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Research Assistant

Apply now Job no: 495844 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Education and Child Development

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Join the Education and Child Development Department at NORC at the University of Chicago as a Research Assistant.

DEPARTMENT: EDUCATION AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT 

For more than 40 years, NORC has been committed to conducting high quality education research. Our department of Education and Child Development is a leader in conducting research and evaluations as well as large national surveys.  We conduct both formative as well as experimental and quasi-experimental summative studies, conduct sophisticated analysis utilizing data science techniques, and provide comprehensive technical assistance to education decision makers and practitioners.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Support the development and implementation of evaluation projects, including recruitment, data collection, analysis, and report writing.  Specifically:
    • Prepare literature reviews, and written descriptions of data collection methodologies and procedures
    • Assist in design of data collection instruments
    • Support the collection of data through surveys, site visits, telephone interviews, and focus groups
    • Support and/or conduct analyses on quantitative and/or qualitative data
    • Assist in creating presentations for conferences
    • Assist in the development of client reporting deliverables, including monthly or annual progress reports, memos, slides, data charts, and tables for presenting study findings
  • Assist with business development activities, supporting all aspects of proposal efforts including drafting subsections of proposals, compiling data, and drafting charts or exhibits
  • Coordinate project activities and events, including setting up meetings and conference calls and liaising with consultants and local data collection firms 
REQUIRED SKILLS:
  • Bachelor's degree required.  A degree in education, or other relevant social science or public policy field is a plus.  
  • Two years’ experience in social science research is required.
  • Proficiency with MS Office software, including Excel is required
  • Expertise or interest in examining racial identity, cultural competency, and structural racism in k-12 public schooling.
  • Strong problem solving skills and ability to prioritize work and manage multiple assignments.
  • Strong writing skills, including experience with report writing are a plus 
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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