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Research Analyst

Apply now Job no: 495330 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – Hyde Park, University of Chicago Campus, IL Capability Area: Academic Research Centers

JOB DESCRIPTION:

 The Research Analyst would work closely with the Center’s senior research team to support project work in our expanding collaborative early childhood research agenda. The analyst must have some experience in conducting quantitative or qualitative analyses of moderate complexity and have strong written skills. A mixed-methods analyst is also welcome.

DEPARTMENT:

The Academic Research Centers (ARC) is a community of researchers and programs covering a variety of substantive domains and exemplifying NORC’s commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence and research innovation. The ARC brings substantive expertise and collaborative infrastructure to theoretically driven and multimodal research. The ARC collaborates with multi-disciplinary research from the University of Chicago and other research institutions by collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data; providing methodological and statistical expertise; and facilitating pre- and post-award management. ARC’s research staff works jointly with social scientists, physicians, and other experts in an open, cooperative working environment. One particular focus within ARC is early childhood care and education, with work driven by the Early Childhood Research and Practice Collaborative.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Provide support to senior level research staff on work involving research design, data collection, data processing, and/or analysis
  • Conduct analyses on quantitative data including administrative and survey data
  • Prepare literature reviews, and written descriptions of data collection methodologies and procedures
  • Assist in design of questionnaires and other quantitative or qualitative data collection instruments
  • Plan and conduct project activities including site visits, telephone interviews, and technical panel meetings
  • Prepare reports and memos, and develop slides, data charts, and tables for presenting study findings
  • Assist in creating presentations for client meetings and conferences
  • Preparation/drafting of client reporting deliverables, including monthly or annual progress reports
  • Assist with business development activities, supporting all aspects of proposal efforts including drafting subsections of proposals, compiling data, and drafting charts or exhibits
  • Perform other duties as assigned
REQUIRED SKILLS:
  • Bachelors' Degree in social sciences. Training in public policy, economics, statistics, developmental psychology, sociology, or education is a plus. Degrees in other subjects may be considered, if other relevant skills apply
  • At least 1 year of research experience in social science, psychology, economics, education, public policy, or related fields
  • Interest in early childhood care and education (ECE) and experience in schools or ECE programs a plus
  • Experience working with and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, including experience with large datasets.
  • Experience with statistical environments and packages, such as STATA, SAS, R, or Python
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software, including Excel
  • Strong report writing skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal and critical reasoning skills  
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.

EEO STATEMENT: 

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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