First Assistant Attorney General – Tax Unit


Revenue & Utilities
Position Number:
LAA 09384
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:
Friday, February 10, 2023
Employment Type:
Position Type:

Find a rewarding career making a difference: Join the Office of the Attorney General!

The Colorado Department of Law is seeking a First Assistant Attorney General (“First”) in the Revenue & Utilities Section. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced practitioner to help lead a team of dedicated public servants and make a difference in the lives of the People of Colorado. Statutes and regulations governing state tax have a substantial impact on Coloradans and ensure that the state and local governments have the resources necessary to provide essential services.  This First will lead seven attorneys and one paralegal in the Tax Unit to address complex, and often novel, tax-related legal issues, and will primarily advise and represent the Department of Revenue.

For this leadership position, we’re looking for a candidate who values the insights and contributions from all team members; accepts, adapts, and contributes positively to change, and encourages others to be equally adaptive and flexible; and has a clear and expansive understanding of Colorado tax law, including applicable statutes, case law, and corporate structures and operations.


The First will be responsible for leading a team of seven attorneys and one paralegal with diverse levels of experience in state tax law issues.  The First reports to the Deputy Attorney General for the Revenue & Utilities Section and participates in management and leadership teams for the section and the office as a whole.

The First facilitates the work and operations of the Tax Unit, promoting collaboration, engagement, integrity, and exceptional legal service. The First assigns and oversees cases to Unit attorneys, coordinates workflow, and carries an independent workload. The First also has management responsibilities which include supervising; coaching and evaluating the attorneys; reporting to senior management on legal, operational, and personnel matters; and furthering the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Department of Law.  The First serves as a frontline leader and is responsible for employee performance management activities and assisting the Deputy Attorney General with personnel, budget, and various administrative duties affecting the work of the Unit, the RU Section, and the Department of Law.

Specific duties include:

  • Handling a caseload which may include high profile or complex cases in the Section and supervising other staff performing the same;
  • Coaching team members and helping them set goals for professional development;
  • Assisting with proposed legislation, statutory interpretation, policies and processes, and other aspects of the Department of Revenue’s functions and responsibilities;
  • Rigorously editing line attorneys’ briefs, petitions for rehearing/certiorari, general counsel advice, and any other work product;
  • Coordinating brainstorming and moot court sessions for line attorneys; and
  • Working as part of a collaborative management team within RU and the DOL to lead with empathy, innovation, and a growth-mindset.

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. 


The First is part of the Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law frontline 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.
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 the First must meet the following criteria:

  • Be admitted to the Colorado bar or be 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 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.
  • Have demonstrated competency in state tax law and appellate practice; and
  • Have outstanding analytical and writing skills and ability to coach others on their writing

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience with state tax law (both litigation and general counsel work) and appellate practice;
  • Prior management or supervisory experience leading a diverse workforce, or similar experience as a lead on a project or for a team.
  • Organizational or team leadership experience, and eagerness to work with our leadership team on high-level, strategic decisions for the Section and the enterprise;
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and public service.

The successful candidate for this position will be someone who:

  • Relishes the opportunity to work as part of a team and values the insights and contributions from all team members;
  • Interacts professionally and effectively with a wide variety of individuals, including clients, attorneys, paralegals, and other administrative staff across the Department of Law
  • Demonstrates a commitment to help leadership implement the vision and values of the Department of Law;
  • Has a clear and expansive understanding of Colorado tax law, including applicable statutes, case law, and corporate structures and operations;
  • Has excellent writing and oral advocacy skills;
  • Has experience writing appellate briefs and conducting oral arguments before the Colorado Court of Appeals or Colorado Supreme Court;
  • Is capable of issue-spotting client positions or legal concerns that may impact multiple State clients and appropriately identifies the need for awareness by leadership and timely executes on elevating; and
  • Is objective and flexible, with the ability to adapt to changing priorities and situations.

Conditions of Employment: 

  • The final candidates for employment must successfully pass a thorough criminal background investigation.


Please view the full job announcement for more information and to apply online.

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