supervisors, Data Coordinators, and other staff to guide youth mappers through the design, implementation, and presentation of a research project 
  • Coaching youth mappers on presentation and public speaking skills 
  • Providing feedback to youth on Chicago Youth Service Corps (CYSC) online curriculum 
  • Additional duties outside of the time spent mapping with youth, including residential mapping, field checks, and optional Sunday church mapping 


  • 18-24 years of age
  • At least one year of college or successful completion of MAPSCorps summer programming 
  • Experience or interest in STEM, social science research, public health, qualitative research, and/or community-based research or advocacy 
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds 
  • Demonstrated leadership skills 
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to manage conflicts with youth and adults in a mature and respectful manner 
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy 
  • Responsible, reliable, and trustworthy 

Preferred but not required: 

  • Daily access to a reliable vehicle, driving approx. 15 miles/day. 
  • Experience working with adolescent youth, teaching, facilitating, or tutoring 
  • Experience working, living, or volunteering in communities across Chicago 
  • Experience or interest in teaching high schoolers  
  • Fluency in Spanish or Mandarin 
  • Teaching certification 

Location: Chicago, IL (Hyde Park)

Dates: October 2022 through March 2023 with the option to renew for Summer 2023. 

Time Commitment: 20 hours per week 

Compensation: $18 hour 

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit a résumé to Please include your full name and “Research Instructor” in the subject. We will review applications and conduct interviews on a rolling basis.  

MAPSCorps is an equal-opportunity employer. Members of underrepresented populations in technology and data spaces are encouraged to apply.  

To learn more, visit and watch our Scientific Symposium video. 


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