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CO - Senior Budget and Policy Analyst - Tax and Economic Development

  • 1.  CO - Senior Budget and Policy Analyst - Tax and Economic Development

    Posted 10-22-2020 09:09 AM
    Senior Budget and Policy Analyst-Tax and Economic Development
    This announcement is not governed by the selection processes of the classified personnel system. Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado.
    CLASS TITLE: NON-CLASSIFIED
     
    LOCATION: Denver Metro, Colorado
     
    PRIMARY PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS: 200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver CO 80203
     
    SALARY: $5,833.33 - $7,083.33 Monthly

    OPENING DATE: 10/19/20
     
    CLOSING DATE: 11/09/20 11:59 PM
     
    JOB TYPE: Full Time
     

    DEPARTMENT INFORMATION:


    The Governor's Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) advises the Governor on complex budget and policy issues. OSPB manages all aspects of the state's budget and seeks to leverage it to the benefit of all Coloradans. 

    We believe that diverse teams produce better results and encourage people of a variety of backgrounds and qualifications to apply. 

     

    DESCRIPTION OF JOB:

    What you will do: Provide insights on Colorado's economy and how it affects the state's fiscal outlook. Analyze state tax policies and revenue trends and make recommendations to policymakers. Manage the budget of one or more state agencies, identify and advance creative, cost-effective, and evidence-based solutions to public policy problems. Provide rigorous quantitative and qualitative analyses on the major issues facing our state and communicate results and recommendations to policymakers. OSPB analysts are expected to become leading experts on the issues and agencies in their portfolios.

    Specific Responsibilities: 

    Economic Analysis, Revenue Analysis, and Forecasting (60%)

    • Support development of OSPB's quarterly economic and revenue forecasts to inform policymakers and assist in budget preparation and planning
    • Research and report on Colorado's economic and fiscal issues, especially factors influencing state economic performance and revenue collections
    • Respond to questions from OSPB's Director and Deputy Directors, the Governor, Governor's Office leadership, legislators and legislative staff about state revenues and economic conditions 

    Budget Development (30%)

    • Develop broad expertise into assigned departments' budgets, operations, and statutes
    • Review departments' various budget requests and make recommendations to the OSPB Director and Deputy Directors, as well as the Governor and Senior Staff
    • Ensure accurate tracking of assigned departments' budget requests and appropriations through the use of existing systems and spreadsheets
    • Respond to questions from OSPB's Director and Deputy Directors, the Governor, Governor's Office leadership, legislators and legislative staff about departmental budgets and operations

    Tax Policy Analysis (10%)

    • Analyze tax policy proposals and legislation to determine impacts on state revenues
    • Recommend strategies to implement the Governor's tax policy priorities, including partnering with the legislative branch
    • Identify potential issues or concerns in ongoing legislation and recommend solutions
    • Conduct research into assigned issue areas, and prepare briefings as necessary
     
       

      MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS, SUBSTITUTIONS, CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT & APPEAL RIGHTS:

      Required skills:

      • Ability to synthesize complex data and information from a wide variety of sources
      • Exceptional quantitative analysis and reasoning skills
      • Strong written and oral communication skills, especially with an ability to express complex ideas clearly and concisely
      • Excellent time management skills and ability to balance competing deadlines and priorities
      • Strong interpersonal skills - ability to maintain confidentiality and productive working relationships with stakeholders despite varying interests, agendas, and areas of expertise
      • Advanced Excel capabilities

      Required traits:

      • Intellectual humility
      • Open-mindedness 
      • Curiosity
      • Critical thinking
      • Creativity
      • Attention to detail
      • Analytical rigor
      • Interest in both professional and personal growth
      • Sense of humor/fun approach to teamwork 

      You might be the right candidate if:

      • You're a creative thinker and resourceful problem solver
      • You can analyze a problem from a variety of perspectives using a wide range of tools
      • You're motivated by challenges and enjoy solving complex problems
      • You can break complex and ambiguous problems into manageable components
      • You think probabilistically and update your beliefs as you encounter new information
      • You're good at managing your time and triaging competing demands
      • You're a self-motivated, independent learner who can figure things out without much formal training or guidance
      • You can apply economic principles to a wide range of economic and non-economic problems 
      • You are willing to entertain and learn from opposing viewpoints
      • You're able to question and constructively critique arguments and methods 
      • You are good at summarizing complex topics for non-expert audiences
      • You're flexible and able to quickly adapt to changing circumstances and priorities
      • You can quickly identify and prioritize the most critical component of an analysis or argument
      • You are comfortable making recommendations based on limited data while also communicating the limitations of your knowledge and analysis
      • You enjoy aligning details with big-picture strategies

      Bonus points for: 

      • Graduate degree in economics, business, public policy or administration, political science, or related field
      • Experience with Eviews, R, Stata, or other statistical software
      • Understanding of forecasting principles and best practices
      • Prior experience with public budgeting and/or policy
       

      SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:


      Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and references in one document to The Governor's Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) by e-mail at gov_ospb@state.co.us with the subject line "Senior Budget and Policy Analyst" by 11/2/2020.  Due to the large volume of resumes we receive, we do not acknowledge receipt of each resume and are unable to give status updates. If a strong match is found between your qualifications and the requirements of the position, a member of the recruiting staff will contact you to further discuss the career opportunity.

      We offer a generous benefits package including:
      • Annual leave accrued at 13.33 hours per month
      • Sick leave accrued at 6.66 hours a month
      • 10 paid holidays per year
      • Medical and dental plans
      • State paid life insurance policy of $50,000
      • Choice of 2 retirement plans
      • 401K and 457 plans
      • State paid Short Term Disability coverage
      • Additional optional life and disability plans
      • Credit Union Membership
      • RTD pass
      • Training and professional development

      To learn more about State of Colorado benefits visit: https://www.colorado.gov/dhr/benefits.

      ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Michelle Hunter by phone (303) 866-6309 or email michelle.m.hunter@state.co.us at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.
       
       
      HOW TO APPLY: Online applications will not be accepted. Please follow instructions on the job announcement for submitting an application.
       
      IF NOT APPLYING ON-LINE, SUBMIT APPLICATION TO:
      Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and references in one document to The Governor's Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) by e-mail at gov_ospb@state.co.us with the subject line "Senior Budget and Policy Analyst" by 11/9/2020.  Due to the large volume of resumes we receive, we do not acknowledge receipt of each resume and are unable to give status updates. If a strong match is found between your qualifications and the requirements of the position, a member of the recruiting staff will contact you to further discuss the career opportunity.
       
      DEPARTMENT CONTACT INFORMATION:
      gov_ospb@state.co.us
       
      METHODS OF APPOINTMENT: This position is not part of the classified state personnel system.


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      Luke Teater
      Deputy Director, Tax and Economic Development
      Colorado Governor's Office of State Planning & Budgeting
      Denver CO
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