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Research and Survey

Survey Specialist – Health Care Research

Apply now Job no: 497111 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Health Care


NORC at the University of Chicago seeks a Survey Specialist to join our Health Care Research Department to work on the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), a nationwide health survey project funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This position requires basic knowledge of the principles, processes, and practices of survey research through study and/or experience, and is responsible for assisting with all aspects of survey research projects with a primary focus on data collection and analysis of operational measures.

Due to COVID-19, this position will initially be remote, but preferably applicants will be based in our downtown Chicago, IL office when it is safe to resume office work.

DEPARTMENT: Health Care Programs

NORC’s expertise and ongoing work in health care delivery and financing — including access to insurance, payment and delivery-system reform, benefit design, and quality measurement — advance stakeholders’ understanding of policies and programs, facilitate implementation, and contribute to important improvements in cost and quality.

NORC’s expert staff has extensive knowledge of all aspects of health care delivery, from private marketplaces and employer-sponsored insurance to Medicare and Medicaid; from large health care systems to small clinics; and from the needs of children to those of older adults, people with disabilities, and ethnic and racial minorities. Our expert team includes social scientists that acquire, collect, and analyze data from health care organizations and patients; evaluators; health services researchers; health-policy analysts; and professionals with first-hand experience running and supporting health care programs.

  • Coordinate project mailings for this large continuous field study, including field interviewer materials and respondent communication
  • Use, update, and develop data analysis programs (in SAS) to manage and monitor project mailings
  • Contribute to development of respondent and interviewer materials for the survey (letters, brochures, manuals, etc.)
  • Conduct analyses and prepare reports with ability to summarize information into tables, graphs, and text
  • Assist with all aspects of survey research projects with a primary focus on analysis of operational measures and data collection
  • Serve as the liaison to field interviewers and managers, printing and mailing vendors, and information technology project staff.
  • Bachelors' Degree in the social sciences or related field, Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Experience with quantitative analysis or data management using SAS, SPSS, or another statistical program
  • Experience with complex or relational databases a plus
  • Experience in a social science research environment (including internships)
  • Must have effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Must have strong attention to detail. strong organizational skills, and ability to multi-task
  • Must be able to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications, experience with Access a plus.
  • Qualified applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. We regret that we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this position.

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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