NORC Senior IT Project Manager in Chicago, Illinois

Senior IT Project Manager

Job no: 494476Work type: Regular Full-TimeLocation: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, ILCapability Area: Project Management


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking an experienced IT Project Manager to manage the planning, implementation, and production support for NORC systems projects. This leader will plan and manage multiple medium to large sized IT systems development projects of moderate to high complexity, ensuring that project results contribute positive business value and meet agreed upon scope, schedule and cost objectives. At NORC, Project Managers lead a variety of different types of projects including our core survey system implementations, internal initiatives and systems, new product and service launches, large-scale application development, systems integration, operational efficiency improvements, and infrastructure upgrades and deployments.

DEPARTMENT: IT Project Management

The function of the Project Management Office (PMO) is to provide the planning and delivery of IT products and services to NORC projects. The PMO houses NORC's IT Project Managers, who manage the team of Business Analysts, Developers, Quality Assurance, and other IT support staff assigned to the project to deliver the required systems and support. The PMO also works to improve IT delivery through adoption and customization of industry best practices in project management.​


The IT Project Manager will establish and maintain a collaborative partnership with internal business units (research and operations staff) as well as external clients leading IT development teams to meet project objectives. They will bring creative approaches to problem solving and identifying innovative solutions in order to produce quality deliverables supporting the business needs.


  • Strong project management skills with hands-on experience managing and deploying application development projects, portals, and other complex IT systems

  • Strong planning, organizational, and leadership skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to make effective presentations to clients and senior management

  • Strong meeting facilitation skills

  • Strong business judgment

  • Ability to hands-on direct the work of systems development staff in a team environment

  • A passion for consulting; you are capable of stretching and applying your skills in an open, entrepreneurial environment

  • A flexible approach and attitude; you are not afraid to take on a challenge and be as hands-on as you are strategic; you have a good understanding of technology and its application to business problems


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent

  • Waterfall or Agile SDLC methodology (both preferred)

  • 10+ years of previous IT work experience with at least 5 years managing software development and systems projects

  • Hands on management of software development teams for complex applications

  • Extensive knowledge of project management processes, project financial management, systems development methods, change management concepts and business process improvement methods

  • Ability to work on multiple concurrent projects with shared resources

  • Expertise with MS-Project

  • PMP and CSM certification preferred


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, NORC has 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 NORC to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.

NORC conducts research in five main areas: Economics, Markets, and the Workforce; Education, Training, and Learning; Global Development; Health and Well-Being; and Society, Media, and Public Affairs.

We provide comprehensive and integrated services that span the research cycle, and offer solutions that anticipate and address critical needs in research and data science. We approach all work with deep technical expertise, a spirit of collaboration, and a commitment to scientific integrity.


As one of the oldest not-for-profit, academic research organizations in the United States, and through its affiliation with the University of Chicago, NORC maintains the highest standard of professional excellence and scientific rigor, and is committed to broad dissemination of its findings.


NORC’s subject matter experts and survey professionals develop and employ innovative study designs, research methods, and technical applications to derive meaningful and accurate results.


NORC cultivates an interdisciplinary culture of achievement in which senior investigators from diverse fields and professional backgrounds collaborate with the next generation of researchers in an open, collegial environment.


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: November 9, 2018Central Standard TimeApplications close: