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Colorado Governor Jared Polis is committed to building a Colorado For All, a place where everyone has an opportunity to succeed and live the Colorado way of life. Governor Polis is focused on lowering health care costs for hardworking Coloradans, transitioning the state to renewable energy sources, ensuring every Colorado child gets a quality education, and building an economy that works for everyone,  as well as empower state agencies to build a culture of operational excellence and bold innovation driven by continuous performance improvement. The Governor's staff includes offices for budgeting, communications and outreach, legal counsel, legislative liaison, operations, policy and research, and scheduling.

Description of Job

NOTE: this announcement is open only to eligible individuals within The Office of the Governor. The announcement is for transparency purposes only to comply with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Only applications from current Office of the Governor employees department will be accepted.

Summary of Functions: The Legislative Advisor assists the Legislative Director and Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs and represents the Governor and administration before the General Assembly in support of the Governor’s legislative agenda. The position also manages the agency agenda item process and assists with critical internal processes to help support the legislative team and legislative liaisons achieve success. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the development of the Governor’s annual legislative agenda, including execution and enactment of bills.

  • Provide support for bill signings, ceremonies, and veto recommendations

  • Manage internal processes, including the agency agenda item development and approval process

  • Draft veto letters and signing statements 

  • Advocate for and communicate the Administration’s goals and legislative priorities to the General Assembly

  • Draft legislative language and amendments

  • Advise on legislative strategy, process, and positions

  • In consultation with the Legislative Director and Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs, vet/screen/approve/deny department positions on pending legislation

  • Track all legislation introduced during the legislative session through Salesforce platform, and develop recommendations for action or amending

  • Provide project management, support (and defense when needed) for 18 department legislative liaisons

  • Assist agency liaisons with executive agency legislative priorities

Organizational Relationships: This position reports to the Legislative Director and is

part of the Office of Legislative Affairs. 

Expected Annual Travel: Occasional in-state travel

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in a related field and 3-5 years’ relevant work experience.

Supplemental Information

NOTE: this announcement is open only to eligible individuals within The Office of the Governor. The announcement is for transparency purposes only to comply with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Only applications from current Office of the Governor employees department will be accepted.

To Apply:

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.  

The State of Colorado/Office of the Governor offers a generous benefits package including: 

 

To learn more about State of Colorado benefits, please visit the state’s benefits portal: https://www.colorado.gov/dhr/benefits.

*For information on mandatory employee salary deferral (in lieu of contribution to Social Security), see COPERA for details: https://www.copera.org/member-contribution-rates

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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. 

ADAAA Accommodations

The Office of the Governor 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 Staffing Coordinator (the Director of Human Resources) at gov_hr@state.co.us.

Conditions of Employment

Applicants must pass a thorough background check prior to employment.

Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and may be required to submit to regular serial testing. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their Covid-19 vaccination status with proof of vaccination.  Testing, if required, will take place in-person and will be considered paid work time. 

Note:    Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, all as defined by the State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. 

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