Research and Evaluation Specialist

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Position Title: Research & Evaluation Specialist

Department: Evaluation

Reporting to: Research & Evaluation Manager

Location: Bentonville, AR

Salary Range: $55,000-$69,800

About Art Bridges

Art Bridges Foundation is the vision of philanthropist and arts patron, Alice Walton. The mission of Art Bridges is to expand access to American art in all regions across the nation. Founded in 2017, Art Bridges creates and supports programs that bring outstanding works of American art out of storage and into communities. Art Bridges partners with a growing network of more than 230 museums of all sizes and locations to provide financial and strategic support for exhibition development, loans from the collections of Art Bridges and its partners, and programs designed to educate, inspire, and deepen engagement with local audiences.

About the position

In this new role, the Research & Evaluation Specialist will support Art Bridges’ evaluation team.

You will be instrumental in measuring and communicating the foundation’s impact and progress towards achieving our strategic goals. This position will include the development of timelines, budgets, instruments, pilot testing, data collection, analysis, and reporting to support the internal needs of Art Bridges departments, along with the external needs of our museum partners.

You will combine independent work— analyzing data, providing ongoing 1-1 support to partners, and preparing presentations and reports with collaborative work such as assisting with the creation of project timelines and budgets, and executing evaluation projects with colleagues across the Foundation.

Preferred candidates will be passionate about expanding access to art, with skills in designing and leading equity focused evaluation projects and working with diverse stakeholders to ensure their data needs are met.


  • Develop and conduct evaluation studies for partner institutions. This may include developing an evaluation plan, data collection methods, and instruments, collecting data, analyzing data using qualitative and quantitative methods, and reporting findings using non-technical language in the form of project reports, conference papers, and other verbal presentations.
  • Work with partners throughout the application process as they apply for evaluation project funding (when applicable).
  • Identify measurable goals and indicators of success for partners in their grant projects and advise on the evaluation methods needed to support their reporting to Art Bridges.
  • Collaborate cross departmentally to recommend and review frameworks for goal setting and reporting impact related to new and existing Art Bridges program initiatives.
  • Coordinate interviews, surveys, focus groups and other research activities with partner sites and Art Bridges team members.
  • Analyze data to create visually accessible midterm and final impact reports on Art Bridges art lending projects.
  • Design evaluation toolkits, webinars, and professional development resources for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Assist with content creation for Art Bridges social media and website features on evaluation projects.
  • Provide support on new Foundation initiatives as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Attributes that support your success

  • Strong organizational and coordination skills with attention to detail; ability to manage multiple projects, workflows, and relationships with consistency and accuracy.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and independently.
  • Enthusiasm for working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Flexible and adaptable, with a problem-solving mindset.

Qualifications and skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience, e.g., Research methods, Art History, Business Administration, Business, and/or Museum Studies.
  • 1-4 years of work experience in a museum or cultural setting, foundation, or in a non-profit organization in the capacity of developing and implementing evaluation projects and communicating impact. (Equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience will satisfy the minimum requirements.)
  • Knowledge of social science research methods, program evaluation, or philanthropic evaluation.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with experience turning ideas, concepts, and data into engaging and easily accessible visualizations.
  • Familiarity with survey design, data synthesis, and analysis.
  • Demonstrated skills in quantitative (including inferential statistics) and qualitative methods, with knowledge of analytical software packages for quantitative and qualitative data preferred.
  • Proficiency in data visualization including charts, graphs and infographics.
  • Demonstrated organizational, problem-solving, and collaboration skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft 365
  • Knowledge of Salesforce, Qualtrics, and SPSS preferred.

Work Schedule

This is a full-time, Monday to Friday, in person role. Our Flexible Work Policy allows an option to work one day per week from home between Tuesday and Thursday. Occasional evening or weekend work may be required.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: Occasionally, while performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to travel independently, regionally, and in communities served. This position requires working at a desk and utilizing a computer and a telephone for prolonged periods of time and good eye/hand coordination, bending and stretching for filing, and physical stamina to lift a minimum of 25 pounds to a height of at least three feet for art materials storage and preparation and as appropriate for the demands of the office. Visual acuity to review written materials is required for this job.

Work environment: Work will be performed in an office environment, museum spaces, and in communities served. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required. The noise level in the office is usually low to moderate.

Art Bridges and DEAI

At Art Bridges, diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion are central to all work and decisions made within our organization. We support our colleagues and partners in learning and growing together to make this important work part of our daily lives.

Art Bridges is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment of any kind. We encourage all qualified applicants including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

All offers of employment are contingent on your successful completion (where permitted by state law) of a confidentiality agreement and background check. In addition, you will need to provide proper identification verifying your eligibility to work in the United States on your first day of work.

Interested in joining our team?

Share your passion for increasing access to American art.