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The Associate Research Analyst will work collaboratively as a part of the Institutional Insights team to provide learner, alumni, and faculty research, data, and insights to a wide variety of departments at Capella.  Capella leverages data and research insights to drive strategy for degree programs, online experiences, and other initiatives.  In this position, the Associate Research Analyst will be responsible for supporting institutional surveys, data analysis and reporting, and primary research projects for the Institutional Insights team under general supervision and guidance.
The primary functions will be in (a) ongoing institutional survey design, administration, and analysis, and (b) quantitative and qualitative research analysis and insights across learner, alumni, and faculty data.  Additionally, this position will support the primary research projects in the following areas: secondary research of higher education trends, research designs, methodologies, survey programming, data analytics, and insightful reporting and presentations. 
Secondary, Qualitative, and Quantitative research:
  • Write drafts of questionnaires and analytical reports
  • Administer and collect data for institutional surveys
  • Collect and extract data through various Capella systems, and prepare datasets for research and analytical projects
  • Basic analysis and reporting on a wide variety of survey data, including qualitative responses
  • Provide Qualtrics support to the organization
  • Investigate higher education trends through secondary research
  • Design and implement primary research requests, quantitative and qualitative, under general supervision, working directly with internal customers/stakeholders
  • Support other analysts in research projects



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field with college-level statistical training
  • 1-2 years of professional experience leveraging data to provide insights for an organization
  • Familiarity with survey software, experience with Qualtrics preferred
  • Must be fluent in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Familiarity and basic knowledge of one or two of the industry standard analytical tools, such as SAS, SPSS, or SQL; SAS preferred
Specifications & Miscellaneous
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are required
  • Attention to detail, ability to organization information effectively
  • Creative problem solving, and critical thinking
  • Creative problem solving and critical thinking in an analytical and technology based environment
  • Strong organizational, project management and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work and thrive in a matrixed organization in a fast-paced environment
  • Highly motivated and self-directed team player and problem-solver
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work and coordinate effectively within a team environment


Capella University
Capella Tower
225 S. 6th St., 9th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55402

This is an on-site position located at Capella’s downtown Minneapolis headquarters. It requires the ability to work in downtown Minneapolis and in a high-rise corporate office setting.  Typical of a corporate office setting, Capella’s office space: 

  • is designed with an open work space setting and common fluorescent lighting 
  • includes frequent co-worker interaction and corresponding noise levels 
  • is subject to inside environmental conditions 

Sedentary work: 

  • this role is mainly a sedentary role with frequent sitting and occasional walking and/or standing.   
  • this role involves frequent usage of a telephone, PC and standard monitors.    
  • this role has minimal lifting requirements, may require exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects 

Requires minimal (0–10 percent) business travel: 

  • may occasionally require travel to on-site Capella events such as Commencement or off-site Capella University leadership meetings as requested and based on business needs. All travel must be pre-approved and arrangements made according to Capella’s policies/procedures.


  • the University’s general office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST. Work hours and starting times may vary depending on the job and the business needs. Some positions will have a specified starting time, and may be earlier or later, depending upon business requirements.
  • the normally scheduled workweek for all full-time employees consists of 40-45 hours.
About Capella

Capella University is an online university built on graduate degrees, with more than 35,000 students throughout the U.S. and in other countries. Founded in 1993 to provide advanced educational opportunities for working professionals, Capella has become a national leader in online education, offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. The university's success is built upon a culture that promotes human potential, achievement, innovation, integrity, collaboration, and teamwork. Capella Education Company (CPLA), parent company of Capella University, is publicly traded on the NASDAQ. Capella Education Company was named to the Inc. 500 Hall of Fame for being listed as one of the nation's fastest-growing companies for 7 consecutive years. Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

Higher Learning Commission contact information:, 800.621.7440

Equal Employment Opportunity

Capella is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We seek greater diversity in our faculty and staff to broaden our academic experience and to reflect the diversity within our learner community. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the university and our corporate offices. Our goal is to create academic and business communities that are rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Capella is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disabled and Protected Veteran employer.  Visit the link below to access the EEO is the Law poster.


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