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Executive Director, Fort Collins, CO

Organization: Health District of Northern Larimer County
Category: Executive Director
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Date Job Posted: December 10, 2021
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The Health District

The Health District of Northern Larimer County is a special tax district created by voters in 1960 to serve the health needs of the community. It is a local government operating under special district laws of the State of Colorado. The boundaries of the District encompass the northern two-thirds of Larimer County and include the cities of Fort Collins, Laporte, Timnath, Wellington, Livermore, and Red Feather Lakes. The Health District is primarily supported by local property tax dollars.


The Executive Director leads the Health District of Northern Larimer County, a Colorado special district, which improves the health of the community by providing direct health services and helping to inform decisions on best practices for assessing and impacting the health status of the community. With a focus on health equity, this work is done by assessing the community’s current health data, prioritizing improvements to better health, delivering direct health services, and recommending effective strategies for reducing barriers to better health.

The Executive Director provides direct leadership and oversight to nine directors and an Executive Assistant and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization and its regular staff members. Serving as a professional advisor to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director assists with developing and monitoring policies. Responsible for strategic planning, the Executive Director works with the Board to develop and implement plans, with continued monitoring to ensure goals and objectives are met. Additionally, the Executive Director supervises the financial management of the organization, including budgeting, disbursement of funds, investments, and monthly reports. The Executive Director keeps policies relevant, realistic, and updated while providing positive and effective leadership to the Board, staff, and community. Importantly, this position works to involve the community in reducing barriers to health.

Compensation and Benefits

The Executive Director contract is at the discretion of the Board of Directors with an expected hiring range of $174,000 – $197,000 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. The Health District offers medical insurance, dental insurance, long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and an Intermediate Medical Leave benefit to eligible employees. A 125 Flexible Spending Account, Pension Plan, and Deferred Compensation Program are offered to eligible employees. Time off with pay is available for benefit-eligible employees to use as they choose for vacation, sick leave, dependent sick leave, or other personal needs.

Minimum requirements include seven (7) years of experience in health, public health, health care, human services, or other relevant field, with at least five (5) years in a leadership role. Direct experience working with and supporting a Board of Directors. Knowledge of and experience with health and mental health programs and policies. Prior experience with community building and promoting health equity are essential. Strong organizational, budget, and financial management experience, along with legal acumen and sound technical skills. Excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate confidently with a wide variety of audiences are critical to success.

Preferred requirements include experience with a variety of healthcare models and approaches coupled with evidence-based practices. Prior experience driving organizational change.

A master's degree involving major study in public health, social work, healthcare administration, human services administration, public administration, business, or related field appropriate for the District is preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered, provided the individual's background demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position.

The Health District of Northern Larimer County fosters a welcoming, safe, and affirming environment that nurtures respect, health, and support for all employees and clients. Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on January 18, 2022.

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