Saint Louis Science Center

  • Research & Evaluation Assistant II - (Regular Part-Time)

    Job Locations US-MO-St. Louis
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(12/20/2018 3:25 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Research and Evaluation
  • Overview

    The Research & Evaluation Assistant II position primarily conducts program and exhibit evaluation under the supervision of the Research & Evaluation Manager and/or the department’s other full-time staff. This includes, but is not limited to, the development and implementation of evaluation plans, instruments, data collection, entry, analysis, and reporting.


    Essential skills include being comfortable working with the public and on a team in a positive and friendly manner as well as being comfortable working independently on a deadline-based schedule.  This is a part-time, permanent position, 20-25 hours per week, scheduled 3-4 days per week (project-dependent), including at least one weekend day.


    • Provides project support for program evaluation and other visitor studies projects under supervision of full-time R&E staff. This includes (but are not limited to):
    • Assisting in development of evaluation instruments and data collection protocols
    • Collecting qualitative and quantitative data according to a specified protocol
    • Compiling literature reviews
    • Conducting data entry and analysis as assigned
    • Demonstrating independent judgement about categories of responses according to protocol.
    • Participating in meetings to coordinate data collection and analysis with other evaluation team members.
    • Acts as primary data collector on small-scale evaluation projects.
    • Conducts a positive interaction with visitors and refers them to appropriate Science Center staff or locations to meet other needs.
    • Attends scheduled department meetings for training on data collection protocols for new projects.
    • Coordinates, as necessary, with other data collectors.
    • Serves as a team member on SLSC projects as assigned.
    • Attends scheduled institutional meetings.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Attention to detail with high degree of reliability and accuracy.
    • Ability to work independently and manage multiple stages of an evaluation project.
    • Ability to collaborate with staff to frame and initiate an evaluation project.
    • Basic knowledge of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods and analysis.
    • Basic knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics.
    • Ability to conduct interviews/observations and record responses according to set protocol.
    • Ability to understand and follow detailed instructions regarding data collection procedures, including being able to make judgements about categories of responses according to a specified protocol.
    • Proficiency with computers for data entry for both quantitative and qualitative data.
    • Ability to interact with the public and co-workers in a pleasant and productive manner.
    • Strong coordination and time management skills.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Familiarity with the field of visitor studies preferred.


    Bachelors degree in relevant field, with emphasis in museum studies, social science research, survey research, visitor studies, education, communications, and/or statistics. 



    Ideal candidate will have an appropriate combination and experience of:

    Familiarity with visitor studies, survey research, and/or program/exhibit evaluation.

    Customer/guest service experience.

    Experience with Microsoft Office Suite

    Experience with other spreadsheet/statistical software (e.g. SPSS) a plus.


    Strong oral and written skills in English.



    Working knowledge of descriptive statistics.



    Must be able to move around the galleries for a 4-5 hour data collection period. 



    This position will include data collection in the Science Center’s galleries and classrooms, and other work on evaluation projects (including project support as needed) in an office environment. Variable work schedule will include weekends, with occasional evenings, and holidays.



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