NORC's has a collegial culture
NORC's has a collegial culture
Norman Bradburn and a small group of Senior Fellows based in the NORC Bethesda office Hyde Park Office Chat NORC's open workspace encourages collaboration
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Culture and Benefits at NORC

NORC offers a dynamic, rewarding work environment.

​At NORC, you’ll join a team working to understand and help solve the most pressing issues facing our nation and our world. Staff members conduct and support research in areas including health, education, economics, justice, energy, security, and the environment.


NORC brings together a diverse group of professionals whose work is grounded in a commitment to research excellence, innovation, dissemination of data and findings, and collegiality.

Our executive leadership team talks about how this focus affects our work:

Research Excellence

Daniel S. Gaylin, President and Chief Executive Officer at NORC, on research excellence: “We rely on the absolute professional commitment and dedication of a staff who wants to get things done right. We operate with a deep desire to define the challenges, identify the most effective solutions, and implement them with the overarching goal of supporting society’s most important decisions with objective research.”


Kirk M. Wolter, Chief Statistician and Executive Vice President of Statistics and Methodology, on the need for innovation: “New demands and requirements from clients and the field are driving NORC to innovate across a spectrum of activity. We continue to help the industry evolve and define the state of the art in methodologies, processes, and delivery.”

Michele Koppelman, Executive Vice President of Business Ventures and Innovation, on innovation at NORC: “As we diversify the type of work we do, our data collection and IT experts are rethinking our processes. We’re also refining capabilities so that we can deliver data and highly relevant analysis on long-term projects as well as those where we need to conduct tens of thousands of interviews in just a couple of weeks.”


James E. Dunne, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration, on how NORC disseminates research data and findings to further understanding:  “As a not-for-profit, we have an obligation to publish and disseminate results to the public and scientific communities. But at NORC, it’s about more than that. I think that one distinguishing characteristic of NORC is the very high degree of transparency of our operations. At any point in time, NORC manages roughly 400 active social science research contracts. The openness shared by our teams and the organizations that rely on our data and analysis helps ensure that the best possible decisions will be made and the best solutions developed.”


Koppelman, on how NORC is able to leverage a collegial staff to produce great results: “We have these great collegial, interdisciplinary relationships and many skills to draw from to bring the best person in to solve a problem or move in a new direction.”

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NORC offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package for regular staff, including paid time off, holiday pay, medical and dental coverage, life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, a 403 (b) retirement plan, and tuition assistance. 

NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status and other legally-protected characteristics.

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