Director of Advocacy (Albany, NY)

Job Type

Full Time




New York
United States



The Director of NY State Community Mobilization recruits, trains, and mobilizes New Yorkers to impact HIV/AIDS, health, housing, and human services policy. While the position’s primary focus will be to affect change regarding people living with HIV/AIDS – especially those who are substance users, homeless, low-income, Latin@, African- and Caribbean-American, Native American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and from the gay/lesbian/bi-sexual/transgender communities – the director will also keep abreast of new developments in the above-mentioned existing policies and of emerging trends in these areas. S/he implements effective responses to existing, proposed and/or new public policies affecting homeless people and people living with HIV/AIDS. S/he is responsible for building and maintaining a statewide network of stakeholders committed to non-violent direct action to impact policy at the local, state, and federal level.


  • Develop and lead demonstrations and civil disobedience, phone/fax zaps and other direct action advocacy activities around the following issue areas:
  • Implementation of plans to end AIDS as an epidemic by stopping AIDS-related deaths and preventing new HIV infections, including the NYS plan to end AIDS by 2020 and Housing Works’ participation in and leadership of the End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition.
  • Housing and homelessness.
  • State and City implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid redesign, including the work of the New York State Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) and relevant working groups, the New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) process.
  • The Ryan White CARE Act, its reauthorization and implementation at all levels, including the local HIV Planning Councils.
  • New York politics and administrative maneuvers around HIV and AIDS, homelessness and housing, budget (mis)management and related issues, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), the Office of Medicaid and Medicare, and the activities of the Governor, the Governor’s cabinet, the * AIDS Institute, the New York State legislators, the Commissioners and other advisors.
  • HIV primary and secondary prevention issues and efforts at the federal, state and local levels of government.
  • Public benefits and entitlements issues.
  • Drug policies and harm reduction issues.
  • Arrest, incarceration and discharge issues.
  • Social drivers of HIV as it relates to goals to end AIDS as an epidemic in NY by the year 2020, the United States by the year 2025, and worldwide by the year 2030.
  • Additional issues as they appear on the landscape.
  • Work in close collaboration with Housing Works Advocacy staff and with other organizations and activists around the issues outlined above.
  • Mobilize stakeholders to participate in town halls, public hearings, press conferences, meetings, and other political events pertaining to the issues outlined above.
  • Contribute to the weekly all staff emails.
  • Participate as appropriate in legislative meetings and district office visits.
  • Convene groups to educate and train those directly impacted, staff and volunteers on essential policy issues.
  • Work to build an effective and empowering political culture with the Advocacy team and clients, staff and volunteers in all groups.
  • Help develop group policies and procedures that reward effective advocacy.
  • Create and strengthen activist coalition relationships between the Housing Works Advocacy Department and other activists and organizations.
  • Contribute to the long-term strategy planning


  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or 2-4 years in a related field. History of activism or desire to become leader of activists.

Housing Works provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.



Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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