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 works at the cutting edge of the state issues, works closely with agency leadership throughout the state, and provides deep analysis of the tradeoffs needed to make strong budgetary decisions for the Governor.
OSPB staff are first and foremost 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.
Description of Job
Starting Salary Range: $66,444.04 - $76,608.22
OSPB’s team of Federal Funds Budget Analysts plays a fundamental role within Colorado’s planning and implementation of Colorado’s stimulus funding and investments since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a federal funds analyst, you will support the Chief of Federal Funds with planning and management for implementation of Colorado’s statewide stimulus funding, including funding from multiple federal stimulus packages (i.e. the American Recovery Plan Act, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act) and state-funded stimulus investments. You will work closely with other members of the OSPB analyst and federal funds teams, as well as with the Recovery Officers leading stimulus program implementation within each agency. You will also directly support the Chief of Federal Funds or other OSPB deputies with special projects, requests for analysis, team coordination, and other specific needs as identified by the manager.
Stimulus Funding Analysis and Oversight
Serving as primary analyst for fiscal issues and questions related to implementation of statewide stimulus funds, including federal and state stimulus funds, within a given portfolio of state agencies
Coordinating monthly spending status updates for all state stimulus funds and analysis of spending data, including management of Salesforce platform and Excel spreadsheet databases, and periodic analysis of data to identify trends, concerns, and next steps for successful implementation;
Providing analysis and recommendations for, and monitoring of, legislative proposals to appropriate statewide stimulus funding;
Collaborating with other key Governor’s Office staff on successful implementation and monitoring of stimulus funds, including Recovery Officers, Operations advisors, and Policy advisors; and
Providing direct support to Chief of Federal Funds or other OSPB deputy director by assisting with special projects, requests for analysis, team coordination, and other specific needs as identified by the manager
OSPB Budget Analysis
Developing broad expertise on department budgets, operations, and stimulus funding within assigned portfolio, especially regarding how federal funds investments relate to rest of department operating budget
Reviewing team’s departments’ various budget requests related to stimulus funds and making recommendations in coordination with other team members to the OSPB Director and Deputy Directors, as well as the Governor and Senior Staff
Responding to questions from OSPB’s Director and Deputy Directors, the Governor, Governor's Office leadership, legislators and legislative staff on team’s departmental budgets and operations, particularly in relation to stimulus funding
Ensuring accurate tracking of team’s departments' budget requests and appropriations through the use of existing systems and databases, particularly in relation to federal funding
Make continuous effort to improve operations, streamline processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality customer service
Participate in project teams as required
Participate in conferences and workshops as required
Other duties as requested and required
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
A bachelor’s degree in a related field (business administration, public administration, public policy, accounting, or a related field), or 2-3 years of related work experience in policy, budgeting, or data management and analysis.
Candidates must have demonstrated experience successfully completing quantitative and qualitative analysis projects, including synthesizing complex data and information from a wide variety of sources into easy-to-nativate datasets
Candidates must have strong written and oral communication skills, especially with an ability to express complex ideas clearly and concisely
Candidates must have excellent time management skills and ability to balance competing deadlines and priorities for both independent and team-based projects
You might be the right candidate if:
You can analyze a problem from a variety of perspectives using a wide range of tools
You have experience managing and analyzing medium-to-large scale datasets, particularly in Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets
You can break complex and ambiguous problems into manageable components
You’re good at managing your time and triaging competing demands
You are good at summarizing complex topics for non-expert audiences
You can quickly identify and prioritize the most critical component of an analysis or argument
You enjoy aligning details with big-picture strategies
You value principles of equity and can thoughtfully consider equity impacts and considerations in your analyses and recommendations
Bonus points for:
Graduate degree or 2 years of equivalent experience in economics, business, public policy or administration, political science, or related field
Experience with advanced Excel/Google Sheets analysis
Prior experience with Colorado public budgeting and/or policy work
Apply online at State of Colorado Job Opportunities (filter by department, Office of the Governor). 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.