Colorado State Budget and Policy Analyst in Denver Metro, Colorado

Budget and Policy Analyst



Budget and Policy Analyst


Depends on Qualifications


Denver Metro, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Office of State Planning and Budgeting

Job Number



12/19/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

The primary role of the Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) is to provide the Governor with timely and complete information and recommendations so he can make sound public policy and budget decisions. We are currently seeking an experienced Budget and Policy Analyst to join our team.

Description of Job

The OSPB Budget and Policy Analyst position provides analytical and consulting services for an assigned section (or multiple sections) of State government. OSPB analysts' work is intended to assist in the decision-making of the Governor, Governor's staff, Legislative Staff, individual legislators, and members of Executive Branch departments. Generally, the duties of an OSPB analyst are divided into three categories: budget analysis, policy analysis, and department oversight.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The following list is an overview of basic tasking.

Budget Analysis

  • Develop broad expertise into assigned departments' budgets, operations, and statutes

  • Review department's various budget requests and make recommendations to the OSPB Director and Deputy Director, as well as the Governor and Governor's Office leadership, based on

  • Justified programmatic necessity

  • Alignment with Governor's priorities

  • Guide assigned departments to ensure accuracy of annual budget submissions to the General Assembly, including:

  • Compliance with budget instructions

  • Completeness and correctness

  • Ensure accurate tracking of assigned departments' budget requests and appropriations through the use of existing systems and spreadsheets

  • Respond to questions from the OSPB Director and Deputy Director, the Governor, Governor's Office leadership, legislators and legislative staff about departments' budgets and operations

Policy Analysis

  • Track ongoing legislation during the legislative session, and identify potential issues or concerns and recommend solutions

  • Monitor and provide written summaries of JBC meetings/hearings, and other legislative meetings/hearings

  • Recommend strategies to implement the Governor's budget priorities, including partnering with the legislative branch

  • Conduct research into assigned issue areas, and prepare briefings as necessary

  • Recommend new programs or policy changes to improve performance and / or service delivery in assigned areas

Department Oversight

  • Counsel assigned department on means of addressing programmatic needs

  • Counsel departments in the drafting of requests for new or augmented funding

  • Advocate on behalf of the Governor and assigned departments to best ensure passage of executive budget requests

  • Manage communications between departments and JBC staff

  • Work with departments to develop performance objectives and measures

  • Ensure that objectives and measures comport with Governor's policy objectives

  • Participate in special projects to improve the management of State operations


  • Adhere to all health and safety policies in the planning and execution of activities

  • Use word processing, spreadsheet, database, and scheduling software applications to prepare correspondence, plans, reports, schedules, and other documents related to the project

  • Provide 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.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

A bachelor's degree in a related field (business administration, public administration, public policy) and 3-5 years of related work experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications include:

  • Graduate degree in public policy, public administration, or related field

  • Experience working in a state, federal or local government agency

  • Monitoring and researching legislation, or working knowledge of the Colorado legislative process

  • Budgeting, cost estimating or financial modeling

  • Experience with large data sets

  • Benefit-cost analysis or cost-effectiveness analysis

  • Program evaluation

  • Creativity

  • Critical thinking

  • Collaborative inquiry and generosity

  • Skilled at processing and implementing complex ideas

  • Attention to detail

  • Flexible and able to work in many different policy areas

  • Dependable

  • Interest in both professional and personal growth

  • Sense of humor/fun approach to teamwork

Supplemental Information

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.

OSPB offers a generous benefits package including:

• Annual leave accrued at 13.33 hours per month

• Sick leave accrued at 6.66 hours a month

• 10 paid holidays per year

• Medical and dental plans

• State paid life insurance policy of $50,000

• Choice of 2 retirement plans

• 401K and 457 plans

• State paid Short Term Disability coverage

• Additional optional life and disability plans

• Credit Union Membership

• RTD pass

• Training and professional development

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ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Amy Wayne by phone (303) 866-2471 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.