Career Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the University of Chicago Urban Labs! Urban Labs has a strong commitment to using science in service of cities to improve the quality of urban life. We regularly seek out passionate, data-oriented, public service minded individuals to join our team.

For more information on Urban Labs' career opportunities, culture and recruiting process, please see the frequently asked question section below.

Current Opportunities

Urban Labs

  • Job Title: Desktop Support Specialist
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Associate Director of Technology and Security
  • Requisition Number: JR17541

University of Chicago Urban Labs is seeking a Desktop Support Specialist to support the operations of a hybrid office and solve complex end user issues regarding hardware, site licensing, software, and networking. The ideal candidate will use best practices and IT knowledge to manage the deployment and support of end user devices; administer office systems including printer/copiers, A/V, and other equipment; and collaborate with IT professionals across the University on desktop support initiatives.

Crime & Education Labs

  • Job Title: Analytics Manager
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Director of Data and Analytics
  • Requisition Number: JR15914

The UChicago Crime Lab and Urban Education Lab are seeking an experienced Analytics Manager with strong technical skills to work on large-scale social policy experiments designed to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of youth violence prevention and educational interventions. The Analytics Manager will lead a team of analysts, work on a small portfolio of projects across the areas of both criminal justice and education, develop and manage processes and procedures for collaborative data access and use, and support broader organizational development activities. The successful candidate will have experience in applying a variety of statistical modeling approaches to large datasets in real-world settings. From project inception to delivery, the Analytics Manager will contribute to all facets of data collection & cleaning, model development, and implementation. This position requires an individual who is able to work as a part of small research teams running multiple projects concurrently, and can work with multiple departments across the organization to implement ideas. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers, at the University of Chicago and NYC-area universities, local city agency staff, as well as a team of administrative staff, other analysts, research managers, and student research assistant.

  • Job Title: Project Associate
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Senior Research Manager
  • Requisition Number: JR12477

The University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab is seeking a Project Associate with strong project management skills. This position requires an individual who is able to work as part of small research teams running multiple projects concurrently. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers at the University of Chicago and government agency staff, as well as an experienced team of analysts, data scientists, administrative staff, and project managers.

  • Job Title: Director of Public Affairs
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Executive Director
  • Requisition Number: JR13784

The Director of Public Affairs works with the Executive Director, Faculty Director, and Leadership Team to identify and implement publicly facing opportunities and initiatives to enhance the impact of the Crime Lab and Education Lab’s work. The Director has primary responsibility for the external positioning of the Crime Lab and Education Lab brands, including having key input on messaging, media relations, and engagement of public, non-profit, and other partners, as well as management and implementation of the public affairs plans for the two Labs. The Director leads and manages the Public Affairs team, including internal staff partially and/or fully dedicated to public affairs and communications work as well as any external resources, and is the primary liaison with Harris School of Public Policy and University of Chicago communications, media relations, and civic engagement teams. The Director of Public Affairs reports to the Executive Director and is a part of the Leadership Team.

  • Job Title: Data Liaison
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Director of Data Partnerships
  • Requisition Number: JR16300

The Chicago Public Schools Data Liaison provides strategic administrative support to the CPS External Research Office and its key Collaborative Research Partners. The role serves two main functions: managing the provision of CPS data for external research and providing guidance and support to the Collaborative Research Partners in their use of CPS data across their research project portfolios. The Data Liaison is primarily embedded with CPS Central Office in a consultant capacity, but also works directly with research and administrative staff at the Education Lab, the Inclusive Economy Lab, Urban Labs, the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, NORC at the University of Chicago, American Institute for Research, The Learning Partnership and Northwestern University. In addition to providing guidance and support to these Research Partners during the development of new research projects with CPS, the Data Liaison maintains comprehensive documentation on CPS data used for research. 

  • Job Title: Executive Assistant
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Chief Operating Officer
  • Requisition Number: JR16608

The University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab is seeking an Executive Assistant to support members of leadership, assist in coordinating short and long term projects, and serve as a liaison for internal and external partners. The EA will manage scheduling, office administration, and event planning.

  • Job Title: Human Resources Manager
  • Desired Start Date: TBC
  • Reporting to: Associate Director, Operations
  • Requisition Number: JR17290

The Crime Lab and Education Lab are seeking a Human Resources Manager to manage all human capital activities including benefits, performance management, and the employee experience in collaboration with the Talent Manager and Associate Director, Operations.

The successful candidate will have experience contributing to strategic planning, supporting employees at various stages of the employee lifecycle, and in efficiently managing data within an HRIS. The Human Resources Manager must be able to work independently in a dynamic and fast-paced environment while managing multiple projects simultaneously. This position offers a unique opportunity to work as part of a mission-driven organization within the larger University of Chicago community.

Health Lab

  • Job Title: Implementation Manager
  • Desired Start Date: 09.16.2021
  • Requisition Number: JR12799

The University of Chicago Health Lab is seeking an Implementation Manager to work on large-scale social policy research, data science, and program evaluation projects to support the development of effective policy interventions in the domain of 911 and alternative crisis response. The Implementation Manager will work to support a large-scale field-based program evaluation of alternative crisis response work in and around Chicago. This work is part of Health Lab’s larger 911 portfolio of projects, which includes a number of related projects in Chicago and several other cities nationwide.



The Implementation Manager will have the opportunity to manage various stakeholder relationships and contribute to all aspects of research design, methods, and evaluation of research projects. Duties will include travelling to observe field operations and program sites to monitor and assess program implementation, managing and facilitating communication between Health Lab and external stakeholders, managing the project’s data collection process, providing updates and feedback on study progress to internal and external partners, and assisting in drafting a variety of project-related writings. The ideal candidate will be organized and able to execute multiple project workstreams, including setting project timelines and meeting key milestones.



This position requires an individual who is able to work as a part of a small research team simultaneously running a variety of data and research collection endeavors. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers at the University of Chicago, partnering research, governmental agencies, community-based organizations, and advocates, as well as a team of administrative staff, project managers, and student research assistants. The Implementation Manager will also collaborate closely with the UChicago Urban Labs' partners in the public and nonprofit sectors.

Responsibilities


  • Manages day-to-day implementation of a large-scale policy research project based in Chicago, including primary and secondary research data collection, while ensuring fidelity to research ethics and study design.

  • Must be available for frequent, in-person site visits to partner sites in Chicago. All COVID-19 precautions will be taken.

  • Ensures that project deliverables are developed in a satisfactory and timely manner.

  • Manages multiple project aims simultaneously and meets tight deadlines.

  • Contributes to research design and coordinates implementation with program partners and collaborators in the public and nonprofit sectors.

  • Oversees quality control of data collection, including developing and maintaining the study’s research and dissemination processes.

  • Coordinates project development and deliverables among all internal and external partners.

  • Prepares IRB proposals, writing grant proposals and grant progress reports, and obtains research permission and data use agreements as needed.

  • Performs literature reviews and assists in writing, proofreading, and fact-checking academic papers, reports, and presentations.

  • Prepares research summaries for memos, spreadsheets, and presentations targeting both technical and non-technical audiences, including policymakers, academic researchers, and other stakeholders.

  • Facilitates integration of community feedback into research process and generated products.

  • Applies research principles and relevant subject matter knowledge relevant to administer a research project. With a moderate level of direction, manages lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Helps develop, design and conduct research projects according to plan.

  • Supports data collection and analytical needs of research projects. Conducts literature reviews and helps write reports and manuscripts. Ensures project compliance with different policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.

  • Takes responsibility for the following non-laboratory duties: transcribing and coding data; developing data collection instruments; presenting research; and recruiting and scheduling research subjects. Acquires higher-level skills and knowledge in the process.

  • Supervised other staff as needed.

  • Performs other related work as needed.



Minimum Qualifications

Education:

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

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Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

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Certifications:

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Preferred Qualifications

Education:


  • Master's degree in criminal justice, economics, sociology, public health, public policy or another relevant field.

  • Will consider applicants with equivalent lived experience.


Experience:


  • Experience gained in school counts towards requirement.

  • Managing complex projects with numerous stakeholders.

  • Experience working with large and complex datasets.

  • Experience in qualitative research and analysis.

  • Collecting and managing qualitative and quantitative datasets.

  • Working on field experiments and/or randomized controlled trials.

  • Working with law enforcement, public health, or in emergency response.

  • Coursework in policy analysis.

Preferred Competencies


  • Strong interest in social policy.

  • Previous program management experience including demonstrated success navigating various stakeholder interests to produce a common goal.

  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently in an organized, detailed manner, while maintaining a collaborative team environment. Self-starter with ability to take initiative to move projects forward.

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with a broad array of partners.

  • Strong time management skills with a proven ability to multitask and to prioritize activities to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment.

  • Knowledge and understanding of urban policy, social policy, criminal justice policy, and 911/ crisis response.

Working Conditions


  • This role will be both outdoors and indoors. The role will require travel to partner sites and field observations. Some of the work will also be performed on phone, Zoom, email, and other digital formats.

  • Requires the ability to work independently and virtually with teams for periods of eight (8) hours or more.

Application Documents


  • Resume (required)

  • Cover letter (required)

  • Writing sample (required)

  • Transcript (preferred)

  • Job Title: Data Scientist
  • Desired Start Date: 03.23.2022
  • Requisition Number: JR 15710

The Health Lab’s mission is to partner with civic and community leaders to identify, rigorously evaluate and scale programs and policies that improve health outcomes and address systemic barriers to achieving health equity. To accomplish our mission, we seek to identify and engage groups of people who are disproportionally impacted by health disparities that result from socioeconomic disadvantage and systemic inequities, and to develop and evaluate interventions that improve health, safety, and vitality and reduce health and social disparities. Decades of experience have proven that health care alone cannot solve urban health problems, or address related cross-sectoral challenges in poverty, crime, education and the environment faced by many urban residents. Accordingly, we work closely with diverse partners, including persons and communities with lived experience of disadvantage in urban contexts, to learn directly from them about the challenges they face interacting with the health care system and social service sectors. We seek to partner with these groups and the organizations committed to serving them to develop and evaluate interventions to address these challenges.

We support our partners using data-driven findings and are deeply committed to expanding knowledge about the effectiveness of policies, programs and interventions to promote health equity. We believe that generating evidence on multi-sectoral interventions can have a multiplicative impact, improving not just health but also equity and outcomes across other sectors. Our partners in these efforts include communities and community-based organizations, medical and social service providers, housing and homeless services providers, emergency service providers, and members of the corrections, policing and other law enforcement communities. These relationships are essential to advance our mission. As with the other Urban Labs, our approach applies science in the service of cities. We hypothesize that two key obstacles prevent cities from mobilizing and coordinating their resources across sectors. First, cities lack evidence about the multi-sector impact of their efforts. Second, cities lack sufficient coordination mechanisms and incentives to collaborate across sectors to improve health equity.

Based on these hypotheses, the Health Lab focuses our resources on generating high-quality evidence about interventions that can be widely scaled to sustainably improve urban health. For examples of our work, please see: http://urbanlabs.uchicago.edu/



Job Summary

The University of Chicago Health Lab is seeking a Data Scientist to work on our portfolio of projects applying machine learning to public policy, particularly in the area of improving 911 and emergency response. We’re seeking a smart, motivated, and detail-oriented person to work on all parts of our applied machine learning projects – all the way from cleaning and structuring raw data to developing predictive models and evaluating them in field studies and randomized control trials. An ideal candidate will have experience extracting insights from data and communicating them to both technical and non-technical audiences.



The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading researchers at the University of Chicago and policymakers on projects with immediate real-world impact. You will collaborate closely with PhD-level economics, criminology, and computer science researchers, as well as top-notch analysts, research managers, and Health Lab leadership. This position is particularly well-suited for candidates who may be interested in pursuing a PhD in the future or for data scientists who want to transition from industry to public policy research.

Responsibilities


  • Works with research team and partners to identify analytical approaches to addressing research questions.

  • Contributes to the design, implementation, and validation of an efficient and reproducible data processing pipeline.

  • Builds and rigorously evaluates statistical models using best practices of machine learning and statistical inference.

  • Cleans, merges, and matches data from multiple agencies and sectors.

  • Develops sampling strategies.

  • Develops and assesses statistical models and machine learning algorithms.

  • Prepares memos, spreadsheets, manuscripts and presentations for a range of audiences including policymakers, publics, and academic researchers.

  • Ensures that project deliverables are developed in an efficient and timely manner.

  • Analyzes moderately complex data sets for the purpose of extracting and purposefully using applicable information.

  • Cleans, transforms, merges, and matches between large and complex research and administrative datasets. Plan sown resources to collect, organize, and analyze information from the University's various internal data systems as well as from external sources.

  • Builds and analyzes statistical models and reproducible data processing pipelines using knowledge of best practices in machine learning and statistical inference. Serves as a single point of contact for all requests and engages other IT resources to assist as needed. May partner with other campus teams to assist faculty with data science related needs.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



Minimum Qualifications

Education:

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

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Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

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Certifications:

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Preferred Qualifications

Education:


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, statistics, data science, economics or a closely related field.

  • Master’s degree.

Experience:


  • Experience in applied statistics & statistical modeling

Preferred Competencies


  • Proficiency with statistical data analysis and machine learning using Python or R is required. The ability to work in both is preferred.

  • Advanced knowledge of machine learning techniques and algorithms.

  • Experience working with large and complex datasets.

  • Proficiency with one or more languages such as R or Python and experience developing reproducible and maintainable code.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present data in a simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences required.

  • Strong interpersonal skills required.

  • Strong initiative and a resourceful approach to problem solving and learning required.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment required.

  • Sound critical thinking skills required.

  • Strong attention to detail with superb analytical and organization skills required.

  • Familiarity with program evaluation and causal inference preferred.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.

  • Strong interest in social policy.

Working Conditions


  • This role will be indoors, on phone, Zoom, email, and other digital formats - working remotely initially.

  • Requires the ability to work independently and virtually with teams for periods of eight (8) hours or more.

Application Documents


  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

  • Writing Sample (required)

  • Transcript (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application on The University of Chicago career page. 



Job Family

Research



Role Impact

Individual Contributor



FLSA Status

Exempt



Pay Frequency

Monthly



Scheduled Weekly Hours

37.5



Benefits Eligible

Yes



Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

Yes



Drug Test Required

No



Health Screen Required

No



Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required

No



Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.



The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu. Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.


  • Works with research team and partners to identify analytical approaches to addressing research questions.

  • Contributes to the design, implementation, and validation of an efficient and reproducible data processing pipeline.

  • Builds and rigorously evaluates statistical models using best practices of machine learning and statistical inference.

  • Cleans, merges, and matches data from multiple agencies and sectors.

  • Develops sampling strategies.

  • Develops and assesses statistical models and machine learning algorithms.

  • Prepares memos, spreadsheets, manuscripts and presentations for a range of audiences including policymakers, publics, and academic researchers.

  • Ensures that project deliverables are developed in an efficient and timely manner.

  • Analyzes moderately complex data sets for the purpose of extracting and purposefully using applicable information.

  • Cleans, transforms, merges, and matches between large and complex research and administrative datasets. Plan sown resources to collect, organize, and analyze information from the University's various internal data systems as well as from external sources.

  • Builds and analyzes statistical models and reproducible data processing pipelines using knowledge of best practices in machine learning and statistical inference. Serves as a single point of contact for all requests and engages other IT resources to assist as needed. May partner with other campus teams to assist faculty with data science related needs.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, statistics, data science, economics or a closely related field.

  • Master’s degree.

  • Experience in applied statistics & statistical modeling.

  • Proficiency with statistical data analysis and machine learning using Python or R is required. The ability to work in both is preferred.

  • Advanced knowledge of machine learning techniques and algorithms.

  • Experience working with large and complex datasets.

  • Proficiency with one or more languages such as R or Python and experience developing reproducible and maintainable code.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present data in a simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences required.

  • Strong interpersonal skills required.

  • Strong initiative and a resourceful approach to problem solving and learning required.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment required.

  • Sound critical thinking skills required.

  • Strong attention to detail with superb analytical and organization skills required.

  • Familiarity with program evaluation and causal inference preferred.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.

  • Strong interest in social policy.

  • This role will be indoors, on phone, Zoom, email, and other digital formats - working remotely initially.

  • Requires the ability to work independently and virtually with teams for periods of eight (8) hours or more.

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

  • Writing Sample (required)

  • Transcript (required)

  • Job Title: Research Analyst
  • Desired Start Date: 04.01.2022
  • Reporting to: Marilyn Sinkewicz
  • Requisition Number: JR15190

Job Summary:

The Health Lab is seeking a Research Analyst with strong research, methodological, and programming skills to support social policy research projects. The Research Analyst will have the opportunity to apply tools and approaches from methodologies in both traditional econometrics and modern data science to original projects on mental illness and the criminal justice system, improving health outcomes and reducing costs, and preventing and ending homelessness. In addition to supporting field-based randomized controlled trials, the Research Analyst will contribute to a growing practice of advanced analytical solutions to provide data-driven technical assistance to governmental and non-profit partners.



The successful candidate will have experience in applying a variety of statistical modeling approaches to large datasets in real-world settings. From project inception to delivery, the Research Analyst will contribute to all facets of data collection & cleaning, model development, and implementation. This position requires an individual who is able to work as a part of small research teams running multiple projects concurrently. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers at the University of Chicago and local city agency staff, as well as a team of administrative staff, project managers, and student research assistants.



Responsibilities:

     • Works with partners to identify analytical approaches to solve specific                       research questions 

     • Cleans, merges, and matches data, and runs sampling and randomization               across multiple projects.

     • Builds traditional statistical models and machine learning algorithms for a                 variety of research projects.

     • Prepares results of models for memos, spreadsheets, and presentations                 targeting both policymakers and academic researchers

     • Assists with literature reviews and drafting papers.

     • Assists in writing grant proposals, preparing IRB proposals, and obtaining               other research permits

     • Other duties as assigned.

Competencies:


  • Strong interest in social policy required.

  • Strong background in applied statistics & modeling required.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines required.

  •  Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required.

  •  Ability to work both independently and as a team member required.

  •  Ability to work discretely with sensitive and confidential data required.

Education, Experience or Certifications:


  • Master's degree in economics, sociology, public policy or other relevant social/mathematical science field required.

  •  Coursework in econometrics and/or mathematical statistics required.

  •  A minimum of two years of relevant data analysis experience required.

  •  Experience working with large and complex datasets strongly preferred.

  •  Proficiency with one or more languages such as R, Stata, Python, or SAS preferred.

  •  Experience with relational databases a plus.

  •  Experience working on field experiments preferred.

  •  Experience working with GIS and UNIX servers preferred.

  •  Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred.

  •  Experience with health and claims data highly appreciated.



Required Documents:


  • Resume

  •  Cover Letter

  •  Writing Sample

  •  Transcript



To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, three professional reference, writing sample, and transcript to Workday, requisition number

Please note, when applying, all documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application. Please be advised that this job announcement is formatted differently on the University of Chicago “Workday” Job Board.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.



Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

  • Job Title: Project Associate
  • Desired Start Date: 07.01.2022
  • Requisition Number: JR17438

Job Summary

The UChicago Urban Labs is seeking a Project Associate to work on large-scale social policy experiments designed to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of social policy interventions. The role will primarily focus on supporting the implementation of an ongoing multisite research project called Reducing Mortality in Illinois (ROMI), however will also offer support to other projects, as needed.



ROMI is five-year research study led by the University of Chicago in partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority and the American Institutes for Research. ROMI aims to understand and test strategies for linking individuals with a history of opioid use disorder who are released from Illinois jails and prisons to substance use treatment. ROMI is one of twelve grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) to support research on quality addiction treatment for opioid use disorder in criminal justice settings nationwide.



The Project Associate will have the opportunity to manage various stakeholder relationships and contribute to all aspects of research design, methods, and evaluation of research projects. Duties will include screening and enrolling study participants, facilitating communication between Health Lab and external stakeholders, assisting with the project’s data collection process, providing updates and feedback on study progress to internal and external partners, and assisting in drafting a variety of project-related writings. The ideal candidate will be organized and able to execute multiple project workstreams, including setting project timelines and meeting key milestones.



This position requires an individual who can work as a part of small research team running a large, multisite randomized control trial. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers at the University of Chicago, as well as a team of administrative staff, other project managers, research analysts, and student research assistants. The Project Associate will also collaborate closely with the UChicago Urban Labs' partners in the public and nonprofit sectors.

Responsibilities



  • Assists with day-to-day implementation of an experimental social policy research project, including primary data collection, while ensuring fidelity to research ethics and study design.




  • Assists with creation and maintenance of REDCap database.




  • Oversees quality control of primary materials and data entry, including maintaining the study’s data entry process.




  • Conducts qualitative interviews, assists with coding.




  • Contributes to research design and coordinates implementation with program partners.




  • Manages grant reporting, prepares human subjects permission protocols and amendments for IRB permission, and obtains other research permits as needed.




  • Prepares results for memos, spreadsheets, and presentations targeting practitioners, policymakers and academic researchers.




  • Conducts field research and data entry.  




  • Develops and disseminates necessary project materials to research team and partner agencies.




  • Performs literature reviews and assists in writing, proofreading, and fact-checking academic papers, reports, and presentations.




  • Writes, proofreads and fact-checks academic papers, reports and presentations.




  • Prepares project memos, summaries, presentations and manuscripts targeting both technical and non-technical audiences, including policymakers, academic researchers and other stakeholders.




  • Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project.




  • Maintains recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Has general awareness in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field.




  • Performs other related work as needed.





Minimum Qualifications

Education:

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.



Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications

Education:



  • Bachelor’s degree in sociology, public policy, economics, or other relevant field.



Experience:



  • A minimum of one year of relevant research experience.




  • Prior experience with REDCap.




  • Experience with qualitative research.




  • Familiarity with research on opioid use, the criminal legal system, and/or homelessness.




  • Experience working with STATA, SAS, R, SQL, Python or other programming languages.




  • Experience working on field experiments.




  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials.




  • Familiarity with social policy in Chicago and Illinois.



Preferred Competencies



  • Strong interest in social policy.




  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.




  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.




  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.




  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.




  • Ability to work discretely with sensitive and confidential data.




  • Ability to work with vulnerable populations as well as law enforcement and policymakers.



Working Conditions



  • Position is based in Chicago, remote to start.  Would consider permanently remote for candidates with demonstrated experience working on social policy in Chicago or Illinois.



Application Documents



  • Resume (required)




  • Cover Letter (required)




  • Reference Contact Information (3) (required)





When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.



Job Family

Research



Role Impact

Individual Contributor



FLSA Status

Exempt



Pay Frequency

Monthly



Scheduled Weekly Hours

40



Benefits Eligible

Yes

 

Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

Yes



Drug Test Required

No



Health Screen Required

No



Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required

No



Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.



The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu. Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.

  • Job Title: Director of Operations
  • Desired Start Date: 07.07.2022
  • Requisition Number: JR17212

About the Department

The Health Lab’s mission is to partner with civic and community leaders to identify, rigorously evaluate and help scale programs and policies that improve health outcomes, particularly for low-income and disadvantaged urban residents. To accomplish our mission, we seek to identify and engage vulnerable people so they can access services and opportunities that will improve their safety, health and vitality. We work closely with partners, including persons with lived experiences, to learn directly from them about their challenges. We evaluate interventions that seek to address these challenges and advise our partners using data-driven results. We are deeply committed to understanding the impacts of policies, programs and interventions. Like the needs of those we seek to serve, our partnerships are vast. While these partners represent many communities and community-based organizations, they also include medical and social service providers, emergency service providers, members of the corrections, policing and other law enforcement communities. We believe that two key obstacles prevent cities from mobilizing and coordinating their rich resources across sectors. First, cities lack evidence about the multi-sector impact of their efforts. Second, cities lack coordination mechanisms and incentives to collaborate across sectors. The Health Lab dedicates our work and our resources to these two issues. Our primary goal is to generate high-quality evidence about interventions that can sustainably improve urban health and be widely scaled.

For more information about the UChicago Urban Labs, go to http://urbanlabs.uchicago.edu/.

Job Summary

The UChicago Urban Labs Health Lab is seeking a Director of Operations to manage the Lab’s day-to-day operations. The Director of Operations will be a key contributor in raising and managing the revenue that is used to support the Health Lab’s work. The Director of Operations will manage all operational aspects on behalf of the Lab, serving as the chief budget and finance officer, independently and successfully managing all aspects of the Lab’s budgets and expenses. The Director of Operations will also supervise (directly or indirectly) all staff who do not report directly to the Executive Director and will serve as the primarily liaison for all HR matters. The Director of Operations will be responsible for ensuring the smooth management of all external communications work, finance activities, HR, development efforts, programmatic responsibilities, and operational day-to-day functions. The Director of Operation’s work will help advance the Health Lab’s mission and seek to advance large-scale social policy experiments designed to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of social policy interventions. The Director of Operations will report to the Executive Director of the Health Lab. The Director of Operations will also collaborate closely with the UChicago Urban Labs' partners in the public and nonprofit sectors.

Responsibilities



  • Responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, and managing daily operations for the Health Lab.




  • Coordinate and ensure the Lab’s compliance with external partners’ grant conditions and internal programmatic and policy provisions within the University.




  • Manage the coordination of all of the Lab’s research functions.




  • Manage the Lab’s high-level partnerships, internally with our faculty directors and key University staff, as well as external relationships with funding and research partners.




  • Provides technical guidance to employees, colleagues, funders, and other partners. 




  • Adapts Lab’s plans and priorities to address resource and operational challenges. Decisions are guided by policies, procedures and Lab’s strategic plan; receives guidance from the Health Lab Executive Director.




  • Manages employees by establishing annual performance goals, allocating resources, assessing annual performance, and determining individual merit, incentive and/or promotional increases.




  • Manages program operations and administrative functions which may include planning and scheduling, program evaluation, policy implementation, personnel administration, budget, marketing, fundraising and proposal development.




  • Manages the dissemination, interpretation and application of program policies and recommends or makes exceptions.




  • Contributes to design of program content, policies and strategic planning efforts.




  • Performs other related work as needed.





Minimum Qualifications

Education:

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.



Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications

Education:



  • College or university Master’s degree in related field. 



Experience:



  • 7+ years of work experience in related field.




  • Experience managing complex projects, with numerous stakeholders.



Preferred Competencies



  • Passion for social policy.




  • Strong quantitative and qualitative skills.




  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.




  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.




  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently in an organized, detailed manner, while maintaining a collaborative team environment.




  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.




  • Ability to work discretely with sensitive and confidential data.




  • Strong computer skills including the ability to effectively use software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, and Internet Explorer.



Application Documents



  • Resume (required)




  • Cover letter (required)





When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.



Job Family

Administration & Management



Role Impact

People Manager



FLSA Status

Exempt



Pay Frequency

Monthly



Scheduled Weekly Hours

37.5



Benefits Eligible

Yes



Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

Yes



Drug Test Required

No



Health Screen Required

No



Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required

No



Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.



The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu. Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.

  • Job Title: Project Associate
  • Desired Start Date: 07.07.2022
  • Requisition Number: JR17460

Department

UL Operations



About the Department

Why Policy? For a better world. Why Harris Public Policy? Because when it comes to better policymaking, evidence matters. We work at the frontiers of data collection and analysis, using the latest technology and social science methods to design policies that work for society. We conduct rigorous inquiry in an environment of innovation and risk taking. We collaborate across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, adopting new methodologies to drive better solutions. We engage with our city, our world, and our leaders every day to evaluate and test our ideas. And we lead with our passion for driving social change, knowing that passion alone does not equal impact.



Job Summary

The University of Chicago Health Lab is seeking a Project Associate with strong technical skills to support large-scale social system research projects. The role will primarily focus on supporting an ongoing project called the Critical Time Intervention Multisite Evaluation (CTIME).



CTIME is a 6-year research study lead by the University of Chicago Health Lab in partnership with Heartland Alliance Health (HAH) and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) in Chicago and Region 8 Mental Health Services in rural Mississippi. The study is investigating the effects of Critical Time Intervention (CTI) on rates of return to homelessness and psychiatric rehospitalization among people who are experiencing serious mental illness (SMI) and either homelessness or precarious housing during a critical point of transition. CTI provides intensive, time-limited care coordination services. CTIME is a scaled replication of seminal CTI research undertaken by Susser et al. (1997) and Herman et al. (2011). CTIME is a part of Arnold Venture’s “Moving the Needle” Initiative to build the body of social programs rigorously shown to produce sizable, sustained effects on important life outcomes.



This full-time position requires an individual who can work as part of a small research team running multiple projects concurrently. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading social policy researchers at the University of Chicago, partnering research, governmental agencies, community-based organizations, and advocates, as well as a team of administrative staff, project managers, and student research assistants.

Responsibilities



  • Support day-to-day implementation of a research project, including recruiting study participants and tracking implementation of study, while ensuring fidelity to research ethics and study design.




  • Conduct thorough and critical reviews of relevant literature and reports.




  • Assist in developing project documentation, such as project plans, study protocols, system guides, training documents, etc.




  • Lead regular meetings with study partners and facilitate integration of community feedback into research process and generated products.




  • Prepare project memos, summaries, presentations, and manuscripts targeting both technical and non-technical audiences, including policymakers, academic researchers, service providers, and other stakeholders.




  • Help with grant reporting and obtaining research permits as needed.




  • Assist with the coordination of research activities, communications with partner agencies, and managing project deliverables.




  • Lead the planning and execution of virtual events.




  • Coordinate and document internal and external meetings.




  • Assist with data collection, management, and analysis including cleaning and assembling the files for data analysis.




  • Check collected data for quality and completeness.




  • Manage and update data collection instruments as needed.




  • Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project.




  • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.




  • Perform other related work as needed.





Minimum Qualifications

Education:

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.



Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications

Education:



  • Minimum requirements include a bachelor's degree in relevant field (economics, public policy, public health, social work, or other relevant field).



Experience:



  • One year of relevant research experience. Experience gained in school counts towards requirement.




  • Experience collecting and managing qualitative and quantitative datasets.




  • Knowledge of REDCap, survey design, and survey implementation.



Technical Skills or Knowledge:



  • Strong quantitative and qualitative skills.




  • Excellent data visualization ability.




  • Strong computer skills including the ability to effectively use software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, and Internet Explorer.



Preferred Competencies



  • Passion and demonstrated interest for social policy.




  • Knowledge and understanding of research design and principles strongly preferred.




  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.




  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.




  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.




  • Ability to work discretely with sensitive and confidential data.



Working Conditions



  • This role will be indoors, on phone, Zoom, email, and other digital formats - working remotely initially.




  • Requires the ability to work independently and virtually with teams for periods of eight (8) hours or more.



Application Documents



  • Resume (required)




  • Cover letter (required)




  • Writing sample (required)



When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.



Job Family

Research



Role Impact

Individual Contributor



FLSA Status

Exempt



Pay Frequency

Monthly



Scheduled Weekly Hours

37.5



Benefits Eligible

Yes



Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

Yes

 

Drug Test Required

No



Health Screen Required

No



Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required

No



Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.



The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu. Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.

FAQs

For our three most common research roles--Project Associate, Research Manager, and Research Analyst--please refer to the responsibilities outlined below:

  • Project Associates support large-scale social policy research projects designed to test the effectiveness of promising interventions by supporting a Research Manager or Research Analyst.
  • Research Managers work directly with leading social science researchers, local policymakers, frontline practitioners, and a dedicated team of research analysts, data scientists, and administrative staff to implement ambitious field experiments.
  • Research Analysts apply a variety of statistical modeling and data techniques to datasets in real-world settings, and contribute to all facets of data collection & cleaning, model development, analysis, and interpretation of results.

Urban Labs also hires for other positions in research, IT, and operations. We encourage you to view opportunities below.

You may be asked to submit multiple documents, including a Cover Letter, Writing Sample, and Unofficial Transcripts from the highest degree program received. Please see the job description for the exact documents required for that job. All materials should be submitted to the Workday system. Refer to the job requisition number on the job description to apply to the correct position.

All of our positions require a cover letter. In the cover letter, we encourage you to elaborate on your relevant achievements and describe your interest in the position.

We appreciate your interest in Urban Labs and look forward to reviewing your application. Due to the high-volume of applications that we receive, although we try, we may not be able to respond to all individual inquires.

Urban Labs employees are committed to creating a collaborative, high energy office that is open and welcoming to individuals of all backgrounds and life experiences, and prioritize developing a workforce that is as diverse as the city in which we work.

While we are affiliated with the University of Chicago, we are not located in Hyde Park. We have an office in downtown Chicago, which allows us to work more closely with our public sector partners.

In addition, Urban Labs also has an office in New York City that focuses on Crime and Education work. The New York Office works in close collaboration with the Crime and Education Labs in Chicago.

Urban Labs is a set of highly collaborative Labs and as such, we all work together towards a common mission of science in service of cities.

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