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CO - Senior Budget and Policy Analyst

  • 1.  CO - Senior Budget and Policy Analyst

    Posted 19 days ago
    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. 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: $70,000.06 - $85,000.24 

    This position reports to the Deputy Director for Budget and manages the budget of one or more state agencies. In addition this position will identify and advance creative, cost-effective, and evidence-based solutions to public policy problems. Provide rigorous quantitative and qualitative analyses of the major issues facing our state and communicate results and recommendations to policymakers. OSPB analysts are expected and trained to become leading experts on the issues and agencies in their portfolios.

    Programmatic Duties and Responsibilities

    Budget Analysis

    • Develop broad expertise on 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

    • 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

    • Ensure accurate tracking of assigned departments' budget requests and appropriations through the use of existing systems and databases

    Policy Analysis

    • Recommend strategies to implement the Governor's budget priorities, including partnering with the legislative branch

    • Recommend program or policy changes to improve performance and / or service delivery in assigned areas

    • Track ongoing legislation during the legislative session, identify potential issues or concerns, and recommend solutions

    • Conduct research into assigned issue areas, and prepare briefings as necessary

    • Monitor and provide written summaries of JBC meetings/hearings, and other legislative meetings/hearings

    • Work with the Governor’s Policy team and a diverse group of external stakeholders to develop policy solutions in assigned issue areas

    Department Oversight

    • Counsel assigned department on means of addressing programmatic needs

    • Counsel departments in the drafting of requests for changes in funding

    • Work with departments to assess data and evidence associated with department programs and develop performance objectives and measures

    • Advocate on behalf of the Governor and assigned departments to promote enactment of executive budget requests

    • Manage communications between departments and Joint Budget Committee staff

    • Ensure that objectives and measures comport with Governor's policy objectives

    • Participate in special projects to improve the management of State operations

    Other Duties and Responsibilities

    • 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

    • Multiple years of relevant professional experience with responsibility for complex budget and policy analysis

    • A bachelor's degree in a related field (business administration, public administration, public policy, accounting, or a related field ) and/or 2 - 5 years relatable experience and

    • 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

    • Demonstrated quantitative analysis and reasoning skills

    • Demonstrated experience working on budget analysis and presentations

    Supplemental Information

    To Apply:

    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: 


    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. 

    ADAAA Accommodations

    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 gov_hr@state.co.us.

    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.

    Edmond Toy
    Chief of Staff, Governor's Office of State Planning and Budgeting
    Colorado Governor's Office of State Planning & Budgeting
    Denver CO
    (303) 866-3317