NORC Albuquerque

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Associate Director Quantitative Methods

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Job Description


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking an experienced Associate Director to join the Methodology and Quantitative Social Sciences department. The Associate Director assists department and NORC leadership in broad range of activities which include strategic planning; business and proposal development; client relations; project and contract administration and oversight; staffing assignments; financial management; professional development of staff; resource planning and recruiting/hiring; and corporate activities. This position is responsible for managing and directing research projects, including providing substantive input and direction on the project, managing the activities of staff, and providing oversight to ensure high quality deliverables.

Applicants would preferably work from either our Chicago, IL or Washington, DC offices.


The Methodology and Quantitative Social Sciences department implements state-of-the-art methodologies and develops innovations to deliver reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business and policy decisions for NORC clients. The department provides leadership throughout the project lifecycle on study design, data collection, assessment of data quality, quantitative analysis, and dissemination of results. The Methodological and Quantitative Social Sciences department also conducts its own research and is a leader in designing and implementing rigorous, efficient methods for gathering, evaluating, and analyzing data from primary and secondary sources. The department provides expertise and leads NORC strategy on the use of a broad range of methods and techniques, including research and experimental design, recruitment and retention, instrument design and testing, assessing data quality, evaluating measurement properties of new measures, causal inference methods, machine learning, natural language processing, analysis of clustered data, data visualization and use of novel data sources and technologies to improve data gathering. The department collaborates with the Statistics and Data Science Department on areas of synergy and intersection and with all NORC subject matter departments, in addition to leading its own projects.

  • Lead and direct Methods research projects focused on quantitative social sciences, survey methods, advanced analytic methods, new data sources and/or data science.

  • Provide direction, supervision, technical assistance, and leadership on projects, including study and analytic design, specific approaches and analysis, monitoring, and quality review and oversight.

  • Provide technical assistance on a wide range of projects, particularly in special areas of methodological or analytic expertise.

  • Lead Methods business development and proposal activity in a strategic focal area of the department.

  • Support methods staff on business development and proposals for other NORC departments.

  • Develop and maintain key collaborations with other NORC departments to ensure strong Methods support on projects and help foster cross-disciplinary collaborations.

  • Support department leadership in operations and administration, including resource planning, department communications, project and contract administration and financial management.

  • Play a key role in staff management, including recruiting/hiring and fostering an environment that promotes mentoring and professional growth of methods staff, helping to build a cohesive, team-oriented culture.

  • Champion strategic initiatives for the Methods department and support NORC-wide administrative initiatives.

  • Disseminate Methods research via conference presentations and journal articles and participate in industry and professional organizations to further NORCs mission and enhance the organizations brand and prominence.

  • Masters degree in survey methodology, computationally focused social science (sociology, economics, psychology, political science, etc.), or related field is required.

  • Minimum of 10 years applicable work experience in positions of increasing responsibility in research methods, data science, quantitative analysis, or related field.

  • Expert knowledge in some key focal areas of the department, including survey methods, advanced analytic methods, quantitative social sciences, new data sources or data science.

  • Proven success managing research projects end-to-end, including providing overall guidance, ensuring execution and oversight of deliverables.

  • Experience building, developing, managing, and retaining staff.

  • Demonstrated experience presenting to governmental organizations, industry groups, or academia, publishing methodological and analytical research, or other relevant thought leadership activities.


The pay range for this position is $151,000 - $242,000.

This position is classified as regular. Regular staff are eligible for NORCs comprehensive benefits program. Benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Generously subsidized health insurance, effective on the first day of employment

  • Dental and vision insurance

  • A defined contribution retirement program, along with a separate voluntary 403(b) retirement program

  • Group life insurance, long-term and short-term disability insurance

  • Benefits that promote work/life balance, including generous paid time off, holidays; paid parental leave, bereavement leave, tuition assistance, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

NORCs Approach to Equity and Transparency

Pay and benefits transparency helps to reduce wage gaps. As part of our commitment to pay equity and salary transparency, NORC includes a salary range for each job opening along with information about eligible benefit offerings. At NORC, we take a comprehensive approach to setting salary ranges and reviewing raises and promotions, which is overseen by a formal Salary Review Committee (SRC).


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 80 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 were 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, status as a protected veteran, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally protected characteristics.