The National Children’s Study (NCS) is a national longitudinal study, a long-term research project that follows children and their families over time-that will look at the influence of biological, environmental, genetic, and social factors on the health and development of our nation’s children. The goal of the Study is to improve the health and well-being of children by contributing to the understanding of the impact various factors have on health and disease.
- Must be available for in person training in May or June.
Benefits associated with the Field Interviewer position
- An opportunity to work on an important, national research project
- Temporary employment with hourly pay and retirement benefits, subject to eligibility
- Field Interviewers talk to people from every conceivable walk of life, in person at their homes and sometimes by telephone to obtain information on issues that will affect social policy
- Field Interviewers administer carefully developed, field-tested questionnaires to respondents, either printed or on laptop computers
Learn more about the Field Interviewer position: http://www.norc.org/WorkingAtNORC/Pages/become-a-field-interviewer.aspx .
• Interviewing experience (NCS experience a plus)
• Able to make long-term commitment to project
• Ability to understand complex protocol with multiple instruments
• Willing to collect physical measurements (e.g. blood pressure, weight, waist circumference) using specialized equipment and following detailed training protocols (experience a plus)
• Willing to collect, transport, store, and ship environmental samples (e.g. dust, water)
• Experience with or ability to work with small children
• Familiarity and comfort using computers and accessing the internet is strongly preferred
• Comfortable working in (recruiting participants from) healthcare provider officers and/or hospitals
• Responsibility for reconciling respondent fees.
• Have strong gaining cooperation skills
• Able to administer the interview in a non-judgmental manner
• Able to transport and handle supplies weighing ~25 pounds including a laptop computer and a wheeled suitcase containing materials
• Be organized, an active listener and detail-oriented
• Have reliable transportation with required insurance coverage as well as a good driving history
• Sign a release allowing a background check and Motor Record Vehicle check
• High school diploma or equivalent
In addition, the job posting contains specific requirements for biospecimen collection:
- At least 6 months experience working with adults and/or children to collect biospecimens, such as blood, urine, or saliva
- At least 6 months experience handling blood
- At least 6 months experience handling blood, urine, and other biospecimens
In addition to meeting specific job requirements, employees hired for this position must present evidence of their identity and authorization to work in the United States (I9 documentation) and must undergo a background check.
- Interviewers must be comfortable working in a variety of settings including healthcare provider offices and/or hospitals
- Interviewers will also be responsible for reconciling respondent fees. A separate bank account may be required for these monies.
- Interviewers should have gaining cooperation skills and the ability to converse with mothers of young children.
- Interviewers should have a schedule that is flexible and able to accommodate appointments at different times of the day and days of the week.
- Interviewers must be able to administer the interview in a non-judgmental manner.
- Be organized, an active listener and detail-oriented.
- Have reliable transportation with required insurance coverage as well as a good driving history
- Sign a release allowing a background check and Motor Record Vehicle check.
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; Washington, D.C.; Bethesda, Maryland; San Francisco, California; Boston, Massachusetts; and Atlanta, Georgia. 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.