NORC Albuquerque

Bethesda, Maryland, United States

Research Director II - Suicide Prevention and other Behavioral Health Research - Hybrid or Remote

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Job Description


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a talented Research Director II to support the Public Health Research Department on suicide prevention and other behavioral health projects.

This position is responsible for managing small projects and/or discrete tasks of complex projects involving training, technical assistance, curriculum and resource development, communications, and design and implementation of evaluations using quantitative and qualitative methods. The work includes responsibility for the schedule, budget, staff, and client relations and requires limited expertise related to operational methods including project design, appropriate data collection procedures, data management, and quality control.

Preferably applicants will be based in either our Chicago, IL or Bethesda, MD offices with a hybrid office/work from home schedule. We are also open to applicants working remotely.

DEPARTMENT: Public Health Research

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.

  • Serve as task/component manager on suicide prevention and other behavioral health projects.
  • Manage the day-to-day performance of all members of the task/component team and may have administrative supervisory responsibilities.
  • Supervise the design and/or delivery of training, technical assistance, and evaluation activities as well as the development of curricula and resources for a variety of audiences.
  • Interact with clients to clarify their needs, report on progress, discuss contractual matters, resolve problems, allay concerns, and provide information and recommendations.
  • Ensure and manage staff mentorship, technical and professional assistance, and other feedback on performance of project/task team members.
  • Engage in business development activities including authoring various sections of the technical proposal.
  • Review project deliverables and ensure quality control, including in some instances revising protocols, curricula, applications, resources, and reports.
  • Bachelors degree in social sciences, public health or related field, Masters degree preferred.
  • At least 5 years experience in positions of increasing responsibility in suicide prevention/behavioral health research or practice.
  • Strong working knowledge of evidence-based trainings and practices in suicide prevention, with demonstrated experience developing curricula/resources and delivering training and technical assistance to clinics, schools, and/or communities preferred.
  • Must demonstrate effective workplace competencies, including:
    • Strong writing skills
    • Effective problem-solving skills
    • Adaptability and willingness to work on multiple projects simultaneously
    • Strong written and verbal communications
    • Attentiveness to detail
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively within a team
    • Proficiency with MS Office/M365 applications.
  • Experience in client communications and relationship management
  • Must have experience managing and mentoring staff
  • Ability to multi-task, with strong time and resource management skills
  • Occasional travel for site visits and meetings may be required
  • Qualified applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. We regret that we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this position.

The pay range for this position is 83,000 to $122,000. The budgeted range for this role is $83,000 to $95,000.

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.