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Research and Survey

Communications Advisor - Education and Child Development

Apply now Job no: 497137 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Education and Child Development


NORC at the University of Chicago seeks an experienced marketing/communications professional. The successful candidate will help design communication products, programs and campaigns that deliver quality information to stakeholders including policymakers, journalists, or practitioners. Digital experience is desirable; however, we are looking for a well-rounded communications practitioner. Initially, work will focus on early childhood education, so experience in this area is desirable. Over time, the work will broaden to include research on a wider range of social science research including education over the lifespan, employment, financial literacy, housing opportunities, justice, public assistance, climate change, and international development.


NORC research is conducted with the goals of informing the public and policy makers and improving individuals' quality of life. The Communications Advisor will initially work primarily in the Education department on the National Survey of Early Care and Education. Over time, the work will broaden to multiple research areas, including: Economics, Justice and Social Policy; Global Development; and Economics, and Markets, and the Workforce. Each area delivers research and policy analysis, large and small-scale survey data collection, program evaluation, qualitative research, methodological research, and technical assistance. Our clients which include the federal and state government, foundations, and the commercial sector.


The Communications Advisor will communicate a variety of research findings using a range of outlets. This person will work closely with researchers to create clear, easily understood dissemination materials. The Communications Advisor will serve as a communication strategist for multiple departments and their communications portfolios. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Working with analysts and other research staff to write documents and create webinars, infographics or other products based on statistical analyses
  • Developing and support communication initiatives across the areas of project/task management, content development, partnership development, digital and social media strategy, and data/metrics tracking and analysis
  • Supporting new business efforts as appropriate
  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, communications, social/behavioral sciences or some other relevant discipline; Master’s Degree or PhD strongly preferred
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in communications most of which has been focused on social science topics
  • Experience with the Federal Plain Language Guidelines
  • Experience communicating social science research via a variety of communication channels to consumers and other target audiences
  • Outstanding writing and presentation skills
  • Familiarity with new digital and mobile platforms as well as social media
  • Experience writing for federal agencies
  • Expertise with multicultural communications campaigns

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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