Policy Analyst

Policy Analyst

House Majority Office

Colorado House of Representatives

Description:

The Colorado House Majority is seeking an analytical thinker with a commitment to progressive values to join our team as a Policy Analyst. We’re looking for a policy professional with legislative or electoral experience who can advise and support the development and execution of the House Democrats’ legislative agenda. The position serves the Speaker of the House and Majority Leader, and reports directly to the Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff.

 

This is a dynamic and exciting position at the center of the action in the Capitol, interacting with legislators, leadership, and advocates every day. During the legislative session from January to May, the Policy Analyst is responsible for staffing up to four Committees of Reference and supporting and serving as a resource to the Chairs and Vice Chairs of those committees on the impacts of various bills in their particular policy areas. During the legislative interim from June to December, the Policy Analyst supports the broader work of legislative interim committees, works one-on-one with legislators to develop concepts for legislation, and conducts in-depth policy research and analysis on topics of interest to the caucus and its individual members.

 

This is a unique opportunity for an individual who wants to have an impact on the most pressing issues facing Coloradans today, and who thrives in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.

About the House Democratic Caucus and Staff

The 41-member House Democratic caucus is the largest and most diverse caucus in state history, with members bringing a wide range 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 four 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 is saving Coloradans money on health insurance premiums, a long-awaited transportation funding package, a national model for law enforcement accountability, a landmark climate bill establishing greenhouse gas reduction goals, a lifesaving red flag law to prevent gun violence, a bill to codify the right to an abortion in state law, and much more.

We take the work seriously, but not ourselves, so if you enjoy bad puns, sharing your garden harvest, and discussing the big, existential challenges of the world with passionate, dedicated public servants, then we’re the team for you! 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Track bills as they are amended throughout the legislative process, staying attuned to policy and political issues and anticipating problems before they arise, and being prepared at any time to summarize key issues to staff and House leadership;

  • Take point on consequential bills and support the sponsor in all stages of the bill’s development from stakeholding and committee hearing(s) to floor debate;

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders and advocates, organizing outreach and facilitating difficult conversations when necessary;

  • Analyze briefing materials from executive branch departments and interface with the relevant legislative liaisons, as well as with policy staff for the Senate and Governor;

  • Contribute to a variety of communication materials, including daily press releases;

  • Contribute to collaborative team projects as they arise: recent examples include the 2022 End of Session Report and the Powering the Colorado Comeback Resource Guide.

 

What we’re looking for:

  • Ability to distill complex policy concepts, long committee hearings, and opposing perspectives into concise and digestible summaries, quickly and accurately;

  • Highly organized with a keen attention to detail to ensure accurate analysis;

  • Political acumen, solid judgment, honesty, and a strong sense of discretion;

  • Good relationship builder and excellent communicator, both in writing and speaking;

  • Motivated self-starter who can “manage up” effectively, anticipate needs and challenges, identify opportunities, and organize others into action to keep projects moving forward and drive them towards resolution, producing high-quality results on tight deadlines.

 

An ideal candidate will have:

  • Prior experience in a state legislature, Congress, or electoral campaign

  • Prior experience working in Colorado politics

  • Comfort working with Google suite (docs, sheets, slides, forms) and Slack

 

Compensation 

Salary will be between $65,000 and $70,000 annually depending on qualifications and experience. We provide a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance covered mostly by the employer, life insurance covered by the employer, your choice of a Defined Benefit or Defined Contribution PERA retirement plan, 10 paid sick days and 12 paid vacation days per year (not including state and federal holidays), 8 weeks of paid family medical leave, 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 COHouseDemocrats@gmail.com. Please put “Policy Analyst” in the subject line of your email. Application deadline is Monday, November 14 by 5pm MT, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so please submit promptly.

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.