| || Position Objective: |
To oversee WCS Education’s research and evaluation unit. Working closely with relevant WCS staff in Education and across the Society, the Director will identify research and evaluation priorities; design and execute research and evaluation studies; and disseminate findings both internally and externally to improve WCS programs and advance wider understanding in the fields of conservation education and informal learning.
• Develops and executes a research strategy for WCS Education.
• Proactively seeks federal funding in support of WCS Education research strategy.
• Publishes research findings in peer-reviewed and other literature; shares findings at relevant conferences.
• Prepares reports and maintains correspondence with federal funders as required.
• Fosters relationships with other researchers at zoos, aquariums, universities, and other relevant institutions.
• Manages education research staff as necessary.
• Prepares applications to WCS’s Institutional Review Board.
• Develops and implements comprensive program evaluation plan for WCS Education. This includes monitoring outputs, measuring metrics of success, and evaluating program outcomes.
• Meets with relevant stakeholders to discuss evaluation results and identify ways to modify programs to better serve audiences and achieve program outcomes.
• Distributes findings from program evaluation initiatives internally and externally.
• Develops and executes a strategy to build evaluation capacity of WCS Education staff.
• Develops evaluation plans for special projects within WCS zoos and aquariums as needed.
• Supervises Research and Evaluation Associate and part-time research assistants.
• Cultivates and actively maintains close working relationships with all WCS Zoo and Aquarium departments and department leaders to ensure programs and staff are extensively supported.
• Takes an active role in senior leadership in the Education Department including developing strategic plans to meet WCS-wide mission and managing the plans to ensure goals are met.
• Participates in WCS-wide committees and contributes to the success of the committees, working towards reaching the goals outlined in WCS2020.
• Monitors evaluation and research budgets on a monthly basis, developing quarterly, annual and other reports as required.
• Performs other tasks as required by Director of Education.
| || Qualifications: |
• A PhD from an accredited college or university is required.
• Experience in museum or zoo evaluation is required.
• Established record (published or internal) of evaluation and/or research work in the area of informal education with an emphasis on science education, visitor studies and/or conservation education.
• Knowledge of diverse research and evaluation methods appropriate for the field of informal learning, including both established methodologies and unique approaches to measuring outcomes and impact.
• Experience writing and managing federally funded grants and initiatives is desirable.
• Experience working with an Institutional Review Board.
• Excellent project management skills with strong ability to successfully manage several large initiatives simultaneously.
• Excellent writing and verbal communication skills required.
• Comfort with computer-based data management and analysis platforms (for example: SPSS, R, Dedoose, Survey Gizmo.)
• Working knowledge of Mac and PCs, using word processing, spread sheet and database software.
• Comfort with change, innovation, and unique approaches to educational research methods and programming.
• Comfort with approaching members of the public for data collection purposes.
• Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public.