Senior Officer for Public Opinion Insights

Colorado Health Foundation
March 12, 2024
1780 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, CO
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The Foundation is happy to announce an opening for the position of Senior Officer for Public Opinion Insights. This unique position leads a signature body of work within the Foundation focused on equipping advocates for health equity and racial justice with research-based insight into what shapes Coloradans’ opinions about controversial public policy topics.

The Senior Officer for Public Opinion Insights manages community advisory committees that work closely with consultant teams who have deep expertise in innovative public opinion research methods. These groups collaboratively design and execute research that goes beyond just polling to quantify what Coloradans think about public policy issues to a deeper qualitative approach that identifies the factors that either strengthen or weaken people’s support for policies that advance health equity.

The Senior Officer for Public Opinion Insights translates research results into messaging guidance for advocates that strengthens their skills for communicating effectively and persuasively about socially sensitive topics. This position designs approaches to sharing research-based insights with Colorado’s advocacy community and policymakers in ways that takes research into strategic actions that activate and persuade people across the ideological spectrum to champion public policies that improve health equity. It is a unique role in the field of philanthropy, and it has lead innovative projects like the development of the messaging guidance to support racial equity in COVID-19 vaccination that is now available on CHF’s website.

The Colorado Health Foundation is a statewide philanthropic organization that champions the overall health and well-being of every Coloradan, by advocating for and investing in solutions and policies that drive health equity and racial justice. Every day, we collaborate with organizations and communities across the state to break down the many systemic inequities that stand in the way of health. Our work is guided by three cornerstone that are “must-haves” in all we do:

  • We do everything with the intent of creating health equity.
  • We serve Coloradans who have less power, privilege and income, and prioritize Coloradans of color.
  • We are informed by the community and those we exist to serve.

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 the demonstrated skills and ability to:

  • Gather feedback from Colorado’s advocacy community to design a qualitative public opinion research agenda that helps advocates to learn how they can effectively and persuasively communicate with audiences across the ideological spectrum about public policies that advance health equity and racial justice


  • Combine strong project management and change management skills with a high degree of emotional intelligence that can be leveraged to work successfully with partners and audiences who have different viewpoints on contentious issues


  • Select and manage consultants who are able to conduct qualitative and quantitative public opinion research projects in ways that demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion


  • Design and execute a learning agenda for CHF that facilitates application of the insights gained from qualitative public opinion research in our approaches to advocacy and communications strategy


  • Develop an engagement strategy with advocacy organizations that supports the widespread adoption of insights and messaging guidance developed from public opinion research


  • Contribute to strengthening the Foundation’s own capacity to communicate effectively, and to influence public policy as a senior member of the communications and policy teams


  • Demonstrate expertise in shaping and executing strategy in ways that advance equity while operating in matrixed and interdependent teams



A Bachelor’s Degree that would prepare you to do the work of community change and centering health equity. Eight year’s professional experience working in advocacy coalitions and stakeholder management, communications strategy, and project management. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in developing organizations’ ability to apply research-based messaging guidance to advocacy communications strategy.

It’s an exciting time to join the Foundation whose assets include a complex investment portfolio valued at approximately $2.7 billion and whose annual grant making is in excess of $100 million. We offer a robust benefit and wellness package, 401(k) match, and generous paid leave programs. The starting range for this position is $105,063-$123,410, paid as salary 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.  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 4/7/24

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