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We are the people of the Colorado Secretary of State's office. We take a justifiable pride in our work and perform a vital public service. All of our actions are guided by a commitment to customer service, transparency and innovation. We have the culture and the self-understanding necessary to set a new standard in public service.
Position will work for the Administration Division.
The Administration Division at CDOS is responsible for researching and analyzing department strategies for ongoing policy development and department initiatives. The work unit is responsible for diverse, time-sensitive research projects that will assist the department with identifying and proposing legislation for current and future initiatives. The work unit provides legal analysis related to policies in support of Colorado election law, Business and Licensing programs and technology/cyber-security.
Description of Job
This position supervises a unit that provides the department with the ability to effectively research and study information on department initiatives or substantive issues confronting elections, business and licensing, and the political process in Colorado. The position supports the department by providing analysis of proposed legislation and assists with legislative drafting and implementation. The position provides legal analysis to department rulemaking and provides policy analysis on a day-to-day basis. The position serves as a liaison to other Colorado agencies in matters related to the Secretary's policy initiatives. Servers as a substitute for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary for media and public outreach.
Policy Analysis
Conduct and oversee the research process, as well as analyze policy and legislative initiatives considering relevant state and federal law and laws, policies, and practices in other jurisdictions.
Compile, analyze, and report on information from government, research, and scholarly publications and databases.
Oversee the development of comprehensive white papers, presentations, analysis, and other documentation to outline complex problems and proposed solutions.
Rule-Making and Title Board
Oversee the compilation and analysis of draft rules and other legislative presentations.
Identify issues and decide how to best administer post-legislative rules, emergency rules and orders.
Conduct rule-making hearings as designated by Secretary or Deputy Secretary.
Analyze legislation to determine rule-making requirements.
Ensure compliance with rule-making deadlines, statutory deadlines and legal requirements
Legal Analysis
Analyze and interpret state and federal law to assist in the resolution of legal issues and collaborate in the development of general policies and guidance of the department.
Oversee litigation strategies and legal resources of the Attorney General's office, testify in proceedings related to the Department including depositions on behalf of the agency, trials and hearings.
Draft decisions from administrative hearings, analyze records requests, review contract and other legal documents.
Conduct inter-agency negotiations for agreements necessary to further the mission of the office.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Education and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Political Science, or a field of study related to the work assignment AND four years of professional experience, which included:
Conducting legislative and policy analysis to determine impact as well as make recommendations for improvement.
Experience working through the Title Board process.
Experience with research, analysis, and interpretation of election, public policy, rules, and regulations.
Experience with supervision of employees.
At least on year of experience must have included drafting state legislation and white papers.
Document this experience in your application IN DETAIL, as your experience will not be inferred or assumed. Part time experience will be prorated.
Professional experience in employee supervision, policy and/or legislative research analysis or interpretation, Title Board process, election policy and rule analysis which provided the same kind, amount, and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree.
A master or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in the above mentioned field will substitute for the bachelor's degree, but not for the four years of professional experience.
A Juris Doctorate degree will substitute for the bachelor's degree and one year of experience drafting state legislation and white papers.
Preferred Qualifications:
Juris Doctorate
Ability to work with internal and external stakeholders to develop effective working relationships
Strong organization skills
Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines
Required Competencies:
Strong analytical and problem solving skills
Ability to gather research from a variety of sources (internet, library, periodicals, etc.)
Ability to work independently or on a team
Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
Intermediate level Microsoft Office Suite skills (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
This position requires a criminal background check.
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.
Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.
Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at
A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination. Supplemental Information
A Human Resources Specialist will only review the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the online job application to determine whether you meet the qualifications for this position.
Cover letters and resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the official State of Colorado application form.
Cover letters and resumes may be attached to the application as supplemental information.
The minimum qualifications listed in the announcement are not optional.
To move forward in the hiring process, you must document that you meet the minimum qualifications on the online State of Colorado application form.
Do not use "see resume" or "see attached" in the State of Colorado online application.
The comparative analysis process is used to identify candidates that will move forward in the selection process.
The comparative analysis may consist of application reviews, phone screens, structured interviews, and any other method determined to be valuable in identifying the right candidate.
It is very important that you fill out the application completely and give a detailed description of your education and work experience.
Failure to do so may result in rejection of your application during the minimum qualification review or subsequent comparative analysis.
Your application should address the minimum qualifications, substitutions, required competencies, and preferred qualifications.
Ensure that you have included all required attachments, including your transcript, if applicable.
Failure to document your experience completely or excluding information required in the application may result in your application being rejected.
Job posted on 9 March 2018.
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