OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
  • 31-May-2018 to 08-Jul-2018 (PST)
  • Exhibits
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • $17.64 - $20.31
  • Hourly
  • On Call

Eligible for Oregon Sick

The Junior Research and Evaluation Associate leads some Evaluation and Visitor Studies activities while providing assistance on others. Activities may include proposal writing, literature reviews, study design, data collection, data entry, data analysis, and report writing. Activities will support exhibit, program, and organizational development.

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:


  • Serve as a team member of OMSI divisions, projects, and committees as assigned; liaison with other divisions as appropriate for the position.
  • Help assess educational and experiential value of existing and developing exhibits and programs
  • Initiate and/or support OMSI's research and evaluation process for individual projects.
  • Lead or support the development of research and evaluation instruments.
  • Lead or support the preparation and execution of data activities including literature reviews, data collection, and data analysis as assigned.
  • Compile research and evaluation findings, interpret data, develop recommendations, and/or write final report.
  • Lead or support reporting and dissemination processes
  • Help manage project budgets and timelines as assigned
  • Liaise with external collaborators, clients, and contractors, including helping to manage contracts, as assigned
  • Support 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 accessibility and inclusion
  • Support fiscal responsibility
  • Support practices for gathering evidence for informed decisions and actions
  • This position is non-exempt, paid hourly.   
  • This position is on-call, scheduled for <19 hours/week.

Working Conditions:  

  • Possible travel to meetings and conferences.
  • Assume some evening, weekend, and holiday work.
  • Physical Demands: 50% Sitting 40% 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), and 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, and when serving in lead roles, assign work and monitor the completion of assignments from start to finish for paid and unpaid personnel.
  • Proactively contribute to efforts of the division and OMSI. Serve in leadership roles as appropriate.
  • Assume other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the direct supervisor.



Business Practices

  • Professional communication skills, both written and oral, including 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.
  • 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 under pressure with flexibility.
  • Self-initiative to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Understanding of confidentiality and protocol.
  • Hands-on experience with word processing, spreadsheet analysis, database management, statistical software, computer graphics, and electronic data collection tools and demonstrated proficiency with at least two of these software types.

Research and Evaluation Methods and Analysis

  • Demonstrated intermediate knowledge of experimental design and data collection methods.
  • Demonstrated Intermediate knowledge of qualitative data collection methods and analysis.
  • Demonstrated Intermediate understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • Basic understanding of SPSS statistical analysis software

Principles and Practices of Informal Learning Environments and Participant Behavior

  • Demonstrated experience advocating for the accessibility, inclusion and safety of educational experiences
  • Demonstrated understanding of participant research.
  • Basic understanding of museum experiences (exhibits and programs).
  • Basic understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math learning.


  • Experience with advanced analytics.
  • Basic understanding of user-friendly text formatting and 2-D and 3-D design.
  • Nonprofit experience.
  • Museum experience.

Education & Work Experience:


  • Graduate degree, preferably in sciences, behavior, museum studies, education, communications, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in evaluation of education programs, exhibits, survey research, or related work, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 1 year of experience working with the public, formal and informal settings.
  • Minimum 1 year of coordination and project management skills.
  • Working knowledge of behavioral research (e.g., literature searches, data collection, data management, data analysis, data interpretation, and data reporting).


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

Additional Requirements/Preferences; Including Licenses and Certifications:


Pre-employment checks, such as criminal background check and reference checks.
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