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Research Assistant - Public Affairs and Media Research

Apply now Job no: 495736 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Public Affairs & Media

JOB DESCRIPTION:

NORC at the University of Chicago seeks a qualified Research Assistant to join its Public Affairs and Media Research Department in our Chicago, IL or Bethesda, MD office.

Due to current COVID-19 safety measures, employees who can work from home, are required to do so.  Once it is safe to resume standard practices of commuter travel and social interaction per government guidelines, we expect employees to maintain an office presence as required by projects needs and department leadership.

DEPARTMENT:  PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MEDIA RESEARCH

The Public Affairs and Media Research Department conducts high-quality research for our clients in order to deliver reliable insights that fuel effective business and communication strategies. We provide the nuanced understanding of people’s opinions, beliefs, and behaviors that organizations need to understand and serve their audiences in a world of vast and accelerating change. Our clients comprise some of the nation’s most influential and forward-looking media companies, PR and consulting firms, philanthropies, and policymaking organizations.

The Public Affairs and Media Research Department team has expertise with a wide array of important issues and a broad range of populations, including hard-to-reach groups such as young people and Latinos. The department is also home to The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The AP-NORC Center was created to join the expertise of NORC, one of the world’s premier independent research organizations, with The AP, which provides news seen every day over all media platforms and formats by more than half of the world’s population. This combination of rigorous, objective research and reliable, unbiased journalism has unmatched potential to reach both broad audiences and policy makers at every governmental level, creating a seamless transition from the gathering of survey-based information to a more fully-informed society.

Through The AP-NORC Center and our relationships with other leading news and media organizations, we are able to work with our clients to position research findings for the journalists, policymakers, and thought leaders who can amplify their impact.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Literature reviews
  • Statistical analyses of primary and secondary data
  • Assistance with questionnaire development, including survey testing
  • Support of data analysis to include preparation of memos, tables, and graphs based on findings
  • General research support related to research conducted for federal and state governments, nonprofit groups and foundations.
  • The incumbent will also assist with tasks related to business development
REQUIRED SKILLS:
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Outstanding interpersonal, critical reasoning, analytic, and writing skills
  • Experience with computer-based data analysis (e.g. Excel, SAS, SPSS)
  • The incumbent must demonstrate strong problem solving capability
  • The ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, both independently and in project teams
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software
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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