Research Analyst

Recruitment #231113-6855AR-001


Are you a self-starter? Are you experienced in postsecondary education? 


The State of CTOffice of Higher Education (OHE), has an exciting opportunity Research Analyst position to assist in advancing the promise of postsecondary education for all State of Connecticut residents.




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§  Paid time off including 13 paid holidays per calendar year

§  A culture that encourages work/life balance

§  Professional growth and development opportunities

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§  Full time, 40 hrs. per week

§  Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm 

§  Telework may be offered upon completion of the 6-month initial working test period

§  Location: 450 Columbus Blvd., Downtown Hartford, easily accessible for all 

   commuters, centrally located with easy access from major highways and by public



Connecticut’s Office of Higher Education (OHE) has been awarded a research grant from the US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to examine the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Program (RWSP), Connecticut’s primary state-administered financial aid program.  The project answers the need for evidence at the State level regarding Connecticut's investment in need-based and combined need-merit financial aid as means for increasing college attainment among low-income students at Connecticut's public colleges and universities. 


The analyst in this role will be based at OHE in Hartford and will be expected to work closely with Office of Policy and Management, P20 WIN agencies, and research team at the University Massachusetts Boston (UMB). The individual will be responsible for coordinating access to RWSP data for preparing RWSP data for analysis and answering any questions on data quality from the research team; and will work to develop scripts and codebooks to crosswalk data elements from other agencies to create a uniform data set for research. In addition, the analyst may directly provide some of the descriptive and exploratory analysis for the research project.




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 staff 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 CT Office 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. The Office of Higher Education carries out its mission by assuring that students have access to postsecondary institutions which meet the highest standards of academic quality, by administering the state’s student financial aid programs, and by serving as an information and consumer protection resource.

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.

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: Anthony Lewis,

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;
    • statistics;
  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to
    • analyze data;
    • develop programs and use prepackaged computer programs to perform data analysis;
    • understand agency related policies and procedures as they relate to research.


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


  • 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.
  • A Master's degree in economics, statistics or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
  • Successful completion of a Connecticut Careers Trainee program approved by the Department of Administrative Services may be substituted for the General Experience.



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


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.