About CDOT 
Are you looking for a challenge?  Do you have a passion for helping people?  Do you want to be part of a diverse team that is committed to making the transportation system in Colorado safe and efficient?  Then, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is the place for you! CDOT is devoted to incorporating technology, providing equal employment opportunities, developing leaders, and improving systems in order to provide outstanding customer service.  By saving lives and making lives better by providing freedom, connection, and experience through travel, CDOT is committed to becoming the number #1 Department of Transportation in the country. In working towards this goal, we believe every one of our employees plays a critical role. CDOT's core values include safety, people, integrity, customer service, excellence and respect.  Please visit https://www.codot.gov/ to learn about CDOT and how we are making Colorado a great place to live, work and play, now and for the future!
State employees make Colorado an amazing place to learn, work, and play. We want every day to feel like an opportunity. We want to be surrounded by innovation, vibrant optimism, and creativity. Most of all we want to feel like we're doing what we're meant to be doing. It's our nature. Working for Colorado means being surrounded by people who share your vision. It's where making a difference meets a pioneering spirit. Reach your peak state and together let's share everything we love about Colorado. To learn about the State's Employee Value Proposition visit: https://www.colorado.gov/dhr/evp
In addition to a fantastic place to work, CDOT offers a variety of benefits which include:

  • Annual leave (accrued based on years of service, starting at 10 hours a month)
  • Sick leave accrued at 6.66 hours a month
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Medical and dental plans with no cost preventative services
  • State paid Life Insurance with optional additional life insurance
  • State paid Short Term Disability coverage, with optional long term disability plan
  • Participation in PERA with 2 retirement plan options, and voluntary PERA 401K and 457 plans
  • Credit Union membership
  • Work life programs
  • State Employee Assistance programs at no cost
  • Tuition and certification reimbursement program
  • Access to a diverse array of technical, leadership, supervisory and specialty training across the state, in addition to personal development and productivity learning opportunities
  • State employee discount programs
  • Free RTD EcoPass

To learn more about our benefits visit: https://www.colorado.gov/dhr/benefits
To learn about the total compensation package for State government employment visit: https://www.colorado.gov/dhr/totalcompensation


Description of Job

As Senior Advisor to the Executive Director and the Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), this position works closely with the Executive Director to ensure the strategic vision for the department is executed and communicated to appropriate internal and external stakeholders.  The position supports the Executive Director in determining how best to prioritize and prepare for meetings and events, in coordination with subject matter experts and the scheduling team.  Manages the Office of Communications in close concert with subordinate managers.  Supports quick-turn around on policy exercises, and helps develop internal and external materials and engagement strategies. Partners with leadership across the department to deliver compelling strategic messaging that align with CDOT's priorities to create awareness, education and action with employees and the traveling public.
Key Responsibilities:

  • Serves as a member of the executive management team responsible for development and implementation of CDOT's communication plan;
  • Helps other senior leaders determine what the department's policy position should be, and determines the process by which the Department should arrive at that position;
  • Manages a "clearance process" to ensure senior leaders and subject matter experts have provided appropriate input on key communications and policy decisions;
  • Identifies, develops and implements a holistic strategy and communications plan across CDOT that meet business objectives and priorities;
  • Strategizes on which individuals and organizations senior leaders should proactively reach out to, based in part on CDOT and the Governor's key priorities and goals;
  • Manages CDOT's Office of Communications, sets their mission and goals, determines the organizational structure of the Office, and manages through subordinate managers the staffing patterns, activities, operations, and delivery of services;
  • Coordinates and works closely with the Governor's office and other executive departments in the development of necessary agendas, event memos and other communications;
  • Works with the Executive Director on the development of presentation materials, talking points and articles;
  • Coordinates and facilitates budget and vendor relationships, event management and project teams as appropriate. 

Work Environment:

  • Travel required during work day to meeting sites within Denver Metro Area and Front Range locations.
  • Occasional overnight travel to other statewide as well as out-of-state destinations.
  • This position may be subject to many interruptions to handle multiple projects.
  • Operate in a politically sensitive environment.


Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

This experience must be specifically documented on your application.  Additional information submitted after the closing date of this announcement will not be considered in the review of your application.

  • At least a bachelor's degree from a U.S. accredited college or university in Business or Public Administration, Communications, English, History, Journalism, Marketing, Political Science, Public Policy, Public Relations, or a closely related field.  (A copy of an official or unofficial transcript showing that your degree has been conferred may be requested to verify your educational background.)
  • AND at least a six (6) year successful track record of full-time professional leadership experience in public relations, public policy and/or strategic communications.
  • This experience MUST include at least two (2) years as a senior level manager or project manager,  which included establishing organizational structure, developing strategic work plans, budget development and control, setting program goals and objectives, fostering a team environment and managing professional and support staff involved in a complex, diverse program area.

Substitution: Additional work experience that provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required bachelor's degree but not for the specific experience.  A Doctoral or Master's degree in the above listed degrees will substitute for the undergraduate degree and one year of the required professional experience.  
Stronger candidates will be those that demonstrate depth and breadth of skill and ability, through a combination of professional experience and formal training, to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this position.
The Exceptional Applicant will be an executive or senior-level manager, with the highest professional ethics and proven commitment and accomplishments in the following:

  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience of public relations, marketing, and communications, preferably in the public sector;
  • Proven success in strategic thinking, development and execution of strategic goals, and organizing diverse, multi-disciplinary teams to accomplish objectives;
  • Proven ability to synthesize data/results, identify trends/key findings and present innovative communications objectives;
  • Creative and strategic ability to address complex issues and execute solutions and approaches that meet the needs of the State of Colorado and advances the mission of CDOT;
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills and experience with writing a variety of communication pieces;
  • Polished oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and be adaptable to changing assignments;
  • Ability to partner with public and private organizations, special interest groups, elected and appointed officials, in situations which may be politically sensitive;
  • Negotiation skills to find mutually acceptable solutions; building consensus through give and take;
  • Holding self and others accountable for behaviors, performance results, and service delivery;
  • Coaching, mentoring, and supervision of professional and support staff;
  • Highest work/personal ethics and integrity;
  • Excellent time and project management skills;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel), Google Mail, SAP, and ability to quickly learn other software systems.

Employment Screening
If an applicant reaches the finalist stage of the hiring process, the Colorado Department of Transportation may procure a consumer report and/or investigative consumer report on the applicant in connection with his/her application for employment purposes, as defined under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  These reports may be obtained at any time after receipt of the applicant's authorization.  As part of the employment screening an applicant will be requested to disclose any deferred judgments and convictions as well an explanation of the circumstances around any arrest or conviction.  In the event that a screening returns information that the applicant believes is not accurate, he or she will have an opportunity to dispute the information with "Info Cubic".

Info Cubic, a consumer reporting agency, will obtain the report for CDOT.  Further information regarding Info Cubic, LLC, including its privacy policy, may be found online at www.InfoCubic.com.  Info Cubic is located at 116 Inverness Drive East, Suite 206, Englewood, CO 80112, and can be reached at 877.360.4636.

The report may contain information bearing on the applicant's character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living.  The information that may be included in the report includes: social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records checks, educational records, and driving records checks.  CDOT will only request credit reports insofar as they relate to the position for which the applicant is applying.  The information contained in the report will be obtained from private and/or public record sources.  The applicant will have the right, upon written request made within a reasonable time after receipt of a notice, to request disclosure of the nature and scope of any investigative consumer report.


Supplemental Information

Notifications: All correspondence regarding your status in the selection/examination process will be via email. Include your current working email address on your application and check your email frequently as you could receive time sensitive correspondence regarding this position. We highly recommend that you set up your email to accept messages from "state.co.us" and "info@governmentjobs.com" addresses. It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email.
Immediately after you submit your application you should receive an email that confirms that you successfully submitted an application for this position. If you do not, try submitting again until you receive the confirmation email.  Be sure to also check your junk folder for email communications from the State of Colorado's website.
Complete Applications must include the following documents:
1) A complete CDOT Application for Announced Vacancy (please submit online using the link in this announcement)
2) A complete Supplemental Questionnaire (must submit online as part of your application)
3) A copy of your official or unofficial transcript showing that your degree has been conferred and the name of your school, or your NACES accreditation
4) Detailed, Chronological Resume (please attach to your online application or you may email it to Amanda.Parkhurst-Strout@state.co.us)
5) A Cover Letter (please attach to your online application or you may email it to Amanda.Parkhurst-Strout@state.co.us)
Requirements for the resume: Please upload your resume as an attachment in the "attachment" section within your online application or you may email to DOT_CDOT_Recruiting@state.co.us. Please label all pages with your full name. The resume limit is 3-4 pages with at least 11-point font and 1/2 inch margins.  Your resume should contain the following information:

  • Education and Training
  • Work Experience should be listed in reverse chronological order, beginning with your most recent experience, and must include:
    • Beginning and ending dates of assignments, including promotion dates
    • Official position title/working title, including specialty area or unit,  you held within the organization/company
    • The name of the organization or company  
    • A brief description of your job duties

Requirements for the cover letter: Please upload your cover letter as an attachment in the "attachment" section within your online application or you may email to Amanda.Parkhurst-Strout@state.co.us.   Please label all pages with your full name.  The cover letter limit is 2 pages with at least 11-point font and 1/2 inch margins.  The education, experience, abilities, and accomplishments listed in this announcement have been identified as critical to successful performance in this position. Your cover letter should address your interest in and qualifications for this job with CDOT. Please be specific and detailed in describing experience, abilities, and accomplishments as they relate to this position's requirements and major duties as described in the announcement.
Former employees of the Colorado Department of Transportation System or any other State of Colorado Department or Agency, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information on his/her application.
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 the CDOT Human Resources Office at (303) 757-9216 or dot_cdot_recruiting@state.co.us or the person listed on this announcement by phone 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.


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