Data Analyst - Learning and Development

With technology radically changing the nature of even traditional occupations, and other global issues creating a volatile labor market for today’s graduates, it is more important than ever to ensure that students are well-prepared to navigate a complex career/life landscape after graduation. The Aspire Program Learning and Development Analyst will utilize knowledge gained to understand students’ needs, identify and combat historic forms of privilege and discrimination that have made it harder for some students to achieve their goals, and advocate for more equitable access and opportunity beyond the institution.

You will be joining a team that values diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Our team is committed to creating a diverse environment where everyone is welcome. This is a place where employees are comfortable bringing their authentic whole selves to work. We believe diversity drives innovation.

Although this role is listed as a data analyst, you’ll be doing so much more than analyzing data from existing reports – you will be helping us to build a system that provides data when we need it to inform decision-making about program design and communications.

Aspire’s Learning and Development Analyst will provide strategic support and knowledge through critical data analysis, management of systems and communication within Aspire and throughout Carthage College.

This position is currently designed as a part-time position. It could be eligible for consideration as a full-time position in the near or longer term.

Key Responsibilities:

Data and Analytics (60%)

  • Design and implement effective strategies for identifying, collecting, and reporting student/alumni usage and engagement data; determine how to use existing data sources and develop new channels to collect necessary insights.
  • Contribute to an internal team to develop evidence-based strategies for evaluating students’ achievement of The Aspire Program’s learning goals and developing an online repository for students to manage/track their progress through The Aspire Program.
  • Collect and merge data from multiple technology systems/databases on a regular basis to prepare information for analysis. Use good judgment to validate and clean data for accurate analysis.
  • Administer and design surveys and write questions in tools like Qualtrics to maximize the quality and quantity of responses to produce insightful reports and relevant data visualizations.

Operations & Communication (40%)

  • Establish policies and procedures for the Aspire staff to support consistent, accurate data collection and analysis in order to evaluate students’ completion of learning goals and engagement with the Center.
  • Serve as a system administrator for student data systems, such as Handshake.
  • Contribute to The Aspire Center and College communication teams to assist with developing and delivering key messages, in adherence with College brand and style guidelines.
  • Other duties as assigned or as opportunities emerge.

Required Mindsets:

  • A love of organizing quantitative and qualitative data, seeking answers to tough questions, and communicating results effectively
  • Commitment to improving equity and inclusion, even when it means being uncomfortable
  • Optimistic and team-oriented; able to keep team goals in mind, even when working independently
  • Works well with ambiguity and is able to make decisions without always having all of the information
  • Thinks strategically and is able to prioritize
  • Adaptable and able to handle unforeseen events/requests with ease and cheerfulness


  • Must have experience with data collection, basic statistical analysis, and reporting
  • Ability to use technology required for the role, including Excel, online databases/cloud-based software (SaaS), data analysis/visualization tools, and basic office software products.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills across mediums with attentiveness to detail, tone, audience, etc.
  • Candidate must be able to work with some interruptions and be able to prioritize immediate and longer-term work.

If you enjoy working with any of the following tools, you might be the perfect candidate for this position: Excel, SPSS, Qualtrics, Survey Monkey, Tableau, Salesforce, Slate, SQL, Workday, EAB Navigate, Cognos, Relativity, Handshake, Smartsheet, Raiser’s Edge, Word, PowerPoint, or other tools that enabled you to collect, clean, analyze, and report on quantitative and qualitative data.

Please note: We do not expect ideal candidates to have worked with all of the named systems; these are simply examples of systems that we believe our top candidate may have had the chance to delve into in order to hone the transferable skills that will lead to success in this position. In the role, you’ll use a smaller number of tools and will move fluidly between them to link data collected from different sources into usable information.

Application Process:

Applications should be submitted through the official application portal ; please do not e-mail or mail.

For full consideration, interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume to the Resume Upload section. We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Materials should be addressed to: Ms. Lisa Hinkley, Associate Vice President for Career & Professional Development, Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha, WI 53140.

Any correspondence related to this search should be directed to

About The Aspire Center:

The Aspire Program is a newly developed, comprehensive 4-year career development program that integrates entrepreneurship, creativity, and leadership to prepare students for the careers of today and of the future. The Aspire Center is the hub of activity for The Aspire Program with a scope of work that extends well beyond the work of a traditional career center.

The center consists of a small and growing team doing work that will make a real impact in both on- and off-campus communities. On an average day, we’re as likely to be strategizing about regional workforce development needs as planning a program with on-campus colleagues for first-year students to explore their values and goals. We’re like a start-up housed in an established organization, and we are looking for people who are energized by the trials and triumphs of building a new program. The ideal candidate is someone who is flexible, creative, curious, and collaborative.

The Aspire Program, which fully launched in fall 2019, connects students with career advisors and mentors and is designed to provide all students access to meaningful experiential learning opportunities. Carthage’s location in the Milwaukee to Chicago corridor provides students access to a wide range of experiential learning and post-graduate opportunities, and its unique J-term and off-campus study program provide global access to expand students’ perspectives on the world.

We are active in economic development and talent pipeline initiatives in the region through the Higher Education Regional Alliance (HERA), as well as through other networks and consortiums.

Institutional Information

Founded in 1847, Carthage College combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation, so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential. As a four-year private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, we place a strong emphasis on both moral and intellectual values. Our prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, allows students the opportunity to learn in a professional context. Our beautiful campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students. Our rich academic experience equips students with foundational knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to be lifelong learners and to lead meaningful, productive lives.

Carthage College is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community. We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.

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