Systems Engineer
National Opinion Research Center (NORC) - Chicago, IL

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NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a qualified Systems Engineer to join the I.T. Department.


NORC's Systems Engineer will support and implement administrative software.

Key responsibilities include being an expert liaison between the business and IT department, knowing how to translate business requirements into IT solutions.

Based in our Chicago Loop location, this position will focus on supporting existing third-party vendor software including accounting, financial planning, human resources, and payroll applications.

Leading implementations and/or upgrades of any new software applications within NORC's administrative systems.

Training users on the new applications and acting as functional expert of the systems

Handling ad-hoc report requests and performing basic server maintenance.

System administration and configuration

Database administration (SQL Server 2000, 2005, and 2008) and DTS/SSIS development.

The candidate will interact with users with various technical expertise and business/financial experience and must be able to communicate effectively.

Managing/Ownership of multiple projects

Documenting technical/business processes

The systems analyst will work as part of a team, but is expected to operate with minimal supervision.


B.S. in Computer Science or an analytical degree such as Finance, Accounting, or Engineering with Information Systems experience

At least three (3) years of relevant work experience

Strong problem solving and analytical skills to diagnose system problems

Working knowledge of SQL language

Familiarity with business intelligence practices, including proficiencies in data warehousing in SQL Server

Knowledge of Extract, Transformation and Load (ETL) tools

Solid written and oral communication skills are required

Additional qualifications preferred:
Understanding of basic financial or accounting principles

Candidates should have knowledge of one or more of the following systems: ADP Enterprise, Deltek Costpoint, Crystal Reports 2008, Cognos Enterprise Planner, Business Objects Enterprise

About NORC

NORC at the University of Chicago is an independent research organization headquartered in downtown Chicago with additional offices on The University of Chicago's campus and in Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, Maryland. NORC also supports a nationwide field staff as well as international research operations. With clients throughout the world, NORC collaborates with government agencies, foundations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and businesses to provide the data and analysis that supports informed decision making in key areas including health, education, economics, crime, justice, energy, security, and the environment. NORC’s 70 years of leadership and experience in data collection, analysis, and dissemination—coupled with deep subject matter expertise—provides the foundation for effective solutions.

NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

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