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Survey Specialist - Economics, Justice and Society Research

Apply now Job no: 497213 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 Survey Specialist to support our Economics, Justice and Society department our Chicago Loop office. The Survey Specialist will assist in conducting surveys 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 Chicago Loop 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.

  • Preparing materials and writing detailed training and reference documents
  • Coordinating supervisor and interviewer training; and serving as lead trainer
  • In addition, the incumbent will assist with questionnaire review and testing; systems specifications and testing; day-to-day data collection monitoring and support and quality assurance related to data collection
  • The Survey Specialist may serve as the liaison between the functional groups of Survey Operations, Information Technology, the Field and/or Production Centers
  • The Survey Specialist will also work to innovate and create efficiencies in various processes of data collection and various aspects of survey management.
  • Bachelors' Degree in the social sciences or related field
  • At least 1 year of experience in a social science research environment (including internships)
  • An understanding of data and data presentation, use of technology in communication, and familiarity with issues and ideas in one or more social science disciplines
  • Some experience in a social science research environment
  • Intermediate to advanced Excel, Access and/or SAS experience a plus
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills with ability to multi-task, and strong attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • A successful candidate is a self-starter who is eager to learn.

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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