The Foundation is happy to announce an opening for the position
of Senior Program Officer. This position is responsible for the
development and implementation of the organization's strategies,
necessitating an enterprise-wide perspective and the ability to
both craft strategy and do the detailed work of implementing it.
This position also has at its core active community engagement,
discerning between potential paths of action and choosing a path
that will create impact, recommending and managing grants, and
working with the Foundation’s other departments such as policy and
communications to leverage opportunities for strategic impact. The
Senior Program Officer will be working on the Foundation’s
priorities of Capacity Building and Community Solutions, as well as
leading our Advocacy priority and our locally-focused work in two
At the Foundation, we believe that keeping equity at the heart
of our work will lead us to better health. That starts from within,
including intentional application of diversity, equity, and
inclusion practices that guide how we operate and work in
communities across Colorado. For example, our cornerstones are
designed to help ensure that:
- We serve Coloradans who have less power, privilege and income,
and prioritize Coloradans of color.
- We do everything with the intent of creating health
- We are informed by the community and those we exist to
Candidates will have a personal commitment and connection with our
mission and cornerstones; work well in ambiguity and managing
change; and proactively identify opportunities to advance our
mission while remaining grounded in the day-to-day
responsibilities. They will need to be able to apply principles of
health equity and racial justice across all of their work, as well
as integrate concepts of strategy formation and refinement, systems
thinking, complexity, adaptive/emergent strategy, worldviews and
Ideal candidates will:
- have a strong understanding of and experience with public
policy, advocacy work, community organizing efforts, and/or other
related pathways to policy change and civic reform work.
- feel comfortable engaging in complex conversations around
health equity and the Foundation’s strategies and centering race in
- be skilled at critical thinking, problem solving, and have an
ability to make decisions and see paths forward even when there is
- create conditions that allow internal and external groups to
plan, develop and implement work, including facilitation of those
- provide coaching, consultation, and other support to internal
staff, as well as people and organizations externally, that allows
them to tap into their capacity in a way that helps them accomplish
- enjoy the challenge of crafting the big picture strategy, while
also figuring out how that needs to be turned into action
- has the attention to detail required of managing a large
workload of multiple projects and relationships in a fast-paced and
ever evolving workplace, without losing sight of our mission.
- excel in developing relationships with various partners and
stakeholders; producing written summaries and recommendations;
managing multiple projects with consistency, timeliness and
accuracy; exhibiting a high level of self-awareness and a desire to
- have a deep understanding of the communities we serve,
including communities of color, rural communities, and
neighborhoods or regions that face the greatest health
- have a broad understanding of the social determinants of
health, community-based work, and philanthropy.
- be able to work both independently and collaboratively, within
and across teams.
- have motivation to identify issues, innovate solutions, and
continuously improve practice.
Senior Program officers are actively engaged in their assigned
regions and communities, which requires a minimum of 40% travel
throughout Colorado. A valid Colorado driver’s license is required
for travel throughout the state.
A Bachelor’s Degree that would prepare you to do the work of
community change, centering health equity and eight years’ of
experience. Preference will be given to applicants with extensive
experience in capacity building, built environment, and /or
community development. Background with immigrant and refugee
It’s an exciting time to join the Foundation whose assets include a
complex investment portfolio valued at approximately $2.6 billion
and whose annual grant making is in excess of $100 million.
Additional benefits are a robust benefit and wellness package,
401(k) match, and generous paid leave programs. The starting range
for this 128,387 – $150,761 paid as salaried, exempt and is
eligible for all CHF benefits. This is a full-time position
in Denver, Colorado with the exception of required travel. We
work on a hybrid schedule of three days in-office (required) and
two days remote. The Foundation has a mandatory COVID-19
vaccine policy in place for all staff. This is an extraordinary
opportunity for an individual to have a meaningful impact through
their professional contributions. Interested candidates may submit
their resumes and cover letters on the Colorado Health Foundation’s
This position closes on October 2, 2022.
The Colorado Health Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and
invites qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.