Job Overview


IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. This position is within the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) and reports to the Director of OPRE. The core responsibilities of this position are performing routine, ad-hoc, and systematic analysis and advisory assignments related to the effectiveness of various OPRE and/or IMLS programs and operations.

The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.  The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations, and with libraries and museums throughout the United States to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.



This position serves as a key stakeholder within the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) supporting the Director and Senior Program Analyst (Evaluation Officer) in the identification of evaluation needs, incorporating views expressed by program staff, application review groups and other representatives of the museum and library communities (e.g., National Museum and Library Services Board, etc.), and the Director of IMLS.  One will assist with the implementation of requirements of the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, the Paperwork Reduction Act, and related policies of the Office of Management and Budget  by communicating with senior IMLS staff and representatives of the museum and library communities and supports the design and implementation of program of assessment and evaluation of IMLS funding for a wide range of museum and library services.  This incumbent is charged with the collection and analysis of information relevant to assessment of museum and library services and operations. In addition, this position supports OPRE coordinate data collecting efforts on both library and museum services and internal operations, incorporating internal administrative data and external data collections into a comprehensive analysis of activities and outcomes. Analysis of data may include content analysis of qualitative data and/or statistical analysis ranging from descriptive to multivariate inferential statistical analysis using both linear and non-linear regression modeling techniques.Moreover, this position works with the Director and the Senior Evaluation Officer to develop formal research designs for IMLS program evaluations.  One will also participate in the discovery and selection of evaluation venders while serving as a Contracting Officers Technical Representative (COTR) to oversee evaluation contracts.  Serves as an office liaison for evaluations conducted through OPRE cooperative agreements.  This position also monitors the collection  and analysis of various quantitative and qualitative products and goods.  Assists in the preparation of statistical and program evaluation reports that are usable by IMLS program staff, the National Museum and Library Services Board, the Director of IMLS, and the general public. Using a variety of data collection methods including surveys, interviews, focus groups, and participant observation and a variety of analytic software including (e.g., SAS, SPSS, NVivo, ESRI,  MS Access, Excel, etc.) to produce a variety of internal and external deliverables.