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 Program Development Specialist. The Program Development Specialist supports external grants and contracts throughout their lifecycle, from proposal to final report. The Program Development Specialist serves as a liaison between the program, development, evaluation, and finance departments to ensure accurate and timely submission of all public and private grant applications and reports for AFC’s supporting organization, the Center for Housing and Health. The Center for Housing and Health coordinates a comprehensive continuum of housing services for homeless individuals and families in Chicago living with disabling conditions (including but not limited to HIV/AIDS). The Program Development Specialist is responsible for developing the majority of narrative for grant proposals and reports within their assigned portfolio. The Program Development Specialist also supports program teams with ensuring compliance with contractual and statutory requirements.
Principal functions and responsibilities of this position include the following:
Identify prospective private and public grant opportunities that can sustain or strategically expand AFC’s programs and services;
Support the preparation and timely submission of grant applications;
Write the majority of narrative for applications and re-applications within assigned portfolio;
Communicate with AFC’s development staff regularly to ensure coordination of fundraising efforts;
Maintain knowledge base and ensure proposals are informed by community need and AFC service capacity.
Ensure that all required reports are submitted accurately and on-time;
Coordinate reporting associated with program grant portfolio, including narrative, data, and financial components;
Write the majority of narrative for reports within assigned portfolio;
Ensure programmatic data collection is in alignment with required funder reports.
Assist with budget development for proposals;
Attend and provide support and input to regular program expenditure review meetings.
Develop scopes of service for partner agencies;
Coordinate contract execution process.
Support initial program implementation;
Attend internal and external meetings within assigned portfolio;
Assist in the development of programmatic quality management indicators;
Support program implementation projects relevant to Program Development.
Team Leadership/Strategic Planning
Serve on internal and/or external committees, including cross-departmental work groups;
Support the development and achievement of team goals and related strategic plan items.
Assist with agency-wide activities as directed, including Annual Meeting, AIDS Run & Walk, and others;
Maintain and update job knowledge by participating in training and educational opportunities, reading professional publications, and participating in professional organizations;
Protect organization's value and manage risk by keeping information confidential;
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree and 1 or more years of relevant experience (e.g., technical writing, project coordination)
OR Master’s degree in Public Health, Social Work, or related field
PLUS 1 year experience using intermediate Microsoft Office functionality (e.g., Excel, Word, Outlook)
1 or more years experience creating grant proposals and reports
1 or more years experience in a community-based nonprofit setting
1 or more years experience with housing programs and services (e.g., HUD Continuum of Care, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS, etc.)
1 or more year experience using Web-based applications (i.e., Grants.gov, esnaps.gov)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Exceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills, coupled with solid data interpretation skills.
Strong attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects, establish workload priorities, and meet deadlines.
Solid interpersonal skills along with the ability and willingness to respect and value the differences and perceptions of different groups/individuals.
Solid planning and organizing skills to ensure work objectives are accomplished efficiently.
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.
Internal Number: PRG PDS 200
About AIDS Foundation of Chicago
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 with 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 w...ith 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