The largest foundation in Colorado (at $2.6 billion in assets) and one of the premier health foundations in the country, The Colorado Health Foundation has earned a stellar reputation as an innovative thought partner, a flexible grantmaker and an intentional advocate "bringing health in reach of all Coloradans."
Under the leadership of CEO Karen McNeil-Miller since 2015, the Foundation and its operating culture have shifted to be more externally focused, reflecting the belief that the road to better community health and health equity often begins at the local level where individuals and families live out their daily lives.
The Vice President, Community Investment & Impact is critical to the Foundation’s effectiveness. Leading a team of some two dozen professionals, the Foundation’s only VP is one of just four members of the executive team (along with the CEO, the Chief Impact Officer and the CFO). Together, they share responsibility for grants and community investments that totaled $146 million in 2020. The VP in particular must ensure the department's staff and resources are deployed to optimum effect to increase the health, health access and health equity for the people of Colorado.
The Foundation has an overarching commitment to diversity and inclusion; nearly half its staff of 68 are people of color, and 20% of its endowment is overseen by external investment managers of color. Importantly, almost everything the foundation does, both within its own walls and in the larger community, is viewed and evaluated through an equity lens. It is critical, therefore, that the new VP have a clear view, whether from lived experience or professional engagement, of how to center race and equity in the Foundation’s efforts so they are woven into the work, not separate from it.
The new VP will be tasked with an extraordinary responsibility: Ensure the Foundation’s Community Investment & Impact staff and resources are deployed to optimum effect to increase the health, health access and health equity for the people of Colorado.
A significant part of the Foundation’s effectiveness derives from its highly matrixed approach to philanthropy. The various internal departments have their own unique functions, of course—Accounting & Compliance, for example, or Learning & Evaluation—but the commitment to work in tandem, across functions and roles, is real, and interdisciplinary efforts both inside and outside the organization are the norm. Grantmaking and other types of investments are among the core tools—along with policy advocacy and strategic communications—that help drive impact for the mission.
The Foundation continues to explore ways to deepen its work in racial equity and social justice, embracing equity in its internal practices while supporting such efforts across its footprint. The new VP will be expected to champion the Foundation’s health and racial equity initiatives, not just from a perspective of intellectual understanding but also from one of professional engagement.
The Foundation's strategy and tactics continue to evolve, but the commitment to progress is unwavering. Success in pursuit of progress will be greatly influenced by the of the Vice President’s nuanced leadership.
The ideal prospects to become The Colorado Health Foundation’s next Vice President, Community Investment & Impact will combine a genuine heart for the work with the experience and perspective to foster fresh thinking, new questions and creative collaborations, both within the Foundation and within the communities it serves.
The best candidates will have a passion for deepening the Foundation’s work in race and equity and be willing to step into such issues as a leader.
Further details are available in the comprehensive Leadership Profile, available here.