Research and Policy Specialist

State of Utah

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Do you want to use your policy and research experience to influence Utah’s public policy? If so, please apply for this Research and Policy Specialist position with the Department of Commerce, Division of Professional Licensing (DOPL).

**Training will take place in the office; if eligibility requirements are met, a hybrid (up to four days) telework schedule may be available.

In this position you will report to the Research and Policy Consultant. One of your primary duties in this position will be to assist in determining the appropriate methods to simplify access to professional licensing for qualified foreign applicants, both refugees and others, who are currently working below their skill level in Utah’s economy.

Your duties will include but not be limited to the following:

Assisting in developing a plan for rolling out Utah’s new licensing pathway.
Researching licensing requirements for other countries.
Coordinating with licensing teams to address applications submitted by foreign-credentialed applicants.
Engaging with third-party credential evaluators through an RFI and RFP for services
Collaborating with licensing boards, trade associations, international stakeholders groups, and others to best help qualified foreign applicants.
Gathering data and information (qualitative and quantitative) related to professional licensing matters identified for priority.
Develops or modifies rules, policies, or standards, etc.
Develops and implements procedures in response to agency policy, state and federal laws, etc.
Our model candidate will have:Functional Self-Management skills: Works with minimal supervision, manages own time effectively, maintains control over all current projects/responsibilities. Proactively follows up on all relevant issues.
The ability to understand and in some cases draft recommended changes to rules, policies, statutes, etc.
The ability to speak and present clearly, conveying complex, nuanced research findings important to groups like management, boards, legislators, etc.
Sound general research skills, including qualitative methods
Quantitative data analysis skills (e.g., Excel, Stata, SAS, SPSS, R, ), and a general comfort with using numerical data to draw conclusions.
We may give preferences for applicants with the following:A degree of any level in Public Policy, Public Administration, Law, Business , Management or other related fields.
Prior experience as a management consultant or policy analyst.
Project management experience (work planning, assessing, developing, and tracking).
This Research and Policy Specialist will influence professional licensing public policy in the State of Utah. DOPL’s parent agency, the Utah Department of Commerce, has embarked on a vision to improve professional licensing and support appropriate licensing reform through many valuable initiatives. DOPL is respected for its efforts over many years to improve professional licensing public policy. But in order to respond to changing market conditions and other policy objectives, DOPL needs to be better-equipped to meet the need for licensing research and ongoing policy reform. The Research and Policy Specialist will be an important team members in helping to make this happen. To learn more about our Division, click here.
This position is eligible for a rich benefits package, generous paid time off, and great work-life balance. You can learn more about offered benefits here.

In addition to the Division of Professional Licensing, the Department of Commerce is the licensing and registration agency for Utah’s professional and business community. We provide oversight of business registrations, trademarks, Uniform Commercial Code filings, consumer protection, public utilities, securities, real estate and residential mortgage lending. You can learn more about the agency by visiting the website.

Supplemental Information

Job classification: Program Specialist I (#16036)
DHRM rules apply for promotions/transfers.
Valid driver license required to drive a motor vehicle on a highway in this state per UCA53-3-202(1)(a).
Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.
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