Denver, CO

Associate Program Officer, Colorado Health Foundation

The Organization

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 equity.

·        We are informed by the community and those we exist to serve.

Position Overview

The Foundation is happy to announce the position of Associate Program Officer. This position will be working on the implementation of the Foundation’s priorities related to Advocacy, Capacity Building, and Community Solutions, as well as supporting our locally-focused work in nine communities across the state. These responsibilities will include community engagement, relationship building with community partners, reviewing grant proposals, managing active grants, and supporting special projects that advance the Foundation’s work.

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 power.

Ideal candidates will:

·        be skilled at critical thinking, problem solving, and have an ability to make decisions and see paths forward even when there is considerable ambiguity.

·        excel in developing relationships with various partners and stakeholders; producing written summaries and recommendations; managing multiple projects with consistency, timeliness and accuracy; and exhibiting a desire to learn.

·        have a broad understanding of the social determinants of health, policy/advocacy, community-based work, and philanthropy.

·        be able to work both independently and collaboratively, and responsively and proactively, within and across teams.

·        have motivation to identify issues, innovate solutions, and continuously improve practice.

·        have a deep understanding of the communities we serve, including communities of color, rural communities, and neighborhoods or regions that face the greatest health inequities – or other experiences or expertise that would prepare you to engage in this work.

·        be comfortable engaging in complex conversations around health equity and the Foundation’s strategies.

The Associate Program Officer will be working within the Community Investment and Impact team, including supporting implementation of strategies across Foundation priorities, and engaging in strategic relationship building.

A Bachelor’s Degree that would prepare you to do the work of community change, centering health equity and three years of experience. Two additional years of experience may be substituted for a degree. Preference will be given to applicants who are bilingual and fluent in written and spoken English and Spanish or are multilingual and/or who have experience working with immigrant and refugee communities.

The Community Investment and Impact department spends a great deal of time in the community which requires the Associate Program Officer position a minimum of 40% travel throughout Colorado.

It is 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 $71,199 – $83,745per year, paid as salaried, exempt and is eligible for all CHF benefits.  This is a full-time in-office position in Denver, Colorado with the exception of required travel. The Foundation has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy in place for all staff.

How To Apply

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 ((

This position closes on May 31, 2022


The Colorado Health Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invite qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

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