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Information Technology

Survey Programmer

Apply now Job no: 495931 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Data Services


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a Survey Programmer in the Information Technology department for their Chicago Loop Office to take a role in the technical design and programming of NORC questionnaires. The Survey Programmer will also be involved in code reviews and walk-throughs, and work on cross-functional teams.  This role will be dedicated to working on NORC's client projects.

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.


There are three primary business areas for which the Data Services team provides systems development and support on NORC projects: Sample/Case Management, Operational Reporting, and Response Data Editing, Management and Delivery.

​The Data Services team offers expertise in the design, development and configuration of case management databases, the NORC data warehouse, DMR (Data Management and Reporting), and data editing and transformation systems and programming.

  • Design and program survey solutions to project specifications
  • Conduct design walk-throughs and code reviews
  • Contribute to and maintain process improvements
  • Work on cross-functional project teams
  • Bachelors' Degree in Information Technology, or related field preferred, or equivalent work experience required
  • 1 year experience with CATI/CAPI/CAWI programming survey engines such as Unicom Intelligence (IBM SPSS Dimensions/MRInterview), Voxco, Dooblo, or Blaise
  • Experience with SDLC, including requirements, design, implementation, build and release, and production support
  • Familiarity with survey and market research
  • Understanding of key business functions in survey data collection, including sample management and telephone scheduling concepts
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong math, logic and analytical skills
  • Familiarity with Unicom Intelligence (formerly IBM SPSS Dimensions/MR) and/or Voxco
  • Familiarity with HTML, CSS & JavaScript
  • Familiarity with other survey tools such as Confirmit, Qualtrics, Blaise or Nfield
  • Understanding of survey methodology, including content development, data concerns, respondent engagement, reducing respondent burden, and interviewing techniques
  • Familiarity with SQL commands and relational databases
  • Knowledge of other programming languages, such as Python, C#, PowerShell or VBScript
  • Experience with automation tools, such as Rundeck, Jenkins or other schedulers
  • Familiarity with SAS, SPSS, or other dataset management platforms

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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