NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a talented Survey Director to support the Public Health Research Department.
This position is responsible for managing discrete tasks of 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; requires limited expertise related to operational methods, including project design, appropriate data collection procedures, data management and quality control.
Due to COVID-19, this position will initially be remote, but preferably applicants will be based in our Chicago Loop office when it is safe to resume office work.
|DEPARTMENT: PUBLIC HEALTH
NORC research on health-related issues is conducted with the goals of informing public and policy makers and improving Americans' quality of life. Health research has been an important component of NORC’s work since its earliest years and is today the largest business area in the company.
Health research is conducted within four research departments: Health Sciences, Health Care Evaluation, Health Care Programs, and Public Health, each led by closely collaborating Department Heads. Each health department delivers research and policy analysis, large and small-scale survey data collection, program evaluation, qualitative research, methodological research, and technical assistance to its clients which include the federal government, foundations, and commercial sector clients. NORC’s Public Health research department also delivers communication planning, product message development and testing, partnership development and outreach, and campaign implementation and evaluation design.
The NORC health communication practice combines a focus on both public health and health care with a commitment to the development of culturally-sensitive, scientifically-based programs that make full use of web and new media in addition to more traditional communication channels.
- Serve as task/component manager on projects
- Manage the day-to-day performance of all members of the task/component team and may have administrative supervisory responsibilities
- Supervise the design of or designs data collection methodologies and procedures, questionnaires, and data collection forms to implement the study as specified by the client and the project director, or supervises the organization of secondary data (reports from the field, program records transferred from the client, social media data acquisition, etc.) including implementing an organized record keeping system.
- Interact occasionally with clients to clarify their needs, report on progress, discuss contractual matters, resolve problems, allay concerns, and provide information and recommendations.
- Ensure and manage, on a limited basis, staff mentorship, technical and professional assistance, and other feedback on performance of project/task team members.
- Engage in business development activities including authoring various sections of the technical proposal.
- Reviewing project deliverables and ensuring quality control, including in some instances auditing and correcting the data files, ensuring management of grantee data, or overseeing data acquisition protocols with fidelity.
- Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or related field required; Master’s degree strongly preferred
- At least 4 years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility in survey, research or related field
- Some experience in client communications and relationship management
- Strong proficiency with MS Office software; knowledge of analysis packages, computing platforms, data processing procedures, and data file construction as appropriate
- Ability to organize and prioritize work assignments to meet project needs
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Occasional travel for site visits and meetings may be required (once it is safe to do so)
- Qualified applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. We regret that we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this position.
|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.
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.