Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary $7,224.00 - $10,953.00 gross per month
  • Denver


Department Information

The Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13 requires that applicants for state classified government jobs be residents of Colorado

This is a time limited position for two years or until project completion

About Us

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and 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

- Discounted RTD EcoPass (Denver Metro locations)

- BenefitHub state employee discount program

- CafeWell employee wellness program

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

*Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more

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Our Culture & Environment

Our vision is that the people of Colorado will be safe, healthy, and prepared to achieve their greatest aspirations. Through our core values listed below, CDHS staff are committed to:

- Making decisions with, and acting in the best interests of the people we serve, because Colorado's success depends on their well-being

- Sharing information, seeking input, and explaining our actions because we value accountability and transparency

- Managing our resources efficiently because we value stewardship

- Promoting a positive work environment, and supporting and developing employees, because their performance is essential to Colorado's success

- Meaningfully engaging our partners and the people we serve because we must work together to achieve the best outcomes

- Committing to continuous learning because Coloradans deserve effective solutions today and forward-looking innovation for tomorrow

The Division of Child Welfare (DCW) provides a range of leadership, management and supervisory functions related to the administration of child welfare services to children, youth and families. DCW provides supervision for all child welfare programs in Colorado's 64 counties and delivers technical support, monitoring, program improvement, regulatory oversight, and other quality assurance functions.

DCW allocates and oversees approximately $450,000,000 in federal and state grants for county programs and operations. DCW develops, analyzes and implements legislative, budgetary and policy initiatives and recommendations related to public child welfare services in Colorado. DCW develops policies, rules, and agency administrative directives and procedures to be implemented at the county level. DCW provides program expertise and consultation to counties and researches, advances, and promotes best practices and evidence-informed programs. DCW manages and coordinates State efforts to maximize federal revenues and program requirements, including the Child and Family Services Review and Program Improvement Plan, Title VI-E, IV-B/Annual Progress and Service Report, and the federal reporting systems (AFCARS, NCANDS, and Colorado's automated case management system, Trails).

DCW is one of five divisions/units within the Office of Children, Youth and Families, which consists of the Divisions of Youth Services and Child Welfare, the Domestic Violence Program, Medical Oversight Unit, the Colorado Sexual Health Institute, Pay for Success, and the Juvenile Parole Board. The Office is under the oversight of the Director of the Office of Children, Youth, and Families and that position report directly to the Executive Director of the Department of Human Services

Description of Job
The Division of Child Welfare welcomes your interest in theFamily First Prevention Services Act Project Manager position. This positiona newly created, two-year, time-limited position, and may end sooner based on the needs of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) implementation project. This position exists to address identified needs in the Division of Child Welfare in fully implementing the FFPSA.This position improves the quantity and quality of the Division's efforts to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act in partnership with county departments of human/social services and other stakeholders.

Responsibilities in this position include:

- Engage with stakeholders to determine the plan for implementing the Act, policy development to implement the Act, and project management within DCW to ensure all program areas are working in a consistent, coordinated manner to implement the Act in their respective areas.
- Develop, oversee and facilitate project planning and implementation activities for the overall coordination, scheduling, planning, monitoring, and reporting of all phases of the Family First Prevention Services Act
- Create, develop, and recommend new and innovative business processes and methodologies
- Ensure that projects associated with the Family First Prevention Services Act are justified, executed, managed and reported out on by applying project management, change management and process improvement methodologies
- Provides project management direction to ensure overall success of the Family First Prevention Services Act implementation by developing project implementation plans including project business benefit, scope, objectives, schedules, deliverables, and success criteria that support Departmental goals in collaboration with management.
- Stay up-to-date with project management and change management trends, innovations, theories, and best practices
- Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential risks, and devise contingency plans
- Identify potential problems and encourage suggestions to improve the overall performance of the project for customer satisfaction
- Collaborate with the Child Welfare Leadership Team to strategize the approach for managing these changes within DCW
- Collaborate with others in DCW as well as the Office of Early Childhood, the Office of Economic Security, the Office of Behavioral Health, and Health Care Policy and Financing to determine whether and how practices and policies need to change and be in alignment to be in compliance with the Act
- Subject matter expert on the Family First Prevention Services Act and is the Division's representative on various Family First Prevention Services Act committees/subcommittees
- Act as a liaison between the committees/subcommittees and the rest of the Division, bringing back information to the Division and vice versa

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to the work assignment


Five years of professional experience with project management


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.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Smartsheet experience
- Change management or process improvement certifications a plus (ex. Six Sigma, Lean, Agile, ADKAR, etc)
- 4+years experience managing multiple high-stakes projects with multiple deliverables simultaneously
- Extensive history using written and digital project management tools

Conditions of Employment:

- Current Colorado Driver's License
- Ability to pass a standard background check
- Travel – The work requires occasional travel to oversee the unit's auditing and monitoring functions or liaison with community partners and facilities; travel may occur any day of the week
- Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.


If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing

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