NOW HIRING: Deputy Chief of Staff
The Colorado House Majority is looking for an effective manager and strategic thinker with a deep commitment to progressive values to serve as our next Deputy Chief of Staff. The primary role of the Deputy Chief of Staff is to assist the Chief of Staff in overseeing all aspects of the caucus majority operations: policy, communications, constituent outreach; and support House leadership in managing the strategic objectives, operations, and legislative agenda of the House Democratic caucus.
The Deputy Chief of Staff position is necessarily very dynamic, and requires a “jack-of-all-trades,” with an ability to tackle anything in our legislative purview. The Deputy Chief of Staff must be highly organized with strong attention to detail while also having the capacity to design processes, structures, and workflows to effectively manage wide-ranging staff operations and large-scale legislative projects. Given the wide range of responsibilities, the position also requires extraordinary political acumen, discretion, maturity, and emotional resilience. We’re looking for a passionate leader who can work with anyone and manage anything that’s thrown at them with resolve and a positive attitude.
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. This position may also open doors to a longer leadership tenure at the Capitol, as well as a variety of job opportunities in Colorado’s political arena.
About the House Democratic Caucus and Staff
The 41-member House Democratic caucus is the largest and most diverse House Democratic caucus in state history. Colorado’s Democratic state representatives represent a diversity of backgrounds and experiences from all over our state. Serving in our body is Colorado’s first Muslim legislator, first transgender legislator, first black lesbian legislator, first legislator to serve in a wheelchair, and first African immigrant legislator. Our members are teachers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, veterinarians, business owners, farmers and ranchers, engineers, lawyers, activists, and more. In the last three years since Democrats took control of the state legislature, we’ve passed transformative, impactful legislation like full-day Kindergarten, a guaranteed health care plan for consumers that will save Coloradans on health insurance premiums, a long-awaited transportation funding package, a model police accountability bill, a landmark climate bill establishing greenhouse gas reduction goals, a lifesaving red flag law to protect against gun violence, and much more.
While the Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff both manage and oversee staff operations, the Deputy Chief of Staff leads the day-to-day management of the staff team. Our high-functioning, talented staff work for all members of our caucus on policy, press and digital communications, House leadership operations, and constituent outreach and legislative aide support. We take the work seriously, but not ourselves, so if you enjoy bad puns, binge watching Arrested Development, sharing your garden harvest, and discussing the big, existential challenges of the world with like-minded individuals who are passionate, dedicated public servants, then we’re the team for you!
Responsibilities of the Deputy Chief of Staff
- Work with policy team members to oversee policy development and tracking, and provide guidance when troubleshooting policy and committee work on bills
- Oversee and approve messaging development and press strategies, and edit a variety of press and communication materials such as press releases, talking points, speeches, digital toolkits, and more
- Oversee constituent outreach efforts and work with the outreach team to support the work of the House Democratic legislative aide corps
- Develop and track internal systems and structures to manage staff workflow, communication, and collaboration
- Design and lead thoughtful, inclusive staff hiring processes
- Support the professional development goals of staff, provide feedback on performance, and build and enhance our staff culture to foster an inclusive, welcoming atmosphere; ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to all staff outcomes and operations
Leadership & Caucus Support
- Identify and help quickly resolve policy and political issues as they arise
- Provide strategic guidance and center equity when troubleshooting issues with House leadership and caucus members
- Work with the staff dedicated to House leadership to help guide and support the work and operations of the House Speaker and Majority Leader
- Staff the Speaker and members of House leadership in meetings on a regular basis
- Support crisis response efforts by acting quickly, providing guidance to leadership, deploying staff, and being responsive to caucus members
Bill & Project Management
- Take point on big, consequential bills and support the sponsor(s) in all stages of the bill’s development and process: policy development, stakeholding, committee hearing(s), amendments, floor debate, tracking progress and debate through the Senate chamber, etc.
- Create a structure and manage the process for large-scale projects, such as upcoming packages of legislation funded through federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars; communicate updates and decision points to House leadership regularly
- Build and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders; interface with lobbyists and stakeholders regularly on a wide variety of bills
What We’re Looking For
- Strategic and analytical thinker and creative problem solver. We’re looking for someone who can maneuver through policy and political hurdles thoughtfully, anticipate challenges, identify opportunities, and think outside the box to resolve any issue
- Strong manager with a demonstrated ability to build, manage, and develop a diverse and high-performing team, as well as an ability to manage a wide variety and large number of projects with many moving parts to drive them towards resolution and produce high-quality results on tight deadlines
- Top-notch political sense, solid judgment, and discretion to be able to make quick judgments and calculated maneuvers, and to protect the confidentiality of sensitive information
- Excellent relationship-builder who can get along and work with people from all backgrounds and sides of the political spectrum
- Excellent communicator with very strong writing and verbal communication ability
- Solid policy analysis ability, or a demonstrated capacity for and interest in understanding and managing a wide variety of policies
- Solid understanding of and familiarity with Colorado’s unique fiscal structures and challenges, i.e. TABOR, Gallagher, Amendment 23, etc
- Steadfast commitment to and passion for passing progressive policy and willingness to prioritize progress and consensus over dedication to any one particular kind of policy outcome
- Unwavering commitment to weaving in and centering diversity, equity, and inclusion into our staff operations and caucus management work, with a demonstrated ability to develop strategies and tactics to create equitable and inclusive outcomes
Preferred but not required
An ideal candidate will have:
- At least two years of experience managing multiple full-time staff
- Prior experience in a legislative or political role, such as a state legislature, Congress, or electoral campaign
- Prior experience working in Colorado politics
- Prior policy experience and/or a graduate degree
A starting salary for this position will be between $73,000 and $85,000 annually, depending on qualifications and experience. We provide a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance covered mostly by the employer, life insurance fully covered by the employer, your choice of a Defined Benefit or Defined Contribution Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) retirement plan, 10 paid sick days and 12 paid vacation days (not including state and federal holidays), a generous flex schedule during the legislative interim, and a free parking space.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, send a resume and a cover letter explaining why you are a good candidate for the job to COHouseDemJobs@gmail.com. Please put “Deputy Chief of Staff Application” in the subject field of your email. Application deadline is Sunday, October 31, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so please submit promptly.
Hiring Process and Timeline
The process will include an initial phone screening, followed by an in-person or Zoom interview, then a skills assessment, followed by a second interview, and then a final interview with House leadership. We may also decide to ask for prior work samples, if necessary. To ensure and allow time for a thorough hiring process, we do not currently plan to hire for this position until mid-to-late November at the earliest. However, the process may move quicker, if needed, to accommodate highly-qualified applicants. If you have any circumstances or commitments that will impact your ability to commit to this timeline, please provide that information in the email submitting your application materials.
Colorado House Majority Office is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, or disability. We are committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds and identities to apply.