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Senior Research Analyst - Economics, Justice and Society Research

Apply now Job no: 495264 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Economics, Justice & Society


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a quantitatively oriented Senior Research Analyst excited about data analysis to join the Economics, Justice and Society Research Department in our Chicago Loop office.

DEPARTMENT: Economics, Justice and Society

The Economics, Justice and Society (EJS) Department focuses on a broad range of topics relating to critical economic and social issues. We are home to many of NORC’s largest and longest-running surveys, and we also engage in policy analysis and evaluation research relating to social programs and issues, the economy and the labor force, transportation and traffic safety, and crime and law enforcement. We work with a diverse set of clients and partners, including policy-makers and data users in national, state and local governments, academia, and the press.

  • Serve as task leader or provide support on work involving project design, data collection, data processing, and/or analysis and report or paper writing on assignments of moderate to high complexity.
  • Prepare literature reviews, written descriptions of data collection methodologies and procedures, assists in design of questionnaires and data collection forms
  • Develop data charts and tables for presentations and contribute to presentations at professional and client meetings.
  • Preparation/Drafting of deliverables, including monthly or annual progress reports, documentation, questionnaires, and OMB clearance packages.
  • Assist with overall analysis on specific items of survey or research analysis.
  • Develop project materials, including reports, analytical evaluations, graphics and exhibits, as service as report editor.
  • Under the direction of senior staff, support the development of new business by conducting background research on programs, monitoring databases such as and, and tracking relevant legislation, regulation, and budgetary processes.
  • May assist with business development activities by drafting subsections of proposals, compiling data, and drafting charts or exhibits.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 
  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Science or related field involving quantitative analysis desired, Masters Degree preferred
  • At least 3 years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility in survey research or related field (or equivalent education)
  • Quantitative analysis experience, including working knowledge of SAS statistical software
  • Experience playing a lead role conducting literature reviews and data analysis
  • Using and designing qualitative data collection tools including key informant interviews, site visits and focus groups, and report writing
  • Strong analytic ability, writing and organizational skills are required
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software.

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.


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.


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