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Program Manager

The Opportunity

The Colorado Health Institute (CHI) seeks a dynamic and innovative program manager to join a team of professionals who are highly dedicated to improving the health of all Coloradans through evidence-based, nonpartisan, data-driven policy solutions. This is a mid-level position appropriate for master’s degree graduates with at least three to five years of relevant work experience.

At CHI, we believe that sound evidence and solid analysis lead to better health policy, and that better health policy leads to better health for all Coloradans. We are an innovative and independent health systems and health policy research and consulting group. We answer Colorado’s most pressing health questions by providing analysis and expertise that informs policy, advances health, promotes collaboration and supports better access to care for all Coloradans. CHI serves as a strategic advisor to the philanthropic community, state government agencies, hospitals and health systems, local public health agencies, and local nonprofits. Our work is mission-driven and impact-oriented.

Our culture is team-based and highly collaborative. We work hard and take our commitment to the community seriously, and balance that with “nerdy fun” and levity. We strive to create a workplace that encourages and rewards intellectual curiosity, personal initiative and the ongoing cultivation of expertise.  


Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee and provide direction for multi-stakeholder projects:
    • Serve as primary point of contact for partners and stakeholders from human services, public health, philanthropic, government and business communities, among others.
    • Manage overall timeline and schedule for project activities.
    • Facilitate periodic meetings in person and by phone/webinar.
    • Manage partner engagement and communication via regular email and phone updates.
    • Coordinate community-wide forums and key informant interviews within the metro Denver region although some statewide travel may be required.
    • Work with the Managing Director of Research, Evaluation and Consulting and project leads, if applicable, to discuss strategic vision and planning for each project.
  • Develop and oversee project-wide administration processes that may include:
    • Creating a charter, work plan, and other documents necessary for successfully running each project.
    • Creating program-wide communications, including presentations, supporting materials, file-sharing sites, and email distributions.
    • Ensuring compliance with contractual requirements and reporting deadlines to external entities.
    • In conjunction with the Director of Finance and Administration, overseeing budgets, fiscal management, and reporting compliance.
    • Developing and maintaining a system for notetaking/capturing information and disseminating materials and information for regular meetings.
    • Monitoring project efficacy through regular evaluations and reports.

Candidate Qualifications

Competitive candidates will possess:

  • Demonstrated ability to manage a large project and associated deliverables.
  • Prior experience managing external contracts, including regular evaluation activities.
  • Prior experience coordinating internal staff teams and ensuring clarity on roles and deadlines.
  • Prior experience with community building, human services, and public health activities.
  • Strong interpersonal and team-based skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders, community members, public officials, and researchers.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, including the ability to translate complex ideas into clear, easy-to-understand concepts.
  • A self-starter comfortable working in situations that involve substantial ambiguity and/or limited guidance and oversight.
  • Public speaking and presentation skills, including experience presenting complicated subject matter to non-expert audiences and professionalism in representing the organization out in the community.
  • Engagement with and awareness of health policy trends and issues.

Experience and Education

  • Master’s degree(s) in public health, public policy, or health services research.
  • Three to five years of relevant work experience.

Candidate Characteristics

Successful candidates will have demonstrated:

  • Integrity, embodied by being honest and trustworthy;
  • Leadership skills, including the ability to inspire others to achieve their best work;
  • Initiative, shown by the confidence to make decisions and take risks; and
  • Adaptability, key to working in a fast-changing environment.


  • Competitive salary and potential for bonus based on company performance.
  • Comprehensive benefits program, including medical, dental, vision, 401K, transportation and cell phone stipends, and paid time off annually.

How to Apply

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but preference will be given to those applying on or before July 31, 2019.

The Colorado Health Institute is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity in any term, condition or privilege of employment. We do not discriminate against applicants on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.