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Opportunity Title: Chief Analyst - Division of Youth Services
Location: Denver
Department: Office of Colorado's Child Protection Ombudman
Posted Date: 08/09/2019
Closing Date: 09/06/2019
Contact Information
Name: Karen Nielsen
Brief Description

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

The Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman (CPO) was established to improve the child protection system including the division of youth services, by serving as a resource to citizens, employing a complaint process for citizens to voice their concerns and by making recommendations to the Governor’s Office, Colorado State Legislature and other stakeholders for system improvements.

The salary for this position is $72,000 per year, with benefits.

Position Purpose and Objectives:

This is a leadership role which requires the Chief Analyst to build and oversee a program within the CPO to: investigate concerns related to youth and families who intersect with or are in the care of the state’s Division of Youth Services; identify systemic issues within the state’s juvenile justice system; and collaborate with government agencies, community members, youth and families, and other stakeholders to propose long-term solutions.

The position requires the Chief Analyst to engage in various levels of research, analysis, synthesis and outreach. The Chief Analyst will be responsible for responding to contacts who have concerns or questions about Colorado’s Division of Youth Services and related facilities and agencies. This will require information gathering, research and interviews with contacts, agencies, and third-parties. The Chief Analyst will identify appropriate resources, possible legal violations, and external referrals for clients. The Chief Analyst will have the potential to supervise other analysts conducting similar work.

The Chief Analyst is also responsible for identifying systemic trends and public policy concerns based on investigations, independent research, and external stakeholder outreach and communications. The Chief Analyst will work with the Ombudsman, Deputy Ombudsman and Policy Director to prioritize issues and facilitate stakeholder efforts to identify and propose solutions to state leaders and others.

The position requires the Chief Analyst to synthesize information and produce various written products, including: case summaries, letters outlining possible violations of rule and law, reports detailing systemic investigations and issues, public policy analysis and proposals, and professional communications with state leaders and others. The Chief Analyst is expected to write thoughtful, high quality drafts and work closely with other team members to produce final products for public dissemination.

The Chief Analyst will represent the agency outside of the office at stakeholder meetings, legislative hearings and other events.

Reports To:

Child Protection Ombudsman

Minimal Educational/Professional Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree (minimum requirement)
  2. Minimum five years’ professional experience in the Colorado Division of Youth Services system, juvenile justice system or a directly related area. This experience should include providing services directly to children and families impacted by these systems, and analyzing policies, laws or rules in these areas
  3. Working knowledge of the delivery of Colorado’s juvenile justice system, Division of Youth Services, law enforcement and behavioral health systems
  4. Experience working with state or local officials or other stakeholders on related public policy issues
  5. Executive leadership experience related to program development
  6. Executive management level skills
  7. Experience drafting, assessing or interpreting laws or regulations related to juvenile justice systems
  8. Solid understanding of state statutes, regulations and related policies and processes
  9. Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  10. Adhere to deadlines, work collaboratively with CPO staff and maintain an appropriate level of professionalism.
  11. Applicant must be self-directed and be able to lead a program with little supervision.
  12. Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite programs, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's Degree or Juris Doctorate

Definition of Work:

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Specialized Knowledge:

  1. Colorado Division of Youth Services Regulations
  2. Colorado Children’s Code

How to Apply:

Please email resume and cover letter by 5:00 PM on September 6, 2019, to:

Karen Nielsen

Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman

*Final applicants will be required to submit a writing sample that demonstrates research and analytical abilities on a substantive topic. Applicants may also be asked to engage in a “real-time” writing exercise that illustrates the applicant’s ability to issue spot and write appropriate summations of issues.

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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