Are you a rigorous social researcher who wants to help move culture forward? Slover Linett is seeking an awesome new member of our Chicago team. We work in the arts, museums, philanthropy, community…
Slover Linett Audience Research
Slover Linett Audience Research Inc. is a leading social research firm for the cultural sector, broadly defined. Based in Chicago and active nationally, we work with arts, culture, and informal science organizations and the funders, service organizations, and public agencies that support them. Our clients include museums of all kinds, performing arts groups and presenters, foundations, public media enterprises, and other cultural and community nonprofits. We use the tools of social science research and evaluation to help them grapple with strategic questions in areas from programming, marketing, and experience design to learning, community engagement, social impact, creative placemaking, and institutional strategy. Our methods range from traditional quantitative, qualitative, and ethnographic studies to facilitated co-creation, ideation, and community dialogue. We also help leaders, staff, and boards turn those questions and insights into new strategies for engagement through planning or visioning processes. We do it all with a commitment to making culture more responsive, relevant, and rewarding to more kinds of people.
For more information please visit our website at sloverlinett.com. (Note: We’re currently developing a new website.)
We’re seeking a brilliant, hard-working, and forward-thinking research professional to become an Associate or Senior Associate in our Chicago office. The ideal candidate will have significant experience leading research and evaluation studies in the nonprofit arts, culture, informal learning, and/or philanthropy sectors and turning the resulting insights into strategic guidance for innovation. He or she will be passionate about the fields of arts, culture, and creativity and eager to use research and dialogue as tools to help those fields take new strides toward two-way public engagement, community and social impact.
Working in close, creative collaboration both with the client team and with other members of our staff, the Associate/Senior Associate will design and direct a wide variety of research and evaluation studies, most of them multi-modal and some involving broader dissemination or publication. He or she will also design and facilitate visioning, brainstorming, or planning processes for some clients in conjunction with those research studies. The Associate/Senior Associate will report to the firm’s Chief Operating Officer and will also work in frequent consultation and collaboration with the firm’s President and Chairman. He or she will oversee the work of one or more Research Analysts and/or Research Managers on each project; our Research Analysts are social scientists from various disciplines, several with PhDs. Depending on experience and level, the Associate/Senior Associate may have be assigned one or more Research Analysts or Research Managers as direct reports.
Specific responsibilities will include:
- serving as the lead Slover Linett staff member for client relationship management and project management;
- helping the client team identify research and evaluation objectives, and placing those objectives in the broader, complex context of how culture, participation, and consumption are evolving;
- collaborating on the development of rigorous, innovative research and evaluation protocols (instruments, sampling plans, and recruitment tactics, etc.) to achieve those objectives;
- sometimes participating directly in data collection across multiple modes (especially in-depth interviewing and ethnographic observation, also occasionally focus group moderation, intercept surveying, etc.);
- conducting and collaborating on thoughtful, in-depth analyses of the qualitative or quantitative data;
- developing relevant and cogent implications, conclusions, and action-oriented recommendations;
- writing, editing, and managing the creation of research reports in both presentation and narrative text formats, sometimes for internal client use and sometimes for field-wide and public dissemination;
- verbally presenting those reports to the client and leading discussions about the findings, recommendations, and strategic implications;
- managing project budgets and timelines;
- traveling as necessary for project work and conferences;
- cultivating and maintaining strong, consultative relationships with clients, fellow researchers, and other stakeholders in the cultural sector;
- collaborating with, inspiring, and contributing to the professional development of colleagues in Research Analyst and Research Manager roles at the firm
- collaborating productively and positively with other members of the Slover Linett staff as well as freelancers, fellows, and advisors;
- helping to strengthen the firm’s expertise in the cultural sector by being an active part of the national dialogue about issues, trends, and emerging practices—including via conference presentations, our blog, Twitter, and other channels;
- designing and leading facilitated planning and ideation processes for our clients;
The Associate/Senior Associate will also work closely with the firm’s senior leadership to develop new engagements with past, current, and new clients (including proposal writing) and to help determine strategy for the firm.
The ideal candidate will have training, experience, and talent in all three of our key functional areas:
- Cultural sector (museums, arts organizations, informal science learning, cultural philanthropy, cultural policy, etc.)
- Research & evaluation (social science methods, audience research, market research, and/or program/experience evaluation)
- Consulting (working with clients, including senior level communication; project management, including deliverables, budgets, and timelines; facilitating high-level brainstorming sessions, etc.)
A Master’s degree and at least 5 years of work experience is strongly preferred. The successful candidate will:
- take an entrepreneurial approach and relish new challenges;
- be flexible and comfortable with change;
- have a passion and ability to cultivating lasting relationships with clients and provide outstanding client service and thought-partnership;
- have excellent writing and editing skills, particularly in creating client-responsive, highly useful and readable reports;
- be able to maintain a big-picture view of each project and draw insights and implications from the research findings;
- have experience working with diverse and underserved communities;
- be experienced at presenting research findings to clients and at conferences;
- have a strong interest in helping build and grow our practice;
- have experience managing multiple priorities and negotiating conflicting priorities; and
- enjoy working with others in a highly collaborative, collegial team environment and be a positive, enjoyable, and supportive colleague to others.
This is a full-time position located in Chicago and requiring regular travel. Salary will be commensurate with experience. In addition, we offer a competitive benefits package of vacation, holidays, sick days, contributions to health insurance premiums, disability insurance, and profit-sharing. Our typical working week requires 40—50 hours on average. There will be regular travel (approximately once or twice a month) for conferences and project work, including client meetings and on-site research fielding.
Please e-mail a cover letter (within the body of the e-mail) and resume to Chloe Chittick Patton email@example.com. We are not seeking writing or report samples at this time. Please, no phone calls. We look forward to hearing from you.