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The Science Museum of Minnesota knows that diversity generates better ideas, inspires creativity and is essential to building a positive workplace. As an employer of choice we hire and retain the best employees by valuing differences, creating a collaborative work environment, and providing promotional and career development opportunities. Read our Statement on Equity and Inclusion.
Join our Department of Evaluation and Research team as an Evaluation & Research Associate. This role participates in and leads evaluation and research studies to support the department’s work, which includes museum and external projects.
Schedule: Most often, it is a combination of computer work, attending meetings, and collecting data; however, an entire shift may be entirely devoted to any one of these activities. Evening and weekend work required as needed for a project. Occasional travel may be required. Must have the ability to transport self to the museum and off-site Twin Cities locations.
Temporarily remote work from home to be assessed every 3 months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, office setting onsite.
Job Duties & Responsibilities:
Conduct evaluation and research:
- Plan and conduct evaluation and research studies, which includes understanding the context, developing a plan, developing instruments, planning data collection, conducting analysis, and reporting findings.
- Use appropriate tools, software, piloting strategies, and other professional practices and expertise to do this work.
- Conduct studies using theory and practice that include and amplify voices from individuals and communities that might not be regularly heard or represented.
Work with others to achieve goals:
- Plan work using insights and practices from existing work in evaluation and research methods, equity and access research, and informal science education.
- Work collaboratively, on teams inside the department, division, museum, and beyond, to achieve project outcomes.
- Lead teams that do collaborative work, mostly within the department.
- Support department norms for collaborative work through existing and emerging structures.
Generate productive new ideas and projects:
- Support the conceptualization and planning of new projects, including internal work, external grant solicitations, external project bids, and more.
- Share findings, ideas, and methods from evaluation and research work within the museum, with the larger field of informal education and museums, and with study participants where appropriate..
- Manage time and schedule to allow for work on a variety of projects with differing schedules
- For assigned projects, suit work to the budget and expectations; create budgets for new projects; when assigned, manage the overall budget of the project including the use of museum accounting resources.
- Approach all work with the assumption that you may need to learn new skills to accomplish your job.
- Other duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience with quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies.
- Proven experience planning and leading an evaluation and/or research study (e.g. a master’s thesis, a small evaluation project, or a small research study).
- Experience working on teams in a collaborative setting.
- Knowledge of the research literature in education, museum/visitor studies, youth development, or other fields applicable to experiences in a museum setting valued but not required.
- Cultural competency and experience working with diverse communities.
- Willingness to be open and respectful of all backgrounds.
- Fluency in language(s) other than English valued (Hmong, Somali, Spanish).
The position deadline is August 2 at 12:00 am.
Hiring Pay Range: $48,000 - 51,000 USD or more per year / Depending on Qualifications.
The job duties describe the general nature and level of work assigned to this position and is not an exhaustive list. For some positions, detailed procedures may be outlined in supplemental documents.
We exist to turn on the science and inspire learning, inform policy and improve lives. We envision a world in which all people have the power to use science to make lives better. We value science as an essential literacy and strive for inclusion inside and out so that our museum and our people reflect and respond to the diverse needs and cultures of our community. It is the museum’s policy and practice to hire and promote qualified job seekers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We offer benefit packages for full-time and part-time employees.