Division of Community Engagement Director
- Division of Community Engagement
- Position Number:
- Salary Range:
- $10,615.00 - $13,000.00 Monthly
- Apply By:
- Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 11:59 pm
- Work Unit:
- Job Location:
- 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
- Release Date:
- Tuesday, January 17, 2023
- Employment Type:
- Position Type:
Applications for this position will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interviews may be conducted prior to the job closing. We encourage you submit your application early if possible.
The Colorado Department of Law, Division of Community Engagement is seeking a committed public servant to lead the division, working alongside a phenomenal team in the division and in the Department of Law! This is a rare opportunity for an attorney seeking a unique combination of community engagement, while also being involved in legal policy and special initiatives of the Department. In this role, you’ll oversee a dynamic and dedicated team with critical functions while also taking on exciting projects that directly affect and support communities of Colorado. If you are passionate about public service and have a desire to use your legal experience to make a difference, this position is for you!
The Division of Community Engagement is the open door to the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. We work to build relationships and establish meaningful conversations across Colorado to hear the needs, ideas, and voices of the people of our state.
The Division promotes these connections through our five programs: Outreach and Engagement, Consumer Engagement and Data Services, Safe2Tell Colorado, Opioid Response, and Grants and Partnerships. Through these programs, we serve Coloradans on the priorities of the attorney general’s office. Learn more about each area of work below.
Outreach and Engagement: Our Outreach and Engagement Unit conducts outreach across the state, partnering with community groups, non-profits, advocates, stakeholders, and local governments to build lasting connections that inform how the office serves Colorado. This work features travel and outreach by Attorney General Phil Weiser, our Outreach and Engagement staff, and professionals from across the Colorado Department of Law. We conduct outreach in both English and Spanish to expand our connections with Colorado communities.
Consumer Engagement and Data Services: The Consumer Engagement and Data Services Unit connects with people throughout Colorado to gather information about the issues Coloradans face. Such efforts help inform investigations, provide litigation support, as well as support education and outreach programs along with various policy-related matters. The bilingual unit engages with and listens to people through our consumer fraud hotline. We also provide tools to report potential issues and scams.
Safe2Tell: Safe2Tell empowers young people to keep their community safe. We take reports any time and day of the year from students or other community members who are concerned about their safety or the safety of others. The founding principles of Safe2Tell are to educate, encourage, equip, and empower.
Opioid Response: Opioid overdoses and addiction have devastated families and communities throughout Colorado, and this crisis poses a serious threat to the state’s public health, safety, and economy. Our office is committed to collaborative problem-solving and working toward sustainable solutions. The Opioid Response team helps with the administration and distribution of Colorado’s portion of multistate settlements from opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies who helped fuel the crisis.
Grants & Partnerships: The Division of Community Engagement provides grant funding and engages in partnerships to address issues ranging from rural development and transitioning economies, empowering youth and addressing youth mental health and safety, educating consumers to prevent fraud and scams, and providing services and support to victims of crime.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
As the Director of the Division of Community Engagement, you will have the opportunity to lead a team of 20+ staff members and DCE’s five units/programs. This position, in addition to overseeing the functions of the Division of Community Engagement, works on special initiatives of the Office of the Attorney General. In so doing, this position partners with other DOL leadership on communications, Department-priority projects, policy, and legislation. As the DCE Director, this position provides counsel to the AG in a broad array of legal areas where the Department’s work intersects with Colorado communities. The DCE Director also leads special projects and initiatives for the Department, serves as a representative of the Department at external events, and advances the priorities of the Department in stakeholder meetings and relationships. The DCE Director must have, and be able to build and grow collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The Director will analyze law and policy initiatives affecting the people of Colorado and will build strategic plans to engage with communities. This position works closely with the Director of Communications and the communications team to ensure the DCE efforts are aligned with the Communications Team and Attorney General priorities. This position serves on several other internal teams to ensure the DOL is fulfilling the mission and values of the office.
This position is a part of the DOL Leadership Team and is responsible for employee performance management activities and budget, and various administrative duties affecting the work of the Division and the Department of Law.
Salary note: Although a salary range is listed, salary will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and in compliance with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.
This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in the Department of Law.
The Director is part of the Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law leadership team. As such, the strongest candidates will demonstrate excellence in the following competencies.
Communication & Listening – Inspires confidence through active listening and effective communication with clients, leadership, colleagues, and staff. Inspires confidence through active listening and effective communication with clients, leadership, colleagues, and staff.
Flexible & Adaptable Management – Accepts, adapts, and contributes positively to change; leads with new concepts and ideas; and encourages others to be equally adaptive and flexible
Coaching & Developing People – Invests in our talent through coaching and sponsorship and by pushing individuals outside of their comfort zones to grow as professionals
Creative & Strategic Problem Solving – Takes a result-oriented, open-minded, and innovative approach to overcoming challenges and dealing with crises
Enterprise & Growth Mindset – Balances the goals of clients, leadership, colleagues, and staff with the broader interest of the enterprise
Client Service, Interpersonal Skills, and Emotional Intelligence– Demonstrates and models self- awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and sensitivity in working with clients, colleagues, and staff
Applicants for this position must possess the following minimum qualifications:
- Admitted to the Colorado bar or clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar and be in good standing at the time of application. Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application before the first day of employment.
- Passion for public service and for serving Colorado communities.
- Demonstrated experience engaging with Colorado communities.
- Ability to build trust with various communities and internally. Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
- Strong written and oral communication skills, including public speaking.
- Ability to travel, including occasional overnight trips.
- Demonstrated commitment to and values diversity, equity, inclusion, and public service.
The ideal candidate will also have:
- A minimum of 5 years of experience as an attorney working closely with diverse populations on various legal issues.
- Experience creating, reviewing, and revising policies with a thorough understanding of the legal implications.
- Project management experience.
- Experience engaging with the public, including developing strategic plans for outreach and engagement.
- Prior management or supervisory experience leading a diverse workforce.
Conditions of Employment:
- This position will be required to travel, including occasional overnight trips.
- Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.
- Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application and application for Practice Pending Admission before the first day of employment. For more information about admission to the Colorado bar please review information on the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel website.
To view the full job announcement and to apply please visit the state of Colorado jobs page.