Metris Arts Consulting (Easton, PA) believes in the power of culture to enrich people’s lives and help communities thrive. We believe those benefits should be broadly shared and inclusively developed. Metris seeks to provide high caliber planning, research, and evaluation services to reveal arts impacts and help communities equitably improve cultural vitality. Although we are best known for principal Anne Gadwa Nicodemus’ leading work in the realm of creative placemaking, Metris’ core service offerings also include place-based arts and culture ecology studies, arts and culture plans for cities and towns, and robust project evaluations. We work with a range of national and international clients, including philanthropic organizations, government agencies (local to federal), and community development and arts nonprofits. To accelerate change, we seek to share knowledge and amplify the voices of those closest to the work.

Senior researcher/planner

We seek a talented and entrepreneurially-minded researcher, planner, and/or evaluator to join our team as a core collaborator and technical contributor, diversify our team’s existing skill sets, and expand our capacity.

Anticipated duties:

• Collaborate on project proposals and other business development activities
• Develop research design/project methodology for evaluations, planning processes, and/or research projects
• Manage timelines and budgets and coordinate staff, sub-contractor, and client contributions/relationships
• Undertake qualitative and quantitative research/evaluation/planning, as appropriate to expertise:
• Literature reviews
• Conduct interviews and focus groups
• Facilitate participatory planning processes/community meetings
• Design and analyze surveys
• Analyze and synthesize primary and secondary data (Census, ACS, Data Arts, WESTAF CVI, Emsi, etc.)
• Serve as key writer on research reports and/or cultural plans
• Make presentations of Metris-work to clients and/or in public forums
• Write articles/blogs for magazines, websites, and academic journals, as opportunities arise
• Network with colleagues, clients, and potential clients
• National travel anticipated monthly

Qualifications:

• Demonstrated ability to produce respected and impactful work that closely aligns with Metris’ area of focus (whether planning, research, or evaluation)
• Masters, PhD, or equivalent professional experience in a research, social science, or policy-related field (i.e. urban planning, economics, sociology, geography, public health, etc.)
• Command of methods and skills that diversify those of Metris’ existing core staff, such as:
• Statistical analysis, including multivariate regressions
• Mapping/GIS
• Evaluation expertise: developmental, logic models/theories of change, participatory action research
• Advanced facilitation/community engagement techniques
• Data visualization
• Subject area expertise that aligns with, yet diversifies, that of Metris’ existing core staff, such as public art planning, and the intersections of art and public health, housing, immigration, and/or public safety, etc.
• Track record of securing competitive proposals and an entrepreneurial disposition

Metris is an equal opportunity employer. We have made deepening our commitment to racial and cultural equity in our hiring practices and project based work a strategic priority. We strongly encourage applications from people of color.

Full-time (~40 hours/week) with a flexible schedule. Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid personal time off/vacation time, paid holiday time credit, health insurance, and retirement plan. We offer a casual (and dog-friendly) work environment in the Karl Stirner Arts Building in downtown Easton, PA.

We hope to forge a long-term relationship with an employee who will be a vital part of the Metris team and help the business grow and succeed for years to come. For the right employee, we are open to remote employment scenarios moving towards an eventual relocation and/or part-time employment situations moving towards full-time.

To apply, send cover letter, resume/CV, and 3 phone references to:

Anne Gadwa Nicodemus
Principal, Metris Arts Consulting
gadwa@metrisarts.com

Open until filled.