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Principal Research Analyst - Education and Child Development

Apply now Job no: 497026 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Education and Child Development


Join the Education and Child Development Department at NORC at the University of Chicago as the newest Principal Research Analyst focusing on higher education.  Take this opportunity to contribute to the continued success of the department during a time of strategic growth.


For more than 40 years, NORC has been committed to conducting high quality education research. Our department of Education and Child Development's research covers the full array of education-relevant populations, from pre-school children to the post-graduate doctorate holders. The scope of our education research methodologies has been wide-ranging as well – including primary data collection, analysis and reporting of existing data, transcript abstraction, classroom observations, qualitative analysis, and experimental and quasi-experimental designs.


The Principal Research Analyst will lead key tasks, reporting to the Project Director within a small team structure across several projects for diverse clients including higher education institutions, non-profit and for-profit companies, foundations, and government agencies. The Principal Research Analyst will be responsible for task leadership on proposals and projects of moderate complexity, including quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis; evaluation design and implementation; writing reports, papers, and presentations; questionnaire design and testing; protocol development; data processing and management; and project management. This position will be based in our Chicago Loop office or our Bethesda office,

Because project teams are small, there are many opportunities to learn new tasks and take on additional responsibilities within an existing team structure.

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree or Ph.D. preferred) in the social sciences, public policy, education, or a related field, with at least 5 years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility in social science research or related field.  Candidates with at least 7 years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility in social science research or related field (or equivalent education) including at least 3 years of social science project management may be considered for a Research Scientist role
  • Experience with or strong interest in higher education
  • Experience in topic areas of campus climate, including sexual assault and harassment, graduate education, issues of equity, or career pathways preferred but not required
  • Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal), technical writing experience preferred
  • Strong understanding of formative and summative evaluation methods
  • Strong understanding of SAS, SPSS, STATA, R, or other statistical software (multiple software packages preferred)
  • Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience directing junior staff preferred

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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