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New Job Career Services Specialist In Colorado

Career Services Specialist
Career Services Specialist

Career Services Specialist

Company : State of Colorado Job Opportunities
Salary : $5,428 - $6,687 a month
Location : Colorado

Full Description

Department Information



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 and is set to expire on June 30th, 2025. The person selected for this position will be required to sing 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
  • 11 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:

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) which 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.

The Career Services Specialist is a critical member within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s (CDLE) Office of the Future of Work (OFOW), serving as the Staff Authority in career service delivery practices to support the statewide expansion of registered apprenticeship programs (RAPs), youth registered apprenticeship programs (YRAPs), and high-quality pre-apprenticeships. The position will work closely with the Apprenticeship Team within OFOW to develop and implement apprenticeship expansion priorities and tactics as the expert on career services. The Career Services Specialist plays a key role in achieving the Office of Future of Work’s goal to expand access to high quality apprenticeship programs to meet business needs and create a future-ready workforce.

The goal of this position is to increase career and education pathways for jobseekers and students to high-wage careers, with an emphasis on historically excluded populations. The position exists to serve as a subject matter expert on career service delivery specific to RAPs, YRAPs, and pre-apprenticeship and to serve as a formal liaison among client-facing staff within K12 (e.g. guidance counselors, Career Technical Education teachers), postsecondary (e.g. Career Center staff, college-based Apprenticeship Navigators), nonprofit (e.g. career coaches), and workforce systems (e.g. WIOA case managers, Vet Staff).

The primary focus of this role is to 1) analyze, update, and improve state and local policies to increase access to apprenticeship for Colorado career seekers and students; and 2) convene and train career services staff state-wide, promoting the apprenticeship model and apprentice case management best practices. Desired outcomes include strategic planning and execution of outreach efforts to career seeker/case management staff across state and local agencies, collaboration in drafting state policies/procedures, and contribution to state work-based learning tools. This position will join a team of Specialists, and will be primarily focused on developing resources for and training career services staff across the state, and promoting and educating about the apprenticeship model to these staff.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights



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.

Three years of professional experience in an occupational field related to the work assigned to the position to include: Career services and coaching, policy analysis, professional training, adult education, facilitation, teaching, or related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with federal grants and/or grants management

  • Experience with registered apprenticeship programs or workforce development.

  • Innovation: Explore new ideas, methodologies, different positions, and alternatives to reach outcomes. Assess, manage and take calculated risks to achieve goals. Suggest alternative ways to view or define problems; is not constrained by conventional thinking and established approaches.

  • Ability to incorporate equity, diversity and inclusion principles and strategies into organizations.

  • Commitment to public service: Recognizes distinct differences that come with leading in government versus leading in the private sector. Serving the people of Colorado serves as a guiding force behind decisions.

  • Previous experience performing similar duties as a State of Colorado Classified Employee.

Required Competencies:
  • Communication: Ability to communicate effectively with a broad and diverse group of stakeholders: employers, state agency partners, education and workforce development partners, and more. Comfort presenting complex information to a wide variety of audiences and catering the communication to their needs. Synthesize complex information and communicate in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

  • Complex Problem Solving: 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 decisions. Approach work with a solutions orientation.

  • 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.

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

  • Judgment and Decision Making: Consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

  • Embraces government transparency.

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 ([email protected]), 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; 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 under Rules.

Supplemental Information

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact: [email protected]

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, CDLE does not accept attachments of any kind during the application process.. 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 [email protected] 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.