Senior Director of Marijuana Enforcement Division State of Colorado – Lakewood, CO

Job details

Salary $96,000 – $144,000 a year
Job Type Full-time
Part-time Temporary

Full Job Description

Department Information


The Colorado Department of Revenue (CDOR) employs approximately 1,600 hard-working and dedicated employees throughout Colorado. We can be seen performing functions as varied as auditing and collecting taxes, issuing driver licenses and motor vehicle titles, marketing lottery products, and regulating liquor, gaming, horse racing, marijuana, and the auto industry in order to assist the citizens of our state.

CDOR Vision

To empower businesses and individuals through quality customer service, innovation and collaboration.

CDOR Mission

To become a trusted partner to every Coloradan to help them navigate the complexities of government so they can thrive.

The Department of Revenue offers 10 paid holidays per year, paid vacation and sick leave, BenefitHub program (discounted merchandise, food and travel, etc), CafeWell, employee wellness program and a great benefit package.

Marijuana Enforcement Division

The Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) is a dynamic and innovative regulatory agency tasked with licensing and regulating the commercial Medical and Retail Marijuana industries in Colorado. First formed in 2010 as the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, the MED has developed a leading-edge approach to commercial marijuana regulation and is considered a global regulatory and industry leader. The Division implements legislation, develops regulations, conducts regulatory and criminal investigations, issues business licenses, engages in outreach and education initiatives, and enforces compliance mandates using a range of intervention strategies necessary to maintain a progressive and robust regulatory framework. The MED promotes transparency and innovation by utilizing a collaborative approach to engaging with stakeholders and by proactively and positively pursuing solutions to issues in a fast-paced professional environment. Culture & Environment: The Marijuana Enforcement Division’s culture emphasizes Emotional Intelligence and Problem Solving. Members of our team are solution-oriented strategic thinkers who demonstrate professionalism, collaboration and integrity in all interactions. The MED operates in a dynamic and complex environment that requires members of our team to support one another in navigating new issues, demonstrate agility, embrace challenges as opportunities, and communicate with empathy, respect, and in the interest of progress.

Regulatory excellence through progressive and proactive compliance and enforcement practices.
Our mission is to promote public safety and reduce public harm by regulating the Colorado commercial marijuana industry through consistent administration of laws and regulations and strategic integration of process management, functional expertise, and innovative problem solving.


Description of Job


This position is responsible for managing and directing the activities of the Marijuana Enforcement Division including licensing, communications, regulatory compliance, industry education, enforcement, and investigations. The Director must ensure the Division meets all requirements and deadlines as outlined in the State Constitution and the Colorado Revised Statutes relating to the regulation of marijuana in Colorado.

Specific duties of this position include: Continually evaluating the overall function of the Marijuana Enforcement Division. Developing and leading the strategies for operational and administrative improvements. Leading the implementation of change management in identified specific areas of the Division’s operations and administration. Making decisions and leading the strategic operational plan regarding the Division’s operations and administration. Consistently evaluating operations to ensure the mission and vision of the agency are reflected in the work product of the Division. Developing a strategy to evaluate and lead the implementation for quality operational systems which comply with State and Federal law, rules, and regulations. Designing and leading the function of a work efficient environment with maximum productivity. Evaluating and developing creative and innovative methods and guidelines for internal systems to provide full flexibility to better serve the Division’s internal and external customers. Leading all change in methodology and systems improvement at the Division and other duties as assigned by the Executive Director


Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree
Six years of professional experience in business, public administration or law enforcement that included at least two years experience with second-level supervisory responsibilities over professional staff, and high level program management experience which included the planning, development and implementation of budgets, policies, procedures and objectives necessary to achieve the goals of an organization or program, along with the development of a strategic plan.

Required Competencies

  • Administrative law enforcement or regulatory environment experience
  • Legislative processes experience
  • Management level experience of one or more programs or disciplines
  • Fiscal oversight and budget implementation experience
  • Extensive management and leadership experience, including organizational assessment and restructuring, staff recruitment, selection, supervision, and retention, etc.
  • Experience in interpreting governmental rules, regulations and laws
  • A demonstrated ability to work with elected and high profile positions and officials at the federal, state and local government levels
  • A proven ability to work effectively with private business from a regulatory or law enforcement position

Preferred Qualifications
  • Superior personnel management skills that included leadership of mid level managers with authority over multi-disciplined business units
  • Demonstrated ability to partner with public and private organizations, special interest groups, elected and appointed officials, in situations which may be politically sensitive ability and demonstrated experience working with the general public, professionals, consultants, and staff, with sensitivity to their needs, and establishing and meeting priorities Well established negotiation skills and an aptitude for building consensus through cooperation and coalition-building
  • Demonstrated outstanding interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Proven experience in budget, financial and contract management
  • Proven experience in policy analysis, development and implementation
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and public speaking skills
  • Ability to problem solve and execute decisions
  • Excellent leadership, supervisory and team building skills
  • Excellent negotiation and consensus building skills

Necessary Special Requirements

Applicants must successfully pass a background investigation and a tax check prior to appointment to position. Applicants must possess and maintain a Colorado driver’s license.


Supplemental Information



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 Guidelines for EDI Compliance for Job Announcements in CO-Jobs Prepared by: Department of Personnel & Administration Division of Human Resources, Consulting Services Page 1 of 3 January 29, 2020 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 Revenue 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, Jacqueline Brown-Tremble at


All correspondence regarding your status in the selection/examination process will be conducted via e-mail. Include a working email address on your application; one that is checked often as time sensitive correspondence such as exam information or notification will take place via email. Please set up your e-mail to accept messages from “” and “” addresses. It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email.

Only complete applications submitted on or before the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration. Failure to submit all required documents by the closing date of this announcement may result in your application being rejected. For assistance with the application process, please review the following video provided by the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration “Applying for a Job with the State of Colorado”.

Complete Applications must include the following documents:
1) A complete CDOR Application for Announced Vacancy (Submit online using the link in this announcement)
2) A complete Supplemental Questionnaire (Submit online as part of your application)
3) A chronological resume (Attach to your online application, late submissions will not be accepted)
4) A Cover Letter with a Written Narrative. The written narrative should describe your interest in this position and specifically how your education, abilities, skills and experience relate to the requirements, responsibilities and competencies listed in the job announcement. (Attach to your online application, late submissions will not be accepted)

Part of, or the entire comparative analysis for this position, may involve a review of the information submitted in the application material, including the answers to the supplemental questions. Therefore, it is paramount that in the experience portion of the application, the applicant describes the extent to which they possess the education, experience, competencies and background as they relate to the duties outlined in the job announcement, as well as the special and/or preferred qualifications. List your employment history starting with the most recent job, including part-time, temporary, and volunteer jobs. If more than one job was held with a given organization, list each job held as a separate period of employment. Under “Duties,” describe clearly the tasks you performed and the nature of your supervisory, technical, or other responsibilities as they relate to the job for which you are applying. Be complete and specific in detailing of duties. Information must be accurate, including dates of employment. If it is found that information provided is falsified, you will not be considered for a job with the State of Colorado and/or may be removed from a job after hire. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions may affect the applicant’s score and/or prevent them from competing in any subsequent measures used to arrive at a top group of applicants. Factors to be assessed are those outlined in the requirements, competencies, and preferred qualifications.

Years will be expressed in terms of full-time equivalent service with full-time workload equal to one (1) Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) year. No more than 1.00 FTE year may be credited in any twelve (12) month period. Positions working 40 hours or less per week will be pro-rated (30 hrs/wk=0.75 FTE=9 mos credit; 20 hrs/wk=0.5 FTE=6 mos credit; 10 hrs/wk=0.25 FTE=3 mos credit)

The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building work environments that are inclusive and reflect our communities and the diverse talents of all people. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds and abilities to apply.


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