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Job Summary

The following is a job posting for a Survey Specialist Intermediate position at the University of Michigan Survey Research Center (SRC).

For over 70 years, the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research (ISR) has been a national and international leader in interdisciplinary social science research involving the collection or analysis of data from scientific sample surveys.  Survey Research Operations (SRO) is the operations branch of the SRC.

SRO provides a wide range of services in the areas of survey and statistical design, data collection and processing, and data analysis. SRO provides these services to clients from ISR and SRC, to other departments within the University, as well as to researchers and organizations outside the University.  Within SRO, staff members work on projects across a variety of substantive areas, using leading survey methodology and project management techniques, as well as state-of-the-art technical systems.

This position is part of the SRO Project Design and Management Group (PDMG).  PDMG is primarily responsible for management of data collection projects, which includes working with research investigators and other clients to define project and sample design, coordinating all aspects of preproduction and production within SRO, providing regular progress and cost reports, and documenting all procedures.


Interpret implementation specifications as clients develop survey research project designs; lead the project team on well-established projects to meet deliverables on time and on budget; lead tasks on larger projects; manage project/task scope and maintain a clearly defined scope statement; prepare project work plans and schedules in consultation with study staffs and other members of the project team. 

Manage project operations.  Compose, manage, and update the project work plan, including: project goals, objectives and scope, budget, assumptions, constraints, roles and responsibilities, risks, change management approach, project deliverables, and milestones.  Responsible for meeting data collection and processing requirements according to schedule and budget; use statistical process control techniques to monitor all aspects of production; track and report project status to senior management on a regular basis.  Participate in questionnaire and other instrument development and specification and development of technical systems.

Supervise staff completing surveys and other instruments; ensure protocols are being consistently followed by staff through review and monitoring of work products; participate in problem identification and resolution during data collection and processing period. 

Assist in proposal preparation, and lead small proposal efforts; oversee proposal/project budgeting process with direction from senior staff.  Document all phases of the data collection process; assist in preparation of basic analyses of data; forecast project expenses. 

Develop and implement contingent staff recruitment strategies; recruit, screen, hire, and train data collection staff; develop training plans and materials; implement general and study-specific training programs.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's degree in social science with three or more years of progressively responsible experience in survey research including two or more aspects of survey research (i.e. sampling, data collection, coding, data processing, applications programming, analysis, methodology) including:

  • Experience managing survey projects and/or operations in multiple modes of data collection with budgets totaling $100,000-$1,000,000 across the year or lower budgets with more complexity.
  • Experience with computer assisted interviewing (CAI) software.
  • Experience using and developing technical systems designed to collect and organize data.


Equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory experience with multiple groups and individuals from diverse cultures. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff at all levels and under tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to compose instructions, memoranda and other technical writing.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills and demonstrated competence in MS Office software.

Desired Qualifications*

Master’s degree in related field.  Experience using statistical techniques for problem solving and forecasting.

Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, days. This position may require occasional overnight travel and weekends to meet project needs.

Additional Information

Salary will be dependent upon qualifications and experience of selected candidate.

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.