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NORC Operations Analyst - Advanced Data Solutions in Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, Illinois

Operations Analyst - Advanced Data Solutions

Job no: 495854Work type: Regular Full-TimeLocation: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL, Bethesda, MDCapability Area: Data Services


NORC at University of Chicago is currently seeking a Operations/Research Analyst to join our Advanced Data Solutions Center supporting our clients experience with the NORC Data Enclave®. In this role, you will support the day-to-day operations of our clients and end-user researcher community who utilize the NORC Data Enclave® to perform their research activities. You will collaborate with a diverse cross-functional team that includes world-class Senior Fellows, Researchers, Data Scientists, Architects and SMEs to implement and support client-specific solutions.

Launched in 2006 by NORC at the University of Chicago, the NORC Data Enclave® provides a confidential, protected environment within which authorized researchers can access sensitive micro-data remotely. While public-use data can be disseminated in a variety of ways, fewer options exist for sharing sensitive micro-data that have not been fully de-identified for public use. The Data Enclave provides our partner organizations with a secure platform where they can both host and build a research community around their data. The Data Enclave currently serves more than 1000 researchers and hosts confidential data for federal and state agencies, non-profit research organizations foundations, and commercial entities.

As part of the client support team, the Analyst will provide technical and operational support to clients and end-users by logging, triaging and prioritizing user requests based on contractual SLAs, troubleshooting and resolving user issues, monitoring progress and resolution times for active requests and coordinating with other NORC departments e.g., Statistics and Methodology, Engineering and Communications for request fulfillment.

The Analyst will work closely with the Program Director to develop and improve program operations, support client engagement and contribute to management activities across a diverse portfolio of projects.

Alternative work locations will be considered. During COVID, NORC staff are working remotely.


The Advanced Data Solutions Center (ADS Center) comprises NORC’s growing array of data management, computational science, and informatics solutions. The ADS Center evolved out of the dynamic growth of the NORC Data Enclave®, an industry-defining platform for secure remote data access services, and supports large-scale, enterprise-wide, big data initiatives.


  • Develop and implement work plans to help maintain business continuity across a wide array of projects

  • Evaluate and prioritize open Help Desk tickets

  • Research, document, and provide accurate and timely solutions to user problems

  • Effectively escalate and document all support calls for which resolution at level 2 is not possible

  • Maintain the call tracking system through the input of resolutions to issues and/or tracking issues that are escalated to a higher level

  • Acquire and maintain a highly competent knowledge of relevant products, current support policies, and methods of support delivery

  • Develop and implement Service Level Agreements and work to achieve established performance metrics


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience

  • At least 1 year experience with increasing knowledge in the principles, processes, and methods of social science research, methodology and/or quantitative/qualitative analysis techniques.

  • Superior troubleshooting, customer service, communication, and interpersonal skills

  • Sound knowledge of Help Desk software, and the general Help Desk processes

  • Ability to work independently, with little supervision

  • Ability to resolve problems by telephone and remote network management techniques

  • Candidate will preferably have experience with MS Windows, MS Office, Active Directory, SAS/Stata/SPSS/R, SQL and/or other statistical applications.

  • Qualified applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. We regret that we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this position.


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 we’re 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.

Advertised: October 13, 2020Eastern Daylight TimeApplications close: