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Research Analyst - Economics, Justice and Society Research - Chicago

Apply now Job no: 497191 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Economics, Justice & Society


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a Research Analyst to support our Economics, Justice and Society Department. The Research Analyst will assist in conducting research covering a wide range of factors that contribute to the nation's economic and social life. 

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


The Economics, Justice and Society (EJS) Department focuses on a broad range of topics relating to critical economic and social issues. We are home to many of NORC’s largest and longest-running surveys, and we also engage in policy analysis and evaluation research relating to social programs and issues, the economy and the labor force, transportation and traffic safety, and crime and law enforcement. We work with a diverse set of clients and partners, including policy-makers and data users in national, state and local governments, academia, and the press.

  • Serve as task leader or provides support on work involving project design, data collection, data processing, and/or analysis and report or paper writing on assignments of moderate to high complexity
  • Prepare literature reviews, written descriptions of data collection methodologies and procedures, assists in design of questionnaires and data collection forms
  • Develop data charts and tables for presentations and contribute to presentations at professional and client meetings
  • Preparation/Drafting of deliverables, including monthly or annual progress reports, documentation, questionnaires, and OMB clearance packages
  • Assist with overall analysis on specific items of survey or research analysis
  • Develop project materials, including reports, analytical evaluations, graphics and exhibits, as service as report editor
  • Under the direction of senior staff, support the development of new business by conducting background research on programs, monitoring databases such as and, and tracking relevant legislation, regulation, and budgetary processes
  • May assist with business development activities by drafting subsections of proposals, compiling data, and drafting charts or exhibits
  • Bachelors' Degree in the social sciences or related field. Masters' Degree preferred
  • At least 1 years’ experience with increasing knowledge in the principles, processes, and methods of social science research, methodology and quantitative/qualitative analysis techniques
  • Strong analytic ability, writing and organizational skills are required
  • Quantitative analysis experience including working knowledge of SAS, SPSS (or other statistical data analysis packages) strongly preferred
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Occasional travel for site visits and meetings may be required (once it is safe to do so) 

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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