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Director of Communications

Position will remain open until filled.   First round review of resumes will begin August 16, 2017.


AIDS United’s mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States.  We seek to fulfill our mission through strategic grantmaking, capacity building, policy/advocacy, technical assistance and formative research.  Since 1987 AIDS United has granted more than $104 million to local communities and leveraged an additional $117 million in investments. In 2015, AIDS United provided direct support to over 130 grantees across 34 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and supported more than 300 organizations through capacity-building and technical assistance. Our entire portfolio spans a range of areas, including syringe access, access to care, HIV prevention, and peer-led advocacy.                                                              

In 1984, the largest AIDS service organizations (ASOs) in the United States formed the AIDS Action Council to serve as the country’s first national advocacy organization for people living with and affected by HIV. Since then, the AIDS United Public Policy Committee has grown to become the largest coalition of organizations advocating for effective and responsive HIV-related policies.

The Communications Department advances the vision and mission of AIDS United by increasing organization and issue visibility, articulating the value of programs and initiatives, and partnering with staff across the agency to develop tools and resources to advance the field. The department works to ensure consistent presence, messaging, and branding of AIDS United’s work across multiple communication channels including social media, website, media relations, and print. Partnering with staff from across the agency, as well as AIDS United grantees and members, the department cultivates messages and stories that help to propel AIDS United and its work forward.

The Director of Communications, under supervision of the Vice President of Operations, is responsible for developing and overseeing the strategies, messages, and materials that promote AIDS United as a powerful force for change and a leading contributor to the end of the AIDS epidemic in the United States. Specific responsibilities include coordinating with staff at all levels across the organization to plan initiatives and to create public education and messaging materials; managing the ongoing development and dissemination of media materials including news releases, op-ed pieces, and blog posts; supervising the design, production and publication of print and online materials including annual reports, newsletters, other institutional publications and website updates; and developing and maintaining a strategic communications plan with timelines and deliverables.

Qualified candidates will have a minimum of 5 years of related work experience in communications or related field. Experience in management, public policy, public health, and a  strong familiarity with HIV/AIDS issues strongly preferred. 

Position requires demonstrated skills, knowledge, and experience in the design and execution of strategic multi-faceted marketing and communications plans that resonate with diverse audiences, increase organization visibility, and promote programs. The candidate will bring exceptional writing, communications, and presentations skills and a demonstrated ability to write in different styles and for a variety of audiences. He/she must have a strong knowledge of development and design of print and web publications and collateral materials used to increase organizational visibility. Experience with branding and marketing, website management including HTML and content management systems, proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, and Salesforce are highly preferred. Individual must be a self-motivated, critical thinker with a keen attention to detail. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and work independently as well as a member of a team. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with the President & CEO, Executive and Senior Management Teams to develop and implement an overall communications strategy to advance the organization’s mission with identified key audiences;
  • Working across departments to plan and manage overall organizational communications calendar;
  • Ensure that AIDS United and program-specific branding is current and consistently applied in all communication;
  • Develop and maintain clear and compelling identity-building “core messages” that can be used by staff and other stakeholders all aspects of communication;
  • Partner with the Policy Department to effectively engage advocates, government officials, and Members of Congress to protect and advance policies that support the mission of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
  • Monitor, track and distribute news regarding the organization through press releases and other media advisories;
  • Manage the daily maintenance and development of web content, including: working with developers and content owners to produce the most usable content possible, developing and writing content as needed to ensure that pages are coherent and navigable, and monitoring, evaluating, and adapting internal practices and systems to address trends in web analytics and evolving best practices;
  • Oversee the writing, project budgets, production, and design of a wide variety of publications and collateral materials, including the Annual Report, brochures and other marketing materials, fact sheets, one-pagers, position papers, and other publications;
  • Serve as a marketing and communications resource for AIDS United staff, grantees, and partners through the delivery of one-on-one technical assistance, presentations, and other opportunities;
  • Ensure consistent social marketing of AIDS United through Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets;
  • Edit and provide strategic guidance to the AIDS United newsletter;
  • Manage marketing & communications-related staff, consultants and vendors;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Competitive salary is commensurate with experience.  To apply, a cover letter with salary requirements and resume should be submitted to [email protected] with “Director of Communications” in the subject line.  Incomplete submissions WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.  Due to the high volume of applicants only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

AIDS United is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military service/veteran status, citizenship status, genetic information, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status, genetic information, or any other protected status under federal, state or local law.  

We encourage applications from candidates of color and individuals living with HIV or histories of injectable-drug use.  AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are also encouraged to apply. No phone calls please. 

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