Director of Programs – Mile High Connects

    The Denver Foundation
    March 26, 2019


    Job Title: Director of Programs – Mile High Connects

    Reports To: Executive Director – Mile High Connects


    Position Summary:

    The Director of Programs will collaborate with the Executive Director and senior leadership to develop and execute strategic direction and programs. The DO will also interface with The Denver Foundation’s Programs staff.    


    ABOUT MILE HIGH CONNECT: Mile High Connects (MHC) is a broad collaborative of private, public, nonprofit organizations, and community leaders committed to ensuring that all residents of the Metro Denver region have access to affordable transit, affordable housing, and economic opportunity.  We develop community driven cross-sector collaborative strategies that combine the power of community organizing, policy development, financial instruments, and direct services to ensure that all residents of Metro Denver have the opportunity for a high quality of life.  Mile High Connects is fiscally sponsored by The Denver Foundation. More information can be found at our website


    Mile High Connects’ work for 2019 falls into the key Strategic Actions:

    • Equitable Development: Advance advocacy and development of affordable housing
    • Equitable Development: Advance regional economic opportunities
    • Equitable Mobility: Affordable regional transit.



    The mission of The Denver Foundation is to inspire people and mobilize resources to strengthen our community. As Colorado’s oldest and largest community foundation, we’ve been taking care of the future since 1925. We help generous people create charitable legacies and give back to the community through Community Grants, The Denver Foundation supports community groups and nonprofit organizations in the seven-county Metro Denver area with an ongoing commitment to reducing disparities and promoting equity for the most vulnerable members of our community.

    The Denver Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.


    Responsibilities and Essential Functions:


    Program Design, Execution, and Management (50%):


    • Plan, develop, implement, and monitor the efficient delivery of collaborative action plans across multiple nonprofit organizations in the Denver metro region.


    • Guide and build emerging strategic efforts in concert with MHC Staff, Executive Committee, and Steering Committee partners.
    • Identify new opportunities for collaboration among MHC partners based on emerging technical assistance and capacity building needs.


    • Review and monitor work with relevant MHC partners on a regular basis.



    Facilitation & Relationship Management (35%):


    • Cultivate a positive working relationship among partners.


    • Facilitate collaboration and coordination among stakeholders across different geographies, including calls, meetings, events, and trainings.


    • Assist program partners by growing their programs, facilitating the development of peer-to-peer networks and sharing best practices.


    • As appropriate, represent MHC on coalitions and decision making bodies.


    Communications (10%):


    • Strong writing skills: produce program reports and opportunities/ findings to internal team, executive committee, and steering committee; support advocacy efforts as needed.


    • Build and maintain working relationships with team members, stakeholders, public agencies, community organizations, and community members.



    Program related Administration & Operations (5%):


    • Develop and implement program related process improvements that enhance collaboration and joint action planning & budgeting.


    • Work in partnership with MHC team to ensure network/collaborative evaluation is relevant and timely.


    Required Qualifications:


    • Degree in urban planning, public administration, or similar discipline preferred; Five (5) years’ experience in related field can substitute a bachelor’s degree.
    • Content knowledge/expertise in implementing one or more of MHC’s focus areas (i.e. community economic development strategies (real estate development, affordable housing, small business technical assistance, economic development, community wealth building), community organizing, place-based or values-based community).
    • Strong facilitation skills, with the ability to lead difficult conversations among diverse stakeholders.
    • Strong project management skills.
    • Ability to kindly hold oneself and others accountable for deliverables.
    • Ability to prioritize work based on organization’s overall goals & objectives and meet deadlines.
    • Skilled in utilizing a personal computer and associated software programs, including Microsoft products and Google Suite.
    • Bilingual (Spanish/English).



    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Alignment with the Foundation’s core values – leadership, equity, inclusiveness, and accountability.
    • Relevant master’s degree a plus.



    Additional Job Qualifications:

    • Deep commitment towards racial, economic, and health equity.
    • Strategic thinker - Ability to evaluate program and policy opportunities for strategic impact and organizational fit.
    • Action oriented - Act & react as necessary to move policies/program goals forward.
    • High emotional intelligence/awareness and relationship management skills



    Work Environment: The position is based in an office environment with a mix of private offices and cubicles.  Travel throughout the metro Denver region is a regular requirement of the job and some national travel may be required.  The position will be asked to staff weekend and/or evening events.



    • Must have an acceptable reference check
    • Successfully pass a criminal background check
    • Must be reliable, punctual, and polite


    Physical Demands:

    • Daily communication via phone.
    • Frequent extended hours in front of a computer screen with or without accommodations.
    • Regular group and public speaking.
    • Occasional carrying of objects up to 40 pounds for community events.



    Additional Eligibility Qualifications:

    • Must be authorized to work in the United States.
    • Must be able to provide at least three professional references.
    • Valid Colorado driver’s license, insurance, and private vehicle.


    Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this position. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time.


    Compensation: A $60,000/year salary plus a competitive benefits package including paid time off, retirement contribution, tuition assistance, and medical, life, and disability insurances.


    Application Process: Interested applicants should send (1) cover letter, (2) résumé, and (3) three work-related references in a single PDF to Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019. Any questions should be sent via email to


    The Denver Foundation’s Anti-Discrimination Policy: The Denver Foundation shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers, selection of vendors, and provision of services.


    The Denver Foundation practices and champions inclusiveness in our community. We honor the diverse strengths, needs, voices, and backgrounds of all members of our community. Candidates from traditionally marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply.