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Senior Research Associate 

Open Date 9/18/2014  
Age Requirement Age 18+  
Category Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Pay Type Salaried  
Pay Range Competitive salary plus benefits  
Schedule Regular business hours plus some weekends and evenings  
Position Requirements

Must possess excellent time management skills; interpersonal skills, including working with colleagues and managing positive client relationships; strong written and oral communication skills; and able ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize, meet deadlines, work within a fast-paced environment, and work with a high degree of accuracy.  A strong knowledge of theory and practice of teaching and learning, particularly in informal environments, including program and/or exhibit development is necessary.  Demonstrated competencies in research and evaluation, including study design, qualitative and quantitative methods, analyses, and reporting study findings (this includes expertise with using research and analysis software, such as SPSS) is essential.  A minimum of a Master’s degree in the social sciences, education, psychology or a related field; previous experience supervising and mentoring others, particularly those in researcher or evaluator roles; a minimum of 3 years of work experience in the area of evaluation and/or research in informal education or social sciences; and 2 years of experience independently leading evaluation or research projects are required.  Experience in a consulting firm and in grant or proposal development is preferred.  


OBJECTIVE:  Contribute to the work of the Lifelong Learning Group (LLG), part of the Center for Research & Evaluation, by directing and supporting the delivery of high-quality research, evaluation, and consulting projects with external clients in the informal learning field.  Contribute to development and dissemination of field-wide insights into informal learning and the value of visitor studies across the informal learning field.



  1. Participate inImplement research and evaluation projects teams for external clients, including all tasks from study design, implementation, analysis, and reporting, as well as project and budget management, client communication, and supervision of project teams.  This includes responsibilities to:
    1. Independently direct and manage evaluation and research projects.
    2. Participate as a supporting member of a project team.
  2. Supervise and mentor the work and performance of LLG Research Associates team, providing oversight, support, and guidance in:
    1. Consulting work and client management competencies.
    2. Research and evaluation competencies.
  3. Develop new clients and projects for LLG, including:
    1. Lead or contribute to the development, writing, and budgeting of proposals.
    2. Build and strengthen client relationships that result in new projects.
  4. Contribute to the professional development and learning within internal teams and the field at large (such as publishing, presenting, leading workshops, etc.).
  5. Oversee the hiring, training, performance evaluation, and professional development of the LLG Research Associates.  As part of the supervisor responsibility of this job, conduct performance evaluations in accordance with COSI procedures.
  6. Support general COSI operations through participation in meetings as appropriate.
  7. Serve as an example to other COSI Team Members and Volunteers in matters of appearance, attitude, and performance in a manner best serving COSI paid and Volunteer Team Members and Guests.
  8. In accordance with COSI's Guest Services Strategy, and as opportunities present themselves, provide excellence in Guest Services by assuring Guest safety, using courtesy to drive each Guest interaction, by delivering the COSI show, and by keeping operations efficient.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned by the Managing Director, LLG.

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