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Research and Survey

Research Associate - Education and Child Development

Apply now Job no: 498765 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Education and Child Development


Join the Education and Child Development Department at NORC at the University of Chicago as a Research Associate I focusing on early childhood issues, including work that is responsive to cultural and linguistic diversity, disparities and equity issues.  Based in our Chicago office, take this opportunity to contribute to the continued success of the department during a time of strategic growth.

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

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.


For more than 40 years, NORC has been committed to conducting high quality education research. Our department of Education and Child Development's research covers the full array of education-relevant populations, from pre-school children to the post-graduate doctorate holders.  NORC is a leader in conducting large national surveys, as well as more targeted state and local studies, harvesting reliable, actionable early childhood data, particularly data on early care and education.  The scope of our education research methodologies is wide-ranging, as well – including primary data collection, analysis and reporting of existing data, transcript abstraction, classroom observations, qualitative analysis, and experimental and quasi-experimental designs.

  • Support senior staff in the development and implementation of evaluation projects and data collection and analysis activities
  • Prepare literature reviews, and written descriptions of data collection methodologies and procedures
  • Assist in design of questionnaires and other quantitative or qualitative data collection instruments
  • Provide support to study teams in the planning and conducting project activities including site visits, telephone interviews, and technical panel meetings
  • As appropriate, provide support and/or conduct analyses on quantitative and/or qualitative data including administrative and survey data
  • Assist in creating presentations for client meetings and conferences
  • Assist in the development of client reporting deliverables, including monthly or annual progress reports, memos, slides, data charts, and tables for presenting study findings
  • Assist with business development activities, supporting all aspects of proposal efforts including drafting subsections of proposals, compiling data, and drafting charts or exhibits
  • Coordinate project activities and events, including setting up meetings and conference calls and liaising with consultants and local data collection firms
  • Bachelor's degree required.  A degree in early childhood, psychology, education, other social science, public policy, economics, or statistics is a plus.  Degrees in other subjects may be considered, if other relevant skills apply
  • Experience with knowledge in the principles, processes, and methods of social science research a plus.
  • Interest and experience in higher education and/or early childhood care and education programs, preschool, elementary schools and community-based programs a plus
  • Experience conducting literature reviews; using and/or designing qualitative data collection tools including key informant interviews, site visits and/or focus groups are a plus. 
  • Experience working with large datasets, conducting data quality review and data analysis. Additional advanced quantitative research skills a plus
  • Experience with statistical packages, such as STATA, SAS, or R a plus
  • Proficiency with MS Office software, including Excel
  • Strong writing skills, including experience with report writing
  • Outstanding interpersonal and critical reasoning skills 
  • Spanish language skills preferred (particularly native fluency), but not required

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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