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Apprenticeship Communications Specialist Job Vacancy in State of Colorado Job Opportunities, (Denver, CO 80203) – Businessofusa.com

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Company name : State of Colorado Job Opportunities

Vacant position : Apprenticeship Communications Specialist

Company location : Denver, CO 80203

job description : Department Information

This position is open only to Colorado state residents


This position will have remote and hybrid workplace options available but will still be required to report to the listed address at the discretion of the supervisor and based on business need.

This position is grant funded until June 30th, 2025. The person selected for this position will be required to sign a waiver of retention rights.

The Department of Labor and Employment keeps Colorado strong and competitive. We connect workers with great jobs and assist those who have been injured on the job. We help people who are unemployed through no fault of their own by providing temporary wage replacement and we ensure fair labor practices. We provide an up-to-date and accurate picture of the economy that helps in decision making. And we protect the workplace – and Colorado communities – with a variety of consumer protection and safety programs.

This is a values-driven organization, committed to accountability, agility, collaboration, and respect.

We believe in outstanding customer service, an inclusive culture, continued process improvement and in our role as a trusted and strategic partner. Recognizing that knowledgeable employees drive our success, we are seeking dedicated individuals who exhibit our shared values and our passion for quality and excellence in all we do.

In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:

Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401(k) and 457 plans

Medical and dental health plans

Employer supplemented Health Savings Account

Paid life insurance

Short- and long-term disability coverage

10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

BenefitHub state employee discount program

MotivateMe employee wellness program

Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

Access to participate in employer-supported employee affinity spaces

RTD Eco-Pass Commuter Program

Our agency website: Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

CDLE has implemented a pilot program on March 1st, 2022 which will award Disability Hiring Preference Points similar to the Veterans’ Preference Points program. During your application process you will be asked if you would like to be considered for either of these programs for additional points in the hiring process. To learn more about Disability Hiring Preference and what will be required to participate, please visit our website: https://sites.google.com/state.co.us/disability-hiring-preference/home

PLEASE NOTE: With the beginning of this program, CDLE will no longer accept attachments of any kind with applications. Please be as thorough as possible in documenting your education and work history in the application system. Attachments will not be accepted or considered during any phase of the hiring process including minimum qualification screening, comparative analysis, or interviews.

Description of Job

This position will join the Office of the Future of Work (OFOW) works to understand, prepare for, and develop effective policy and programmatic solutions to support Coloradans in today and tomorrow’s changing economy. The OFOW works in partnership with other state departments and convenes task forces and summits with diverse stakeholders across different regions to explore the topic. The OFOW oversees the State Apprenticeship Agency which promotes and supports registered apprenticeship programs in Colorado. The OFOW administers USDOL-funded apprenticeship expansion grants to increase career and education pathways for jobseekers and students to high-wage careers, with an emphasis on historically excluded populations. This position serves as the unit expert and implementation lead for communications. The Communications Specialist will communicate data, success stories, increase public awareness of the registered apprenticeship model, collaborate with subject matter experts to create and promote accurate and engaging content, and develop a brand identity for the SAA. This position also supports the OFOW Director as needed in executive requests to support EDO, Governor, legislature, or state peers and must be comfortable presenting complex information in concise written and graphical form. The position exists to:

Develop Strategic Communications in Support of Apprenticeship Expansion: At the direction of the Apprenticeship Expansion Manager, and in collaboration with the subject matter staff, this position creates, deploys, and measures effectiveness of a statewide strategy on the value of apprenticeship to employers, apprentices and other key stakeholders. Communications must align with values of OFOW, synthesize data and research, and incorporate principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in apprenticeship.
Shape Communications Strategy and Implementation for Launch and Implementation of the SAA: At the direction of the OFOW Director, this position will be the lead in Communications on policy and deployment of the SAA. The position will work with the Director to develop a brand identity and social media strategy, collaborate with program staff on communication of technical documents to support new program development, and develop and deploy messaging to registered apprenticeship programs and other stakeholders on changes.
Serve as Project Lead for Unit Communications: This position is the lead communications project coordinator, writer for the unit, and identifies appropriate visual content and format to support communications goals. This position works with subject matter staff to establish standardized formats, trains staff on content presentation for communications requests, and serves as the content reviewer/project coordinator for all communications out of the OFOW. Position reviews content from subject matter experts (grant, policy, and program, and quality assurance staff) to create a single voice for the unit, ensure quality standards, and ensure content is user-friendly, concise. The position liaises with the agency Government, Policy, & Public Relations (GPPR) and, if applicable, manages external communications contracts.

Key activities include:

Developing and implementing OFOW’s apprenticeship communications strategy
Establishing and maintaining OFOW apprenticeship social media accounts (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook)
Managing email communications campaigns through MailChimp
Updating OFOW apprenticeship website using Drupal 8
Supporting the development of marketing/promotional/training videos through GPPR staff and contractors
Writing memos, reports, strategic updates, grant reports, and grant applications
Copy-editing written communications across the team to ensure accuracy and consistency
Working with partners to develop co-branded content and ensure alignment
Managing events related to apprenticeship including the annual Apprenticeship Awards

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Substitutions: Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis. Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis. Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to the work assignment. Two years of professional experience in an occupational field related to the work assigned to the position to include: developing and implementing communications strategy; technical and/or grant writing; managing organizational communications: social media, email campaigns, website development. Preferred Qualifications:

Specific experience with one or more of the following platforms: Drupal 8; MailChimp; Managing organizational social media platforms: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Commitment to public service; embraces government transparency.

Critical Thinking: Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems

Experience with registered apprenticeship programs

Required Competencies:

Marketing & Communications: Possesses a thorough knowledge of marketing and communication concepts as well as their application. Knowledge and skills to operate Google Suite or similar, Drupal 8 or similar, MailChimp or similar, and social media tools.

Writing & Communication: Ability to communicate effectively with employers, state agency partners, education and workforce development partners, and other stakeholders through various written and digital tools. Synthesize complex information and communicate in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. Ability to clearly articulate specific needs for graphic design and/or create graphic design collateral.

Collaboration: Ability to work effectively and build coalitions with key stakeholders, speak and write authoritatively and compellingly, resolve communication problems, and negotiate and manage competing interests. Ability to work well with constituents regardless of position and authority, contribute to governing boards and committees, and adhere to clear lines of responsibility and accountability.

Complex Problem Solving: Take initiative to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options, consider alternative solutions, distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information, and use sound reasoning to arrive at data-driven decisions. Approach work with a collaborative, solutions-focused mindset.

Driving Results: Ability to meet organizational and grant goals as well as customer expectations. Ability to work, coordinate activities, and ensure effective performance while operating within strict time constraints and competing priorities.

Project Management: Ability to apply processes, methods, skills, knowledge and experience to achieve specific project objectives.

Conditions of Employment:

Must be a Colorado resident at time of application.
You must pass a thorough background check prior to employment.
Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify
whether or not they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been
fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. Upon hire,
new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status
with proof of vaccination. Vaccinated employees must provide proof of vaccination.

Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series
of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks
after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined
by the most recent State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and current guidance
issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.


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 acknowledgement 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

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact: chris.mcgill@state.co.us

Minimum Qualification Screening
A Human Resources Analyst will only review the work experience/job duties sections of the online job application to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications for the position for which you are applying. Cover letters and resumes WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of the official State of Colorado online application, but may be attached. Part-time work experience will be prorated.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications to continue in the selection process for this position. Work experience and qualifications must be specifically documented on your online application. Do not use “see resume” or “see attached” statements on your application.
CDLE does not accept attachments of any kind during the application process.

Comparative Analysis Process
– Structured Application Review

After minimum qualification screening, the comparative analysis process for this position will involve a review and rating of all the information you submit with your application materials. Therefore, it is extremely important to document in the work experience/job duties portion of your online application the extent to which you possess the education, experience, minimum qualifications, and preferred qualifications as outlined in the job announcement. It is also important to thoroughly answer all supplemental questions (if listed) as your answers to these questions will be evaluated during this phase.

Supplemental Questions

Answer the supplemental questions on the application completely and thoughtfully. Your answers may be rated based on your writing ability (spelling, grammar, and clarity of your writing) as well as the content of your answer.


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 employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, 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.
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment 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 reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Deidre Johnson, at deidre.johnson@state.co.us or call 303-318-8163.
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. For all other inquiries about this recruitment effort, please call 303-318-8200.