OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
  • 14-Dec-2021 to Until Filled (PST)
  • Exhibits
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • $19.10 per hour
  • Hourly
  • On Call

Eligible for sick time.

The Research and Evaluation Assistant I provides assistance on research and evaluation activities for interdepartmental projects at OMSI. They are actively involved in the development and implementation of research and evaluation plans, protocols, data analysis, interpretation, and reporting.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Participate in the preparation and execution of data collection and analysis activities with the guidance and mentorship of the Research, Evaluation, and Impacts Manager:
    • Conduct online and in-person surveys, interviews, focus groups, and observations: utilizing a combination of quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods educational research and evaluation study design;
    • Support reporting and dissemination processes, including the compilation of preliminary research and evaluation findings;
    • Advocate for educational accessibility, inclusion, and safety across projects.
  • Assist in the development of research and evaluation protocols and instruments;
  • Support the development of project proposals to federal, foundation, and other funding entities;
  • Support the facilitation of division and project operations and logistics;
  • Support general project coordination and management activities.

Working Conditions

  • This position is non-exempt, paid hourly;
  • This position is on-call, scheduled for <19 hours/week;
  • This position may require occasionally working on weekends, holidays, and/or evenings. Option to accept or decline assignments on a case-by-case basis;
  • Physical Demands: 70% sitting, 25% standing, 5% lifting/carrying/pushing 10 lbs;
  • Vision Demands include:
    • Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches of less);
    • Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more);
    • 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).
  • Environmental Demands include:
    • Outdoor weather conditions
    • Work near moving mechanical parts
  • Noise Levels include:
    • Quiet (examples: library, private office)
    • Moderate (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic)
    • Loud (examples: metal can manufacturing department, large earth-moving equipment)

Secondary Job Responsibilities

Provide additional support to the Research & Evaluations team and Exhibits department as assigned by the Research, Evaluation, and Impacts Manager. Secondary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Serve as a team member on non-R&E OMSI projects and committees, based on alignment with goals of R&E and interest, skills, and availability of the Research & Evaluation Assistant;
  • Collaborate with and support volunteers as fellow staff members and team members.



  • Developed communication skills, with an emphasis on presentation, customer service, and community engagement;
  • Strong writing abilities, with an emphasis on attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy;
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills;
  • Exercises sound judgment while upholding high integrity and ethical standards;
  • Proficiency with Google Suite and/or Microsoft Office;
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple tasks, often with overlapping and time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Ability to adhere to confidentiality, protocol, and community agreements;
  • Demonstrated ability to pivot between individual and team work;
  • Basic knowledge of quantitative study design, including data collection methods and analysis;
  • Basic knowledge of qualitative study design, including data collection methods and analysis;
  • Basic understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics.


  • Developed knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles;
  • Ability to demonstrate comprehensive reading, writing, oral, and translation skills in Spanish;
  • Basic understanding of participant research;
  • Basic understanding of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEM) learning;
  • Basic understanding of SPSS statistical analysis software;
  • Basic understanding of inferential statistics;
  • Basic understanding of quasi-experimental research designs ;
  • Basic understanding of user-friendly text formatting and 2D/3D design.

Education & Work Experience


  • High School diploma or GED;
  • 3 years of experience with increasing responsibility:
    • Demonstrated basic experience in behavioral research such as literature searches, data collection, data management, data analysis, data interpretation, and data reporting;
    • Demonstrated experience and success with engaging people in formal and informal settings;
    • Demonstrated project coordination experience.
  • Demonstrated experience advocating for educational accessibility, inclusion, and safety;


  • Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences, Museum Studies, Education, Communications, or related fields;
  • Experience in museum research and evaluation;
  • Experience working with and/or managing volunteers.

Additional Requirements/Preferences; Including Licenses and Certifications


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