Colorado State Analyst IV / Policy and Planning Analyst - Denver in Denver Metro, Colorado

Department Information

**NOTE: This job announcement will remain open until the closing date or until 100 applications received whichever comes first.

OPEN TO STATE OF COLORADO RESIDENTS ONLY** The Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13 requires that applicants for state classified government jobs be residents of Colorado, unless this requirement is waived by the State Personnel Board. If the residency requirement has been waived for an announced vacancy, it will be noted on the job announcement and applications will be considered from individuals who are not residents of Colorado. This announcement does not include a residency waiver.

If your goal is to invest in a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Our professionals are committed to supporting state government and the citizens of Colorado.

Our mission is to develop, preserve, and enhance the state's natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future citizens and visitors. In an effort to build diversity and inclusion we welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Customer service is a key component for every position across state government. We are focused on improving Efficiency (use of resources), Effectiveness (impact of our work), and Elegance (graceful service interactions).

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Our Mission is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system, and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado's natural resources.

The Policy and Planning Section serves CPW and the Commission by providing policy analysis and development, informing management decisions through public involvement and social science research and providing expertise for agency planning efforts. The work products of this section are critical elements in the development and revision of parks and wildlife-related regulations, policies, programs, property planning and strategic planning activities. By effectively collaborating with internal and external stakeholders in policy and planning activities, this Section assures that the best information is available for CPW and Commission decision-making.

Description of Job

This position provides critical analysis expertise and support to the agency, staff, the Commission and, at times, the Department of Natural Resources. This in-house expertise helps to ensure that major division-wide or property-level policy initiatives and decisions are supported with the most current, accurate and comprehensive information available. Conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis is a key component of this position. Analyses may include the evaluation of existing policies or programs, the comparative analysis of alternative approaches or the analysis of the effects or implications of policy changes. These analyses typically lead to the development of recommendations, alternatives or proposals that may be provided to decision-makers for division or department-level decision items. This position tailors analysis to the specifics of a particular project, and seeks out and accesses extensive information resources to perform the best analysis possible. The analytical expertise of this position provides the agency with the ability to objectively and critically explore, collect and organize information and report on findings to allow the agency to better pursue its highest priorities and address its greatest issues.

This position assists the division in coordinating initiatives; including planning, organizing and coordinating internal or external work groups to analyze, develop and implement policy initiatives. This position plays a facilitative or leadership role in developing, convening and effectively coordinating a broad cross-section of agency staff to achieve high-level analysis and collaborates with CPW managers and Leadership Team to develop analyses for CPW and the Parks and Wildlife Commission that meet DNR, state or federal requirements.

This position supports short- and long-range planning activities by conducting unique and detailed analysis and research of relevant topics to provide insight into and address important property-level and division planning needs and works with a cross-section of agency staff to gather and report on CPW information and metrics to meet internal (and external reporting requirements and provides support for a broad set of policy and planning activities, which may include assisting with their administration and logistics. This position trains and/or advises CPW employees concerning policy or planning analysis.

Products that result from the efforts of this position include: quantitative analysis tools like spreadsheets and Access databases to evaluate budgetary and policy implications; reports that compare CPW policies and programs to other state, national or international policies or programs; analysis of CPW, Colorado or national natural resource or outdoor recreation trends; statewide or property-level fact sheets; briefing papers or reports on CPW activities for national or regional entities and other policy or planning products such as CPW Administrative Directives. This position coordinates and/or facilitates the activities of various work groups.

Required Documents: The on-line application, resume, cover letter and college transcript (if applicable). It is the candidate's responsibility to provide all required documents, or your application will automatically be rejected. Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in statistics, public administration, business administration, public policy, political science, natural resource management, wildlife management, parks management, natural science, environmental studies, biology, zoology, outdoor recreation, human dimensions, econometrics, economics, social sciences or a closely related field AND three years of professional* experience in performing quantitative and qualitative analysis to support public policy or planning activities

*Professional Experience is work that involves exercising discretion, analytical skill, judgment, and personal accountability, and responsibility for creating, developing, integrating, applying, and sharing an organized body of knowledge that characteristically is uniquely acquired through an intense education or training regimen at a recognized college or university; equivalent to the curriculum requirements for a bachelor's or higher degree with major study in or pertinent to the specialized field; and continuously studied to explore, extend, and use additional discoveries, interpretations, and application and to improve data, materials, equipment, applications and methods.

Substitutions: A combination of work experience in the occupational field or specialized subject area of the work assigned to the job, which provided the same kind, amount, and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree. A master's or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in a field of study related to the work assignment may be substituted for the bachelor's degree and for one or two years of general experience respectively.

*Conditions of Employment: * Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to obtain, comprehend, organize and analyze complex and diverse datasets used in the analysis of policy and planning activities.
  • Ability to demonstrate familiarity and experience with a variety of research and analytical methodology and the ability to apply various techniques.
  • Direct experience in analyzing relevant data and public policies that are related to natural resource or outdoor recreation management.
  • Strong leadership and collaborative skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse partners.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills. Preferred Qualifications:Advanced degree in a field of study related to the work assignment (see above).

*Appeal Rights: *It is recommended that you contact the Human Resources Specialist listed below to resolve issues related to your possession of minimum qualifications. However, if you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination. Supplemental Information

The Colorado Constitution requires all appointments and promotions in the state personnel system be made according to merit and fitness.

Application materials will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Expert to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position.

(For application/resume review only.) Upon meeting the minimum qualifications, the next phase of the assessment process will consist of a Structured Application/Resume Review. Utilizing your (REQUIRED DOCUMENTS) an application, resume, cover letter and transcripts (if applicable), the review is a comparative analysis against the listed required competencies, job duties and/or preferred qualifications in this announcement to determine technical competence, depth and breadth of experience and job fit. It is imperative that you provide adequate detail on your application, resume and cover letter to describe how you meet and/or exceed the requirements for this position. Factors to be considered: Public Policy and Planning, Leadership/Facilitation, Program/Project Management, Public Policy Research and Analyses, Written Communication Skills

Comparative analysis factors to be assessed:

  • Technical Competence – Technical experience as it relates to the duties outlined in this job announcement.
  • Leadership – Excellent, leadership, supervisory and team building skills.
  • Depth and Breadth of Experience – Experience that covers multiple areas outlined in this job announcement; varied and not one dimensional; and demonstrate progressively higher level of responsibility with a wide range.
  • Job Fit – Experience will be evaluated to determine how well your past experience aligns with and meets the business needs of this position. Current experience is preferred. Upload additional pages if necessary to fully explain your experience and accomplishments. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the deadline for application may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your inclusion in future steps in the assessment process.

Toll–Free Applicant Support - Technical Help If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV at 855-524-5627, Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and second, close the document before you attempt upload (attach) it.

The Human Resources Office will be unable to assist with these types of technical issues.

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: PMA - 331 - 11/23/2016

Closing: 12/22/2016 5:00 PM Mountain

Agency: State of Colorado

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Salary: $5,005.00 - $7,326.00 Monthly

Location: Denver Metro, CO

Department: Department of Natural Resources