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Vice President - Public Affairs and Media Research

Apply now Job no: 497232 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Public Affairs & Media


NORC at the University of Chicago seeks a Vice President to join its Public Affairs and Media Research Department senior staff in our Chicago, IL or Bethesda, MD office. The Vice President’s primary responsibilities include developing and managing new research specializations and projects, identifying new business opportunities, developing and maintaining funder and client relationships, securing contracts and grants for research and/or data-driven journalism initiatives, and contributing to the Department’s strategic plan.

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


The Public Affairs and Media Research Department conducts high-quality research for our clients in order to deliver reliable insights that fuel effective business and communication strategies. We provide the nuanced understanding of people’s opinions, beliefs, and behaviors that organizations need to understand and serve their audiences in a world of vast and accelerating change.  We specialize in producing research designed for communications impact, and we have a unique team that includes innovative and talented research scientists and accomplished journalists who can deliver research products that are both rigorous and timely.  Our clients comprise some of the nation’s most influential and forward-looking media companies, PR and consulting firms, associations, philanthropies, and policymaking organizations.

NORC’s Public Affairs and Media Research team has expertise with a wide array of important issues and a broad range of populations, including hard-to-reach groups such as young people and Latinos. The department is home to The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The AP-NORC Center was created to join the expertise of NORC, one of the world’s premier independent research organizations, with The AP, which provides news seen every day over all media platforms and formats by more than half of the world’s population. This combination of rigorous, objective research and reliable, unbiased journalism has unmatched potential to reach both broad audiences and policy makers at every governmental level, creating a seamless transition from the gathering of survey-based information to a more fully-informed society.

The department is also home to the Media Insight Project, a partnership of AP, NORC, and the American Press Institute aimed at conducting high-quality, innovative research to better understand news audiences and consumers. 

Our team works with the Associated Press to design and execute AP VoteCast, the next generation Election Day survey product used by newsrooms around the world to analyze and explain U.S. elections.

Through The AP-NORC Center and our relationships with other leading news and media organizations, we are able to work with our clients to position research findings for the journalists, policymakers, and thought leaders who can amplify their impact.

  • Lead a portfolio of business development and research activities with a strategic approach that ladders up to organizational business goals
  • Provide direction and champion strategic initiatives for the Department
  • Demonstrate measured and effective communication to proactively address the needs of internal and external clients and stakeholders
  • Build a cohesive, team-oriented culture across a geographically dispersed unit, instilling NORC’s values of strategic partnering and collegiality
  • Proactively develop and grow the Department team both in support of the company and the Department strategic objectives
  • Own business development efforts to expand the footprint and impact of the Department with commercial organizations, foundations, associations and trade groups, government agencies, and universities
  • Build and maintain key partnerships with other research organizations, media and public relations partners, and industry leaders that support and advance the success of the Department
  • Be a thought leader in the field of public opinion, media, and/or public affairs research
  • Monitor and analyze industry trends that could improve the products and impact of the Department
  • An advanced degree in the social sciences or journalism preferred, BA/BS required
  • Minimum 10 years of applicable work experience in a significant management role, management of line of business, or management of a research group
  • Experience with nonprofit organizations, research organizations, or government agencies
  • Strong management skills leading professional staff on large interdisciplinary project teams; extensive experience working with industry and subject matter experts
  • Experience applying portfolio / project management techniques to address staffing levels and monitor and control a suite of projects focused on solutions development, implementation and maintenance and operations
  • Quantifiable business development acumen and track record; and experience in pre-sales activities and managing cross-departmental proposals and statements of work for media organizations, commercial entities, foundations, government agencies, and universities
  • Firm understanding of survey research principles, survey statistics, and operations as applied for media research, elections research, or public affairs research. Additional experience with qualitative research preferred.
  • Track record of communicating research for non-technical audiences and experience serving as a media spokesperson for research findings preferred

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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