Colorado State Legislative Liaison (Non Classified) in Denver, Colorado

Legislative Liaison (Non Classified)



Legislative Liaison (Non Classified)


Depends on Qualifications


Denver, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IHA 70011 8/7/18


8/22/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information


About Us

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer:

  • Employee wellness programs

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short and long-term disability coverage

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training opportunities, and more

Our Culture & Environment...

Our vision is that the people of Colorado will be safe, healthy, and prepared to achieve their greatest aspirations. Through our core values listed below, CDHS staff are committed to:

  • Making decisions with, and acting in the best interests of the people we serve, because Colorado's success depends on their well-being

  • Sharing information, seeking input, and explaining our actions because we value accountability and transparency

  • Managing our resources efficiently because we value stewardship

  • Promoting a positive work environment, and supporting and developing employees, because their performance is essential to Colorado's success

  • Meaningfully engaging our partners and the people we serve because we must work together to achieve the best outcomes

  • Committing to continuous learning because Coloradans deserve effective solutions today and forward-looking innovation for tomorrow

The Office of Strategic Communications & Legislative Relations provides support to the Department of Human Services (CDHS) concerning boards and commissions, communications and legislative affairs. This work unit exists to provide a distinctive legislative and policy management program for the Department of Human Services. It assists with the establishment and maintenance of lines of communications, understanding, acceptance, and cooperation between the department, elected officials, and constituents. This unit is also responsible for keeping the Executive Director, the Deputy Executive Directors and the Executive Management Team informed of concerns or issues related to policy and public opinion; to serve as an early warning system to anticipate trends.

Description of Job

What You'll be Doing

As the Manager of CDHS' Legislative Unit, this position, in coordination with the Executive Director, Deputy Executive Directors and Executive Management Team, develops the Department's legislative agenda. This position develops and recommends the Department's legislative strategies by assuring alignment with the initiatives of the Governor's Office and approval from the Department's executive team. In this position, you will analyze proposed legislation by other state departments, agencies, and stakeholder groups, and identify potential impacts to CDHS programs. When necessary, you will determine the approach to, and scripting for testimony (e.g., who, when). In this role, you will also seek and secure legislative sponsors for proposals; and negotiate with constituents, stakeholder groups, agencies, state departments and legislators to ensure that statutory changes accurately reflect efficient administrative capability. In the process, you will prepare materials and provide testimony at hearings, as required, which also includes lobbying of the Department's budget with the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) and reviewing and approving the submission of fiscal notes. As appropriate, you will keep Department management appraised of changes in State and Federal legislation, and develop and implement the Department's efforts to influence public policy through legislation. This position will coordinate with the Legislative Analyst, and manage relations with contract lobbyists.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Political Science, Public Policy, Pre-Law, Communications, or a field of study related to the work assignment; AND

  • At least five (5) years of recent professional public sector or community-based experience working with public policy analysis and implementation, and development and review of legislation. Experience must have included:

  • At least three (3) years at a director or senior management level, AND

  • At least three (3) years in a lobbyist, advocacy, or liaison capacity with the Colorado General Assembly or other State General Assembly


Professional experience in the areas noted above 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 graduate degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Political Science, Public Policy, Pre-Law, Communications, or a field of study related to the work assignment may be substituted for the Bachelor's degree and one (1) year of general public policy experience. Applicants using education as a substitution MUST supply unofficial transcripts before the application deadline to the Human Resources office; applications requesting this substitution without transcripts will NOT be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

The following supplemental experience, competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:

  • Graduate degree in Public Administration or related is strongly preferred

  • Proven expertise in the legislative and public policy process

  • Demonstrated ability to establish collaborative partnerships and effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external customers and diverse stakeholders

  • Outstanding skills and abilities in verbal and written communications; ability to adapt a style to fit audiences of varying technical levels, and at various levels within an organization, in large groups and individual settings

  • Excellent skills in consensus-building, persuasion, negotiation and influence, including the ability to navigate in a complex political environment; ability to inspire trust in others and use influence and social capital to drive initiatives

  • Excellent skills in project management and facilitation, including establishing goals and timetables, tactical plans, securing and coordinating resources, monitoring progress, engaging and working with other personnel or teams, measuring results, developing contingencies, and reporting out

  • Ability and motivation to develop creative solutions to complex, interpersonal, process, and systemic challenges

  • Excellent judgment and decision making skills; makes decisions in accordance with upper management's philosophy, values and goals; perceives items and issues that are of great importance and initiates action proactively and within appropriate boundaries

  • Ability to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data and information, and to identify the impact information may have on seemingly unrelated areas

  • Ability to adapt work behavior and methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles

Conditions of Employment

  • The successful candidate in this position will be willing to submit to and able to successfully pass a criminal background check.

  • The successful candidate in this position will also possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver's license and be able to independently travel (up to 25%) throughout the Denver metro area, using personal transportation or a state vehicle.

  • The successful candidate in this position will be willing and able to perform work in excess of 40 hours per week as work dictates.

Supplemental Information


Applicants are encouraged to attach a cover letter and resume to their application.

Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.

Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.

Comparative Analysis Process

The comparative analysis process for this position will consist of a structured application review, telephone screening, and a structured interview. Candidates who receive a passing score on each assessment will move through the successive stages. Depending on the size of the applicant pool, additional selection processes may be utilized to identify a top group of candidates. Applicants will be notified of their status via email following each stage.