Director of Community Organizing, Latinos in the Deep South (LDS) program

Job Type

Full Time




Details: Commensurate with experience



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North Carolina
United States



The Latino Commission on AIDS is seeking to hire a Director of Community Organizing for its Latinos in the Deep South (LDS) program. The position will address issues of social justice and support local leaders in seven southern states to advance health equity and build strong community engagement as a multi-cultural response to the impact of HIV.

The Director of Community Organizing in partnership with local leaders and organizing committees, will identify and prioritize issues impacting minority communities, in particular Latinx communities, and will develop local and regional-driven strategies to address them. The Latino Commission on AIDS is looking for applicants with significant community organizing experience working with diverse populations, including Latinx.

Current Situations and Goals

Health disparities across racial/ethnic lines persist in the US. In the US Deep South – consisting of states that share a common history and geography – this is exacerbated by overall lower levels of investment in health care. The lack of health care infrastructure makes emerging populations particularly vulnerable as they may have difficulty accessing services due to linguistics, immigration status, cultural differences, lack of familiarity with the systems, and little to no awareness of health challenges in the region.


  • Represent the agency in local and state government, public organizations, media, and private organizations.
  • Develop and nurture relationships with key elected and appointed officials, opinion leaders, and community partner organizations.
  • Work with traditional and emerging leaders to develop successful campaigns to tackle community issues impacting Latinxs in the South.
  • Develop a broad network of resources to enhance LDS’ community organizing strategy.
  • With community members, organize community meetings, town halls, public events, and media opportunities.
  • Implement community organizing and community mobilization strategies to support grassroots participation at many levels including leadership development, providing advocacy trainings, developing toolkits and managing grassroots campaigns.
  • Train community leaders to effectively take action on community issues.
  • Assist LDS networks in planning and implementing strategic plans for local community action.
  • Coordinate the planning and implementation of Latinx representation at HIV advocacy days in different states.
  • Create ongoing opportunities for local LDS network members to learn about critical issues and contribute to effective strategies for change.
  • Strengthen communication, participation and collaboration among existing coalition groups in the Deep South.
  • Conduct and inspire effective, consistent grassroots leadership and mentorship development.
  • Provide regular community organizing trainings? Calls? Events? in person and through the use of webinars, for Latinos in the Deep South networks, leaders, and community members in the principles of strategies of grassroots community organizing.
  • Implement the Commission’s Dennis de Leon Sustainable Leadership Institute.
  • Implement the Commission’s communications strategy and other administrative duties as required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of commitment to diversity and an understanding of how to work effectively with diverse communities, especially low-income communities and communities of color
  • Strong interpersonal, writing, and analytics skills
  • Be an effective communicator including listening and asking challenging questions
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to meet goals and deadlines while working independently
  • Experience developing and managing campaigns for an issue or candidate
  • Experience using social media for campaign marketing, outreach with the Latinx and/or immigrant community
  • Ability to:
  • create the conditions that allow others to take ownership and become leaders
  • work remotely and independently, as well as part of a strong team
  • build trusting, productive work relationships with allies, partners, and communities.  
  • think strategically and analytically about social, economic, cultural and local policy issues affecting communities
  • Travel regionally and nationally
  • Empathetic and compassionate
  • Awareness and interest in public health and immigration policy
  • Prepared to lead and desire to develop deep long-standing partnership with key stakeholders
  • Strong work ethic, ability to multi-task, and commitment to local organizing


  • Experience working with diverse communities of color, especially Latinxs and African Americans.
  • Three years of community organizing, grassroots organizing or community level work
  • Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Two years of management/supervision experience
  • Must reside in one of the seven states our program represents: NC, SC, GA, LA, TN, MS, or AL
  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish preferred

About Us

The Latino Commission on AIDS is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1990 dedicated to meet the health challenges and addressing the impact of HIV/AIDS.

Latinos in the Deep South Program: focuses on the Latino population in seven southern states: Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The Latinos in the Deep South program is coordinated by the Latino Commission on AIDS that aims to build local leadership, develop networks, and coalitions, enhance knowledge and cultural competency, and spur actions to address the needs of the emerging Latino/Hispanic populations in the Deep South. The program accomplishes these goals through capacity building, community organizing, and leadership development and networking initiatives, with a focus on community-based participatory research and information dissemination.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fully bi-lingual English/Spanish preferred

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply for this position, send your resume and cover letter to Judith Montenegro, Program Director -