Evaluation and Interpretation Planner

The Peabody Essex Museum, one of the most dynamic art museums in the nation, is seeking a highly talented Evaluation and Interpretation Planner for our Education and Interpretation department. Under the direction of the Lead Interpretation Planner, the position will be a dedicated member of the Interpretation team that will primarily focus on researching and evaluating innovative audience experiences developed by the museum in order to inform future strategic interpretive development. The position will also provide interpretation planner expertise on some exhibition development projects.

Responsibilities include:

  • Plan, implement and advise methods of audience evaluation such as personal meaning mapping, focus groups, panels, observations, and surveys and other social science research methodologies related to interpretive materials and projects; share results effectively; outline implications of findings for project teams and within the broader context of the museum.
  • Ensure that evaluation data is actively employed and used to refine programs, exhibitions, and other related activities.
  • As part of interdisciplinary exhibition development teams, develop innovative interpretation schemes into exhibition development and design, analyzing key messages and audience needs, initiating interpretive schemes and originating original ideas for unique interpretive elements.
  • Bring forward-thinking methods of interpretation, including the use of digital expressions, and audience advocacy to the development of interpretation at PEM.
  • Ensure overall production and installation of interpretive elements of the project on time and to budget in a face-paced dynamic environment.
The successful candidate has a record of evaluating different audience-centered creative experience projects.S/he will have a high degree of patience, attention to detail and fortitude in managing relationships with various constituencies. We are seeking someone with a passion for the analytical and strategic, yet tactically skilled in translating ideas and principals into practical programming.S/he will think in a digital-forward way and be able to demonstrate an embedded digital approach to professional practice, and be committed to practice-based research projects.

A Bachelor’s degree is required.Five years of successful museum experience or relevant work in and evaluating education or closely related programs based on established research and evaluation tools, methods, and analytics. A proven record of developing cost-effective and targeted evaluation metrics, data acquisition, analyses, and application of outcomes to education- related and / or interpretive program development is required.Excellent understanding and proven experience in developing and implementing education related and/or interpretation programs are central to the role. Extremely good interpersonal skills including interviewing experience,highest quality data analysis and report writing skills, flexibility, positive attitude and the ability to work as a member of a team are essential.

How To Apply:
Interested candidates should send their resumes with cover letters and salary requirements by email to jobs@pem.org, or apply to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783. PEM is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.
Apply by:
March 04, 2016