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DORA/Division of Conservation: Compliance Specialist III

at State of Colorado

Posted: 7/15/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2756911
Categories: Government, Legal
Keywords: mail

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Department Information


This job announcement has been extended.  The new closing date is August 7, 2020. 


The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado.

Consumer protection is our mission.
 
DORA values and promotes diversity, supporting a workforce that is inclusive of people from different backgrounds and experiences; creating an environment that is reflective of our communities; promoting positive relationships; and putting forth unique perspectives to fulfill our mission.  

Description of Job


The Division of Conservation exists to administer the conservation easement tax credit program. The division's principal activities are certifying conservation easement holders; receiving and examining tax credit applications submitted by landowners; issuing tax credit certificates to landowners; supporting the Conservation Easement Oversight Commission ("Commission"); sharing relevant information with the Department of Revenue ("DOR") to ensure compliance with accepted appraisal practice and other provisions of law; and working with other state agencies to recommend new regulations or legislation.
 
Position: SBA 6003

This position is responsible for conducting compliance examinations of applications for state income tax credit certificates submitted to the division by landowners. Specifically, this position examines complex documents to ensure they comply with all state requirements that must be met in order to qualify for issuance of a state income tax credit in an amount of up to five million dollars per application.  The position's responsibilities include the review of conservation easement documentation, including deeds of conservation easements, baseline documentation reports, title work such as exceptions to title, mineral assessment reports, qualified real estate appraisals, and related documents. The position works directly with applicants, certified conservation easement holders, and certified general appraisers to clarify potential concerns with the conservation easement donation; presents findings and recommendations to the director and the commission. Additionally, the position participates in the division's outreach program, coordinated through the Director of Communications & Public Engagement within the Executive Director's Office.
 
Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Examining draft and qualified appraisals of conservation easements to ensure compliance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and applicable state and federal laws and regulations;
  • Conducting more than one type of easement examination concurrently and managing the assigned workload to ensure that examinations of qualified appraisals are completed timely - in no more than 120 days, per statute;
  • Working directly with stakeholders, including but not limited to appraisers, tax credit applicants and their advisors to ensure applicants have the opportunity, pursuant to statute, to correct potential deficiencies identified during the appraisal examination;
  • Assisting the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) in drafting charges when a tax credit application is denied, and in preparing a case for presentation to an administrative law judge;
  • Testifying under oath when a matter proceeds to trial in order to provide an opinion concerning the credibility of examined appraisals and the sufficiency of the conservation purpose.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (MQs):

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in political science, environmental science, natural resources management, business administration, public administration, public policy, or in a field of study directly related to the work assignment; AND
  • Two (2) years of professional* appraisal review experience performing one (1) of the following two (2) functions:
    • Reviewing or managing conservation easement transactions; or
    • Reviewing or conducting conservation easement appraisals.
Document this experience in your application IN DETAIL, as your experience will not be inferred or assumed.  Part time experience will be prorated.
 
SUBSTITUTIONS:
  • A combination of professional* work experience in the occupational field or specialized subject area of the work assigned to the job, which provided the same kind, amount, and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree; OR
  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university in in political science, environmental science, natural resources management, business administration, public administration, public policy, or in a field of study directly related to the work assignment may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.
*Professional work involves exercising discretion, analytical skill, judgment and personal accountability and responsibility for creating, developing, integrating, applying, and sharing an organized body of knowledge that characteristically is: uniquely acquired through an intense education or training regimen at a recognized college or university; equivalent to the curriculum requirements for a bachelor's or higher degree with major study in or pertinent to the specialized field; and continuously studied to explore, extend, and use additional discoveries, interpretations, and application and to improve data, materials, equipment, applications and methods.

Preferred Qualifications/Competencies:
  • Holds a current, active Certified General Appraiser license issued by the State of Colorado;
  • Experience managing donated and bargain-sale conservation easement transactions;
  • Experience reviewing conservation easement holder policies and procedures;
  • Experience utilizing and familiarity with appraisal methods used to value conservation easements;
  • Experience managing a non-profit organization;
  • Experience in legal analysis and/or real estate title work;
  • Previous public/community outreach and stakeholder engagement experience;
  • An advanced degree in one of the above-referenced fields.
Required Competencies: The following knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics are required competencies and may be considered during the selection process (including examination and/or interview):
  • Oral communication skills, including the ability to verbally communicate effectively to a diverse audience;
  • Written communication skills, including the ability to complete reports in a clear, accurate, and concise manner;
  • Ability to read and analyze laws, rules, regulations and policies and interpret them in order to explain them to various stakeholders;
  • Strategic thinking, including the ability to identify emerging issues, anticipate trends, and provide recommendations on strategies to minimize risk impacts;??
  • Comfortable demonstrating expertise in front of authorities, including defending well-researched recommendations;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research and gather pertinent information;
  • Demonstrated understanding of quality customer service, including the ability to diplomatically deal with difficult customer interactions;
  • Demonstrated active listening and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to work effectively on collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Critical thinking and analysis skills, and the ability to analyze and reconcile information;
  • Ability to handle sensitive and/or highly confidential information in a professional and ethical manner, and in accordance with state and federal laws;
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and abide by workplace principles, practices and behaviors as internally identified and defined by the department;
  • Flexibility and adaptability with regard to change management, including the ability to adhere to changes in work processes, adapt to changing priorities, and maintain a willingness to comply with and support organizational change(s);
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with multiple audiences to develop solutions and alternatives;
  • Demonstrated attention to detail;
  • Self-motivated, self-directed, reliable, and accountable;
  • Demonstrated ability to meet hard deadlines, work with minimum supervision, and maintain a focus on priorities in an environment of constant change;
  • Professional demeanor;
  • Proficiency in the use of PC software applications including Microsoft Office (Access, Word, Excel, etc.), Google Suite, as well as the use of databases.
Conditions of Employment: Candidates who fail to meet the conditions of employment will be removed from consideration.
  • The successful passing of a reference check and/or, if required, a background check.
    • A reference check may include but is not limited to: contacting previous and current supervisors to verify employment and discuss performance, a review of the personnel file, a review of the performance record, etc.
    • The type of background check depends on the job duties of the position, and can include a review of any criminal record, credit report, and/or driving record.

Supplemental Information


PLEASE READ - Required Application Materials

Interested individuals must submit the following online:

1. A completed State of Colorado Application (log-in to your current NeoGov account or create a NeoGov account to complete the online application). Note: Incomplete applications, including incomplete work history sections or "see résumé," "see attachment," or "see addendum" statements, will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application form.

2. A current email address on your application, as all communication pertaining to this position will be conducted via email. Please set up your email to accept messages from info@governmentjobs.com and '@state.co.us' addresses, and check your email often. Note: The department cannot guarantee the successful delivery of email, including incorrect filtering into junk mail folders.

3. A detailed cover letter, explaining how you meet the required competencies and how your accomplishments, qualifications, skills, areas of expertise, personal characteristics, etc. make you a good fit for this position; you may also attach additional documents that demonstrate this.

Comparative Analysis Process: Structured Application Review
Part of, if not the entire, comparative analysis process for this position will involve a review of the information you submit in your application materials; Therefore, it is paramount that in the experience portion of your application and cover letter, you describe the extent to which you possess the education, experience, and competencies outlined in the job announcement as well as the required and/or preferred qualifications/competencies. You are also encouraged to attach additional documents to that effect. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions may affect your score and prevent you from competing in subsequent measures used to arrive at a top group of applicants.

Veterans' Preference: Candidates who wish to assert Veterans' Preference should attach a copy of their DD-214 to their application. Failure to do so will result in being denied Veterans Preference.

PLEASE NOTE: Former State Personnel System employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose this information on the application.  Colorado Revised Statutes require that all state employees be hired and promoted through competitive examination of merit and fitness.  Failure to include the required information, failure to follow instructions, and/or failure to submit materials by the application deadline may result in your application not being considered for the position and may affect your score or inclusion in the final pool of qualified candidates.

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. 

ADAAA Accommodations: DORA 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, Rachael Alkayali, at dora_hr@state.co.us or call (303) 894-2441.

Appeal Rights: 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.