OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
  • 03-Apr-2018 to 30-Apr-2018 (PST)
  • Exhibits
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • $19.76 - $22.76 per hour
  • Hourly
  • On Call

Eligible for Oregon Sick

The Research and Evaluation Associate designs and executes systematic evaluation and research studies for exhibits, programs, and museum initiatives to help develop concepts, test ideas, and measure the impacts of these experiences on museum visitors and program participants.

This position utilizes skills related to project management, staff coordination, and social science research and evaluation methods and requires a concern for research quality and ethics and a commitment to inclusion and accessibility.

Participate in programs/initiatives to enhance corporate culture, such as:

  • Working effectively with and supporting volunteers throughout the organization.
  • Supporting OMSI's Total Guest Experience (TGE)/Customer Service mission & objectives in daily job performance, including diversity initiatives.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Performing the following may involve driving to various locations outside OMSI's corporate headquarters:


  • Serve as a team member of OMSI divisions, projects, and committees as assigned; liaison with other divisions as appropriate for the position.
  • Assess educational and experiential value of existing and developing exhibits and programs
  • Lead the development of research and evaluation plans for individual projects. Design research and evaluation protocols and instruments.
  • Coordinate and/or execute research and evaluation activities as assigned, including literature reviews, data collection, data analysis, interpretation, reporting, and dissemination.
  • Assemble and lead advisory and oversight groups, as assigned
  • Lead or support reporting and dissemination processes
  • Help manage project budgets and timelines as assigned
  • Serve as project lead, as assigned
  • Oversee contracts and liaise with external collaborators, clients, and contractors, as assigned
  • Facilitate organizational and team processes including ideating, framework development, planning, and decision-making.


  • Support ethical treatment of human research and evaluation participants. Complete related training as required
  • Support the integrity of research, evaluation, and education practices
  • Support practices for gathering evidence for informed decisions and actions
  • Support accessibility and inclusion
  • Support fiscal responsibility
  • Support advancements in informal learning
  • Support accuracy in STEM content
  • Support making OMSI a great place to work and learn
  • This position is non-exempt, paid hourly.
  • This position is on-call, scheduled for 19 hours per week or less.

Working Conditions

  • Possible travel to meetings and conferences.
  • Assume some evening, weekend, and holiday work.
  • Physical Demands: 60% Sitting 30% Standing 10% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling 5-10 Pounds
  • Tasks generally require: Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left or right while eyes are fixed on a given point), Depth and perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distance and spatial relationships), Ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eyes to bring an object into sharp focus). Accommodations for impaired visual abilities can be discussed.
  • Work environment will occasionally include: proximity to moving mechanical parts and outdoor weather conditions, including wet, hot, and cold.
  • The noise in work environments is generally: moderate (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic, museum exhibits and crowds) and occasionally loud (examples: exhibit shop machinery).

Secondary Functions:

  • Participate in the interview process, training, assignment, and monitoring of work for paid and unpaid personnel.
  • Work with and support volunteers throughout the museum.
  • Proactively contribute to efforts of the division and OMSI. Serve in leadership roles as appropriate.
  • Assume other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by direct supervisor.



Research and Evaluation Methods and Analysis

  • Demonstrated knowledge of experimental design and sampling techniques.
  • Experience with a variety of data collection methods, including surveys, interviews, focus groups, and observations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
  • Demonstrated understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with techniques for facilitating and making decisions using evidence.

Principles and Practices of Informal Learning Environments and Participant Behavior

  • Demonstrated understanding of behavioral research.
  • Demonstrated experience advocating for the accessibility, inclusion, and safety of educational experiences.
  • Basic understanding of museum experiences (exhibits and programs).
  • Basic understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math learning.
  • Basic understanding of user-friendly text formatting and 2-D and 3-D design.

Business and planning practices

  • Professional oral and written communication skills appropriate to the position. Ability to interface well with fellow paid and unpaid staff, participants, and partners in professional, education, research, and evaluation settings.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to effectively work independently and with teams on multiple, simultaneous, diverse tasks. Includes ability to learn quickly and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills to promote teamwork and collaboration
  • Ability to learn quickly and meet deadlines.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in teams.
  • Ability to work under pressure with flexibility.
  • Self-initiative to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Hands-on experience with word processing, spreadsheet analysis, database management, statistical software, publishing software, presentation software, computer graphics, and electronic data collection tools and demonstrated proficiency with at least two of these software types.
  • Understanding of confidentiality and protocol.


  • Experience with SPSS statistical analysis software
  • Nonprofit experience.
  • Museum experience.

Education and Work Experience:


  • Graduate degree'preferably in the social sciences, museum studies, evaluation, education, communications, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 4 years experience in evaluation of education programs, exhibits, survey research, or related work, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in behavioral research (e.g., literature searches, data collection, data management, data analysis, data interpretation, and data reporting).
  • Minimum 1 year of coordination and project management skills.
  • Minimum 1 year of experience working with the public, formal and informal settings.


  • Bilingual - Spanish/English.
  • Experience working with volunteers.

Additional Requirements/Preferences; Including Licenses and Certifications:


  • Valid driver's license.
  • Pre-employment checks, such as criminal background check and reference checks.
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