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Job Summary

The following is a job posting for a Survey Specialist Intermediate position at the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center.


For more than 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.  This position is part of the SRO Survey Services Lab (SSL). The SSL is primarily responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, and supporting interviewers who collect data by telephone or mail from the centralized telephone calling center. In addition, the SSL implements mail survey operations, coding, and quality control functions for survey projects. There are between 70 and 130 active telephone interviewers (temporary employees) depending on workload, and approximately 15 regular staff members. The SSL is open seven days a week, until midnight most nights. This position will be required to assist with covering the evening and weekend shifts.


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This position is Ann Arbor based.


Salary range: $45,000 - $60,000 annually (Intermediate), $34,000 - $44,000 annually (Associate), depending on qualifications and experience of selected candidate.


Provide functional supervision to shifts of up to 60 contingent staff members completing surveys and other instruments, including evenings and weekends.  Ensure protocols are being consistently followed by staff through review and monitoring of work products; implement quality control procedures; participate in problem identification and resolution during data collection and processing period.


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.


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 (one or more years for associate level) 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:

  • Intermediate level requires 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.  Associate level requires progressive experience in survey research or a related area.
  • 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 knowledge using critical thinking skills in problem solving. 
  • 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 and/or software (e.g. STATA, SAS, SPSS, R, Excel, etc.) for problem solving and forecasting.
  • Experience supervising staff.
  • Experience training, evaluating, and providing coaching/feedback to employees. 
  • Experience with computer-assisted interviewing (CAI) software. 
  • Experience in manipulation of data sets for simple file creation and presentation in tables. 

Work Schedule

Negotiable – schedule must support shift management needs of a 7-day operations environment. Evening and weekend shifts are required.

Underfill Statement

Position may be filled at either the intermediate level or associate level based on candidate qualifications.

Additional Information

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.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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