Solid Minerals Manager, Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners
OPENING DATE: September 4, 2019 CLOSING DATE: September 25, 2019
Do you know the difference between Au and augite? Rhyolite and andesite? What’s an impact crusher versus a cone crusher? (Duh.)
We want you!
The Colorado State Land Board is looking for a Solid Minerals Manager to join our minerals team. You’ll use your knowledge of geology, industry, and commodity markets to decide how to encourage the development of state-owned solid mineral estate. On any given day you might be presenting to our Governor-appointed Commissioners, inventorying four million acres of mineral estate, making sales pitches to industry leaders, or hiking mountainous terrain to inspect our leased properties.
What is the State Land Board?
The State Land Board is a constitutionally created agency that manages a $4 billion endowment of assets for the intergenerational benefit of Colorado’s K-12 schoolchildren and public institutions. The agency is the second-largest landowner in Colorado and generates revenue on behalf of beneficiaries by leasing nearly three million surface acres and four million subsurface acres for assorted purposes, including solid minerals extraction. Unlike public lands, trust lands are not open to the public unless a property has been leased for public access. We are entirely self-funded and receive no tax dollars.
Though we are a 143-year old, constitutionally chartered agency, we take pride in being entrepreneurial and business-savvy. We compete in private sector markets daily and generate more than $100 million in revenue annually.
What kind of mineral estate do we have and how do we manage it?
Our 4-person minerals team is responsible for overseeing four million acres of mineral estate leasing. The team generates about $100 million annually. We currently have 90 solid mineral leases that generate $5.5 million annually. While we own and lease the assets, we are not a regulatory or enforcement agency; our lessees must obtain all required permits. We are also not operators; lessees are responsible for all extraction operations.
The job opportunity
This job rocks. (Yes, pun intended.) We want you to share in our excitement over intergenerational stewardship of natural assets and share in our pride of providing significant financial support to Colorado’s public schools. Your work will be a model across the country for massive-scale (four million acres) mineral estate leasing.
A more detailed look at your day-to-day:
What can you expect from us in return for your hard work?
We are a lean team of 45 staff members that places significant emphasis on promoting and maintaining a positive work environment. We get our work done, and we have fun doing it. The qualities of our environment include transparent and open communication, work-life balance (we mean it), and a focus on training and development. You’ll occasionally get to explore and travel our state on day trips or multi-day trips, but minimal out-of-state travel is required. As a state employee, you have access to a suite of HR benefits and holidays, including professional development funds and tuition reimbursement. And you can feel good knowing your work is directly supporting Colorado schools.
What attributes are we looking for?
You’re the type of person who respects the earth and the array of products human society depends on the earth for.
While we value your hard-earned education credentials and admire your impressive professional titles, we care the most about your hands-on track record for solid mineral development.
At a minimum, you need all of the following:
Additional professional experience in land use planning will substitute for the degree on a year-for-year basis. Additional education in one of the specified degrees or in another field directly related to the assignment may substitute for one year of the required experience.
You get bonus points if you can demonstrate the following:
To be successful as a member of this agency, you’ll have these professional traits and skills:
We hope this sounds like you. Tell us why. Apply online through the state portal.
PS: We compete in the private-sector markets every day and operate largely independently from state government. But not from HR. So please follow the lengthy prompts to apply for this position through the state hiring portal. Only candidates who apply through the state portal will be considered. Think of it as an endurance test. We hope to see you at the finish line.