NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a Research Assistant to join the Health Care Programs Research Department. The Health Care Programs Research team conducts work on a variety of health policy topics including patient safety, health information technology, access to health care and the uninsured, health care expenditures, and Medicare and Medicaid programs. This position includes work on the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), a nationwide health survey project funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
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.
- Provide general research support related to health policy research
- Conduct testing of questionnaires to ensure usability and functionality.
- Support the development and maintenance of questionnaire technical documentation, including questionnaire specifications and flow charts.
- Support the investigation of technical questionnaire issues to support use by field interviewers and data users.
- Conduct literature reviews, statistical analysis of primary and secondary data and prepares memos, tables, and graphs based on findings under supervision of experienced professionals.
- Take notes at meetings and prepare initial draft of minutes. Take notes at telephone/in-person interviews.
- Develop project materials, such as report outlines, visual exhibits for reports, and serving as an editor for deliverables.
- Support business development efforts through coordination of document preparation and reproduction.
- Under the direction of senior staff, support the development of new business by conducting background research on programs, award history, and agency goals and objectives.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's Degree from accredited college or university. Degree in Social Science or related field involving quantitative analysis desired.
- Basic knowledge of the principles, processes, and methods of survey research through reading literature and experience in the field; basic understanding of routine sampling procedures and of quantitative analysis.
- Problem solving skills.
- Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
- Strong writing skills
- Strong communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Strong proficiency with MS Office software.
- Quantitative skills in SPSS, SAS or R preferred.
- Strong qualitative research skills.
- Occasional travel for site visits and meetings may be required.
- 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.