Job Title: Director of Public Policy and Advocacy
Supervisor: Executive Director
Designation: Salary, Exempt
Pay Range: $67,000 – $72,000 (commensurate with experience)
Application Close Date: September 30, 2020
Organization Overview: The mission of the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) is to end the HIV epidemic in the South. We are a non-partisan coalition of government, community, and business leaders working alongside thousands of individual members to prevent new infections and build a better South for people living with HIV. We do this through (1) public policy advocacy; (2) capacity building assistance and education; (3) leadership development and resiliency building for PLHIV; (4) research and evaluation; and (5) strategic grantmaking.
We envision a South where every person has access to high-quality health care and essential support services (including safe, decent, affordable housing), free from stigma and discrimination. We also envision a South where every person understands their risk for HIV transmission, receives routine screening and has access to a full range of prevention interventions and harm reduction services.
Position Overview: This position is responsible for managing the federal, state, and local efforts to secure systemic policy changes and strategic investments necessary to reduce HIV-related health disparities and promote greater health equity among people living with or at heightened risk for HIV.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Lead SAC’s federal government affairs activities by establishing positive relationships with elected officials and civil servants for the purpose of furthering the organization’s policy priorities
- Provide information, resources, recommendations, and staffing to the SAC Public Policy Committee, a diverse group that works with the board of directors to develop policy priorities for the South
- Develop and implement an advocacy strategy to further the abovementioned policy priorities, including plans for outreach, events, message development, issue management, influencer engagement, and thought leadership
- Provide technical assistance and administrative support to a network of state-based advocacy partners across the Deep South (through the Strong HANDS Initiative)
- Expand a grassroots network of key stakeholders, including PLHIV and their allies, who have the knowledge, resources, and skills to affect public policy
- Implement mobilization strategies to engage individual members in public policy advocacy and education campaigns
- Represent SAC at caucuses, advocacy associations and policy roundtables, including AIDS United’s Public Policy Council, the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership (FAPP), Congressional Black
- Caucus (CBC), Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), and Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus
- Create and implement a communications strategy to use media relations and social media to inform members of advocacy, SAC PPC membership benefits, networking opportunities, etc. (in collaboration with the Media Coordinator and Executive Director)
- Research and analyze key domestic policy issues that impact people living with or at heightened risk for HIV in the South
- Develop clear and concise policy briefs and position papers on a range of domestic policy issues that impact people living with or at heightened risk for HIV in the South
- Monitor news media and other sources for potential changes in regulatory and legislative areas
- Assist with other tasks, as requested by the Executive Director
- Provide direct supervision and performance evaluation of the Health Policy Associate
- Conduct timely and appropriate annual staff evaluations
- Monitor staff performance, particularly efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of deliverables.
- Provide on-site/remote guidance to the program team, as needed
- Assist and evaluate staff leadership and program development activities related to training and
- technical assistance
Minimum Qualifications: Qualified candidates will possess either:
- A Master’s degree in public policy, public health, health administration, sociology, urban affairs or a related discipline with at least three (3) year’s relevant professional experience;
- A bachelor’s degree in public policy, public health, health administration, sociology, urban affairs or a related discipline and at least five (5) years of relevant professional experience; or
- A high school diploma with a minimum of seven (7) years of related experience and a policy writing sample to be submitted if selected for an interview.
The preferred candidate will also have extensive experience engaging with strategic third-party advocacy groups and strong familiarity with public policy issues impacting people living with or at heightened risk for HIV in the South.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Strong desire to work with communities that are disproportionately impacted by HIV in the South, including communities of color; low-income populations; gay, bisexual, and other same-gender-loving men; transgender or gender non-conforming people; youth; women; injection drug users; and rural populations
- Strong attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects, establish workload priorities, and meet deadlines
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to speak to groups in public or via electronic media
- Ability to take initiative, set goals, and execute tasks with limited direct supervision
- Ability to travel and willingness to work some evenings and weekends as part of a flexible work schedule
Location: Preferred candidate will reside in one of the sixteen southern states or Washington, D.C., and demonstrate experience working, collaborating, and supervising remotely. This position should also live in a southern city that is very accessible to a major airport with direct flights to Washington, D.C. The position will involve some travel, and candidates must have access to transportation. This position will also be 100% remote.
Apply: To apply, please submit a resume and clearly state your salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cover letter, writing samples, and/or links to examples of previous policy/advocacy experience also welcome. Note: only those candidates under consideration will be contacted. All inquiries will be kept confidential. Application closes October 7, 2020.