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. OSPB staff work at the cutting edge of state issues, work closely with agency leadership throughout the state, and provide deep analysis of the tradeoffs needed to make strong budgetary recommendations for the Governor.
OSPB staff are dedicated to the development of creative and sound budgetary decisions that allow the Governor and state to achieve the goals within a sound fiscal framework. OSPB staff play critical roles in evaluating budget and policy to provide the fiscal analytical analysis needed for senior staff to understand the tradeoffs of various decisions.
We believe that diverse teams produce better results and encourage people of a variety of backgrounds and qualifications to apply.
Salary Range: $115,000-$142,500 annually, dependent on qualifications
Description of Job
As part of the leadership team, the Deputy Director for Tax and Economic Development advances the mission of the Governor's Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB). OSPB provides the Governor with timely and complete information and recommendations necessary to make sound public policy and budget decisions. Our mission is to foster the responsible use of state resources through effective and efficient planning, budgeting, and evaluation of state programs in a manner that is performance and outcome-focused.
The Deputy Director for Tax and Economic Development will be responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive strategies for economic and fiscal challenges and opportunities. The Deputy Director will lead a team of economists and analysts who develop sophisticated and robust forecasts of the national and state economies, state revenue, and revenue constraints (e.g., TABOR requirements), as well as manage budgets for several state agencies. The Deputy Director plays a key role in the nexus between economic/revenue forecasting and budget strategy for the Governor and OSPB Director. The Deputy Director will also help lead efforts to save people money, identify opportunities for tax reform, achieve responsible budget savings, and work with outside stakeholders in the economics and finance communities.
The position serves as an economic through leader for the Governor and will have significant responsibilities, including the following:
Deliver quarterly revenue forecasts plus interim updates as necessary to inform the budget community about rapidly changing economic conditions.
Deliver budget on-time and within guidance for executive branch departments, including K-12 education, transportation, economic development and international trade, agriculture, and revenue.
Lead the Governor’s Revenue Estimating Advisory Committee
Analyze tax policy proposals.
Advance long range financial planning and statewide fiscal reform.
Collaborate broadly with other units within the Governor’s Office, leaders from Cabinet departments, and the Legislative Branch, including the Legislative Council Staff.
Manage a team of 6-8 OSPB staff of economists and budget analysts.
Education and Experience:
At least 7 years of relevant experience (e.g., economic analysis and forecasting, revenue or tax policy analysis, or other related data analysis).
Minimum 2 years of managing teams with direct reports.
Advanced training in quantitative methods.
Experience delivering complex data analysis for senior-level executives under tight deadlines with superb presentation skills.
Outstanding written and oral communication skills in high pressure environments.
A cover letter and resume must be submitted with the application for consideration. Your cover letter and resume must provide sufficient detail about your background and experience to allow the screening panel to properly assess your experience in the required elements, including your experience and achievements.
The State of Colorado/Office of the Governor offers a generous benefits package including:
Retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan*, plus optional 401(k) and 457 plans - https://www.copera.org/
Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance coverage - including extensive prescription drug coverage (many preventive medications covered at no cost)
Wellness programs - participation can reduce employee premiums
Automatic Short-Term and Optional Long-Term Disability Coverage
Life and AD&D Insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) job protection and State of Colorado Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML)
11 Paid Holidays Annually and Accrued Annual and Sick Leave
Hybrid work arrangements
Variety of discounts on services and products available through the State of Colorado's Work-Life Employment Discount Program
Access to the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP): offers confidential mental health counseling, professional coaching, employee mediation, 24/7 crisis support
Free RTD EcoPass to all eligible State Employees
Training and professional development opportunities, including reduced college tuition through CSU Global
Credit Union of Colorado Membership Eligibility
To learn more about State of Colorado benefits, please visit the state’s benefits portal: https://www.colorado.gov/dhr/benefits.
*For information on mandatory employee salary deferral (in lieu of contribution to Social Security), see COPERA for details: https://www.copera.org/member-contribution-rates
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.
The Office of the Governor is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Staffing Coordinator (the Director of Human Resources) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conditions of Employment
Applicants must pass a thorough background check prior to employment.
Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and may be required to submit to regular serial testing. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their COVID-19 vaccination status with proof of vaccination. Testing, if required, will take place in-person and will be considered paid work time. Note: Currently, “Fully vaccinated” means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, all as defined by the State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. The definition of “fully vaccinated” may be changed and updated to include additional doses and/or manufacturer types of vaccination.