NORC Field Manager in Chicago, Illinois

Field Manager

Job no: 493845

Work type: Intermittent

Location: Field

Capability Area: Field


Please apply ONLY if you have previous NORC experience.

NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking an experienced Field Manager


Field Operations


Responsibilities include:Managing a team of Field Interviewers (usually 6-18 depending on project requirements) on an assigned project. The Field Manager (FM) is also responsible for all project field data collection tasks within a geographical region during the data collection for the project. In addition, FM's are often called upon to assist with interviewer recruiting tasks, training (both in person and on the telephone), writing and reviewing project materials, lead troubleshooting teams, mentoring of the interviewing staff and other relevant tasks as directed by the Regional Manager.

This position reports administratively to a Regional Manager (RM). While working on a project, the Field Manager will report to a Field Project Manager (FPM) or the project's Data Collection Task Leader.

It is understood that a Field Manager may not work for a direct competitor during the time they are managing a project for NORC as a regular status employee.

High school diploma required; college degree in social sciences or related field preferred; A minimum of two years experience in social science research needed.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Recent NORC field management experience preferred.

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills both in person and on the telephone;

  • Basic knowledge of the principles, processes, and methods of survey research through experience in the field;

  • Basic understanding of field sampling procedures;

  • Strong skills in Field interviewing, locating, gaining cooperation, refusal conversion, securing institutional cooperation and making plans for staff that will travel;

  • Strong skills in problem and conflict resolution and the ability to handle multiple, conflicting responsibilities;

  • Skills in the use of computer software, including Microsoft Office, survey programs and a case management system -candidates must have access to high speed coverage in home offices;

  • Ability to quickly grasp new computer systems;

  • Strong supervisory knowledge and skills;

  • Ability to evaluate cost and production data and take appropriate action when necessary;

  • Ability to conduct case by case reviews and offer solutions during field period;

  • Strong skills in time management, personal organization, and setting of priorities to meet all project needs in a timely fashion.


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, NORC has 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 NORC to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.

NORC conducts research in five main areas: Economics, Markets, and the Workforce; Education, Training, and Learning; Global Development; Health and Well-Being; and Society, Media, and Public Affairs.

We provide comprehensive and integrated services that span the research cycle, and offer solutions that anticipate and address critical needs in research and data science. We approach all work with deep technical expertise, a spirit of collaboration, and a commitment to scientific integrity.

San Francisco Applicants Only:Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


As one of the oldest not-for-profit, academic research organizations in the United States, and through its affiliation with the University of Chicago, NORC maintains the highest standard of professional excellence and scientific rigor, and is committed to broad dissemination of its findings.


NORC’s subject matter experts and survey professionals develop and employ innovative study designs, research methods, and technical applications to derive meaningful and accurate results.


NORC cultivates an interdisciplinary culture of achievement in which senior investigators from diverse fields and professional backgrounds collaborate with the next generation of researchers in an open, collegial environment.


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.

Advertised: June 7, 2018Central Daylight Time

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