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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.