Oral Health Policy Manager

Oral Health Policy Manager
Full time
Centennial, CO
Organization Name: 
Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, January 30, 2022
Job Description: 

Position Purpose:
The oral health policy manager will be responsible for leading Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation’s policy work and for launching a new oral health coalition and nonprofit designed to advance oral health equity in Colorado. This entity is will serve as an independent policy think tank and advocate representing the oral health community. This organization is being developed with the support of multiple funders and the oral health policy manager will be responsible for working with partners and the broader community to develop and launch the organization by 2023.
Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation understands that an effective policy strategy is a key lever for change. The position will work as part of the foundation’s program team and is also responsible for developing and implementing the foundation’s policy strategy in alignment with our mission to elevate the well-being of all Coloradans by elevating oral health equity.

The foundation’s policy strategy will be developed in coordination with the DDCO evaluation manager as well as the foundation’s program manager and program officers. The team will work to identify data-informed best practices and invest in scalable policy solutions. Through informing the programs team to policy efforts and alignment to foundation initiative goals and objectives, alongside operationalizing overarching policy principles, DDCOF will entrench policy as a key lever for change while ensuring alignment and collaboration to new oral health coalition.
This position be supervised by and will work closely with the foundation’s deputy director. This position is intended to incubate and support within DDCOF, ultimately spinning off to stand up the center for oral health transformation as an independent entity (late 2022/early 2023).

Key Responsibilities:

  • Engage key stakeholders, conduct research, and create business plan to launch oral health center.
  • Create strategy and methodology to coalesce technical assistance needs and resources for innovative oral health programs into single resource hub.
  • Assume leadership role in planning and facilitating routine oral health stakeholder convenings, discussions or trainings related to policy, systems building and innovation.
  • Conduct local, state, and national policy monitoring to inform foundation efforts.
  • Manage and oversee foundation policy strategy plan by conducting research, background and informing policy priorities and principles.
  • Serve as staff lead in developing and managing the partnership with policy consultants and external partners.
  • Ensure inclusion of the totality of DDCOF policy efforts in communications, evaluation, and programmatic efforts.
  • Craft policy position statements and recommendations to present to foundation leadership. Provide written testimony or talking points as needed.
  • Work in direct partnership with the program officers, focused on developing and executing clear and measurable advocacy strategies that support the foundation’s goals and advance initiatives.
  • Serve as DDCOF liaison to DDCO policy committee to help facilitate and align policy efforts.
  • Conduct continuous improvement on policy goals and strategies in conjunction with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Provide technical assistance and capacity building to staff and constituents.
  • Ensure foundation leadership is appropriately informed and engaged on policy efforts.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred. Equivalent work experience accepted. Degree in public policy, health care administration, political science, communication, or related field preferred.
  • Five or more years’ proven success in measuring and evaluating policy outcomes in community facing organizations.
  • Highly preferred, strong working knowledge of oral health policy or the Colorado health policy landscape.
  • Proven ability to lead and foster collaboration to influence others in a constructive manner. Skilled in managing collaborations and partnerships, with multiple stakeholder groups across multiple sectors
  • Demonstrated success in leading advocacy efforts that resulted in real and measurable change
  • Proven ability to lead and foster collaboration to influence others in a constructive manner
  • Strong project management skills with experience developing and executing large-scale public health projects with multiple organizations.
  • Ability to be strategic, think creatively, and be innovative in designing and implementing new models of care.
  • Skilled in managing collaborations and partnerships, with multiple stakeholder groups across multiple sectors
  • Ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Good organizational skills and ability to juggle multiple tasks and to meet deadlines.
  • Experience working with and presenting to a Board of Directors.

The position pays $73,800 - $92,300 annually.

This opportunity will remain open until the position is filled. Interested candidates please go to https://recruiting2.ultipro.com/ENS1001ENINV/JobBoard/6c6864f0-3e3c-4843... and locate the position to apply!