Work type



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Research and Survey

Associate Director - Health Sciences Research (Chicago or DC Metro)

Apply now Job no: 497179 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Health Sciences


NORC at the University of Chicago, an objective and non-partisan research organization with more than 80 years of leadership in data collection, program evaluation, data analysis, technical assistance, and information dissemination, seeks an Associate Director for the Health Sciences research department. The new Associate Director will join the department’s and the broader Health Group’s senior leadership team in developing and implementing a strategy to further expand our portfolio of work in technical assistance, survey design and data collection, and implementation science.

The new Health Sciences Associate Director will support a strong and growing portfolio of work with a focus on the National Institutes for Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). This is a strategic roles that will further develop our health research function at one of the nation's most respected research institutions, significantly impacting NORC’s success and service to our clients.  

DEPARTMENT: Health Sciences

NORC’s Health Sciences staff produce rich data on health care priorities including the uses of electronic clinical data in research, and the applications and effectiveness of health information technology.

Our expert staff evaluates the effectiveness of federal investments in informatics, supports the emerging fields of patient-centered outcomes research and mobile health. The staff also work on large implementation science projects involving patient safety and quality.   

NORC’s Health Sciences staff work closely with colleagues in Health Care and Public Health to offer program, policy, and research solutions. Our work is guided by a commitment to long-lasting partnerships, transparency, and high-quality, nonpartisan research that improves health and health care for all people.

  • Collaborate with the Health Sciences Senior Vice President, Vice Presidents, and other senior staff to implement and support a strategy to strengthen and grow the department’s portfolio of work for federal and non-federal health clients.
  • Lead/support the key management and administrative functions of the department.
  • Foster an environment that promotes professional growth of Health Sciences’ staff (currently 60+ staff).
  • Support a cohesive, team-oriented culture across a geographically dispersed staff and promote communication and integration among all members.
  • Lead/support business development efforts with the federal government, with particular emphasis on expanding the portfolio of work at NIH as well as other agencies such as AHRQ and PCORI.
  • Develop and maintain client relationships with the federal, non-profit, academic, and foundation sectors.
  • Develop and maintain key partnerships with other research organizations and research leaders that will support and advance the success of the Health Sciences department.
  • Further grow the Health Sciences research team both through the development of current staff and the strategic recruitment of new professionals with additional capabilities.
  • Serve as a senior leader within NORC’s Health Group four departments, which comprises Health Sciences, Public Health, Health Care Programs, and Health Care Evaluation.
  • Master’s degree in health-related, social sciences, or another relevant discipline is required; doctorate is preferred but not essential.
  • At least 15 years of directly applicable work experience in a nonprofit organization, research organization or government agency is required.
  • Demonstrated evidence of significantly supporting the building of a federal portfolio of work that is transferable to the Health Sciences business areas of focus.
  • A track record for developing, managing and retaining a team of highly capable research professionals.
  • Recognition as an expert in a content area in health or methodology research.  
  • Understanding of qualitative and quantitative methodologies as well as developments in data science.
  • Expertise in managing large scale, complex research projects, or other similar accomplishments.
  • Candidate will be Chicago or Washington DC/Bethesda MD-based.
  • Experience in reporting on research to a wide range of stakeholders using a variety of platforms.
  • Successful record of securing and developing high-caliber, compelling health projects.
  • Occasional travel between NORC offices and to meet with current and prospective clients may be required.

The position requires an individual with vision, proven leadership skills, extensive management experience, and a deep understanding of health research. While no one candidate will embody all of the traits noted below, the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional and personal qualities to these important roles:

  • An organized individual who can create and manage systematic processes that will support a well-run department
  • An analytical thinker possessing the ability to understand, interpret, and process sophisticated qualitative and quantitative information
  • An individual who has the ability to work within and manage a team-oriented environment, consisting of a multidisciplinary and diverse group of professional staff
  • A willingness to invest considerable time and energy in getting to know the staff, affiliated researchers, and their work
  • A broker and facilitator who can work through multiple agendas, determining what is best for individual team members and the group as a whole
  • A leader and consensus builder who recognizes organizational and personal barriers in order to build bridges and design effective solutions
  • A mature individual who is driven and determined
  • An energetic and performance-driven individual

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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