NORC Albuquerque

Bethesda, Maryland, United States

Sr Associate - Health Care Strategy

Posted 21 days ago

Job Description


NORC at the University of Chicago is an independent research organization with more than 80 years of leadership and experience in research, data collection and analysis, program evaluation, and policy analysis. NORC at the University of Chicago seeks a Senior Associate to assist in consulting, research, and data analysis projects for health care clients, including health plans, providers, disease groups, and foundations. Such projects will generate insights and quantitative information to inform clients business strategy, policy positioning, and external thought leadership. This position reports to a Senior Manager within Health Care Strategy.

The Senior Associate will play a significant role in assisting a world-renowned non-profit research organization to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving research landscape. The Senior Associate must thrive in a fast-paced environment and quickly comprehend and act on changing priorities when necessary.

NORC is seeking a candidate who wants to work every day energized and ready to add value through critical thinking and creative insights. This candidate will join a collaborative and motivated team that likes to have fun while doing great work.

DEPARTMENT: Health Care Strategy

NORC Health includes five research departments: Health Care Evaluation, Health Care Programs, Public Health, Health Sciences, and Health Care Strategy, each of which are led by department heads providing the committed leadership and close collaboration across departments. NORC Health departments conduct research to inform the public and policymakers, while improving Americans health and quality of life.

The Health Care Strategy (HCS) team consists of professional staff providing a broad range of policy, analytics, and strategic advisory services to a wide array of private sector and non-profit clients. HCS is an important component of NORCs diversification strategy to complement NORCs robust federal government work portfolio by building more foundation, and trade association work. This is an exceptional opportunity to develop expertise supporting non-government clients that need deep and actionable policy or business insights on how best to meet their policy or business goals.

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  • Supports quantitative and qualitative projects for health care clients working closely with senior staff.
  • Conducts original research, literature reviews, and analysis on critical health care issues.
  • Engages directly with client contacts to support project management functions, including meeting scheduling and updates on project timelines and budgets.
  • Creates original drafts of deliverables in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel with strong executive summaries, clear and concise writing, and visual appeal.
  • Collaborates with colleagues across NORC to coordinate on projects or engage experts for input on project work.
  • Manages individual assignments effectively, including appropriate prioritization of activities and on-time delivery.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Master's Degree preferred
  • At least 2 years of work experience in health care research or consulting
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with multiple departments, stakeholders, and internal and external clients
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as strong active listening skills.
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision and have well-developed problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Results driven, self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced, rapidly evolving work and market environment
  • Must be flexible and able to able to prioritize and manage multiple projects with solid performance/results
  • Demonstrated project management experience
  • Must be a team player who has a proven ability to work with multiple layers of the organization (including C-level executives)
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, with a particular expertise in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Proficiency with content management processes and tools, SharePoint experience a plus
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience in and passion for nonprofit/public sector communications is preferred



The pay range for this position is $68,000 - $102,000.

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.