Data Scientist

Recruitment #240321-1947AR-001


The State of Connecticut, Secretary of the State (SOTS) is currently seeking a dynamic, detail-oriented individual to contribute their experience to a critical position within the Legislative and Election Administration division as a Data Scientist. Join our team and embark on a rewarding career that offers growth, superlative benefits, and a culture that encourages work/life balance.

Public Act 23-204 codified into state law several aspects of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), which bans discrimination in voting and elections and establishes a mechanism to require certain jurisdictions to seek preapproval before changing their election laws. The new law – the Connecticut VRA – requires the Secretary of the State to establish a statewide information database to help the public, the state, and any municipality (1) evaluate whether, and to what extent, current election laws and practices meet the law’s requirements; (2) implement best practices in election administration to further the law’s purposes; and (3) investigate potential infringements of voting rights.

Pursuant to Public Act 23-204, Sec. 412 (b), the successful applicant must "possess an advanced degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent experience, and have expertise in demography, statistical analysis, and electoral systems."

The Legislation and Election Administration Division (LEAD) administers, interprets, and implements all state and federal laws pertaining to elections, primaries, nominating procedures, and the acquisition and exercise of voting rights. The Division encourages and monitors the implementation of the National Voter Registration Act and other voter registration efforts in Connecticut. In addition, the division is the official keeper of all acts, orders, grants and resolutions of the General Assembly, receives and maintains legislation, regulations and a wide range of other public documents as required by statute, and administers Connecticut’s notary public program.

  • Work for a Forbes top company - ‘Forbes’:  State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023
  • Comprehensive health and dental insurance, providing you with peace of mind and access to quality healthcare
  • Robust pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings to secure your financial future
  • Generous paid time off, including vacation days, sick leave, personal days, and 13 holidays per calendar year
  • We are an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, which means you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service.
  • A culture that recognizes the importance of work/life balance and offers alternate work schedules and telecommuting options
  • Opportunities to invest in your professional growth and development with training programs, tuition reimbursement, and opportunities for advancement within the State of Connecticut
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  • Full-Time, 40 hours per week
  • Monday through Friday
  • Location: Hartford, CT
  • Hybrid (office/telework) may be available
  • You possess strong technical database expertise and attention to detail necessary to stand up and maintain statewide databases.
  • You value providing prompt quality service and improving access to information.
  • You have a passion for promoting participation in the democratic process by providing a wide range of services for the people and businesses of Connecticut. 
  • You want to do work that matters and want to build a better Connecticut with the Office of the Secretary of the State.
  • Coordinate with the UConn VoTeR Center and other CT state and local agencies to compile information necessary for a new statewide information database established under the Connecticut Voting Rights Act (VRA);
  • Review, validate, and maintain accurate and relevant data in compliance with the Connecticut VRA;
  • Create and maintain a list of towns subject to preclearance and language translation provisions;
  • Identify and investigate voting charges that negatively impact protected classes;
  • Evaluate current laws and practices related to elections and revise to align with the VRA; 
  • Provide technical assistance to Office of the Secretary of the State staff and the public in using the tools of statewide databases;
  • Create and routinely audit periodic reports from statewide databases;
  • Oversee the administration of the Centralized Voter Registration System (CVRS) and Election Management System (EMS);
  • Contribute to efforts to transition to a new combined CVRS/EMS system and oversee its administration.
Through the dedication of knowledgeable staff and advanced technology, the Office of the Secretary of the State works as a team to provide a wide range of services for the people and businesses of Connecticut. We are a repository of records for the State and provide important information and resources regarding business and commercial filings, elections, and authentication as prescribed by the constitution, and federal and state laws. We seek to bolster business development opportunities, and foster a more inclusive political process by educating, informing and engaging communities in youth and civic preparation.

Selection Plan

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In a state agency this class is accountable for directing and conducting the most complex and specialized research investigations/evaluations, statistical analysis and/or data driven studies/projects.


Applies statistical and research principles and techniques to a wide variety of issues and projects; develops research designs and statistically sound protocols and works with staff to carry out specific research studies; develops statistical and computerized models for analyzing data and interprets results to support business and client needs and facilitate informed recommendations and decisions; performs complex statistical analyses such as predictive modeling, forecasting, multiple regression, trend analysis, log linear analysis, factor analysis, and multi-variate analysis; uses parametric and non-parametric statistics; selects, designs, organizes and works out statistical techniques and research designs most suitable for the project/study at hand; evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of various statistical techniques and research designs, selecting those which achieve the most valid results; conducts in-depth literature searches and writes scientific papers; instructs staff in research and statistical techniques, methods, and use of statistical analysis software; oversees the production of research proposals, development and maintenance of databases, and interpretation, and writing of research and statistical reports for various intra and extra departmental audiences; may assist in the planning, design, selection, and evaluation of technologies related to data retrieval and analysis; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of methods of research design, statistical analysis and database management; considerable knowledge of management systems research and development related to social and economic trends; considerable knowledge of relevant State and Federal statutes, regulations and guidelines; knowledge of data processing computer programming for statistical analysis; knowledge of data retrieval and analysis methods; considerable written and oral communication skills; considerable interpersonal skills; ability to conduct longitudinal investigations/research, including interviewing and performing trend analyses and outcome effectiveness studies; ability to analyze and evaluate data using multiple regression, log linear analyses, factor analyses and multi-variate analyses; ability to use statistical packages and/or various data modeling platforms; ability to design and conduct studies and determine effective solutions; ability to write technical reports; some supervisory ability.


A Master’s degree in biostatistics, epidemiology, public health, psychology, statistics or a closely related area with significant coursework in research methodology and statistics and one (1) year of professional experience with significant involvement in research and statistical analysis.


The preferred requirements listed here are required by Section 412 (b) of Public Act 23-204.

  • Advanced degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in demography, statistical analysis, and electoral systems.



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