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Colorado State DNR - BUDGET AND POLICY ANALYST III (Remote/Hybrid) in Denver, Colorado


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$78,840.00 - $102,492.00 Annually


Denver, CO

Job Type

Full Time

Job Number

PAA 00637 11/23


Department of Natural Resources


Executive Director's Office

Opening Date


Closing Date

12/8/2023 11:59 PM Mountain


Determined by Position

Primary Physical Work Address

1313 Sherman Street Denver, CO 80203

Hiring Pay Rate

Employees new to State Government will be paid on a bi-weekly basis.

FLSA Status

Exempt; position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

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Department Information


Are you interested in investing in a career that makes a difference?

Consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. It’s our mission to manage and conserve Colorado’s natural resources for the benefit of people today – and tomorrow. That means we have to balance development with conservation so the state we all love provides similar opportunities for our children and their children.

We invite you to explore our website at to find out more about the work we do to manage Colorado’s natural resources for today – and tomorrow.

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.

In addition to offering rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Medical and Dental plans

  • Strong, flexible retirement plans including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus pre-tax 401K and 457 plans

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • Employee Wellness programs

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Health Savings Accounts

  • 11 paid holidays per year plus generous vacation and sick leave

  • Flexible work schedule options and remote-work options

  • Career advancement opportunities throughout the State system

    Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to:!/pslf/launch

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.

This position is in the Executive Director's Office, which includes the Executive Leadership for the Department of Natural Resources as well as the department-wide Budget, Human Resources, Accounting and Purchasing offices.

Description of Job


This position provides professional-level policy and budget analysis and development; implements and executes the Department’s $400 million+ budget by developing budget documents and fiscal procedures, as well as directing expenditures to ensure management objectives are met within Long Bill or special bill appropriations; and advises the Chief Planning and Budget Officer, Executive Director, Division Directors, and division fiscal personnel on alternatives to spending and revenue issues.

This position is a subject matter expert that employs and designs various analytical and statistical techniques to identify policy and budget issues and recommend changes as required by changing budget, economic, and programmatic needs.

Duties include but are not limited to:

Fiscal Note Coordination:

  • Determines and manages the department-wide process for providing thorough and defensible fiscal note analyses for all legislation or ballot measures that could impact the department, including coordinating with legislative staff, tracking all bills and monitoring published fiscal notes and amendments to ensure alignment with the Department’s analyses. Responsible for compiling, proofing, and submitting final fiscal notes on behalf of the Department.

    Legislative Budget Requests:

  • Has significant leadership responsibilities in the development of the Department’s annual legislative budget request by providing conceptual and technical guidance on the development and submission of potential budget requests, working with assigned divisions/ programs to write decision items that are appropriately detailed and fully defensible, and recommending potential alternative solutions for proposed budget initiatives.

    Budget Support for Special Programs :

  • Serves as the primary budget lead for EDO special programs including the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) and the Colorado Strategic Wildfire Action Program (COSWAP).

  • Provides procedural and technical direction for program staff on financial matters, with the authority to approve expenditures and obligate funds.

  • Analyzes expenditures, available revenue, and potential funding alternatives, as well as making recommendations to prevent over-expenditures.

  • Ensures spending is managed within available revenues, legislation is implemented appropriately, and secures additional resources through the legislative budget process if necessary.

    Budget Implementation and Operational Oversight:

  • Responsible for the development, submission, and justification of the Department’s request for operating common policies—including: worker’s compensation, risk management and property funds, legal services, and CORE Operations—using historical cost data and input from the divisions.

  • Allocates and manages the expenditure of centrally-appropriated operating funds to ensure each division has sufficient operational resources.

  • Works with divisions to assist with, monitor, and report on the implementation of approved decision items and special bills to ensure statutory requirements are being met and funds are expended on an appropriate timeline.

  • Contributes to the implementation of coding strategy for structuring special bill appropriations.

    Long Range Financial Planning :

  • Develops and maintains the Department’s statutorily-required Long Range Financial Plan (LRFP), which includes long-range economic and budget forecasts, department-level strategic and contingency planning, and an analysis of program performance and effectiveness according to department goals.

    Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


Minimum Qualifications:

Three years of experience in budget analysis, budget development and implementation, and policy development and implementation; or four years of public or private sector management or administration that included budget formulation, execution and analysis.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, Mathematics, Government or in another field of study directly related to the assignment.


Any combination of professional budget analysis, management analysis, statistical analysis, economic research and analysis, public or private budgeting/finance, public administration, and/or governmental policy development and implementation experience, which provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, will substitute on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree.

A master's or doctorate degree from an accredit college or university in a field of study related to the work assignment may be substituted for the bachelor's degree and one or two years of general experience, respectively.

Current, valid licensure as a CPA by the Colorado Board of Accountancy will substitute for the degree requirement and two years of the required experience.

Please note : The required experience must be substantiated within the work experience section of your application. Your resume will not be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications; only the work experience section of your application will be reviewed to determine this. “See Resume” statements on the application will not be accepted. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.

Preferred Qualifications and Competencies

The preferred candidate will have:

  • Relevant current or former state experience related to the position

  • Experience with the State's electronic accounting system (Colorado Operations Resource Engine or "CORE") and the State's electronic budgeting system (Performance Budgeting or "PB") or similar governmental finance systems.

  • Experience using financial software

  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Excel.

    The outstanding candidate will also have:

  • Excellent analytical, verbal and written communication, mathematical, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

  • Critical thinking skills to develop creative solutions to complex, interpersonal, process, and systemic challenges.

  • The ability to synthesize, interpret, and report on complex or technical information, in an appropriate format and at an accessible level for the identified audience.

  • Proficiency working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders and customers to gain consensus despite competing priorities.

  • Strong process management and coordination skills to ensure that deliverables with multiple contributors are of high quality and completed in accordance with guidance and deadlines.

  • Attention to detail and a commitment to ensuring the accuracy and completeness of all work product.

  • Adaptability to respond effectively to quickly-changing or uncertain circumstances.

  • The ability to work in a complex political environment.

  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to set, track, and accomplish priorities, goals, and timetables to achieve maximum productivity, knowing the status of activities at all times.

  • A strong sense of professionalism, including reliability, accountability, and a strong work ethic.

    The current work arrangement for this position is as follows: (Please note, this arrangement can be subject to change)
  • This is a Hybrid position - Work is primarily performed from a home office, however the selected candidate will at times report to the office at 1313 Sherman Street - Denver, CO for meetings, trainings and projects, especially during the legislative budget cycle (Nov-May) or as directed by the supervisor.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Colorado residency is required at the time of application.

  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify their application from the current position. (Please Note: Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with DNR).


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 this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.

An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email, US Mail, faxed or hand delivered within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action.

For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board go to or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at under Rules.

Supplemental Information

The Assessment Process

  • All applications received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed by an HR Specialist against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement.

  • Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process. Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position will be a structured application review by Subject Matter Experts.

  • Resumes, cover letters and other attachments are not considered as part of initial reviews, therefore, it is important to document in your application your education, experience, minimum qualifications, and preferred qualifications as outlined in the job announcement .

  • Please thoroughly answer all supplemental questions (if listed) since question responses may be evaluated for content, writing ability, spelling, grammar, and effective communication.

  • This recruitment may involve additional testing and/or exams to arrive at the top group for interviews.

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.

The Department of Natural Resources 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 Coordinator, Anna Kargobai-Murray, at

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 Anna Kargobai-Murray at at least five business days before the date that any accommodation will be required 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.


The Department of Natural Resources participates in E-Verify ( in accordance with the program's Right to Work ( for all newly-hired employees. Employees are queried through the electronic system established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify identity and employment eligibility. You may complete section 1 of the I-9 form upon your acceptance of a job offer letter, but no later than your first day of employment and in addition, on your first day, but no later than the third day, you are required to submit original documents to verify your eligibility to work in the U.S. Learn more ( about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

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). The Human Resources Office will be unable to assist with technical issues. Helpful hints: If you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and close the document before you attempt to upload it.