Coordinator of Research




Organization: Shedd Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Job or Internship: Job

FLSA STATUS: Exempt SUMMARY:The Coordinator of Research’s primary responsibility is reviewing literature, both research-based and practitioner-based, and synthesizing these findings into comprehensive research narratives which will in turn assist the Learning Group in determining their suite of experiences and instructional strategies. In addition, this position collaborates with the Coordinator of Data Management to seek out and implement new reporting tools and to keep others abreast of emergent tools and technologies that may benefit the function of the Learning Planning & Evaluation team. The research coordinator is expected to maximize efficiency of generating research narratives by identifying additional resources needed, such as working with interns and volunteers. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.•Demonstrate commitment to Shedd’s vision, mission and values.•Review and compile research-based and practitioner-based literature on topics needed for the Learning Programs and Guest Engagement departments•Write concise and comprehensive research narratives, highlighting core findings from the literature and illuminating Shedd’s potential unique role•Transfer research narratives into stakeholder-specific abstracts (i.e. summary for board member, summary for Development, etc.)•Contribute to quarterly trend reports, integrating current research and trends•Participate in relevant trainings as it relates to the position •Seek out innovative reporting communication strategies and tools that help convey new levels of understanding of program experiences and learner outcomes•Recruit interns for assistance in the literature review and research narrative process•Supervise interns including guidance for needs of literature review, formatting for research narratives, and providing feedback as appropriate •Train staff and interns/volunteers on relevant learning strategies (i.e. authentic assessment, inquiry, etc.) •Assist with evaluation data collection as appropriate (i.e. focus groups, observations, etc.)•Assist with the analysis and interpretation of evaluation data as appropriate•Develop and foster collegial relationships with academic partners•Build and nurture intra and interdepartmental relationships to maximize collaborative opportunities and broaden understanding of organizational assets•Participate in Aquarium wide and interdepartmental teams, projects or meetings as needed•Maintain working knowledge of current trends and research as well as knowledge of venues to distill this information from•Demonstrate a commitment to professional and personal growth by initiating dialogue with colleagues, engaging in self-directed learning and focusing on professional development goals•Fulfill other duties as requiredQUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Education: •Master’s degree in education, museum studies, science, psychology, learning science or other related field of studyExperience:•Experience reviewing academic literature and seeking information on current trends in education and informal learning settings•Experience writing for both academic and general audiences•Demonstrated attention to detail, organizational, problem-solving and time management skills•Experience working in a team•Experience initiating, managing, and completing independent projects•Experience supervising others•Interest in and enthusiasm for research and informal science education•Positive attitude and familiarity with new and emerging fields of study LANGUAGE SKILLS:•Ability to read and comprehend academic language given from written and oral sources. •Ability to write professional correspondence. •Ability to write for an academic audience, including appropriate citation styles (e.g. APA, Chicago Style, etc.•Ability to effectively present information to any level of employees as well as external audiences.•Ability to read, write, speak and comprehend English fluently•Ability to effectively communicate with strong interpersonal and verbal skillsMATHEMATICAL SKILLS•Ability to understand intermediate mathematical relationships and formulas, including basic statistics.•Ability to understand and employ intermediate accounting mathematics, such as reviewing budgets, etc.•Ability to interpret research and evaluation results from statistical analysis. REASONING ABILITY•Ability to work with little or no supervision.•Ability to use common sense techniques in solving problems.•Ability to solve complex logical problems.•Ability to use diplomacy and tact when dealing with problems.•Ability to identify problems and determine the best course of action for their resolution.•Ability to critically evaluate information for accuracy and usefulness in solving problems.•Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in a variety of situations.COMPUTER SKILLS AND ABILITIES•Intermediate to advanced level of knowledge of word processing software and presentation software. •Intermediate to advanced knowledge and skill level for accessing and using spreadsheets including formulas (e.g. Excel).•Ability to access and use archival and referencing software (e.g. EndNote, Zotero, etc.).•Ability to access and use a range of databases, including online reference hubs (e.g. EBSCO, Academic Search, ACCESS, etc.)PHYSICAL DEMANDS•The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Sitting for extended periods of time •Able to tolerate active participation in outdoor/wilderness settingsWORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.This person may be exposed to:•Water•Low noise•Moderate noise•Extended exposure to computers•Exposure to the elements in an outdoor/wilderness settingLICENSES•Valid driver’s license.

SHEDD AQUARIUM SOCIETY HR is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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