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Syringe Access Policy Organizer

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.


AIDS United seeks to hire a Syringe Access Policy Organizer to provide policy, advocacy, and regulatory capacity in support of state and federal efforts to increase the availability of syringe access programs throughout the United States.  This position will be responsible for organizing diverse parts of AIDS United’s Syringe Access work into a coherent and efficient whole. The position will engage AU’s unique national and local resources to highlight syringe access as a key and strong response to the intertwined HIV, hepatitis C, drug overdose, and opioid addiction epidemics.   The position will work to ensure successful regulatory engagement and implementation of syringe access at the state and federal level.  The position will engage in non-partisan analysis/research, and supporting state and federal coalitions working on these goals. Primary responsibilities will be to work with AIDS United Public Policy Committee Members, Syringe Access Fund (SAF) coalition grantees, Coalition for Syringe Access members and other collaborating organizations on increasing syringe access.  The position will additionally assist the SAF in finding potential funding targets to increase funding commitments to the SAF.  Primary duties include federal and state research, education and advocacy, administrative and regulatory review and activities and fundraising support. 

Qualified candidates must have five years of relevant experience or a Bachelor’s degree with three years of experience.  Comparable work or life experience relevant to the responsibilities of the position may include community organizing, volunteering, self-advocacy or service delivery on the topics of HIV, hepatitis C, drug use, harm reduction and syringe access.

Position requires a highly organized individual with a proven ability to work within a coalition.  Individual must be an efficient project organizer, capable of multitasking, and have the ability to take initiative and be self-directed in completing daily tasks. Candidates must maintain a high level of professionalism, maintain up to date knowledge on harm reduction and syringe access and handle assignments with a high degree of accuracy and confidentiality.  Position requires strong research and writing skills and communications abilities.  Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and work independently as well as a member of a team.  A successful candidate must be proficient in MS Word, MS Excel, and PowerPoint.  Proficiency in social media and other communications platforms is desirable.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work within coalition on issues affecting syringe access, HIV and viral hepatitis prevention issues;
  • Review and provide comments on regulations related to syringe access;
  • Provide information, appropriate materials and staffing, non-partisan analysis and research work for AU member and grantee organizations, particularly in states in which there is potential movement on syringe access;
  • Produce written content, including assisting in writing, editing AIDS United’s Policy Update, drafting letters, policy-related documents, fact sheets and other written communication materials as needed; and
  • Work with Policy and Program Directors to identify potential supporters for the Syringe Access Fund.


The position is expected to be funded through September 1, 2018.  Work is generally performed within the office environment and includes significant contact with partners and the public.  Position will likely require 14-16 days of travel per year.    

Competitive salary is commensurate with experience (compensation may range within $50,000 - $70,000).  Exceptional benefits offered in a flexible work environment. 

To apply, a cover letter with salary requirements and resume should be submitted to [email protected] with “Syringe Access Policy Organizer” in the subject line.  Incomplete applications 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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