Grant Administration Lead Planning Analyst

(Lead Planning Analyst)

Recruitment #221121-0007AR-001


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 Role
This is an exciting opportunity to work as a Grant Administration Lead Planning Analyst (Lead Planning Analyst) within the Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division (CJPPD).  In this role, you will be responsible for administering federal grants that OPM receives, focusing on areas of criminal justice. In addition, you will create new funding opportunities and lead new initiatives addressing criminal justice issues from development through implementation.

The ideal candidate for this position will possess grant administration experience, be organized, have good communication skills, demonstrate a strong work ethic, as well as maintain working relationships with multiple criminal justice stakeholders and have the capacity to multi-task and adapt to changing circumstances. 

This is a forty hour per week position, conveniently located in Hartford, CT, easily accessible to all major highways. 

As a State employee you will enjoy: 
  • Flexible work hours and telecommuting arrangements.
  • Outstanding medical and dental benefits supporting your health and wellness.
  • The ability to begin planning for your future with excellent retirement plans and defined contribution plans.
  • Paid time off including vacation, sick time, and thirteen holidays.
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Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
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  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
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In a state agency, this class is accountable for acting as a working supervisor for Planning Analysts engaged in planning, monitoring and evaluating programs.

DEPARTMENTS OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES: This class may be used as a network planner accountable for programs and plans within a specific geographical region.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, OFFICE OF POLICY AND MANAGEMENT: This class may be used as the primary planner accountable for a large statewide planning effort coordinating work activities of state, regional or municipal agencies and resolving interagency policy issues.


  • Plan and develop interagency initiatives to demonstrate new policy objectives and strategies with a specialized focus on state crisis intervention programs.
  • Draft statewide implementation plans involving multiple state and local criminal justice agencies.
  • Plan and coordinate forums, hearings and events to allow for public participation in developing statewide priorities and plans. 
  • Lead efforts to enhance and create new subgrantee reporting requirements and monitoring tools to improve data-driven and evidence-based funding decisions.
  • Analyze current services, fiscal data and performance measures to identify the most effective and efficient use of federal funds. 
  • Pursue federal discretionary grant opportunities to generate resources for developing and assessing innovative policies, practices, and procedures within the statewide criminal justice system.
  • Serve as the lead contact for the division to the US DOJ for the Safer Communities grant, monitor compliance with federal mandates and prepare the required reports for submission to federal agencies. 
  • Develop statewide policies, practices, and procedures to support compliance with federal legislation, including the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
  • Monitor and maintain oversight of federally funded programs operated by various state agencies, local governments and private providers.
  • Lead working groups involving agency staff to examine policies and procedures and make necessary course corrections.
  • Create a new grant announcement and develop an application and review process for the Safer Communities grant that adheres to the federal requirements and guidelines.
  • Present information about the Safer Communities grant, Byrne JAG grant and the VAWA programs at forums, including the Criminal Justice Policy Advisory Committee and its subcommittees.
  • Assist with creating awareness of the grant opportunities among relevant criminal justice stakeholders.


Considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of state and regional planning and techniques; knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to analyze policy; ability to interpret and evaluate research data; ability to utilize computer software; some supervisory ability.


Seven (7) years of experience in planning including developing written long term plans broad in scope and having impact on a number of operations.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in planning at the level of Planning Analyst.

Note: Planning is defined as collecting and analyzing technical data (social, environmental, economic, governmental), determining problems and concerns and developing long term plans accordingly. These are formal, written plans, i.e. statements of goals and objectives, recommended alternatives for action and policies and programs to achieve the goals and objectives. Generally, these plans will impact statewide activities or a large scale corporation which has branch or satellite facilities. Candidates must perform these types of planning duties the majority of time and the planning function must be the major thrust of the job.


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 planning, public administration or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • Experience in criminal justice or public policy;
  • Experience leading the planning and development of new programs, policies and initiatives;
  • Experience administering and monitoring state or federal grants;
  • Experience working with state and federal criminal justice agencies 
  • Experience communicating findings from criminal justice data analysis and policy to state policymakers;
  • Experience interpreting and implementing statutory and administrative policy;
  • Experience working with the policymakers and navigating the legislative process; and
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and other Microsoft Office products.
  • Conclusion


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