Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Research Analyst

Recruitment #220427-6855AR-001

Introduction

About Us
At the State of Connecticut, Office of Policy and Management (OPM), we report directly to the Governor and provide information and analysis that the Governor uses 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; implement and monitor the execution of the enacted budget; and oversee the executive branch agencies that report to the Governor.

The Data and Policy Analytics Unit (DAPA) was established to serve as a resource for data analysis and data-related projects at the Office of Policy and Management. The DAPA unit directs and manages activities related to the collection, analysis, sharing, coordination and dissemination of data and is responsible for the development and implementation of the State Data Plan, the Open Data Portal, administration of P20 WIN, the State’s integrated data system and development of the State’s GIS Office for geospatial data. The use of data across agencies facilitates a system-wide perspective and is a critical component of Governor Lamont’s statewide performance and results agenda to implement a data-driven and informed policy agenda in state government that is user-friendly, cost-effective, data-informed, and results-driven.

The Role
This is an exciting opportunity to help executive branch agencies use data to inform state policies and programs. Working as a Research Analyst as part of the Data and Policy Analytics unit at the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), alongside the state’s Chief Data Officer, you will be directly involved in leveraging the power of data and analytics to help solve some of the state’s most challenging problems. The position will work on projects related to the collection, analysis, sharing, coordination and dissemination of data, particularly for the P20 WIN system (Preschool through 20 Workforce Information Network). P20 WIN informs sound policies and practice through the secure sharing of longitudinal data across the participating agencies to ensure that individuals successfully navigate supportive services and educational pathways into the workforce.

The analyst will be based at OPM and will also be expected to work closely with P20 WIN agencies. The analyst will have a lead role in furthering the P20 WIN learning agenda and will work on related projects in health equity metrics, open data, data integration and analytics. The analyst will learn the primary data sources and systems at agencies and will be trained on the privacy, security and confidentiality considerations for state administrative data. 

This is a full time (40 hours per week) position located in Hartford, CT.  

We offer a competitive benefits package, excellent health care, generous leave policies, retirement plan, and more!  We also encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees!

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Selection Plan

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

Please ensure your application is complete prior to submission.  You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.

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, transcripts, diplomas, 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. 

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The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applicants to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. 

Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception.  Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.

Any questions regarding this recruitment may be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office: opm.recruitment@ct.gov.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in research design and implementation.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • Develops and implements analysis and applied research projects, including as part of the P20 WIN learning agenda, and assists in more comprehensive and complex analytical assignments across agencies; 
  • Develops procedures to streamline or automate reporting from agency and public data sources and to prepare administrative data for analysis, including as part of P20 WIN data requests and for monitoring health equity metrics for reports, presentations and dashboards; 
  • Develops familiarity with agency data sources, particularly for early childhood, education, workforce and health and human services agencies and programs, including the ability to design and generate reports and queries from those systems;
  • Prepares narrative and statistical reports; develops computerized databases and analyzes and interprets computer generated reports; 
  • Learns and documents state and agency policies and procedures, including for privacy, security and confidentiality, and ethical and equitable use of data, 
  • Serves as liaison and coordinator for analytics and applied research projects with agency staff and external stakeholders, such as researchers, evaluators, nonprofits and policymakers,
  • Attends regular project meetings with agencies and provides updates, presentations and other materials, as warranted; and
  • Performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of research methods and techniques; knowledge of statistics; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to analyze data; ability to develop programs and use prepackaged computer programs to perform data analysis; ability to understand agency related policies and procedures as they relate to research.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Six (6) years of professional experience in research, data analysis or economics.

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

  • Experience developing and conducting applied research projects, using administrative data, with preferred experience in education, public health, human services or with social determinants of health;
  • Experience in state, municipal or federal government;
  • Experience with longitudinal or integrated data systems, including policies, procedures and processes for data governance and data matching, such as multi-agency data integration, especially for education, public health, and human services data;
  • Experience developing standardized and repeatable procedures to improve data quality, to streamline reporting and to clean and prepare data from agency and public data sources;
  • Experience using tools, such as R, SAS, or Python for data preparation and analysis and tools such as Tableau or DataWrapper for data visualization and dashboard development;
  • Experience with the development of graphics, reports or dashboards to present key findings and information to a diverse set of stakeholders, especially with a focus on health equity or social determinants of health; 
  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods, with an understanding of advanced statistical or econometric concepts, including methods for measuring impact;
  • Experience managing, cleaning, and analyzing large datasets;
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment; and
  • Experience with compliance for policies, procedures and processes for safe, ethical and secure use of data.

Conclusion

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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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