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Evaluation Specialist

Position Title:  Evaluation Specialist

Reporting to: Director of Awards & Cohorts, Evaluation and Learning & Engagement at Art Bridges Foundation and Director of Data Strategy at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Location: Bentonville, AR

About the Position:

Art Bridges is looking for an Evaluation Specialist that will plan and oversee Art Bridges research and evaluation efforts in collaboration with the Center for Audience Research and Evaluation (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art). The Center serves as the externally contracted evaluation team supporting Art Bridges in measuring the foundation’s impact and 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 and the external needs of our museum partners.

What you will do

You’ll join a top-notch team and will support the Foundation and its partners in the research, analytic and administrative work of developing Art Bridges evaluation projects.

The position requires an outgoing, innovative, collaborative, and diplomatic professional who is able to combine independent work (such as designing new evaluation programs, analyzing data, providing ongoing 1-1 support to partners, preparing presentations and reports to share with stakeholders and managing project timelines and budgets) with collaborative work such as consulting on evaluation elements within partner proposals and coordinating evaluation projects with colleagues across the Foundation. This position will also serve as a liaison between Art Bridges and the Center for Audience Research and Evaluation.

You will be responsible for a broad portfolio, often juggling a variety of evaluation projects in various stages of completion.


  • Consult with Art Bridges departments to create strategic frameworks for goal setting and impact related to new and existing program areas.
  • Support Art Bridges team members with small-scale evaluation studies intended to inform decision making.
  • Manage and cultivate relationships with Art Bridges partners and internal departments to respond to evaluation needs and provide resources and expertise.
  • Ensure partners assign measurable goals to their exhibition, collection loan, and learning and engagement projects, and are aware of what data need to be collected in order to support their reporting to Art Bridges
  • Develop application forms and answer partners’ questions regarding their evaluation reporting responsibilities.
  • Develop a strategy for funding partners’ evaluation projects, including the levels of funding and services included. Work with partners throughout the application process as they apply for this funding.
  • Work with the Center for Audience Research and Evaluation to 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.
  • Design and offer professional development sessions such as tipsheets and toolkits about research and evaluation techniques to staff at Art Bridges and our partners.
  • Use internal database management systems (such as SmartSimple), as well as other tools for productivity and project management (such as Wrike).
  • Represent the Foundation at public meetings and conferences
  • Manage interns
  • Other duties as assigned

Who we are looking for

You have a proven track record of designing and leading evaluation projects, and of working with diverse stakeholders to ensure that their data needs are met. You are a passionate administrator, detail-oriented, thoughtful, highly motivated, solutions-oriented, collaborative, and congenial, with well-developed writing, communication, and organizational skills.

Qualifications required for your success

Bachelor’s Degree Required. Minimum of five years work experience in a museum or cultural setting, 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.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of social science research methods, program evaluation, or museum learning.
  • Demonstrated research skills in quantitative (including inferential statistics) and qualitative methods
  • Exemplary written, verbal, and listening communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and professionally.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational, problem-solving, and collaboration skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of statistical software packages to analyze quantitative data
  • Ability to maintain highest levels of confidentiality and discretion
  • Experience with Institutional Review Board protocols and the commitment to adhere to ethical standards for all human subjects research
  • Ability to work independently and effectively and, collaborate with peers, and lead cross-departmental teams
  • Multi-task oriented
  • Positive approach to support fellow staff and goals of Art Bridges Foundation
  • Experience in data visualization and creative reporting
  • Ability to travel regionally and/or nationally 3-4 times per year
  • Ability to work with minimal direct supervision and manage multiple projects in a high-volume and fast-paced environment to complete assignments on regular deadline
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and curiosity
  • Participate in internal and external professional development opportunities, including Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Access learning and roundtables

Personal attributes that support your success

  • Enthusiasm about joining an organization that’s new, evolving, and poised to have major impact on the art museum field
  • A commitment and passion for the power of art to transform lives
  • Ability to cultivate and sustain trust with colleagues, partners, and other stakeholders

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: In the work environments described below, position requires utilizing a computer and telephone for prolonged periods of time, good eye/hand coordination, verbal and written conversation with others, lifting/carrying (up to 10 lbs). Vision abilities required by the job include close vision.

Work Environment: Work will be performed in an office environment and in museum spaces. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. Some overnight travel may be necessary.

Vaccination Policy

In accordance with our duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, and to do our part in safeguarding the health of our co-workers and their families as well as the community at large from COVID-19 that will be reduced by vaccination, we are requiring all Art Bridges staff and interns to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their start date as a condition of employment. According to the CDC, “fully vaccinated” means it has been two weeks since a person received the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson.

In accordance with all federal, state and local rules and regulations, Art Bridges recognizes that there may be certain circumstances exempting an employee from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Employees in need of an exemption from this policy due to a disability, advice of a medical provider, or religious beliefs inconsistent with vaccination, must contact the HR group at ASC to initiate the interactive review process within the deadlines expressed in this policy.

We strongly hope this policy decision will help to change the current landscape of infection rates in our community by creating a sense of urgency and proactivity. Our desire is to continue to fulfill our vision of transforming lives through Art Bridges mission. To do this, our first priority is to create a safe workplace.

About Art Bridges

Art Bridges 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 United States. Since 2017, Art Bridges has been creating and supporting programs that bring outstanding works of American art out of storage and into communities. Art Bridges partners with a growing network of nearly 170 museums of all sizes and locations to provide financial and strategic support for exhibition development, loans from the Art Bridges collection, and programs designed to educate, inspire, and deepen engagement with local audiences. The Art Bridges Collection represents an expanding vision of American art from the 19th century to present day and encompasses multiple media and voices.

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 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.