The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases. We envision a world in which people living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare. Our work focuses on improving health equity, preventing new cases of HIV, serving as a collaboration and knowledge center, and being a bold voice for change.
We are seeking for an individual to serve as our Manager of Community Organizing. Working under the supervision of the Director of Government Relations and in collaboration with policy and advocacy staff, the Manager of Community Organizing is directly responsible for building new and strengthening existing relationships with AFC’s key constituencies across Illinois, including people living with and vulnerable to HIV, health and social service providers, and community leaders. The Manager of Community Organizing will develop and implement plans to educate and build advocacy capacity among AFC’s constituents and stakeholders on HIV-related public policy and legislative issues, lead mobilization efforts to influence public policy, expand AFC’s network of grassroots advocates, and provide other supportive functions as needed. The Manager of Community Organizing is responsible for advancing sound HIV public policy and must demonstrate a commitment to social justice. The Manager of Community Organizing will lead the Policy and Advocacy Department’s advocacy education and organizing work throughout Illinois on HIV-related policy and legislative issues.
Principal functions and responsibilities of this position include the following:
Develop and implement strategies to ensure involvement of people living with and most impacted by HIV in all aspects of AFC’s advocacy and policy work, including but not limited to development of campaigns and community engagement tackles that advance AFC’s policy and legislative objectives;
Identify, mobilize, and build relationships with key AFC constituencies across Illinois with special attention and sensitivity to highly vulnerable, stigmatized and marginalized populations including (and not limited to) people living with HIV and communities of color; Manage, train and closely work with IL-ASAP (Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy) members to build their leadership and skills in communications advocacy, legislative outreach, and knowledge on important HIV related policy issues. Manage the recruitment process of new members, with emphasis on recruitment outside of Cook County;
Develop, implement, and monitor state-based mobilization and education campaigns on AFC’s legislative and policy goals;
In collaboration with AFC policy and advocacy staff, identify, cultivate relationships with and mobilize civic leaders and organizations in key areas of the state through coordinated legislative and educational campaigns;
With guidance from AFC policy and advocacy staff, develop, set and achieve annual advocacy goals and objectives;
Work in partnership with Program Development to identify and apply for funds to support organizing and advocacy related projects; Providing technical assistance in executing campaign plans and departmental strategic goals;
Collaborate with policy and communications specialist to develop and implement a plan to grow AFC’s online advocacy network members and their responsiveness to action requests;
Increase capacity of agencies and individuals to understand relevant policy issues and effectively communicate about such issues to decision-makers through developing, organizing, and facilitating advocacy trainings, workshops, and technical assistance;
Liaison as a representative of AFC to community leaders and organizations to educate them on important policy issues and help maintain AFC’s ongoing coalition and campaign work;
Create and conduct educational presentations for our communities on a variety of topics including relevant and current HIV public policy issues, and other topics as assigned;
Collaborate with AFC’s Communications department to develop and leverage local media relationships and secure issue coverage of AFC policy and legislative objectives;
Organize several large and small annual policy/advocacy community events, including but not limited to Advocacy Days and AIDS Run/Walk policy presence.
Assist with agency-wide activities as directed, including Annual Meeting, AIDS Run & Walk, and others;
Protect organization's value and manage risk by keeping information confidential;
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy or related field and 2 or more years’ experience with grassroots organizing, education and/or HIV health care
OR 5 or more years’ experience with grassroots organizing, education and/or HIV health care
PLUS 1 or more years’ experience working with diverse populations (i.e., communities of color), and solid understanding of issues concerning HIV, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and/or disabilities.
PLUS 1 or more years’ experience using Microsoft Office functionality (for example, Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint)
PLUS Willingness and ability to travel throughout Chicago and Illinois
Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy
1 or more years’ experience with basic HTML, Word Press or other content management systems, graphic design, video editing
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Strong attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects, establish workload priorities, and meet deadlines.
Ability and willingness to respect and value the differences and perceptions of different groups/individuals.
Ability to effectively and accurately represent AFC information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, and the general public.
Ability and desire to take leadership on projects with minimal direct supervision.
Exceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.
Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees at AIDS Foundation of Chicago are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.
AFC mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases.
People living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare.
To realize our mission to mobilize communities to create equity and justice for people living wi...th and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases, we will:
Improve health equity.
We will increase access to high-quality, comprehensive prevention, care and housing services free from stigma.
Prevent new cases of HIV.
We will reduce new HIV infections through innovative approaches to prevention, care, housing and education with a focus on most-impacted populations.
Serve as a collaboration and knowledge center.
We will be a thought leader and resource center to create and share best practices, innovations and models.
Be a bold voice for change.
We will be a leading voice to mobilize advocates and people living with HIV and related chronic diseases to transform systems, policies, and resources.
Commitment to Priority Populations
Anyone can become infected with HIV, but HIV and related chronic diseases disproportionately impact certain populations in distinct geographic areas. We can have the greatest impact on the HIV epidemic by focusing our efforts on those most-impacted by HIV, based on epidemiological data and unmet need:
• Young Black gay and bisexual men
• Transgender women of color
• Black women living in high-incidence areas
• Latino gay and bisexual men
Factors that drive the HIV epidemic and health inequities that we will address include:
• Sex work
• Drug use
• Lack of access to health care
• Immigration status
AFC will also work to meet the evolving needs of older adults with HIV and long-term survivors.
Commitment to Organizational Excellence
To strengthen AFC as an organization, we will move to a talent management framework, develop staff and Board leadership, implement long-range business planning with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and ident