The State of
Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management's
(OPM) Criminal Justice Policy and Planning
Division seeks to hire a Policy Development Coordinator. This
is an exciting opportunity to perform in-depth analyses of the criminal justice
system and to use research and data to improve the system’s
this position you will lead the division’s research unit, providing research
and evaluation to help implement the administration’s criminal justice
ideal candidate for this position will be organized, motivated, and possess a
strong work ethic, as well as the ability to maintain working relationships
with multiple stakeholders and the capacity to multi-task and adapt and
navigate changing circumstances.
In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee of the Office of Policy and Management, who has permanent state status*, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
*For employees in the classified service, permanent status is obtained after successful completion of a working test period. For employees in the unclassified service, permanent status is obtained after serving in a position for at least six months (full-time or full-time equivalent).
All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13D (2a) and 13F (3a).
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Office of Policy and Management this class is accountable for the cost analysis and research used to develop state government policy for the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management. It coordinates the review, analysis, development and implementation of policy and programs for state agencies, towns and municipalities.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
- Lead the Research, Policy and Evaluation Unit
in the Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division, which includes the
supervision of two staff.
- Provide research and evaluation to help
implement the administration’s criminal justice priorities.
- Produce a variety of monthly, annual, and ad
hoc reports to study and monitor programs within state criminal justice
agencies. Reports include, but are not limited to, the
- tracking prisoner recidivism
- monitoring the efficacy of medication assisted
treatment programs in Connecticut prisons;
- evaluating the utilization of community
- predicting future capacity needs in the
state’s prisons; and
- analyzing data related to the decision-making
- Work internally within the Division to
evaluate and analyze effectiveness of programs funded using federal and state
criminal justice grant dollars and to prepare grant compliance
- Work with state criminal justice agencies to
collect, analyze and organize operational data and investigate new sources of
data that may be necessary to enhance tracking, reporting, assessment and
- Liaise and maintain relationships with
officials and staff at state and federal criminal justice agencies, community
non-profits, victim advocacy groups, academic and external research
organizations, and other stakeholders;
- Act as the director of the Connecticut
Statistical Analysis Center (“SAC”); coordinate with other state SAC directors
and the Justice Research and Statistical Association (JRSA) to stay up to date
on the use of research and analysis to make informed criminal justice policy
and program decisions.
- Prepare and provide presentations on criminal
justice research and data at various forums including Criminal Justice Policy
Advisory Commission (CJPAC), Prison and Jail Overcrowding Committee, and the
- Interpret and implement legislative mandates
relating to criminal justice research, data and reporting.
- Utilize a variety of software packages for
data analysis, including GIS, statistical software, Excel, Access and data
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of public administration including policy development, coordination, cost benefit analysis and implementation; considerable knowledge of state, federal and municipal legislative processes; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to analyze and evaluate policy and programs; ability to coordinate and implement policy development activities and prepare and present effective reports and presentations.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Six (6) years of experience with major responsibility for the review, analysis, coordination and administration of policies and programs in a large governmental, public affairs or business organization.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
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.
A Master's degree in public administration or political science may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
preferred candidate will have the following:
communicating findings from criminal justice data analysis and policy to state
interpreting and implementing statutory and administrative policy;
proposing policy options based on criminal and juvenile justice priorities;
working with policymakers and navigating the legislative process;
explaining complex, technical subject matter to a general audience;
proficiency in Microsoft Office and data management and quantitative data
analysis software, including SPSS, STATA, or R, and experience with data
visualization and geographic information system mapping;
with the design of compelling graphics and reports to present key findings and
of data analysis techniques with an understanding of basic statistical
managing, cleaning, and analyzing large datasets;
working in a fast-paced environment; and
- Experience as a
manager or supervisor of a team.
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.