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Colorado State Statewide Chief Human Resources Officer in Denver, Colorado

Statewide Chief Human Resources Officer

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Statewide Chief Human Resources Officer


$10,000.00 - $13,333.33 Monthly


Denver, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Personnel & Administration

Job Number



4/26/2021 11:59 PM Mountain

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The Department of Personnel & Administration (DPA) is seeking a forward-thinking leader to serve as the Statewide Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and to direct the Division of Human Resources (DHR). This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), a performance-based pay plan reserved for senior-level management positions.

The Department of Personnel & Administration (DPA) is the foundation for dependable state government, leading with responsiveness, integrity, and teamwork. We provide services to other government agencies and all Coloradans by taking bold initiative toward a government with engaged employees, innovative solutions, and constructive partnerships.

DPA provides a wide range of programs and services, from custodial & maintenance to financial and human resources support, which assist other state agencies in fulfilling their missions. At DPA, there are countless opportunities to contribute to meaningful work that supports and serves the people of Colorado. The wide variety of positions in DPA allow individuals to learn about state operations and provide for long-term career growth.

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference and build greater public confidence in good government, consider joining the dedicated people of the State of Colorado; it's a chance to combine your expertise with public service. Our professionals strive to support state government and the residents of Colorado. Customer service is a key component for every position in state government as is the focus on ideas and ways to redesign the delivery of services in making state government more.

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Why We Want You:

We want your expertise, positive energy, drive to succeed, and love of this great state as we work to elevate the expectations Coloradans have of their government.

What You'll Get From Us:

In return for the skilled work you do, DPA provides a highly competitive compensation and benefits package to accompany employment opportunities. Please see the Benefits Overview video ( for details on the benefits offered to employees.

Description of Job

A summary of the responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to:

The Statewide Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of the overall business objectives and strategic direction for the State of Colorado to become an Employer of Choice. As such, the CHRO needs to have a working knowledge of the strategic needs and functional areas of each state agency.

The CHRO is responsible for leading the Division of Human Resources (DHR) and provides leadership for all human resources functions within the division including labor relations, total rewards and analytics, talent management and inclusion, organizational learning and talent development, employee engagement and culture, employee assistance program, consulting services, as well as the state’s business risk and loss control programs including all property insurance, liability and workers compensation. As a result, the CHRO is responsible for ensuring the division’s strategic plans and organizational programs meet the needs of the State and are implemented in an integrated and effective manner.

The CHRO will lead the development and execution of system-wide policy and programmatic direction for the human resources function, ensuring alignment of business objectives for all state agencies in a decentralized environment by providing long-term strategic planning, system design, major program and policy development, and leadership/expert consultation.

This position serves as a member of the department’s executive leadership team and a thought partner to the Executive Director.

Strategic Leadership

  • Identify legislative and budgetary priorities for DHR and make recommendations to the Executive Director. Assist, as needed, to secure legislative approval. Manage DHR's budget.

  • Lead change management efforts to assist with statewide policy changes; discern and reconcile conflicting viewpoints and diverse motives; design and implement workable solutions.

  • Direct an integrated legal and policy strategy for major changes to the state personnel system; anticipating and preparing for potential challenges. Communicate with department heads, state employees, agency HR directors and staff, COWINS representatives, legislators, employee associations and others to gain their cooperation or persuade them on various matters such as supporting key initiatives or creatively resolving businesses challenges and compliance issues

Operational Leadership

  • Drive the use of technology to improve program and organizational effectiveness, increase speed and the quality of HR services. Partner with the Governor’s Office of Information Technology on HR systems, protocols, capabilities, and upgrades. Oversee the management of major contractor and vendor relationships in support of human resources programs

Team Leadership & Staff Development

  • Provide direct leadership for the Division of Human Resources.

  • Attract, develop, motivate and retain an outstanding, diverse high-performing workforce of human resource professionals through effective leadership, coaching, mentoring, recruitment, training, development and succession planning. Sustain a high performing team focused on the organization’s evolving needs, standardization of programs and processes and create a clear vision for the division marked by collaboration, transparency and opportunities to learn.

  • Manage and effectively balance conflicting priorities between DHR’s immediate needs and the priorities and longer-term objectives of multiple state agencies. Align staff performance with service expectations of stakeholders.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Human Resources, Business Administration or related field required.

  • At least 10+ years of progressive HRBP leadership experience, leading an HR function, with a minimum of at least 5 years executive HR experience.

  • Solid knowledge of all facets of HR with specialized expertise in compensation and employee/labor relations. Broad and deep experience as an HR Business Partner supporting executives or senior leadership.


Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Conditions of Employment:

  • A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process.

  • Occasional travel to offsite locations in the State of Colorado

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced Human Resources degree or MBA preferred.

  • Human Resource Certifications preferred (SPHR, SHRM-SCP, SHRM-CP).

  • State and/or public sector experience beneficial.

  • General business and financial acumen with the ability to develop and utilize HR data and metrics as they relate to and impact business topics and strategies.

  • Excellent communications skills - written, verbal and interpersonal - and an ability to tailor communication style to diverse audiences.

  • Demonstrated capability in adapting and implementing innovative Human Resources programs.

  • Results-driven, agile, change agent with the commitment and confidence to assume a leadership role in a complex environment.

  • Ability to drive initiatives with limited resources.

  • Unquestionable personal integrity, fairness and credibility necessary to gain the trust and commitment of individuals at all levels of the organization.

  • Demonstrated success at cultivating strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders and creating partnerships at all levels within the organization to achieve results.

  • Empathetic and engaging individual, who listens well, is responsive, solutions focused and results oriented.

APPEAL RIGHTS: Not Applicable

This announcement is not governed by the selection processes of the classified personnel system.

Supplemental Information

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 Department of Personnel & Administration 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 Coordinator, Bree Hanson or 303-866-4244