Associate Analyst

Calling all data wranglers! We're looking for a data-savvy person with experience in statistics, research, and public health.

Background Information

Are you data savvy with a background in statistics, research, and public health? This is your opportunity to make a difference while growing your professional skills! Work for an independent consulting company with exceptional benefits, competitive compensation, and a focus on sustainability.

We are seeking a tenacious problem solver with strong analytical skills to work full-time or part-time supporting evaluation and research projects. In this position, you will perform data processing, management, and analysis. You’ll work with a team of analysts, statisticians, and evaluators on projects in tobacco control, chronic disease, and behavioral health. This role offers opportunities to collaborate with a team and grow your analysis skills working independently.

Current undergraduate (3rd or 4th year) and Master’s level graduate students may apply as we will consider a part-time position or internship for the right candidate.

We are currently transitioning back to working in the office while still allowing flexibility and remote work. We’re considering candidates in the Twin Cities area who are able to come into the office at least part of the time.

Specific responsibilities

Data Management (65%) 

  • Clean and prepare data for analysis (SAS) 
  • Process monthly vendor and survey data (SQL/SAS) 
  • Work with project teams to identify and implement data monitoring criteria 
  • Document data processes and data cleaning decisions 

Analysis (15%) 

  • Conduct quantitative analysis in SAS to support evaluation studies and research projects 
  • Document analysis methods and results, including data visualizations 
  • Communicate analysis results to a variety of audiences 

Other projects (20%) 

  • Internal: Support internal initiatives and groups such as the tobacco workgroup, equity workgroup, etc. 
  • Administration: Check-ins with supervisor, participate in company-wide initiatives, etc. 
  • Professional development: Research and report on best practices in statistical analysis 


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an analytic field with coursework in statistics 
  • 1 – 2 years of relevant work experience 
  • Proficient statistical programmer in SAS, R, or SPSS (the application process will include a short assessment on programming experience) 
  • Demonstrated experience conducting statistical tests and regression, including data preparation, analysis, and interpretation 
  • Ability to work independently 


In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, PDA offers fair salaries that align with each individual’s skills and experience. The minimum starting salary for Associate Analyst I is $46,000.

The pay rate for interns varies by experience with a minimum of $15 per hour.

About PDA

Founded in 1984, Professional Data Analysts (PDA) is a Certified B Corporation with over 30 employees whose mission is to create positive social impact by providing tailored data-centric solutions that move public health initiatives forward. We offer a competitive compensation package, including benefits like paid parental leave and disability insurance. We have a flexible work environment and dog-friendly office. PDA also has a strong commitment to improving our community and minimizing our environmental impact. PDA is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse workforce and fostering an inclusive environment where every individual has the resources and opportunities they need to grow, thrive, and succeed.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to Kelly Laurel at Because it’s essential to have a variety of identities and voices contributing to our work, we welcome people of color, LGB+ individuals, people with disabilities, and members of ethnic minorities to apply. In order to promote equity and ensure a fair application process, we’re upfront about what we’re looking for. Check out our application criteria.

Posted date: May 2021

It is the policy of Professional Data Analysts to ensure equal employment opportunity in accordance with all applicable federal regulations and guidelines. Employment discrimination against employees and applicants due to race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age (40 years old or more), military status, or veteran status is illegal. It is the policy of Professional Data Analysts to prohibit employment discrimination under any consideration prohibited under applicable federal, state or local law or any other factor determined to be an unlawful basis for such decisions by federal, state, or local statutes.

Our Team

Our dedicated and talented team is united by our common desire to improve communities.

Sara Richter

Sara Richter

Senior Statistician II

Becky Lien

Becky Lien

Director of Statistics and Research

Sam Friedrichsen

Sam Friedrichsen

Statistician II

Lily Dunk

Lily Dunk

Associate Analyst I