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Research and Survey

Research/Survey Director - Economics, Justice and Society Research

Apply now Job no: 495265 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Economics, Justice & Society


NORC at the University of Chicago’s Economics, Justice and Society Department is seeking a talented Research/Survey Director to work on a variety of challenging and interesting data collection and analysis projects. This position is largely focused on the operational side of survey data collection projects.

This position is responsible for managing discrete tasks of large, complex projects including survey work, technical assistance, strategy and research and/or smaller research projects in their entirety, including responsibility for the schedule, budget, staff and client relations; and quality assurance. Requires limited expertise related to operational methods, including project design, appropriate data collection procedures, data management, data analysis, program design & implementation, strategic planning of other areas relevant to public policy and social science. Manages project schedule, budget, staff workload and client relations in conjunction with Project Leadership.

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.

  • Managing discrete tasks of large, complex projects including survey work, technical assistance, strategy and research and/or smaller research projects in their entirety, including responsibility for the schedule, budget, staff and client relations; and quality assurance
  • Manage the day-to-day performance of all members of the task/component team and includes administrative supervisory responsibilities
  • Ensure and manage staff mentorship and training, technical and professional assistance, and other feedback on performance of project/task team members
  • Interact frequently with clients to clarify their needs, report on progress, discuss contractual matters, resolve problems, allay concerns, and provide information and recommendations.
  • Engage in business development activities including authoring various sections of the technical proposal.
  • Additional responsibilities will include proposal development.
  • Bachelors' Degree required, Masters' in social science, public policy, or a related field strongly preferred.
  • 6+ years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility in social science research and data management, analytics or related field.
  • Experience in client communications and relationship management.
  • Knowledge of at least one substantive or methodological area and quantitative analysis skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of the principles, processes, and methods of data acquisition (from any source including primary survey data, secondary data, program records, social media, etc.).
  • Project management skills, attention to detail and being organized.
  • Ability to multi-task, decision making and leadership skills, budget, time and resource management skills.
  • Experience managing and mentoring staff.
  • Occasional travel to client meetings.
  • Excellent communication and management skills are necessary.
  • Experience managing multi-mode data collection efforts and experience with biomeasure collection is strongly preferred.

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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