Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Associate Research Analyst

Hybrid

Recruitment #220629-6856AR-001

Introduction


Are you looking for an opportunity to be at the forefront of developing and implementing research projects? If so, we invite you to read more!

The State of Connecticut, Dept. of Labor (DOL), is looking for one qualified candidate to be an Associate Research Analyst within the Office of Research. This is a full-time, 40-hour per week role, with a Monday - Friday schedule. 
  • This position is durational with an end date of 2/29/2024 with a possibility of an extension
The Office of Research is Connecticut’s leading producer of information and statistics on the economy, workforce, occupations, and careers. The Office prepares a variety of print and electronic resources for assessing the state’s needs for skilled workers, assisting in economic development initiatives, aiding in the program planning of education and training providers, and guiding the career choices of job seekers and students. 

In this role, we would entrust you to manage data integration activities for the ‘Preschool through 20 Workforce Information Network’ (P20 WIN), the state longitudinal data system. P20 WIN informs sound policies and practices 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. Additionally, you would:
  • Work on projects related to the transmission, storage, matching, analysis, and dissemination of data, particularly for P20 WIN
  • Be based at DOL, and will work collaboratively with other P20 WIN agencies
  • Have a lead role in furthering the P20 WIN research agenda and may work on additional related projects
  • Learn the primary data sources and systems at agencies and will be trained on the privacy, security, and confidentiality considerations for state administrative data
  • Receive, match, analyze and report data and results from P20 WIN agencies
As a state employee, you will be open to a terrific work life balance and competitive benefits package. This includes; excellent health care, generous leave policies, a retirement plan, a deferred compensation program, and more.

We hope you take this opportunity to join our team and make an impact by serving your state! 

Selection Plan

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify their qualifications on their application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 

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 note you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system. 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 for future vacancies in this job class. 

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

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, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. If selected for further consideration, State employees may be required to provide last 2 service ratings last 2 attendance records. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.  

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). 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. 

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.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Ethan Ives at Ethan.Ives@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

Duties include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Conduct data matches using data matching software and/or methods approved by the P20 WIN Data Governing Board
  • Document matching methods and procedures, and produce documentation and analysis of matching accuracy, including development of scripts or procedures to improve success and repeatability of matching over time
  • Analyze the results of the matching and provide a report of the results
  • Implement and maintain a security program for P20 WIN, including to ensure encryption of data at rest (storage) and in motion (transmittal) and procedures to notify agencies when a breach or suspected breach has occurred
  • Develop policies and processes for secure transmission, matching and storage of confidential information from other agencies for P20 WIN requests, including steps to improve data quality, and to increase standardization of data elements across agencies
  • Maintain secure software and hardware to support data matching and transmission for P20 WIN so that data requests can be fulfilled with optimum speed, privacy, security and accuracy
  • Ensure compliance with the provisions of the applicable federal and state data security, confidentiality and privacy requirements, including for transmission and storage of data for P20 WIN requests, and as needed, destruction of protected or confidential data
  • Coordinate inspection and audit of data confidentiality, privacy or security protocols, practices, and policies to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws
  • Coordinate review of data governance materials, metadata and data sharing agreements with OPM
  • Other duties as required
  • Additional information can be found here

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

Preference will be given to those who possess the following: 
  • Experience developing and conducting applied research projects, using administrative data, with preferred experience in education, workforce development or health and human services
  • 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, workforce development and health and human services data
  • Experience in state, municipal or federal government
  • 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 with compliance for policies, procedures and processes for safe, ethical and secure use of data
  • Experience using tools for data preparation and analysis, such as R, SAS, or Python
  • Experience using methods for transmission of confidential data, such as Virtual Private Network (VPN) or Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) connectivity
  • Experience managing, cleaning, and analyzing large datasets
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment

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.