Employment Opportunities

Government Research Analyst

The Government Research Analyst reports directly to the State Auditor and works closely with him and his deputy. The position is responsible for investigating the performance of government programs and operations and writing reports to inform government and the public of the office’s findings. Some issues are of a sensitive, confidential, and/or controversial nature. While the auditor assigns projects, this position requires initiative and independent thinking. 


The Government Research Analyst will be called upon to conduct in-depth policy and economic analyses that employ both qualitative and quantitative techniques. Past examples of such work include: an evaluation of the return that the State receives for leasing 8,500 acres of public land to ski resorts, an overview of executive compensation at the Designated Agencies, and an investigation of noncompetitive bidding practices at five state departments and agencies, and a review of the economic development literature. See the Auditor’s website (Reports – Investigative Reports).


Who we are looking for:

Candidates who have:

Master’s degree in public policy, economics, or a similar field, and at least one year of professional (or commensurate) experience analyzing government issues and presenting findings.


Bachelor’s degree with at least three years of professional experience analyzing and presenting findings of government-related issues.

  • Strong research and analytic skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of state government (helpful but not essential).
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Ideal candidates will have a thirsty and innovative mind and a commitment to transparency and accountability. Useful traits include patience, persistence, and flexibility.

Additional Information

Salary negotiable based on experience (range $60,000 - $70,000), and excellent benefits. This is an exempt position not covered by the collective bargaining agreement and serves at the pleasure of the Auditor of Accounts.

Required Materials

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

  • Writing sample of your recent work

To Apply for this position, email the required materials to Auditor Doug Hoffer at Doug.Hoffer@vermont.gov or apply through the State of Vermont career website at the link below (Please Note: While the State of Vermont career webpage states "Resumes will not be accepted via email", Auditor Hoffer will accept them.  https://careers.vermont.gov/job/Montpelier-Government-Research-Analyst-VT-05601/525402400


Contact Information

132 State Street
Montpelier VT 05633-5101
Phone: 1-802-828-2281
Toll-Free in VT: 1-877-290-1400
Fax: 1-802-828-5599

Email the Auditor's Office
If you do not receive an "acknowledgement of receipt" email, please call the office at the above number.