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Evaluation Specialist



Job Title: Evaluation Specialist

Department: Contracts & Organizational Services

Division: Finance & Administration

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Reports To: Senior Manager, Contracts & Organizational Services

Status: Part-Time (25 Hours Per Week), Regular, Exempt


About StoryCorps:

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Founded in 2003 by radio documentary producer and MacArthur Fellow Dave Isay, StoryCorps has recorded and archived over 40,000 interviews from more than 70,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. We have visited all 50 states, partnered with hundreds of community organizations across the country, and earned two Peabody Awards (including a rare Institutional Peabody Award), the highest honor in broadcast journalism. Millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition, our weekly podcasts on iTunes, and the stories posted on the Listen pages of our website.  Our animations have been featured on PBS’s flagship documentary series POV and the YouTube homepage and were nominated for an Emmy. Our three books, Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project, Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, and All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps, were New York Times Bestsellers.

In the coming years, we hope to build StoryCorps into an enduring institution that will touch the lives of every American family. To learn more about our services, produced works, and special initiatives, and to listen to participant stories, visit www.storycorps.org.

Position Overview:

The Evaluation Specialist, Contracts & Organizational Services, will support StoryCorps evaluation planning and development initiatives.  In this capacity, s/he will facilitate interdepartmental communication to ensure that research, assessment, and evaluation activities across the organization are aligned with StoryCorps’ strategic plan and priorities and are appropriately resourced.  S/he will thus play a crucial role in unifying all StoryCorps evaluation activities under one centralized organizational function.

The ideal candidate will be a pro-active problem solver and learner, with strong analytical/research and writing skills as well as research/evaluation experience using information technology.  The person selected for the position must demonstrate strong interpersonal communication and teamwork skills, with the ability to flexibly and effectively address multiple requests generated by various internal clients in a fast-paced work environment.

StoryCorps records, shares, and preserves stories from a diverse range of American voices — from our Griot Initiative to preserve stories of African Americans, to our Historias Initiative to collect the experiences of Latinos.  The Evaluation Coordinator will be involved in interdepartmental efforts to support the organization’s diversity goals through evaluation. Candidates with experience in and commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion are strongly encouraged to apply.

Excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, Flexible Spending Accounts, 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan, Employee Assistance Plan, pre-tax transit benefits, and paid time off (vacation, sick leave, personal days, and holidays).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Work with Senior Manager to unify evaluation efforts under one organizational function and to develop StoryCorps evaluation plans in consultation with stakeholders and evaluation consultants
  • Coordinate and support centralized evaluation planning activities involving StoryCorps Board members, senior executives, staff and/or evaluation consultant(s)
  • Work routinely with staff in key functions across different departments (e.g. marketing and communications, programs, information technology) to promote system integration that incorporates a centralized evaluation function
  • Work closely with the Development Department and evaluation consultants to ensure effective evaluation mechanisms are included in program proposals and implementation plans
  • Facilitate constructive and timely communication between program, administrative, and information technology staff on evaluation planning and implementation details
  • Participate in developing quality control criteria and protocols
  • Assist instrument development, data processing and analysis, and data reporting, working closely with program staff and evaluation consultants
  • Coordinate and supervise volunteer data entry and support activities, as needed
  • Monitor progress and provide support to the centralization of multiple evaluation activities
  • Perform other responsibilities and duties to support the department and the evaluation function, as assigned


Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in data processing and analysis, and data reporting
  • Knowledge of qualitative evaluation methods
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and problem-solving ability
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and multi-tasking ability, and exceptional attention to detail
  • Demonstrated capacity to be reliable and highly productive
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Ability to proactively identify problems and propose solutions
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in order to contribute to problem-solving activities within a growing, changing organization
  • Strong computer skills, with proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Cultural competence and the ability to work successfully with diverse groups of people


  • Proficiency on a Mac platform
  • Basic skills or fluency in a language other than English; bilingual Spanish language skills are strongly preferred
  • Nonprofit experience

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To apply, please send cover letter and resume to employment@storycorps.org and include your last name and “Evaluation Specialist” in the subject line. Include your cover letter and resume as attachments entitled “YourNameLetter” and “YourNameResume.” In your cover letter, please tell us how you found out about this opportunity and whether you have applied for a position at StoryCorps in the past.

The position will remain open until filled; please apply early. No calls please.

StoryCorps seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

All positions at StoryCorps are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.



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