Research Analyst

Recruitment #220727-6855AR-001


In the early 1980s, the Board of Governors for Higher Education became concerned about the lack of racial and ethnic diversity among the student bodies and professional staffs of the state’s public colleges and universities.  Following a study of relevant demographics, the Board developed its Strategic Plan to Ensure Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Connecticut Public Higher Education as a statement of organizational policy.   In March of 1983, the state legislature incorporated the goals of the Strategic Plan within the state’s general statutes {C.G.S. Section 10a-11}.  The Plan’s goals included a desire that students who enroll and graduate from each of the public institutions of higher education are representative of the racial and ethnic diversity of the total population of the state. The State of CTOffice of Higher Education (OHE), seeks to advance the promise of postsecondary education for all state residents, and to advocate on behalf of students, taxpayers, and the postsecondary schools and colleges which fall under its purview. 

We are recruiting for a full time Research Analyst, for the Minority Advancement Program, to perform the following duties: 

  • Develops procedures to streamline or automate reporting from institutions and public data sources and to prepare administrative data for analysis, reports, presentations and dashboards; 
  • Design and collect survey instruments to be used with higher education institutions; 
  • Provide strategic oversight of multi-campus, large scale initiatives;
  • Prepares narrative and statistical reports detailing the academic development of institutions of higher education assisting students with basic college requirements, and to motivating students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education;
  • Develop a strategic plan that ensures students, faculty, administrators and staff at each institution of higher education are representative of the racial diversity of the total population of the state;
  • Evaluate the strategic plan for effectiveness and process improvement;
  • Report annually to the legislature on the changes in enrollment and employment at the state’s institutions of public higher education;
  • Attends regular project-specific meetings and provides updates, presentations and other materials, as warranted.

The individual in this position will work a Monday - Friday schedule of 8:00am - 4:30pm.  The work location is 450 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT 06106 and teleworking may be offered upon completion of the 6 month initial working test period.

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 that your application is complete prior to submitting.  

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, a resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. State employees currently holding the above title or those who have previously attained permanent status in this class may apply for a lateral transfer.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQ’s) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. Please regularly check your email for notifications, including your SPAM/JUNK folders. You must reply by the deadline indicated on the notification or you will be automatically disqualified from consideration.

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements and preferred qualifications of the position.

Questions about these required documents or any other phase of this recruitment should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office: Erica Blackmon,

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


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


Develops and implements formal research projects and assists in these activities on more comprehensive and complex research assignments; analyzes, interprets and prepares data in a variety of ways; prepares narrative and statistical reports; develops computerized databases and analyzes and interprets computer generated reports; performs related duties as required.


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.


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


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.


Our ideal candidate will possess the following:
  • Experience with statistical measures with the ability to use statistical analysis software to analyze data, and produce publication-ready tables, figures, reports.
  • Experience with effective preparation of presentations, memos, reports, and work products in other mediums.
  • Experience with the development of continuous databases to support the research agenda of a higher education system.
  • Experience with risk assessment, program management and evaluation.
  • Experience working with college student retention and success services and programs.
  • Experience with communicating research findings with diverse audiences, internal and external to government.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.