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Research and Survey

Senior Communications Advisor – Public Health Research - Remote or Office

Apply now Job no: 497821 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Bethesda, MD Capability Area: Public Health


NORC at the University of Chicago seeks an experienced marketing/communications professional with expertise in product/program development including communications research and data collection and analysis. The successful candidate will help design health communication programs and campaigns that deliver quality information to U.S. consumers and other audiences. Digital experience is desirable; however, we are looking for a well-rounded communications practitioner.  

The Public Health Research team conducts work on a variety of public health topics including chronic disease prevention and health promotion, rural health, health disparities, health care delivery, and social determinants of health. Our team includes prominent health policy experts, nationally recognized public health researchers with general and specialized expertise in areas such as rural health and tribal issues, skilled methodologists, and leaders in the field of survey design and implementation. Our staff also brings expertise in populations of special interest and the intersection of public health and health care delivery. We offer broad, multidisciplinary experiences spanning public health, epidemiology, statistics, policy, developmental psychology, economics, sociology, social work, and political science.

NORC recognizes that talented and skilled researchers live throughout the U.S. and actively supports remote work arrangements.

As a condition of employment, all NORC employees and contractors – including those working remotely - must be fully vaccinated (as defined by current CDC guidance) against COVID-19.


NORC research on health-related issues is conducted with the goals of informing the public and policy makers and improving Americans' quality of life. Health research has been an important component of NORC’s work since its earliest years and is today the largest business area in the company.


The NORC health communication research practice combines a focus on both public health and health care with a commitment to the development of culturally-sensitive, scientifically-based programs that make full use of web and new media in addition to more traditional communication channels.  Health research is conducted within four research departments: Health Sciences, Health Care Evaluation, Health Care Programs, and Public Health, each led by closely collaborating Department Heads. Each health department delivers research and policy analysis, large and small-scale survey data collection, program evaluation, qualitative research, methodological research, and technical assistance to its clients which include the federal government, foundations, and commercial sector clients. NORC’s Public Health research department also delivers communication planning, product message development and testing, partnership development and outreach, and campaign implementation and evaluation design.


Leveraging subject matter expertise in the area of health marketing and communications, the successful candidate will serve as a health communication strategist for the department and its communication portfolio. Working with other senior health communication senior staff at NORC, this position will lead various types of health communication projects on behalf of clients, spearhead health communication strategies that enhance NORC’s business offerings, and lead and work on new business efforts related to health communication.

Responsibilities include a broad array of activities including:

  • Develop and recommend marketing/communication strategies and techniques that enhance and support current and future work
  • Lead teams in designing health communication research and evaluation as well as communication messaging and products
  • Develop and support the dissemination of myriad communication initiatives
  • Leads tasks across the areas of project/task management, content development, partnership development, digital and social media strategy, and data/metrics tracking and analysis
  • Assess current health communication offerings and approaches and recommend enhancements
  • Lead and support new business efforts
  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, communications, social/behavioral sciences or some other relevant discipline; Master’s Degree or PhD strongly preferred
  • Minimum 8 years of experience in marketing/communications with product/program development, most of which has been focused on public health topics
  • Experience using market/audience research to develop communications strategy, messaging, and products
  • Experience with multi-channel communication campaign implementation and metrics evaluation
  • Experience promoting health information via a variety of communication channels to consumers and other target audiences
  • Project planning/management, budgeting and client contact experience
  • Outstanding writing and presentation skills
  • Business development experience including proposal writing

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise with multicultural communications campaigns preferred
  • Familiarity with new digital and mobile platforms as well as social media
  • Ability to contribute to the growth of NORC health marketing/communication practice.

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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