The Foundation is happy to announce two openings 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 develop 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, learning and evaluation, and
communications to leverage opportunities for strategic impact.
The two openings include the following bodies of work:
- Leading the Foundation’s Child and Youth Physical Well-being
priority, as well as supporting Foundation work for Food Access and
Security, and Affordable Housing. Preference will be given to
applicants with extensive knowledge about the social determinants
of health and a generalist mindset who can demonstrate significant
cognitive agility and experience in leading work within multiple
- Leading the Foundation’s Advocacy priority and engaging in
locally-focused work in two communities, as well as supporting
Foundation priorities for Capacity Building and Community
Solutions. Preference will be given to applicants with extensive
experience in advocacy, public policy, community organizing, and/or
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 the social determinants of
health and the role these play in overall health-related outcomes
and a generalist mindset (broad knowledge and skills in multiple
areas) along with demonstrated cognitive agility (openness,
flexibility, adaptability) OR
- 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 to manage 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.
- Be motivated 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.
At a minimum, qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s Degree
that would prepare you to do the work of community change,
centering health equity and eight years’ of related experience.
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 position is $132,700 – $162,500 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
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 website (www.coloradohealth.org).
This position closes on February 10, 2023.
The Colorado Health Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and
invites qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.