Albuquerque Business First
By Sal Christ, Reporter
PUBLISHED: Feb 4, 2016

NORC at the University of Chicago, the research organization that is expanding into Albuquerque, says it wants to hire 200 people in the immediate future, but hopes to ultimately recruit 400 people in the area.

According to Eric Young, senior external affairs manager, the organization plans to hire for roles that include management, supervisory positions and telephone interviewers and will open the doors of its local research center toward the end of the month.

“As a growing organization, we have reached a point at which we have a need to expand part of our survey research operations beyond the traditional Chicago location. Operating in Albuquerque will give us the flexibility we need to operate effectively across time zones and during a longer period of time each day,” he said. “We have just begun the process of training our first large intake of supervisory and management staff. We will begin hiring interviewers later this month.”

The telephone survey positions are expected to remain part-time with afternoon and evening working hours. While current job postings for the Albuquerque locations state that wages for the positions start at $10.50 an hour, Young said that the nonprofit is “still finalizing wages and benefits details for the interviewer position.” As a result, Albuquerque workers could see higher wages than originally expected.

NORC’s new research center will operate out of a 15,000-square-foot space at Copper Pointe, a mixed-use facility near Eubank Boulevard and Interstate 40 at 10500 Copper Ave. NE. The terms of the organization’s lease of the space were not disclosed.

As Business First previously reported, Albuquerque Economic Development helped retain NORC as a new company in Albuquerque last year. According to Gary Tonjes, president of AED, the deal was the work of a number of organizations last year.

“NORC is a nice addition to the Albuquerque metro area. They are a highly regarded organization, and will offer a variety of jobs to those looking for full-time or part-time work. Our thanks go to Paul Cook of Sperry Van Ness and Jami Grindatto of Sandoval Economic Alliance for their work leading this project,” he said.

The addition of hundreds of jobs to the local market is a positive, in light of Sprint’s scheduled exit from Rio Rancho this week — a move that is taking 400 local jobs with it.

Headquartered in Chicago, NORC has offices in several major cities including San Francisco and Atlanta and is the latest out-of-state employer to expand into New Mexico. National American University announced it would hire up to 300 people in Albuquerque last November and Atlanta-based Rural Sourcing Inc. said in September that it would hire 125 local people for a new software development center in the area.

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