Legislative Liaison

  • Department of Revenue
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • Jul 28, 2020
Full time Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

Department Information


The Colorado Department of Revenue (CDOR) employs approximately 1,600 hard-working and dedicated employees throughout Colorado. We can be seen performing functions as varied as auditing and collecting taxes, issuing driver licenses and motor vehicle titles, marketing lottery products, enforcing liquor laws, and regulating gaming, horse racing, marijuana, and the auto industry and assisting the citizens of our state.

CDOR Vision
To empower businesses and individuals through quality customer service, innovation and collaboration. 
CDOR Mission
 To become a trusted partner to every Coloradan to help them navigate the complexities of government so they can thrive.  

The Department of Revenue offers 10 paid holidays per year, paid vacation and sick leave, discounted RTD Eco-Pass, BenefitHub program (discounted merchandise, food and travel, etc), CafeWell, employee wellness program and a great benefit package.Description of Job

This position develops and manages the Department’s legislative program to ensure the programmatic goals of the Department and its divisions are achieved.  The position is a member of the executive team charged with managing the Department’s communications with members of the General Assembly and with influencing statutory changes impacting the State’s management of Revenue.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not all inclusive:

  • Represents the Department of Revenue in legislative matters;
  • Keeps the Executive Directors Office current and fully informed on all policy and legislative matters.
  • Engage with Executive Director’s Office and Division staff to identify legislative needs and formulate legislative proposals for submission to the Governor’s Office; proposes strategies to amend and improve legislation.
  • Responsible for building legislative interest and understanding of legislation introduced by the Agency annually.
  • Establish and manage key relationships with state regulators, elected officials at all levels, and advocates to maintain day-to-day understanding of state activities and possible impact to DOR.
  • Maintain a constant presence developing, building, and expanding relationships with public officials in the Capitol building as the Department’s main point of contact;
  • Identify and secure bill sponsors and create fact sheets and documentation in support of legislative and budget initiatives;
  • Communicate the Department and Governor’s positions on bills to members of the General Assembly, and ensure effective communication with key legislators, particularly those on the Department’s committees of reference, the Joint Budget Committee, Joint Technology Committee and the Capital Development Committee;
  • Respond to request from legislators and legislative staff in a timely and professional manner;
  • Provide weekly legislative updates to DOR staff during the legislative session;
  • Attend and participate in legislative liaison meetings to maintain close coordination with other state agencies and the Governor’s Office on all legislative issues;
  • Identify, develop, and lead strategic policy initiatives to advance department goals in collaboration with the Executive Director and Division Directors;
  • Engage with various Boards and Commissions of the Department and other agencies to determine legislative needs or advice on policy directions;
  • Represent the Department’s interests on state legislative matters with external stakeholders;
  • Coordinate with and coach Department staff to prepare for legislative committees or other meetings and hearings;
  • Work with DOR’s Budget Director to develop strategies to achieve the Department’s financial goals by securing passage of its budget requests;
  • Coordinate and assist the Budget Director with fiscal notes, and develop communications on fiscal impacts as necessary;
  • Assist in analyze, research and formulate official  legislative testimony and talking points;
  • Periodically testifying before the General Assembly on the Agency's behalf. and
  • Monitor federal legislative proposals and policies;
  • Manages one administrative staff position, determines Performance Plan, coaches and evaluates work accomplished

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Law, Political Science, Public Administration or other field closely related to the work assignment.
Three (3) years of progressively responsible professional experience in Revenue, analyzing legislation, policy development, or lobbying.

Necessary Requirements:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver’s License with the ability to independently travel
  • Must be willing to travel with some overnight travel
  • Must be willing and able to register as a lobbyist with the Secretary of State and remain in good standing

Required Competencies:

  • Proven experience in policy analysis
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and public speaking skills
  • Ability to problem solve and execute decisions
  • Ability to work in a complex political environment
  • Excellent negotiation and consensus building skills

Preferred Qualifications:
The preferred candidate will possess:

  • In-depth knowledge of the Colorado legislative process
  • Lobbying experience, preferably with the Colorado General Assembly
  • Significant experience in a governmental
  • Experience with Department of Revenue policy and issues
  • Experience successfully communicating complex program to decision-makers
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership skills
  • An entrepreneurial, self-starter style; an ability to work independently;
  • Current experience is preferred


DOR REQUIRED SKILLS & COMPETENCIES: Competencies required for all DOR positions include good communications skills, interpersonal skills, the ability to multi-task, the ability to work with confidential information, the ability to work in high-stress environments, and the demonstrated ability to assist customers in an empowering, enhancing, and enriching lifestyle.

The following are conditions of employment with the Colorado Department of Revenue:
1. All employees must be current with their income tax filings and payments with the State of Colorado.  This includes successfully passing a pre-employment evaluation of your tax records/accounts.
2. Employees are in a position of public trust in the performance of their job duties and must operate in a manner that maintains the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and public confidence. All job finalists require successful completion of a background investigation and reference check prior to appointment. Background checks may include national criminal, financial, traffic, civil, education, and/or experience checks or any other checks related to the job assignment. Fingerprint background checks and pre-employment drug testing may also be required for some positions.    

Supplemental Information


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 Guidelines for EDI Compliance for Job Announcements in CO-Jobs Prepared by: Department of Personnel & Administration Division of Human Resources, Consulting Services Page 1 of 3 January 29, 2020 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 Colorado Department of Revenue 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, Jacqueline Brown-Tremble at jacqueline.brown-tremble@state.co.us

All correspondence regarding your status in the selection/examination process will be conducted via e-mail.  Include a working email address on your application; one that is checked often as time sensitive correspondence WILL take place via email. Exam information or notification will take place via email; check your email frequently.  Please include your current e-mail address on your application and set up your e-mail 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.
Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration. Failure to submit properly completed documents by the closing date of this announcement may result in your application being rejected.
Complete Applications must include the following documents:
1) A complete CDOR Application for Announced Vacancy (Submit online using the link in this announcement)
2) A complete Supplemental Questionnaire (Submit online as part of your application)
3)  A chronological resume (Attach to your online application, late submissions will not be accepted)
4) A Cover Letter with a Written Narrative.  The written narrative should describe your interest in this position and specifically how your education, abilities, skills and experience relate to the requirements, responsibilities and competencies listed in the job announcement. (Attach to your online application, late submissions will not be accepted)

Part of, or the entire comparative analysis for this position, may involve a review of the information submitted in the application material, including the answers to the supplemental questions. Therefore, it is paramount that in the experience portion of the application, the applicant describes the extent to which they possess the education, experience, competencies and background as they relate to the duties outlined in the job announcement, as well as the special and/or preferred qualifications.   List your employment history starting with the most recent job, including part-time, temporary, and volunteer jobs. If more than one job was held with a given organization, list each job held as a separate period of employment. Under "Duties," describe clearly the tasks you performed and the nature of your supervisory, technical, or other responsibilities as they relate to the job for which you are applying. Be complete and specific in detailing of duties. Information must be accurate, including dates of employment.  If it is found that information provided is falsified, you will not be considered for a job with the State of Colorado and/or may be removed from a job after hire.  "See resume" statements will not be accepted in lieu of a properly competed application.  Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions may affect the applicant's score and/or prevent them from competing in any subsequent measures used to arrive at a top group of applicants.  Factors to be assessed are those outlined in the requirements, competencies, and preferred qualifications.

Years will be expressed in terms of full-time equivalent service with full-time workload equal to one (1) Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) year. No more than 1.00 FTE year may be credited in any twelve (12) month period. Positions working 40 hours or less per week will be pro-rated (30 hrs/wk=0.75 FTE=9 mos credit; 20 hrs/wk=0.5 FTE=6 mos credit; 10 hrs/wk=0.25 FTE=3 mos credit)


Colorado Department of Revenue


$7,642.00 - $10,558.00 Monthly