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Chief Steward - Division of Racing

Chief Steward - Division of Racing

$83,136.00 - $104,580.00 Annually
Lakewood, CO
Job Type
Full Time
Job Number
Department of Revenue
Enforcement - Racing
Opening Date
Closing Date
6/1/2023 5:00 PM Mountain
Department Information

We serve all Colorado residents in their everyday lives. The department is driven by our values of service, teamwork, accountability, integrity, and respect. We support the Colorado community as well as those that work here. We value the contributions of every employee and encourage learning so our employees can grow. We celebrate diversity, and together, support an equitable and inclusive culture. We embrace our differences because we believe this brings innovation to our work.
The Department of Revenue (DOR) 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. 
The Department of Revenue offers 10 paid holidays per year, paid vacation and sick leave, BenefitHub program (discounted merchandise, food and travel, etc), employee wellness program and a great benefit package.
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.
CDOR Values
Description of Job
This position of Chief Steward (Program Management I) is located in the Division of Racing, Lakewood Office and will also be required to work as needed at the Division's Arapahoe Park and off-track facility located at 26000 E. Quincy Ave, Aurora, CO, 80016.
This position monitors all activities related to running of a horse race, including proper entry of horses in the races, judging the race itself, inquiries and objections and determining the correct order of finish. Conducts hearings and writes orders for regulatory violations, jockey violations, medication violations and other violations of laws and rules for all licensees. Approves horse ownerships, transfers, and claims. Work as the Chief State Steward and in conjunction with other Stewards, (HISA) Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Authority, and (HIWU) Horseracing Integrity & Welfare Unit as is subject to the HISA established rules.

Monitors, judges, and reviews all races
  • Observes live races to determine facts, responds to concerning questions, complaints, protests, inquiries, and objections.
  • Reviews video replay of live horse races with jockeys, horsemen and the public
  • Monitors jockey’s during live races for violations incurred during the race.
  • Observes the start of each live race for gate malfunctions or any other interference.
Serves as a member of the Board of Stewards for hearings, orders, and licensing
  • Serves as a member of the Board of Stewards for medication violation hearings and other rule violations.
  • Maintain, administer, and grade trainer and assistant trainer exams. Distribute and approve or decline first time exercise rider and pony person forms.
  • Signs orders for investigations, citations, and search authorizations.
  • Works with fellow Stewards and division staff to schedule administrative hearings and other administrative and/or criminal proceedings when necessary.
  • Gather, understand, explain and interpret all necessary paperwork and forms required by HISA, HIWU and Colorado regulations for licensees.
Proofs programs for eligibility of horses and orders scratches when necessary
  • Reviews daily racing program for eligibility, weights, medication, equipment, claiming rules, ownership, workouts, first-time starters, sex, etc.
  • Request biological sample collection and testing for live racing and out of competition testing 
Projects to update policies, procedures, or other action items specific to the Chief Steward position.
  • The Steward provides ongoing analysis, technical expertise, development, and decision-making relative to processes critical to the operations, programs, and policies of the Division of Racing Events. The Steward researches, analyzes, reports on, and makes recommendations regarding Division-wide impact and implementation of legislation and rules both in Colorado and federally.
  •  Review, analyze and make recommendations related to amendments of rules and regulations of the Colorado Racing Division and HISA.
  • Draft and make edits to protocols and recommended rule changes as needed.
  • This position must be accredited through the (ROAP) Racing Officials Accreditation Program
  • Aids in the training temporary staff as well as others in the performance of their duties.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Education and Experience:
Must meet one of the following or any combination of experience/education to meet the qualifications:

  • 8 years of experience in the Horse Racing (Integrity and Safety Authority industry) (HISA).
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Political Science and Government, Law, Psychology, Sociology, Business Administration, Economics or a closely related field as determined by the department
  • Four years of professional experience in the Horse Racing (Integrity and Safety Authority industry) (HISA) .
  • Additional appropriate education in Political Science and Government, Law, Psychology, Sociology, Business Administration, Economics or a closely related field as determined by the department will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Necessary Special Requirements: 
  • Must currently be accredited with the Racing Official Accreditation Program (ROAP) as it pertains to the Steward Racing Official. 
  • Applicants must be willing and able to travel in and out of state as required.
  • Applicants must be willing to work nights, rotating shifts, weekends with on-call status, and holidays
  • Must possess and maintain a Colorado driver's license. (Be sure to include your driver's license number on your application). 
  • Must be able to perform required physical duties including but not limited to ascending stairs to rooftop work location.

  • Preferred Qualifications:
The preferred candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Experience in racing enforcement
  • Extensive experience as a lead worker and/or supervisor of Criminal Investigators

  • Proven experience in providing high-quality customer service
  •  Ability to plan and organize

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and public speaking skills
  • Decision-making ability to make numerous immediate, sound decisions on a routine basis and under extreme stress, often without assistance of another. Includes ability to properly interpret and act on verbal orders and written policies with little or no supervision.
  • Ability to evaluate and analyze information in order to apply knowledge and to decide on the most appropriate course of action.
  • Ability to complete reports to describe in a clear, accurate, concise manner, all relevant case activity and developments.
DOR Required Skills and Competencies:
Competencies required for all DOR positions include good communications skills, interpersonal and people management skills, the ability to multitask, the ability to work with confidential information, the ability to work in high-stress environments, and the demonstrated ability to assist customers.
Conditions of Employment with the Colorado Department of Revenue:
1. As a condition of employment with the Colorado Department of Revenue, a requirement exists that all personnel timely file all necessary Colorado Individual Income Tax (CIIT) returns and timely pay tax obligations. As such, all employees must undergo a pre-employment evaluation of their tax records/accounts to ensure compliance with this policy.

2. Employees are in a position of public trust in the performance of their job duties and must operate in a manner that maintains the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and public confidence. All job finalists require successful completion of a background investigation and reference check prior to appointment. Background checks may include national criminal, financial, traffic, civil, education, and/or experience checks or any other checks related to the job assignment. Fingerprint background checks and pre-employment drug testing may also be required for some positions.

Applicant Checklist: 
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".

Work history must be documented in detail under the experience portion of application-"see resume" will not be accepted.

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)

Minimum Qualifications and Comparative Analysis: 
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 prorated (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 eligible list established from this posting may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Email Address:
All correspondence regarding your status in the selection/examination process will be conducted via email. 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.

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.

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, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.
Supplemental Information
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Compliance

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 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

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.
State of Colorado
Department of Revenue

1881 Pierce Street

Lakewood, Colorado, 80214