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Budget Policy Analyst – Full Time

Staff lead for the Senate Republican caucus on all matters pertaining to the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) and the Appropriations Committee. Working closely with the Republican senator(s) serving on the JBC, this position will monitor all JBC meetings and will provide meeting summaries, policy memoranda, and policy recommendations that integrate budget decisions with broad policy strategy. The Budget Policy Analyst should have quantitative analysis experience, and should be well-versed in various policy areas including, but not limited to: general tax policy, health care, school finance, the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights (TABOR), and unemployment insurance.

Responsibilities

  • Monitor JBC meetings, including SMART Act hearings, and provide relevant briefings to the Senate Republican caucus 
  • Meet regularly with the Republican senator(s) serving on the JBC 
  • Identify opportunities in the budget to integrate broad caucus priorities, whether in the budget or in separate legislation
  • Review budget proposals and provide analysis on the fiscal, political, and policy implications of all proposals
  • Develop familiarity with all areas of the budget in order to provide recommendations on how to improve programmatic operations, how to make spending more efficient, etc. 
  • Assist senators with submitting budget requests throughout the budget process, and with crafting budget amendments for consideration when the budget is heard in the Senate 
  • Track the fiscal notes of all introduced legislation
  • Fulfill research requests from Senators
  • Assist other caucus staff with policy and messaging needs related to the budget 
  • Track all JBC-sponsored legislation 
  • Attend stakeholder meetings as necessary 
  • Respond to constituent questions as requested by members 

Qualifications

  • 2-3 years of policy analysis experience; experience in the Colorado Legislature preferred 
  • Familiarity with the Colorado budget process
  • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to interpret technical and complex subject matter
  • Ability to meet deadlines, and to anticipate possible needs 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Drive required; experience with data analysis or economic modeling is helpful 
  • Ability to self-start and to remain flexible
  • Must be able to work collaboratively with others and to maintain professionalism with all staff and elected officials
  • Must be willing to work long hours during the legislative session

Compensation is commensurate with experience and within the range of $55,000-60,000.

To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter to Policy Director Jason Helland at jason.helland@state.co.us

Legislative Analyst – Session Only

The session-only Legislative Analyst will track and summarize every bill that is introduced, and maintain an internal database showing the status of each bill. We are seeking an individual with a strong attention to detail and demonstrated priority and time management skills.

Responsibilities

  • Read and summarize all legislation that is introduced
  • Maintain an internal database tracking the status of each bill that is introduced
  • Produce daily outlines (bill sheets) for the members to use in committee and on the floor
  • Listen to committee and floor proceedings to keep track of votes
  • Assist the policy staff in preparing memos and reports, as needed

Qualifications

  • Familiarity with the Colorado legislative process and recent legislation
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Strong reading comprehension and data entry skills
  • Must be adaptable in a constantly changing environment and willing to work long hours
  • Must be able to work in an organized manner, with the ability to collaborate, problem solve, and work on a team while also taking individual responsibility to complete assignments
  • The individual in this position will maintain professionalism with every person they work with, including non-partisan staff, legislators and staff of the House and Senate Majority offices, constituents, and lobbyists.

Compensation is commensurate with experience and within the range of $45,000-50,000.

To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter to Policy Director Jason Helland at jason.helland@state.co.us

Policy Analyst – Session Only

The session-only Policy Analyst will provide detailed research and analysis of legislation for the Senate Minority caucus and staff. We are seeking a policy-loving individual who thinks on their feet and works well under pressure.

Responsibilities

  • Read all legislation that is introduced
  • Work collaboratively with the Senate Minority policy staff to conduct research and strategic analysis
  • Assist the policy staff in preparing memos and reports, as needed
  • Preparation of legislative research for Senators during committee meetings

Qualifications

  • Familiarity with the Colorado legislative process and recent legislation
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Strong reading comprehension and writing skills
  • Must be adaptable in a constantly changing environment and willing to work long hours
  • Must be able to work in an organized manner, with the ability to collaborate, problem solve, and work on a team while also taking individual responsibility to complete assignments
  • The individual in this position will maintain professionalism with every person they work with, including non-partisan staff, legislators and staff of the House and Senate Majority offices, constituents, and lobbyists.

Compensation is commensurate with experience and within the range of $45,000-50,000.

To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter to Policy Director Jason Helland at jason.helland@state.co.us

Legislative Aide

A Legislative Aide in the Colorado General Assembly is essentially the legislator’s personal staff.  An Aide works with one legislator. An Aide handles all aspects of the legislator’s office – phone, e-mail, calendar, schedule meetings with stakeholders, constituent service, bill research, etc.  A senior Aide may also supervise a junior Aide as well as interns.

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) during the legislative session (January 9 – May 8). This is not a year-round position, however, opportunities to extend the service time exist.  Compensation is $20/hour with insurance benefits and enrollment in PERA, the state’s pension program.

The position of Legislative Aide can be the beginning of a career in government whether at the staff level, departmental level, lobbying or, perhaps, elected official.  

Compensation is $20 per hour.

To apply, please send your resume to: jerry.wheeler@state.co.us

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