Deputy Chief of Staff, Colorado House Majority Office
The majority office in the Colorado House of Representatives is looking to hire a Deputy Chief of Staff for the first session of the 72nd General Assembly. This is expected to be a time-limited position; work starts in December 2018 and runs through May-June 2019 (depending on actual start date).
The primary role of the Deputy Chief of Staff is to assist the Chief of Staff in overseeing all aspects of the majority staff operations and helping House leadership keep things running smoothly. This includes policy, communications, and outreach work, as well as day-to-day management of issues that arise at the legislature. We are looking for an experienced political professional, preferably with a background in both legislative and campaign work, either at the state legislative or congressional level.
This position is necessarily very dynamic, and requires a “jack of all trades,” with an ability to tackle anything in our legislative purview. The job involves a wide range of responsibilities including:
- Assisting in day to day management of staff, and reviewing and helping to create materials covering all aspects of our staff work:
- Communications – Developing overall communications strategies; creating and editing social and traditional media communications including press releases, op-eds, talking points, speeches/remarks, and interview prep materials.
- Policy – Researching, reviewing and drafting policy proposals; writing policy briefs; working directly with Representatives to develop legislation; and assisting with stakeholder engagement and problem solving
- Assisting committee of reference chairs and members in managing the bills that come before their committees and making strategic recommendations about those bills
- Outreach – helping to ensure effective constituent outreach programs; helping with aide management when needed; and looking for opportunities to expand and refine these programs
- Identifying and helping to quickly resolve issues as they arise
- Providing strategic guidance to House leadership and members
- Staffing the Speaker and members of House leadership on a regular basis
A successful candidate will have:
- Experience and familiarity with political communications, policy, and constituent outreach
- Excellent verbal communications skills
- The ability to write clearly and convincingly, and to distill complex ideas into easy-to-understand communications
- The ability to operate relatively independently while also keeping in close touch with Chief of Staff and legislative leadership
- Strong drive and self-motivation, a willingness to work long hours, and the willingness to take on tough issues and see them through to resolution
- Solid judgment and political sense
- Honesty and discretion
- A passion for progressive policies and politics
An ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of Colorado political systems and dynamics, or will be able to quickly develop that knowledge by drawing upon relevant experience in other states or at the federal level.
This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with drive, good judgment, and political experience to dive directly into the center of Colorado’s legislative sphere. Though this is expected to be a temporary position, for the right candidate it may be possible to become a full year position, and a successful tenure may open doors to a variety of job opportunities in Colorado’s political arena.
Salary range: $55,000-65,000 yearly equivalent (**please note that this is a 6-month position), depending on candidate’s experience level and how the rest of the staff budget shapes up.
To apply for this position, please send a resume and a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications to COHouseDemJobs@gmail.com. Please put “Deputy Chief of Staff” in the subject field of your email. Application deadline is Friday, November 30, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis so please submit your application promptly.
The House Majority Office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by law or regulation. All qualified applicants will be given equal opportunity, and employment decisions will be based on job-related factors.