Field Research Coordinator

Levitt Shell
Job Description
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation (Levitt Foundation), a national private foundation based in Los Angeles, is conducting on-site surveys at permanent outdoor Levitt music venues, including the Levitt Shell in Overton Park located in midtown Memphis, beginning this June. The survey fielding effort will be conducted by a team of four field researchers who distribute and collect surveys during 2-hour shifts at 12 to 16 outdoor concerts throughout June and July. The coordinator will be the primary liaison between the field researchers and the Levitt Foundation. S/he will manage a team of researchers, conduct all relevant training for data collection, and manage the survey collection process at each concert.

Concerts occur Thursdays through Sundays. The coordinator is responsible for ensuring that each concert is fully staffed with four field researchers and that sufficient surveys are being collected to meet daily goals. Fielding session schedules will vary and will require evening and weekend hours. Depending on weather conditions, some fielding sessions may need to be rescheduled to another evening. Dates for each fielding session, including back up dates to accommodate inclement weather, will be provided upon the interview.

The coordinator should be on-site at each concert to collect completed surveys from the fielders and approve timesheets. Coordinators are expected to fill in for field researchers, when needed. This is an excellent opportunity for a current or recent graduate student to gain hands-on experience in audience research and evaluation methods, specifically related to free, outdoor concerts and community events.

Duties include:
• Train, schedule, and manage field researchers to conduct on-site surveys
• Oversee survey collection according to a detailed methodological protocol
• Provide the Levitt Foundation with daily fielding reports
• Manage on-site fielding supplies, including fully-charged tablets, tracking sheets, name tags, etc.
• Respond to emails and calls from the Levitt Foundation in a timely manner
• Communicate with a representative of the Levitt Shell, as needed

The candidate should be a responsible, organized, prompt, and detail-oriented individual with excellent inter-personal and communication skills. Ideally, we are seeking experienced freelance field researchers or graduate school students who have a background in the social sciences and/or experience with on-site survey collection and management.

The ideal candidate will also:
• have experience with scheduling and managing freelance workers
• be knowledgeable of the Levitt Shell mission and its programming
• have experience working in diverse communities and cultures, including those traditionally underrepresented in the arts
• be comfortable approaching potential survey respondents and training others to do so
• have the ability to “think on your feet”
• be extremely reliable with a positive, friendly attitude
• be able to stand for long periods of time

• The freelance field research coordinator will receive a negotiated flat fee in addition to being
compensated at a rate of $25/hour when working on-site during the scheduled concerts.

Please email a brief cover note and resume to with “Freelance Field
Research Coordinator – Levitt Shell Memphis” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls. We
look forward to hearing from you.

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a national private foundation that exists to strengthen
the social fabric of America. Through its support of creative placemaking projects, the Levitt
Foundation empowers communities to transform underused public spaces into welcoming
destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates
community life.

The Foundation’s primary funding areas include permanent outdoor Levitt music venues and the
Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, an annual grants competition. In 2018, free Levitt
concerts will be presented in 26 towns and cities across the country. Levitt music venues and
AMP concert sites collectively reach more than half a million people annually through nearly 500
free, family-friendly concerts. As an example of the high caliber talent presented across the Levitt
network, the 2018 GRAMMY nominees included 15 artists who have performed on Levitt stages
in recent years.

Permanent Levitt venues are located in cities as diverse as Los Angeles; Denver; Dayton, Ohio,
Westport, Conn.; Bethlehem, Pa.; Memphis; and Arlington, Texas. Each Levitt venue is
programmed, managed and supported by its own 501(c)(3) Friends of Levitt nonprofit partner,
presenting 50 free concerts every year featuring music of all genres. Due to accelerating interest
from cities and engaged citizens, the national network of Levitt music venues is growing.
Developing Levitt locations include Sioux Falls (opening 2019), and Houston (opening 2021),
amongst other cities.

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