Local recruitment: State Revolving Fund Analyst and Outreach Specialist

Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Denver, CO, USA 🇺🇸

Salary: $53,484.00 – $78,276.00 Annually

Location: Denver Metro, CO

Job Type: Full Time

Department: Department of Local Affairs

Job Number: NAA-22018-1.2023

Closing: 2/8/2023 11:59 PM Mountain

Department Information

This posting may fill other similar positions in the same class including some permanent regular and term-limited positions.  

About the Colorado Department of Local Affairs

The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) serves as the primary interface between the State and local communities. The Department provides financial support to local communities and professional and technical services (including training and technical assistance) to community leaders in the areas of governance, housing, and property tax administration. While all state governments provide such services through various Departmental structures, Colorado’s approach is unique in that these local community services are gathered into one Department of “Local Affairs,” which has a central focus on strengthening Colorado communities and enhancing livability.

Vision

The Department of Local Affairs is responsible for strengthening Colorado’s local communities through accessible, affordable, and secure housing; implementing property tax law; capacity building, strategic training, research, technical assistance, and funding to localities. 

Mission

Our mission is to help strengthen Colorado’s communities

Why work for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs?

The work we do matters greatly.  It matters to us and it matters to the citizens of the great state of Colorado.   We love our community and are passionate about supporting our community.  We value the diversity that Colorado offers.  If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference in communities across the State, consider joining the dedicated people of the Department of Local Affairs.

In addition, we offer a great location and great benefits, which include:

Description of Job

SUMMARY OF THE POSITION:

This is a new term-limited position created to respond to the increased workload resulting from additional funding the State Revolving Fund program is receiving from the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This position exists as part of the Division of Local Government’s Local Government Services Section, and conducts financial analysis of local governments for State Revolving Fund water and wastewater loan programs. This position also engages in program outreach, funding coordination, and technical assistance to prospective applicants. 


This position will develop and implement a responsive curriculum and education outreach plan to help Colorado’s drinking and wastewater providers be strategic and successful with applications for the unique funding opportunity created by the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This position will customize these education and outreach plans as needed to suit the needs of different areas statewide and the individual needs of the community. The curriculum and plan will include education about available funding and provision of technical assistance to communities that need help navigating the planning and/or funding process, with the goal of building a diverse pipeline of fundable projects.


This position conducts analysis and prepares reports on the financial condition and creditworthiness of State Revolving Fund applicants, and determines eligibility for grants, low interest rates, or other incentives. To support DOLA’s role in the State Revolving Fund, this position provides local government expertise, technical assistance, liaises with DOLA Field Staff and other internal and external partners, and assists applicants in developing affordable projects. This position uses the Division’s financial assessment methodologies, local government budgets, audited financial statements, and demographic and financial databases to compile, analyze, and present financial, administrative and other specialized information relating to applications for funding. By working closely with applicants throughout the project development process and coordinating with other funding programs, this position ensures applications are for timely and fundable projects. The position performs other duties as assigned to support the agency’s role in the State Revolving Funds.
 
Meetings with communities and program partners may take place in person or virtually.Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in accounting, business administration, economics, finance, public administration, statistics, or closely related field; 

AND Two (2) years of professional experience with local government finance/budgeting, capital planning or capital improvement projects, community development, program or project management, or the provision of technical assistance.

This experience must be clearly demonstrated in your application to be considered for employment.

 Substitutions:

  • Professional level experience as identified in the minimum qualifications may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor’s degree. 
  • A master’s degree in any of the above as identified in the minimum qualifications or a closely related field will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis. 

Preferred qualifications that a successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Previous or current government experience performing financial analysis
  • Experience related to capital planning, or capital improvement projects
  • Previous experience in project management, planning, or data analysis
  • Experience in data analytics, and databases. 
  • Experience interpreting and providing technical assistance to internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience working with local governments 

Highly Desired Skills and Competencies:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to independently problem solve
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong mathematical skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with internal and external customers and stakeholders
  • Ability to adapt communication appropriately for purpose and audience
  • Ability to provide clear, concise, and objective responses to complex program questions
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google applications

Conditions of Employment:

  • You must be a resident of Colorado

Application Checklist:

Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration.  Failure to submit properly completed documents by the closing date of this announcement will result in your application being rejected.  

Applicants may submit a resume, cover letter/letter of interest detailing how their experience and background address the stated minimum and preferred qualifications/competencies of the job and attach to the online application.  Applications left blank or marked “See Resume” will not be accepted. 

The application may include the following documents:

  • A resume (attach to your online application).

Note:  Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions, and reinstatements) if applying are required to participate in the comparative analysis process. 

Comparative Analysis:

Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis.  The comparative analysis for this position will include a written exercise to evaluate your analytical and problem-solving skills, analytical skills and customer service.   Depending on the number of qualified applicants, the next step will include a video or a voice screening of the applicants. 

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APPEAL RIGHTS:

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director. 

An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email (dpa_state.personnelboard@state.co.us), postmarked in US Mail or hand-delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgment of the department’s action.

For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to spb.colorado.gov; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at (303) 866-3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at spb.colorado.gov under Rules.
Supplemental Information

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, a medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.


 DOLA is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to Jennifer Yalcin, DOLA ADA Coordinator at 303-864-7865 or jennifer.yalcin@state.co.us.

Agency: State of Colorado
Department: Department of Local Affairs
Address: 1313 Sherman Street, 3rd Floor, Denver, Colorado, 80203
Phone: 303-866-4904
Website: http://dola.colorado.gov


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