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Portfolio Director

Diverse Talent

This is a Full-time position in Denver, CO posted November 17, 2022.

Location: Denver, CO

Salary: $172,100-$220,000

Reports to: Vice President of Community Investment and Impact

Position Division: Community Investment and Impact

Position Type: Full-Time; Exempt

Diverse Talent has partnered with The Colorado Health Foundation to place their next Portfolio Director, Community Investment & Impact. Headquartered in Denver, CO, The Colorado Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit private foundation focused on bringing health in reach for all Coloradans. Staff at the Foundation work to achieve the greatest impact on the health of Coloradans through use of our full philanthropic resources including grantmaking, policy advocacy, strategic private investments, convening, capacity building and more.

Position Summary

The Portfolio Director is a senior leader in the organization with responsibility for identifying and nurturing opportunities to improve the health of Coloradans. The Portfolio Director manages a team of program officers with diverse skills and expertise and is responsible for developing and leveraging the team’s talents toward the Foundation’s mission. The Portfolio Director oversees grantmaking strategies and a portfolio of investments.

Position Responsibilities

Representing the Foundation

  • Represent the Foundation’s mission, vision, values and priorities internally and externally.
  • Convey professionalism and authenticity when representing the Foundation.
  • Embody foundation core values, cultural attributes and application of the Centering Race Framework.
  • Intentional application of diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.
  • Strategic Leadership to include strategic thinking, acting, and influencing.

Team Management

  • Hire, manage and develop team members.
  • Provide direct supervision for Senior Program Officers, Program Officers, Associate Program Officers, Senior Administrative Assistants.
  • Lead a high-performing dispersed team.
  • Provide coaching and development for individual team members.
  • Ensure team operations, processes and guidelines are consistent with department and organizational expectations.
  • As a member of the Community Investment and Impact (CII) leadership team, contribute to overall team management and development needs, monitor work of team members to ensure it meets team and Foundation standards. Ensure team members are positive contributors at the Foundation and being utilized to their potential.
  • Build the team’s capacity on an identified area (e.g., community engagement, strategy development, project management, advancing health equity and racial justice).

Stewardship of Foundation Resources

  • Fully utilize the diverse talents, skills and experience of team members toward TCHF’s mission.
  • Ensure team members have the resources and tools necessary to perform their responsibilities.
  • Manage grantmaking, consulting and administrative budgets.
  • Foster a culture of stewardship by identifying individual and organizational opportunities to improve stewardship and/or increase impact.
  • Actively embody foundation values and coach development of values in others through coaching and mentoring.

Grantmaking, Monitoring and Management

  • In concert with the VP of CII, develop and manage grantmaking priorities.
  • Develop systems, processes and culture that enable greater learning, reflection and idea development to ensure stronger grantmaking practices and outcomes for the foundation.
  • Oversee execution of grantmaking (e.g., solicitation, initiative development, pre-application technical assistance, grant reviews, recommendations, site visits, post award follow-up, reporting) by APOs, POs and SPOs to ensure consistency.
  • Work closely with leadership team members to ensure that efforts related to communications, evaluation, policy, grantmaking and advancing health equity and racial justice are mutually reinforcing and help define/ refine grantmaking strategies for the Foundation. Identify and liaise with outcome team, cross functional team members and external experts who can help strengthen and inform cross-portfolio learning for grantmaking efforts.
  • Continuously review portfolio, revising the grantmaking strategy as needed based on learning from the grant review, monitoring and evaluation processes, as well as other sources of evidence and respond to new challenges and opportunities. Partner with portfolio directors to ensure consistency across portfolios and facilitate cross portfolio learning.
  • Approve and/or recommend grants within designated thresholds.

Initiative Development and Management

  • Oversee all grantmaking initiatives within portfolio, providing guidance to senior program officers on issues regarding initiative development and implementation.
  • Manage initiative budgets within overall portfolio budget.
  • Assess progress of initiatives.
  • Make recommendations to executive leadership regarding current and future initiatives.

Opportunity Identification and Problem Solving

  • Ensure that staff across the foundation have the tools and resources needed to implement formal problem-solving methods.
  • Coach and develop problem solving and critical thinking skills within CII team members.
  • Scan and identify issues, trends and opportunities across the national foundation sector that are relevant to the foundation’s priorities and translate them for the Colorado landscape.

Relationship Development and Management

  • Understand and optimize relationship management skills of individual team members; identify training opportunities and provide coaching to enhance relationship skills of CII team members.
  • Model strong relationship development and management skills, including self and role awareness, skillfully navigating difficult conversations, regularly seeking and delivering constructive feedback, etc.
  • Develop and manage an extensive and diverse network, actively adding new members and brokering new connections; leverage network to support organizational and community strategies to improve health.
  • Develop regular, ongoing feedback loops to learn from experiences of others and deepen and broaden the work of the Foundation.

Knowledge Development and Management

  • Identify/create learning opportunities for team and for individual team members.
  • Contribute learnings at the local, state and national levels, and translate learnings into opportunities to increase impact.
  • Demonstrate future orientation by following/identifying trends among grantees, within the state of Colorado and within the field of health (across all sectors), precursors to health (i.e. social determinants such as poverty, education, housing, etc.) and health philanthropy.
  • Co-create systems, structures and process for sharing and leveraging knowledge within CII team and across the organization to ensure alignment and increase impact.


  • Develop and manage annual grantmaking approvals and cash budgets.
  • Develop and manage administrative and community investment budgets.
  • Manage and monitor budget dashboards.
  • Monitor and budgets throughout the year and update as needed in consultation with VP of CII and finance team.

Organizational Leadership

  • Actively participate as a member of the Foundation’s Leadership Team.

Other Functions

  • Lead organizational teams.
  • Special projects and duties as assigned.

Work Environment

  • Hybrid schedule of three days in-office (required) and two days remote
  • Normal office environment
  • Travel; Expected to travel for work -related meetings (e.g. site visits, post award meetings, informational meetings, community meetings/ events, conferences, etc.) at least 40 percent of the time, although it could be more depending on specific works and demands of the job.
  • Stand or sit in stationary position for extended periods of time.
  • Mandatory Covid-19 vaccine policy in place for all staff.

Minimum Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Public Health, Public Administration, Business Administration or related field.
  • 10 years’ management and leadership experience with progressive responsibility and scope.
  • Three years’ experience working in philanthropy, non-profit or public sector organizations.
  • Five years of people management as a supervisor or lead team member.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Valid Colorado Driver’s License.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 15 years’ management and leadership experience in philanthropy, nonprofit or public sector.
  • Experience working in health care sector.


Robust medical, dental, vision and life benefits with exceptional Foundation support for employee premiums. Unique wellness package, generous 401(k) match and organization contribution, and generous paid leave programs.

For additional information on the Portfolio Director role with The Colorado Health Foundation, please visit:

Please submit a Resume and Cover Letter by November 21st to be considered for this opportunity.

This Job Description describes the general content and requirements for the position. It is not an exhaustive statement of the essential functions, responsibilities, or requirements of the job; they may change from time to time and are dictated by the needs of the organization and the supervisor to whom the employee will report.

Our client is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.