Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Broadband Mapping Coordinator

Associate Research Analyst

Recruitment #210831-6856AR-001

Introduction

Are you an innovative leader who is capable of solving sophisticated problems by connecting data, people, tools and needs? If so, we have a fantastic opportunity for you!

We are seeking a dynamic and collaborative professional to join the State of Connecticut, Office of Policy and Management (OPM) as Broadband Mapping Coordinator (Associate Research Analyst) to develop the data and mapping tools necessary to bridge the digital divide for education, employment, health and wellbeing.


About Us

OPM reports directly to the Governor and provides a variety of information and analysis that is used to formulate public policy for the state. We also assist state agencies and municipalities in implementing the law and public policy on behalf of the people of Connecticut. We prepare the Governor’s budget proposals and implement and coordinate the execution of the enacted budget.

The Role

The Connecticut General Assembly passed Public Act 21-159 during the 2021 legislative session, giving OPM the responsibility to develop and maintain up-to-date broadband maps for Connecticut, showing the availability and adoption of broadband service. The maps, and the related data, will play a critical role in helping to allocate resources, particularly to undeserved areas, and will drive action to end the digital divide and to provide access to broadband for all Connecticut residents. As a recent report on Connecticut’s digital divide reported, “‘disconnected’ individuals concentrate among the poor, minority, and elderly populations,” and the broadband maps will help connect residents, businesses, community anchor institutions and public spaces to broadband service. Working as part of the Data and Policy Analytics unit at OPM, alongside the state’s Chief Data Officer and Geographic Information Officer, you will be directly involved in leveraging the power of data, analytics and collaboration to help solve some of the state’s most challenging problems.

The ideal candidate for this position will be organized, enthusiastic, a problem-solver with a strong work ethic and leadership abilities, able to work with a diverse set of stakeholders to move forward state efforts to improve infrastructure and to provide universal access to broadband throughout Connecticut.

This is a full-time, 40 hour per week position, conveniently located in Hartford, Connecticut.  

We offer a competitive benefits package; excellent health care; generous leave policies; a retirement plan; a deferred compensation program; and more.

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Selection Plan

This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. State employees currently holding the above title or those who have previously attained permanent status in this class may apply for a lateral transfer.  In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening by the close date on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.  Please Note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.

Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account. 

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meet the preferred requirements of the position.  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. 

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) after the posting's closing date.  You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 

Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process. 

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13B (2a) and 13D (2a).

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact the hiring agency's human resources office at: opm.recruitment@ct.gov

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a state agency, this class is accountable for performing the most complex tasks in the development and implementation of research projects.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • Develop approach to design and implement statewide broadband mapping efforts, in collaboration with industry, agency and nonprofit partners;
  • Develop workflows, documentation, policies and procedures for regular broadband data collection and updates;
  • Participate in and represent Connecticut in national, state, and local efforts to improve broadband data quality and monitor changes in federal and regulatory reporting;
  • Coordinate with staff from other state agencies on efforts to improve access to broadband, for education, economic development, health and other purposes;
  • Manage access to broadband data, identify areas for coordination with related efforts to improve open data, interagency data sharing and geospatial (GIS) data;
  • Identify vendors or contracts required for implementation of statewide broadband mapping;
  • Perform technical data processing to aggregate and organize data sets related to broadband access and adoption and to create new related data sets;
  • Develop methods and tools to analyze and evaluate broadband access and adoption data as needed;
  • Prepare material for reports and presentations related to broadband mapping efforts, access to broadband and digital resources;
  • Provide training and outreach on the use of such information, and;
  • Perform other related duties.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of research methods and techniques; considerable knowledge of principles, concepts and methods of statistical analysis; knowledge of agency related policies and procedures as related to research; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; considerable ability to analyze data; ability to develop programs and use prepackaged computer programs to perform data analysis.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Seven (7) 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 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

  • College training or a master's or other advanced degree in a discipline related to data analysis, information technology or geographic information systems;
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, terminology and trends in geographic information systems, spatial data, analysis and related technology;
  • Knowledge of broadband issues, practices, terminology and trends, interest in digital access, digital equity and the digital divide, knowledge of issues preventing access to or adoption of broadband;
  • Experience in project management, particularly in development of new efforts and projects;
  • Experience coordinating the collection, compilation and dissemination of data across multiple constituencies;
  • Experience managing public access to data;
  • Experience working with state, regional and municipal government, industry or business, and economic development professionals;
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills, including demonstrated ability to explain complex, technical subject matter to a diverse set of stakeholders;
  • Experience using tools, including programs such as ArcGIS, for geospatial data collection and analysis;
  • Understanding of enterprise GIS and databases, open data and other ways to manage datasets coming from different sources;
  • Experience with the development of graphics, reports or dashboards to present key findings and information;
  • Experience with policies and procedures for safe, ethical and secure use of data;
  • Experience with data governance and the development and implementation of data standards, guidelines and procedures; and
  • Experience managing, cleaning and analyzing data, especially geospatial data.

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.



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