Statistical Analyst

We're seeking a Statistical Analyst with an interest in public health to support our evaluation and research projects.

Background Information

Are you an experienced Statistician or Analyst with an interest in public health? Do you crave variety in your work and opportunities to make an impact? We are seeking a Statistical Analyst to support our evaluation and research projects. You’ll work with a team of analysts, statisticians, and evaluators on projects in tobacco control, chronic disease, and behavioral health. You’ll use your skills in quantitative data analysis, data management, and survey methodology to contribute to high-quality deliverables (e.g. evaluation reports, presentations, peer-reviewed manuscripts). In this position, you’ll spend approximately 75% of your time on program evaluation projects and 25% on research projects. The program evaluation projects typically have less complex statistical needs than the research projects.

This is a full-time position (32 to 40 hours per week) with benefits. We are accepting applications from out-of-state candidates who wish to work remotely, as well as Twin Cities-based candidates who will work in our office in Minneapolis. Remote candidates would be expected to travel to our office a few times per year.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are requiring that all staff are vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions will be made for those who cannot get vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons.

Specific Responsibilities

Data Management

  • Conduct data cleaning and monitoring using SAS/SQL.
  • Evaluate the quality of data from clients/vendors and effectively communicate issues and data limitations.
  • Maintain documentation including codebooks, processes, data anomalies, and coding decisions.
  • Produce annotated results that are easy to interpret and appropriate for the audience.
  • Write methods and results sections of reports and manuscripts.
  • Produce quality data visualizations to support findings (e.g. charts, figures, tables).
  • Present results directly to stats clients (in-person or over the phone) and evaluation teams.


  • Conduct moderately complex quantitative analysis in SAS to support evaluation studies and research projects (e.g. regression modeling, weighted analyses).
  • Write analysis plans and lead analysis for small to moderate-sized evaluation and stats projects with a senior staff consulting and reviewing as needed.
  • Make recommendations for analysis and study design.
  • Research best practices for statistical analysis.
  • Document analysis methods and results, including data visualizations (e.g. charts, figures, tables).
  • Communicate analysis results to a variety of audiences, with varying levels of statistical knowledge.

Project Management

  • Manage and communicate timelines and quality concerns to the project manager.
  • Prioritize tasks within and across multiple projects.
  • Create project estimates and budgets with review from senior staff.
  • Organize and lead meetings with stats clients for small and moderate size studies.


  • Internal: Support internal initiatives and workgroups such as the tobacco workgroup or data viz workgroup.
  • Administration: Check-ins with supervisor, participate in company-wide initiatives, mentor junior analysts.
  • Professional development: Research and report on best practices in statistical analysis or survey methodology.


  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in an analytic field with coursework in statistics
  • 4+ years of relevant work experience
  • Experienced statistical programmer, proficient in SAS, R, or SPSS (the application process will include a short assessment on programming experience)
  • Demonstrated experience planning and conducting statistical analysis (descriptive, regression modeling, etc.)
  • Data management experience
  • Experience interpreting analysis and effectively communicating results
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

About PDA

Founded in 1984, Professional Data Analysts (PDA) is a Certified B Corporation with over 40 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 fostering an inclusive environment where every individual has the resources and opportunities they need to grow, thrive, and succeed. We are dedicated to adding more diverse voices to our growing team and providing professional development opportunities, internships, and recruitment practices that are focused on the BIPOC community.

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 2022

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Our Team

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

Lily Dunk

Lily Dunk

Associate Analyst I

Sara Richter

Sara Richter

Senior Statistician II

Mengting Zhao

Mengting Zhao

Assistant Analyst II

Becky Lien

Becky Lien

Director of Statistics and Research