Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Research Analyst Supervisor

Recruitment #180727-6456AR-001

Introduction

The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is a unique state agency in Connecticut that helps families with young children achieve better life outcomes. A new state agency, OEC is called on in its enabling statute to be data-driven, human-centered, and result-focused.  We touch the lives of over 200,000 young children, parents, and caregivers annually through our integrated focus on early care and education programs and safety supports, our home visiting programs, and other critical early childhood services.  By scale of funding, OEC is one of the largest departments of Connecticut state government, deploying and leveraging approximately half a billion dollars each year in service of vulnerable families and communities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Connecticut is a leader in the nation.  Whereas early childhood programming in most states is fragmented across multiple programs which families must navigate, only a handful of states have created agencies dedicated to integrating the supports families with young children require – an only Connecticut’s has clear data-driven mandate.  The majority of brain development occurs in early childhood, setting the stage for the rest of a lifetime.  Experiences that support or impair a child’s development during this time can have significant and long lasting impacts. New parents and caregivers need support to weather the challenges and costs of parenting and caring for young children.  OEC acts on the overwhelming evidence that intervention early in life, is the most promising way to break the cycle of poverty.   Your work here will have an impact on the economic security, health, safety, and resilience of families with young children. You will help make childcare safer, more accessible and of higher quality; you will provide families with the support they need to help prevent child abuse, neglect, and trauma; you will help families gain greater economic stability; you will support families with young children who have developmental delays.  This position will play a critical role in the development of this new agency, showing that a family-centered, data-smart approach to service delivery drives measurable better results for children.  We are looking to significantly expand our ability to use data analytics to help families and programs achieve outcomes.  The person serving in this role will be part of a new team focused on bringing the best research and analytic talent to bear on pressing social issues.  As critical member of the research team, this position will be responsible for helping develop a new way of putting research and data analytics at the heart of policy making - helping the agency transform into a research-driven agency - making smart decisions about how to best support families and programs. Working closely with programmatic, fiscal, and technology staff, this person will help enable smarter policy development, streamlined program enrollment for families, modern performance tracking, predictive-analytics, and other user-centered services and systems. This is an exceptional opportunity for candidates who have research expertise that they want to use to make meaningful social change and help state government be more effective at serving families with young children.  This position is located at 450 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT.  This is a 40-hour a week role.  this position will require traveling to meetings in Connecticut, and traveling to meetings in other states 1-2 times per year.

 * New hires to State service start at the minimum of the salary range.

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Questions about this recruitment and these required documents should be directed to the Office of Early Childhood human resources office:  Ellen Morris at ellen.l.morris@ct.gov  or (860) 713-6670.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a state agency this class is accountable for supervising Research Analysts engaged in developing, implementing and conducting research projects.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work of staff; supervises development and implementation of research projects, analysis and evaluation of data and preparation of narrative and statistical reports; provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; determines priorities and plans research work; establishes and maintains research procedures; develops or makes recommendations on development of research policies and standards; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; prepares special reports and correspondence; speaks before groups of legislators, concerned citizens and other individuals regarding research; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of research methods and techniques; considerable knowledge of principles, concepts and methods of statistical analysis; knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of computer applications for research; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; supervisory ability.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Eight (8) years of professional experience in research, data analysis or economics.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of the General Experience must have been conducting research at the level of Associate Research Analyst.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in economics, statistics or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The candidate will be a creative team player with a can-do attitude and a passion for supporting families with young children and will possess: 

  • strong communication skills.
  • experience assessing programmatic impact on parent and child outcomes. 
  • experience creating data visualizations, statistical analysis and reports.
  • experience translating findings into actionable intelligence for policy making and continuous improvement.
  • experience monitoring for program compliance.
  • experience manipulating large data sets.
  • experience presenting findings to large groups.
  • experience facilitating meetings.
  • experience providing staff training.
  • experience conducting performance evaluations.
  • experience generating professional, technical and non-technical writing.
  • a documented history of supervisory experience that fostered team work including proactive, independent and collaborative problem solving and success working within tight timelines. 
  • considerable knowledge of research methods and techniques.
  • knowledge of Racial Equity Impact Assessment (REIA).
  • knowledge of agency related policies and procedures as related to research. 

Fluency in multiple languages is preferred. 

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.