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NORC Project Manager - The Bridge (Chicago-Hybrid) in Chicago, Illinois

Project Manager - The Bridge (Chicago-Hybrid)

Job no: 500729 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – Hyde Park, University of Chicago Campus, IL Capability Area: The Bridge


JoinThe Bridgeat NORC at the University of Chicago as a Project Manager with our education team. Based in our Chicago Hyde Park office, take this opportunity to contribute to the continued success of the department during a time of strategic growth.


For more than 40 years, NORC has been committed to conducting high quality education research and technical assistance that helps improve student outcomes. The Bridge’s education team’s research has a large focus on early care and education along with work in K-12. #LI-AG1 #LI-remote#LI-hybrid#LI-onsite


  • Manage a portfolio of large, complex projects coordinating with applicable departments across the organization (human resources, information technology, grants & contracts, finance and accounting, research, business development and communications)

  • Manage project budgets, schedules, timelines, and communications working with project leadership to ensure that projects are completed on time, within budget, and meet the scope of work

  • Develop detailed project plans to monitor and track progress and prepare monthly progress reports for clients

  • Oversee the day-to-day performance of all members of the project/task team, including staff workload and assignments

  • Manage staff expectations and knowledge of project, fit with the project tasks, and opportunities for growth

  • Coordinate and assist with administrative tasks including executing subcontract and consultant agreements, vendor agreements, purchase order agreements, processing invoices, institutional review board applications for human subjects’ protections, etc.

  • Manage and facilitate client, vendor, and other third-party relationships

  • Convey relevant project information to internal and external stakeholders

  • Develop presentation decks, coordinate the drafting of project reports, and edit documents for clarity and conciseness

  • Engage in business development activities including idea generation, contributing to grant writing (business components), responding to requests for proposals (RFPs) with a larger technical team, and tracking of business development activities and statuses in our CRM software.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; masters in social sciences, public health or policy, or other relevant discipline preferred

  • At least 3 years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility in program or project management

  • Working knowledge and experience managing projects throughout the project life cycle (initiation, planning, execution, performance & control, close) required; PMP certification strongly preferred

  • Strong problem solving and critical reasoning skills

  • Strong interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills

  • Diligent attention to detail

  • Ability to manage time to work on multiple projects simultaneously

  • Ability to prioritize projects and/or tasks in alignment with larger strategic objectives

  • Experience in client communications and relationship management

  • Solid writing skills

  • Familiarity with activities involved in supporting successful bid efforts including writing business sections, developing work plans, and creating budgets.

  • Familiarity with budgets, scheduling and CRM software.

  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software; proficiency with financial and resource management/analysis packages also preferred


The pay range for this position is$68,000 - $93,000.The budgeted range for this role is: $68,000 – $73,000.

This position is classified as regular. Regular staff are eligible for NORC’s comprehensive benefits program. Benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Generously subsidized health insurance, effective on the first day of employment

  • Dental and vision insurance

  • A defined contribution retirement program, along with a separate voluntary 403(b) retirement program

  • Group life insurance, long-term and short-term disability insurance

  • Benefits that promote work/life balance, including generous paid time off, holidays; paid parental leave, tuition assistance, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

NORC’s Approach to Equity and Transparency

Pay and benefits transparency helps to reduce wage gaps. As part of our commitment to pay equity and salary transparency, NORC includes a salary range for each job opening along with information about eligible benefit offerings. At NORC, we take a comprehensive approach to setting salary ranges and reviewing raises and promotions, which is overseen by a formal Salary Review Committee (SRC).


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: September 15, 2023 Central Daylight TimeApplications close: