Manager Of Research And Planning

Recruitment #240404-5801MP-001


The State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management (OPM) is currently accepting applications for a Manager of Research and Planning in the Data and Policy Analytics Division (DAPA).   

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This is a full time (40 hours per week) position conveniently located in Hartford, CT, easily accessible to all major highways. 
  • LOCATION: OPM, Data and Policy Analytics Division
  • ADDRESS: 450 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT
  • WORK HOURS: Full-time, first shift, 40 hours per week
  • SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday

Selection Plan

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To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee at the agency listed above, who has worked for the state for at least six (6) months of full-time service or full-time equivalent service, absent any applicable collective bargaining language, and 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.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
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  • 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, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. 
  • 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 directing the staff and operations of the Research and/or Planning Division.


  • Directs staff and operations of Evaluation and Impact unit; 
  • Coordinates, plans and manages evaluation and impact activities, including but not limited to:
      • Ensuring evaluation of investments through ARPA and other federal grant programs; 
      • Coordinating with recipients of funds to identify interim results from ongoing evaluations;
      • Ensuring consistent public reporting of evaluation efforts through existing state tools;
      • Developing and implementing evaluation policies and practices with state agencies, including learning agendas, evaluation plans and evaluation principles;
      • Developing research collaborative for extending agency research capacity; 
      • Coordinating with OPM divisions, state agencies, subrecipients and applied researchers or evaluators;
  • Maintains outreach to agencies to identify evaluation plans and related needs;
  • Develops plans, materials and resources for capacity-building for agencies and subrecipients related to evaluation and evidence-building;
      • Formulate goals and objectives for agency capacity-building for data and analytics;
      • Directs development of content and materials for training and capacity-building activities; 
      • Develops calendar, budget and outreach plans for training and capacity-building activities; 
  • Prepares comprehensive reports and policy briefs to summarize evaluation and research activities;
      • Assist in preparation of biennial State Data Plan and related documents; 
      • Assist Budget Division in development of annual Recovery Plan Performance Report (RPPR) for State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF);
      • Develops tools to provide transparency on evaluation and evidence-building activities; 
  • Assists Chief Data Officer in developing division budget; 
  • Coordinates with state and national resources to effectively implement evaluation and research activities to inform policy and practice; 
  • Leads the recruitment and hiring of research staff, including outreach, interview and selection; and 
  • Directs development and maintenance of performance measures and standards for all functional units.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • and ability to apply management principles and practices; 
    • relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; 
    • relevant agency policies, procedures and/or operations; 
    • methods of research design, statistical analysis and database management; 
    • principles and practices of business and public administration including organization and administration, planning and budgeting, management systems research and development, information systems and policy development; 
  • Considerable ability to
    • interpret legislation and determine its impact on agency operations and/or the State; 
    • analyze organizational problems, design and conduct studies and determine effective solutions; 
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communications skills.


Nine (9) years of professional experience in management analysis, systems analysis, planning, research or a related field.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a supervisory capacity.


  • 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 research, statistics, economics or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • Experience developing and managing applied research plans and goals, and managing applied research projects, using administrative data;
  • Experience in state, municipal or federal government;
  • Experience with federal and state reporting and interpreting state and federal policies and regulations; 
  • Experience with management, development, recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection, and development of performance measures and goals; 
  • Experience working with applied researchers and evaluators, to develop analysis plans and related dissemination materials; 
  • Experience developing standardized and repeatable procedures to improve analytics and evaluation activities and reporting;
  • Experience managing and coordinating training and capacity building activities and related supporting resources; 
  • Experience with tools for data storytelling and the development of graphics, reports or dashboards to present key findings and information to a diverse set of stakeholders; 
  • Experience  with quantitative and qualitative research methods, with an understanding of statistical or econometric concepts, including methods for measuring impact;
  • Experience with tools, such as R or Python for data preparation and analysis, and tools such as Tableau or DataWrapper for data visualization and dashboard development;
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment; and
  • Experience with compliance for policies, procedures and processes for safe, ethical and secure use of data.



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