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Opportunity Title: Child Protection Systems Analyst
Location: Denver
Department: Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman
Posted Date: 05/15/2017
Closing Date: 06/30/2017
Contact Information
Name: Sabrina Burbidge
Title: Deputy Ombudsman
Brief Description

***This is a courtesy posting for the Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman.***



$60,000 per year

Agency Statement:

The Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman (CPO) was designed to engender a high level of confidence in the child protection system by establishing an independent office where citizens may voice their concerns about the agencies and providers tasked with protecting Colorado’s children. This agency is required to:

  • Help people navigate the child protection system.
  • Objectively study and investigate complaints.
  • Provide child protection agencies and providers with recommendations for system improvement.
  • Drive systemic reform of the child protection system through research and education.


Position Purpose and Objectives:

The Child Protection Systems Analyst (CPSA) will work directly with citizens and stakeholders to understand their concerns about the delivery of services to children and families in the child protection system. 

The CPSA conducts independent reviews and investigations of constituent complaints related to the Colorado child protection system and if appropriate, issues recommendations to the agency and/or providers for systemic change.


Reports To:

The CPSA reports to the Ombudsman and Deputy Ombudsman.



The CPSA must have a strong understanding of child abuse and neglect prevention and juvenile justice systems. As such, the applicant must have a strong working knowledge of:

  • Child welfare practices;
  • Colorado Department of Human Services’ policies and procedures;
  • Persistent issues affecting the juvenile justice system;
  • Colorado Division of Youth Corrections’ policies and procedures;
  • Mental health and substance abuse treatment service providers;
  • Civil and criminal courts proceedings (including the dependency and neglect process) and;
  • Law enforcement systems and procedures.


The CPSA should be familiar with the legislative process and comfortable representing the CPO publicly on issues related to child protection. The CPSA will develop and track recommendations to various agencies and providers.


Minimal Educational / Professional Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree (minimum)
  2. Minimum of five years’ experience with public child welfare, including the Division of Youth Corrections (no substitutions)
  3. Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access
  4. Knowledge of operating standard office equipment
  5. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  6. Experience in the development and delivery of trainings
  7. Experience with public speaking
  8. Extremely organized and strong multi-tasking and time-management skills
  9. Good research skills and attention to detail
  10. Can handle sensitive information with the highest degree of integrity and confidentiality
  11. Strong problem solving skills
  12. Ability to work with difficult people in emotionally charged situations
  13. Ability to work independently, as well as an effective team member

Specialized Knowledge:

  1. Colorado Rules Governing Child Welfare Human Services employees (Volume VII)
  2. Colorado Children’s Code
  3. Colorado Criminal Code


Preferred qualifications:

Bilingual Spanish


How to Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter to:

Sabrina Burbidge, Deputy Ombudsman

Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman Office

Detailed Job Information
NOTICE! Each person employed must present identity and employment eligibility verification.
NOTICE! Employees hired after March 1, 1988, must be on the payroll direct deposit program.
NOTICE! Disabled applicants: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the hiring authority.
NOTICE! All prospective employees of the Colorado Judicial Branch are subject to background investigation prior to hiring.

INFORMATION ALERT: Judicial Department employees may not hold office in a political party, nor may they promote one political party or candidate over another in partisan political elections. Employees may hold not-partisan public office provided that there is no conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety with the duties performed for the Judicial Department. In all cases, it will be within the discretion of the Chief Judge of the judicial district to determine whether such a conflict exists. Employees shall seek the prior approval of the Chief Judge before seeking or assuming any such office. Work related to any office held may not be performed on Judicial Department time. Membership on a board or commission that requires registration or party identification as a qualification is not considered to be partisan political office.
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