Denver, CO

Senior 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 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 communities.

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:

  • 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 our work.
  • be skilled at critical thinking, problem solving, and have an ability to make decisions and see paths forward even when there is considerable ambiguity.
  • create conditions that allow internal and external groups to plan, develop and implement work, including facilitation of those groups
  • 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 their goals
  • 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 learn.
  • 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.
  • 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 communities preferred.

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.

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 (

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.

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