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Colorado Office of Saving People Money on Health (OSP$HC)

STATE OF COLORADO invites applications for the position of: Senior Health Policy Advisory - Office of Saving People Money on Healthcare This position is open only to Colorado state residents. This announcement represents the selection process for an occupied, reclassified state position. Applications will not be considered from any individual not specifically covered by strict eligibility requirements.


LOCATION: Denver Metro, Colorado

PRIMARY PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS: 200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver CO 80247

SALARY:$5,833.33 - $6,833.33 Monthly

OPENING DATE: 07/22/20

CLOSING DATE: 08/06/20 11:59 PM

JOB TYPE: Full Time


The Office of Saving People Money on Health Care (OSPMHC) was established by Governor Polis in 2019, and is led by Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera. The goal of the OSPMHC is to identify and implement policies that will reduce health care costs while expanding access to quality care in every corner of Colorado.


The Senior Health Policy Advisor will play a leadership role in the Polis-Primavera Administration’s effort to save people money on health care. They will develop strategic policy and legislative analysis and recommendations, and brief and advise the Governor, Lt. Governor, Chief of Staff, and other administration officials concerning all the issue areas in their health care portfolio.

Ideal candidates for this position will be strategic thinkers with strong facilitation and management skills and significant experience in health care policy work at the state and federal level. They will be effective communicators who are comfortable interacting with a wide range of stakeholders, including legislators, executive staff, advocates, and members of the public. They will be comfortable advocating for the OSPMHC, Lt. Governor, and Governor in diverse environments and have the coordination skills to ensure multiple teams are working together to achieve the health care goals of the Polis-Primavera Administration.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Study the drivers of health care costs and identify ways to make health care more affordable for individuals, small businesses, the uninsured, state government, and state employees.

  • Reduce health care costs while ensuring culturally responsive and equitable access to quality care.

  • Identify and assess the role of specific policy initiatives and goals in the context of a broad agenda.

  • Collaborate closely with teams in the Governor’s and Lt. Governor’s office and appropriate state agencies. Work closely with the Governor’s policy advisors, and the Governor’s legislative team to help advance the Governor’s agenda during legislative sessions.

  • Support legislative and state agency efforts. Develop and maintain strong working relationships, in partnership with the Senior Advisor for the OSPMHC, with key stakeholders and constituencies throughout the state to inform this work.

  • Coordinate the Core 4 and All Roads Lead to Health Cabinets including facilitation, agenda-setting, increasing cross-agency collaboration, and ensuring the advancement of performance metrics (Wildly Important Goals).

  • Monitors legislative and administrative developments at the state and federal level that impact Colorado, particularly those that advance the Governor’s priorities.

  • Provide briefings, talking points and other work product for the Governor and Lt. Governor

  • Helps manage OSPMHC and staff.


Skills and Competencies:

  • Depth of health care policy expertise and innovative thinking

  • Ability to manage the Health Cabinet and All Roads Lead to Health Task Force to yield high levels of interagency coordination, performance, and outcomes.

  • Ability to multitask and function effectively in a complex, high-performing, fast-paced, professional environment.

  • Detail-oriented strategic thinker with well-developed decision-making, research, analytical, and project management skills.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, advanced interpersonal skills, the ability to learn and assimilate information quickly, and the ability to influence and persuade to affect solutions to complex problems.

  • Ability to frame, market and communicate complex policy issues and strategies to a variety of audiences including elected officials, key health care industry leaders and the general public

  • A well-developed familiarity with Colorado health policy issues and demographics is an asset.

  • Ability to assimilate and synthesize complex information and research into concise, relevant, logical and organized formats for analysis and discussion as well as the ability to identify and resolve or minimize potential conflicts in goals and objectives, missions and agendas.

  • Ability to analyze and understand disparate health policy impacts on different communities across Colorado, such as rural communities, communities of color, and low-income neighborhoods.

  • Ability to work in and effectively manage teams

  • A good sense of humor and a positive attitude.


  • Public policy analysis and development skills

  • Experience researching and developing health care policy or related issues

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Familiarity with governmental and legislative processes

  • A high degree of professionalism and confidentiality

  • Facilitation experience with complex issues

  • Ability to identify and assess the role of specific policy initiatives and goals in the context of a broad agenda

Organizational Relationships:

This position reports to the Chief of Staff to the Lt. Governor. This position works closely with the Governor’s Policy Team and OSPMHC Senior Advisor; supervises the OSPMHC Policy and Operations Coordinator; and, may oversee interns.

Expected Annual Travel:

Occasional in and out of state travel.

Education/Experience: 5-7 years of relevant work experience. Lived experience with health inequities preferred. Supervisory experience preferred.

FLSA Status:



A cover letter and resume must be submitted with the application for consideration. Your cover letter and resume must provide sufficient detail about your background and experience to allow the screening panel to properly assess your experience in the required elements, including your experience and achievements. We offer a generous benefits package including: • Annual leave accrued at 13.33 hours per month • Sick leave accrued at 6.66 hours a month • 10 paid holidays per year • Medical and dental plans • State paid life insurance policy of $50,000 • Choice of 2 retirement plans • 401K and 457 plans • State paid Short Term Disability coverage • Additional optional life and disability plans • Credit Union Membership • RTD pass • Training and professional development To learn more about State of Colorado benefits visit: ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Michelle Hunter by phone (303) 866-6309 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

HOW TO APPLY: Thank you for your interest. Submit an on-line application by clicking the link below or submit a State of Colorado Application for Announced Vacancy and all supplemental questions according to the instructions provided below. Failure to submit a complete and timely application may result in the rejection of your application. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that application materials are received by the appropriate Human Resources office before the closing date and time listed above.

IF NOT APPLYING ON-LINE, SUBMIT APPLICATION TO: Thank you for your interest. Please email a resume and cover letter to with " Senior Health Policy Advisory - Office of Saving People Money on Healthcare" in the subject line. Due to the volume of applications we receive, only candidates selected to move forward in the selection process will be contacted.


METHODS OF APPOINTMENT: This position is not part of the classified state personnel system.


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