The State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is responsible for strengthening the state's competitive position in all areas of economic development, community development, tourism and culture.
On June 22, 2021, Governor Ned Lamont signed legislation that legalized and regulates the adult use of cannabis in Connecticut. The legislation made comprehensive change to create a novel and substantial regulatory and economic development apparatus within government to operationalize the equitable and responsible legalization of adult-use cannabis.
The position will serve the newly formed Social Equity Council (SEC). The SEC is responsible for overseeing the verification of social equity applicants, as defined in law, creating new programs to support both cannabis businesses, businesses in other industries, and managing the more general community investments derived from cannabis tax revenue. The SEC is led by an Executive Director and is overseen by a council comprising appointees by the legislature, Governor, and other elected officials.
Location: 450 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT. For administrative purposes the SEC is located at the DECD.
Hours: 40 hour per week | Monday-Friday, however, must be flexible in order to meet the needs of the agency.
The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. Ensure that your application is complete before submitting it. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13F
(3a) and 13G
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.
Note: 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) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.
Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. The immediate vacancy is listed above, however applications to this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies in this job classification.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state agency this class is accountable for managing the development and implementation of various programs in one or more of the following areas: legislation, regulations and/or agency communications/educational activities.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
- Work effectively with stakeholders both internal and external to the Council / department (e.g., press, legislature, public, advocacy groups, non-governmental organizations).
- Promote a collaborative working relationship with entities at the local, state, and federal level, including the state legislature.
- Monitor and research legislative and government activity; draft memorandums, presentations, and/or reports on such activity; track and research policy trends both state- and nationwide; evaluate their impact, and craft proposed responses. Circulate regular reports to Council, Council staff, and other relevant agencies.
- Draft legislative proposals and recommendations, working collaboratively with legal and other staff.
- Draft external talking points. May represent the Council externally, to the media and/or the state legislature.
- Develop and manage public-facing messaging (e.g., press releases, webpages, postings, electronic correspondence).
- Additional duties can be found here.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of legislative process; knowledge of communications methods and techniques of public information and training; considerable interpersonal skills, considerable oral and written communication skills, considerable ability to read and interpret legislation, regulations proposals and reports.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Nine (9) years of professional experience in communications, public relations, marketing, in-service training or adult education and/or coordinating legislative activities including the preparation, analysis and research of legislation.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling 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 communications, political science, public administration or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. A law degree from an accredited school may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
- Experience with the Connecticut legislative process
- Experience in legislative research
- Experience drafting legislative proposals
- Experience working with boards, commissions or councils
- Experience in project management
- Experience working with the media
- Experience preparing briefings and talking points
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.