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Survey Specialist - Education and Child Development

Apply now Job no: 497219 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Education and Child Development


NORC at the University of Chicago’s Education and Child Development Department is seeking a talented Survey Specialist to work on a variety of challenging, interesting, innovative multi-year data collection and analysis projects.  This job focuses on the operational side of survey data collection projects.

The Survey Specialist is responsible for supporting small and large-scale survey collections, technical assistance, and evaluation projects for a variety of clients. The role requires expertise related to operational methods, including project design, data collection procedures, data management and processing, and data analysis.

While our main office locations are in Chicago, IL and Bethesda, MD, we will consider qualified candidates who prefer to work remotely.

To comply with the Executive Order issued by President Biden on September 9, 2021, all NORC employees and contractors – including those working remotely - must be fully vaccinated by Wednesday, December 8, 2021, as a condition of employment. This means that a 2nd injection (if applicable) must be given two weeks prior to the deadline (by November 24, 2021.) If you are an onsite employee starting prior to 12/8, NORC’s onsite mandate supersedes the Federal mandate and you must already be fully vaccinated to work onsite at a NORC facility.


For more than 40 years, NORC has been committed to conducting high quality education research. Our department of Education and Child Development is a leader in conducting research and evaluations as well as large national surveys.  We conduct both formative as well as experimental and quasi-experimental summative studies, conduct sophisticated analysis utilizing data science techniques, and provide comprehensive technical assistance to education decision makers and practitioners.

  • Prepare survey contact materials; contribute to methodological and production reports; and write detailed training and reference documents
  • Develop survey instrument specifications and test survey systems
  • Monitor data collection productivity and quality through development of quantitative reports and ad hoc analyses, including summary tables, graphs, and text
  • Plan and provide support for trainings of interviewers and other production support staff
  • Support data analysis and products
  • Organize project meetings and take minutes
  • Work in teams to problem solve various data collection process issues
  • Serve as interdepartmental liaison between the functional groups of Survey Operations, Information Technology, the Field and/or Production Centers
  • Execute other duties as assigned
  • Bachelors' degree in the social sciences or related field (Masters' degree preferred)
  • At least 1 year of experience in a social science research environment (including internships)
  • Background in survey research preferred
  • Experience with quantitative analysis using SAS, SPSS, R preferred
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, especially Access
  • Understanding of systems design and implementation
  • Knowledge of data collection and data flow processes
  • Must have effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be able to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Solid organizational skills with ability to multi-task, strong attention to detail 

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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