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Senior Research Associate

Application Procedure:

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All application materials must be received by the Human Resources Department by 11:59pm on the date the position closes.

Job Duties

This position will be responsible for leading and providing Research Unit support for major system initiatives related to equity and student success, including the system’s Equity 2030 predictive modeling and target setting projects. The position will work closely with other Equity 2030 staff and stakeholders, including Chancellor Fellows and senior system and campus leadership and staff. The position will be responsible for:

1. Developing, designing, and testing models of student success and enrollment using advanced statistical methods

2. Engaging with national networks and building a national presence for Minnesota State’s work on predictive modeling, including partnering with national experts and organizations and presenting and sharing the system’s work at regional and national conferences

3. Writing complex queries to create data sets and data marts utilizing system student record data and incorporating, as appropriate, national, state and local data (e.g., National Student Clearinghouse data on student transfer, national and local economic and unemployment data, federal census data and state and national labor market information)

4. Performing other complex analyses to inform the Board of Trustees, system and campus leadership, the legislature and federal and state agencies.

The position will provide analytical expertise to system-wide and interagency committees, teams, taskforces and workgroups regarding appropriate statistical techniques and the federal, state and local data sources that can be used to inform decision making.

Job Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s Degree

Seven (7) years of experience demonstrating the ability to conduct sophisticated and highly complex research and analysis.

Demonstrated experience and expertise in advanced statistical methods appropriate to modeling postsecondary enrollment and student success.

Demonstrated experience and expertise in the use of statistical software (e.g., SPSS, R, etc.)

Demonstrated expertise in querying data from large and complex relational data sets (e.g., using tools such as TOAD, SQL queries, etc.)

Familiarity with federal and state data privacy and data practices requirements

Demonstrated understanding of factors influencing student enrollment and success

Ability to clearly communicate information, orally and in writing, to lay persons and professionals and able to work effectively with leadership at all levels throughout the organization

Demonstrated ability to work independently

Preferred Qualifications:


Ten years of experience demonstrating the ability to conduct sophisticated and highly complex research and analysis.

Degree in statistics, mathematics, economics or related field

Experience working at the national and statewide levels on data reporting and/or policy issues

Experience and expertise in developing and implementing models for student success and/or enrollment management at the postsecondary level

Experience in leading complex research and analysis projects in collaboration with multidisciplinary stakeholder groups

Institution Description

Minnesota State is the largest single provider of higher education in the state. With 37 institutions, including 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities, Minnesota State serves 64 percent of the state’s undergraduate student population.

We employ more than 15,900 dedicated faculty and staff focused on student success. We provide essential training and specialized certification options for business, industry, and professionals throughout Minnesota.


The work location is in the heart of downtown St. Paul, right in the skyway system. Benefits include excellent low cost and low deductible health and dental insurance, retirement package, tuition waiver at Minnesota State institutions (after three years of employment) and flexible working hours.

Application Due Date: 2020-02-04
Job Start Date: 2020-03-02
Salary: $69196 - $102834
City: St. Paul
State/Province/Region: MN
Institution: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Reports To: Senior System Director for Research
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Research

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