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Field Interviewer - SEEDS - Berkeley, CA

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NORC at the University of Chicago is currently seeking outgoing, persuasive Field Interviewers to help to evaluate the impact of the SEEDS program on 1) early educators’ knowledge and practice over time, and 2) students’ oral language, literacy and social-emotional outcomes.

Interviewing staff will collect three IGDI indicators (vocabulary, rhyming, alliteration), two FAST assessment indicators (letter names and letter sounds), and the Head, Toes, Knees and Shoulders assessment (HTKS)   from PreK students at both treatment and control Centers in Spring 2018.


​​​​​​​​NORC field interviewers are vital to our nationwide survey research operation. They talk to people from every conceivable walk of life—by telephone and in person—to obtain information on issues like health care, employment, and education.

The work we do at NORC has lasting social significance, and the data we gather helps legislators and others involved in setting policy make informed decisions for the welfare of all Americans in an increasingly complex society.

The interview is the basic tool by which we are able to provide this data and the interviewer is the one who makes it all possible.

Our field interviewers tell us they enjoy meeting all kinds of people and seeing America from different points of view. If you are curious about the world around you, are open to meeting new people, and like facing new challenges, this may well be the job for you.

  • Interviewers are expected to follow the Basic Interviewing Techniques as described in their NORC Field Guide.
  • Interviewers must be able to work day time hours ~7am-5pm Monday-Friday.
  • Interviewers are expected to work productively and efficiently. This is a part-time, temporary position, usually 20-25 hours per week, with short periods of up to 40 hours per week. This work will only be conducted during school hours. Actual hours worked will vary by number of schools assigned to during the assignment.
  • Assignments may vary based on the number of schools in specified locations.  We attempt to cluster assignments geographically, but it may be necessary to travel longer distances in some situations.  Interviewers must be willing to drive 50-100 miles or more, one way, to visit schools as needed.
  • Field Interviewers are responsible for entering all data collected on to paper IGDI and HTKS record forms.
  • Data quality expectations for this project will be outlined in training and throughout the data collection period.  Each interviewer is expected to meet or exceed data quality targets.
  • Reliable transportation and personal phone required.
  • Certain amounts of auto insurance required.

Interviewers must be able to work daytime hours of 7am-5pm Monday-Friday. This work will only be conducted during school hours. Actual hours worked will vary by number of schools assigned to during the assignment.

Data collection will occur in May and June 2019.


Benefits associated with the Field Interviewer position

  • An opportunity to work on an important national research project.
  • Temporary employment with hourly pay and retirement benefits, subject to eligibility.
  • Field interviewers get to work on a project that will affect government policy and meet interesting people.

Learn more about the Field Interviewer position:


In addition to meeting specific job requirements, employees hired for this position must present evidence of their identity and authorization to work in the United States (I9 documentation). We also require: a valid drivers license (exceptions can be made for applicants from major urban centers such as New York City), proof of auto liability insurance and unlimited use of an automobile in good working condition; a working home phone number; ability to carry a laptop computer and survey documents and supplies, and availability to attend in-person, paid training s​e​​ssions (no exceptions).


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, NORC has 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 NORC to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.

NORC conducts research in five main areas: Economics, Markets, and the Workforce; Education, Training, and Learning; Global Development; Health and Well-Being; and Society, Media, and Public Affairs.

We provide comprehensive and integrated services that span the research cycle, and offer solutions that anticipate and address critical needs in research and data science. We approach all work with deep technical expertise, a spirit of collaboration, and a commitment to scientific integrity.  


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.


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