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Colorado State Manager, Programs in Denver, Colorado

Manager, Programs



Manager, Programs


$90,391.00 - $113,000.00 Annually


Denver, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Governor's Office of Information Technology

Job Number



1/24/2021 11:59 PM Mountain

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What We Do:

The Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) strives to impact the lives of all Coloradans to create a safer, happier and healthier state. We work to empower the State of Colorado with flexible technology that will drive sustainable and intelligent business decisions. We envision a future where the end-user experience shapes design, and data analytics transform how state government serves its residents.

What We Believe:

We believe equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply.

What You'll Get From Us:

A culture that understands that we are better together when our differences are valued and everyone is inspired and empowered to contribute.

Check out this website to see some of the great work that OIT is doing around IT Transformationat the State:

Description of Job

This position establishes the long-term vision and strategy for the program by collaborating with Enterprise Applications Senior Management. Prepares both strategic and tactical plans and implementations. Builds and maintains a program roadmap; develops existing and new initiatives to support the direction of the organization; implements long term goals and objectives to achieve the successful outcome of the program; develops funding proposals for the program to ensure the continuous delivery of services; and communicates this vision to all relevant stakeholders and participants. Ensures new application solution designs align with the OIT strategy and architecture.

Primary Job Duties:

Program Management:

Partners with stakeholders and a program steering committee to set overall program vision, direction and goals through creating and executing a program roadmap.

Responsible to ensure the value and benefits are delivered by the program. Success will be the realization to the customer of improved value, benefits and reduced risk.

Ensures that the program complies with relevant legislation and professional standards.

Sets and recommends changes to enterprise policies, processes, templates and standard operating procedures as needed for Agency Platforms and Programs.

Advocates for appropriate level of staffing and training to sustain and grow the program.

Creates and prepare documents for concept paper submittals that will provide funding to continue to grow, enhance, and sustain the program into the future.

Overall responsibility for program initiatives, including but not limited to platform services and administration, program governance and Strike/Development Teams.

Procurement, Budgeting and Contracting:

Represents Agency Programs in partnering with Procurement, Vendor Management Office and contract staff contributing to the development, amendment, and maintenance of Request for Proposals (RFP), Documented Quotes and contracts providing guidelines in support of the Agency Programs.

Manages the program to support the Service Engagement Consultants' efforts to solution and provide pricing options for business requests.

Works with fiscal partners and executives to develop, maintain and track program budgets.

Communication, Education and Reporting:

Collaborates on overall program strategic direction, health and program technical roadmap.

Responsible for stakeholder relationships, including but not limited to, Agency IT Liaisons, Agency users, OIT Executives and Management staff.

Networks with peers, project managers, executive management, directors, functional managers, contractors, vendors and other program management professionals to share knowledge and experiences that will improve the State's ability to continue to deliver outstanding programs and service to the State citizens.

Ensures the program goals and objectives are meeting business needs.

Partners with the Communications Team for campaigns and other communication needs.

Tracks end-user feedback; uses feedback for program refinements and ongoing development.

Staff Management, Monitoring, and Mentoring:

Sets and manages expectations with staff as well as customers.

Coordination of resources with other Enterprise Applications departments, other Agency Services departments, and other OIT departments as needed.

Collaborates with other customer touch points from within OIT to clarify roles and processes and to ensure alignment.

Mentors and coaches staff.

Assists in the creation and implementation of departmental policies, procedures, standards and guidelines.

Identifies and manages assignments.

Implements criteria and processes for performance evaluations.

Measures and tracks minimum standards for staff and set goals for individual projects.

Provides high-quality services and support to customers, OIT partners, and project teams rather than imposing requirements and constraints.

Participates in and strengthens the decision-making process for all Service Portfolio challenges and opportunities.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Successful applicants for this position will possess the following qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Business, Management, Information Technology or a related field. Relevant work experience may be substituted for degree requirement. Master's degree preferred.

Ten (10) years' experience that includes a combination of IT experience, program/project management, or product ownership of large, complex projects, programs or products; and demonstrated relationship building and management skills, negotiation, collaboration, communication, and organizational skills. Experience must also include:

  • Three (3) years managing a team of technical professionals

  • Two (2) years as a product owner/program manager or five (5} years plus of managing large, complex projects or technology teams.

  • Thorough understanding of project management principles and practices

Excellent verbal, written, presentation and facilitation skills and a proven track record of communicating at all levels within IT and the business

Public Sector experience and technology related program management preferred.

Ideal candidates will possess the following skills and experience:

Knowledge of ITIL Foundations

Strong leadership, facilitation, negotiation, mentoring, and personnel management skills.

Strong vendor management skills.

Proven ability to develop program strategies and effectively communicate recommendations to all levels of the organization.

Strong communication, organizational, prioritization, negotiating, financial and leadership skills.

High familiarity with a variety of software development methodologies such as agile, spiral, DevOps, etc and a strong understanding of the suitability of these methodologies for certain development environments and types of applications.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in IT, Computer Science, Business, or a related field.

  • Public Sector experience & technology-related program management

  • 10 Years of Data Integration Experience


  • Relevant IT certifications (e.g.,ITIL, Service Management, Lean, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management, etc.)

  • Scrum Master Certification

  • PMP/PGMP/CAPM certifications

Supplemental Information

ADA Accommodations: The Governor's Office if Information Technology believes that diversity and inclusion drive our success. OIT is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. In all aspects of the employment process, qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. OIT is committed to providing? reasonable accommodation to the known ?disability of qualified individuals to enable the applicant or employee to be considered for the position ?in question, to perform the essential functions of the position in question, or providing access to ?its services, programs, and activities?, where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship?. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, otherwise participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions, please direct your inquiries to our ADA Coordinator at or call (303) 764-7911.

  • Conditions of employment: A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process, and/or other department-specific screens as required. Standard OIT Criminal; Federal E-Verify screen; May require agency-specific background checks to include integrity interview, polygraph exam, and/or CBI/FTI, agency specific drug screens, and or fingerprint-based criminal screens if needed.

  • Some details to be aware of: Former employees of the State of Colorado who have not left in good standing will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Comparative Analysis Process: is the selection process used to identify the applicant that fits the job the best from a qualified applicant pool. Applications and applicants are compared to others in the pool to identify a top group. Applicants will be notified of their status in the pool via email.

  • Travel- May require travel to various locations throughout the State.