Join NORC’s team of field interviewers to collect the data that has propelled our organization forward to becoming one of the most respected nonprofit, nonpartisan, and objective research institutions in the nation. The ideal candidate will bring their willingness to engage with people in a given community to effectively collect data, being sure to keep respondent information confidential and secure. Contribute to an important national research project that has the potential to affect government policy.
This is a part-time, temporary position, usually 20-25 hours per week, with short periods of up to 40 hours per week. Actual hours worked will vary based on specific projects. Hourly pay (including training) and retirement benefits subject to eligibility. To see all of the benefits, including retirement savings and a limited health plan, click here.
NORC field interviewers are vital to our nationwide survey research operation. We talk to people from every conceivable walk of life in person to obtain information on issues such as health care, employment, and education. The interview is the basic tool by which we are able to provide this data and as the interviewer, you’ll have the ability to make that possible.
The work we do at NORC has lasting social significance: the data we gather helps legislators and policy-makers determine the best course of action for the welfare of all Americans.
Examples of NORC field projects include:
- An evaluation of whether a new community policing strategy is effective at reducing crime and increasing public safety while maintaining good community-police relations.
- A project that is the most important source of data about the lives of adults and young adults in the U.S. since 1979. Many respondents have participated in this survey since the commencement.
- A study which gathers data about families’ need for child care and the availability of child care in their communities.
- A project which combines interview questions, biomeasures (height, weight, blood spots), and information about participant’s location to advance our understanding of activity spaces older Americans live in during their day to day lives, and how that changes as they age.
- An ongoing study which collects key details about financial assets and liabilities from households in all income brackets so that the sponsor can understand how the economy is changing.
- Follow basic interviewing techniques as described in your training
- Schedule time to conduct interviews, owning and managing your hours and overall workload across a variety of shifts including mornings, evenings, and weekends
- Work productively and efficiently, keeping in mind data collection goals
- Have access to reliable transportation, with necessary amounts of auto insurance
- Meet or exceed data quality targets as determined by expectations set during training and throughout the data collection period
- Validation of work and related activities will be completed by survey staff
- Present evidence of identity and authorization to work in the United States (I-9 documentation)
- Have a valid driver’s license (exceptions can be made for applicants from major urban centers such as New York City)
- Present proof of auto liability insurance and unlimited use of an automobile in good working condition
- Have working home phone number
- Ability to carry a laptop computer, survey documents, and supplies
- Availability to attend in-person, paid training sessions (no exceptions)
WHAT WE DO:
NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, our teams have conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with us to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.
WHO WE ARE:
For over 75 years, NORC has evolved in many ways, moving the needle with research methods, technical applications and groundbreaking research findings. But our tradition of excellence, passion for innovation, and commitment to collegiality have remained constant components of who we are as a brand, and who each of us is as a member of the NORC team. With world-class benefits, a business casual environment, and an emphasis on continuous learning, NORC is a place where people join for the stellar research and analysis work for which we’re known, and stay for the relationships they form with their colleagues who take pride in the impact their work is making on a global scale.
NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. NORC evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally-protected characteristics.