NORC Albuquerque

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Graduate Research Assistant II - Strategic Communications - Remote

Posted over 1 month ago

Job Description


NORC's Strategic Communications and External Affairs department seeks a current graduate student to fulfill the role of Graduate Research Assistant II to support our research efforts.

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.



Strategic Communications and External Affairs supports the entire NORC organization with expertise in corporate communications and creative services, external affairs, internal communications, and project-level communications. We help promote NORC to the public: we work with members of the media to publicize our research projects and our expertise; we support external events where NORC experts present or speak; we publish NORCs annual report; we maintain the external NORC website,; and we manage NORCs social media presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

  • Conduct research on reporters, influencers, media outlets, and other research organizations
  • Draft media materials such as press releases, media advisories, social media content, and others
  • Preparation of research findings, in an easy-to-understand format
  • Administrative tasks such as material preparation, note taking, scheduling, and others
  • Must be currently enrolled in a Graduate program, preferably in Communications/Media Studies or Public Relations
  • Must be able to work 10-15 hours per week during academic years; possibility exists for increased hours during term and summer breaks
  • Must have outstanding interpersonal, critical reasoning, analytic, and writing skills
  • Experience with data analysis and Communications metrics are preferred. Must be able to provide context while presenting and discussing metrics
  • Must demonstrate strong problem-solving and time-management capabilities
  • Must have the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, both independently and potentially on project teams
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software is expected

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 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, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally- protected characteristics.