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Vice President for Policy and Advocacy
Position will remain open until filled by qualified candidate.


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.

AIDS United’s grantmaking portfolio dates to the founding of the National AIDS Fund in 1988. For more than two decades, we have supported community-driven responses to the HIV epidemic around the country that reach the nation’s most disproportionately affected populations, including gay and bisexual men, communities of color, women, people living in the deep South and people living with HIV/AIDS. To date, our strategic grantmaking initiatives have directly funded more than $98 million to local communities, and have leveraged more than $115 million in additional investments for programs that include, but are not limited to, syringe access, access to care, capacity-building, HIV prevention and advocacy.

AIDS United’s policy and advocacy roots were born out of coalition in 1984, when AIDS service organizations (ASOs) across the country came together to form AIDS Action. AIDS Action Foundation (AAF) was formed as the education arm a few years later. AAC and AAF together formed AIDS Action, decades later, AIDS Action merged with the National AIDS Fund, the coalition of organizations involved in AIDS United’s policy work continues to grow. AIDS United advocates for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and the organizations that serve them. We house the most seasoned and respected domestic AIDS policy team in Washington DC, and our public policy work is informed by a Public Policy Committee that includes a broad array of organizations from all regions of the country engaged in helping to end AIDS in America.

The Vice President for Policy & Advocacy is responsible for the oversight, coordination and management of AIDS United’s public policy efforts.  The position is responsible for the development, implementation and management of AIDS United’s advocacy strategy at the federal level and for supporting advocacy at state and local levels.  The Vice President serves as a lead advisor to the President & CEO on organizational strategy.  Responsibilities include direct lobbying, management of outside consultants, and overall management of the Policy Department.  The Vice President for Policy & Advocacy serves as the lead staff support and liaison to the member organizations of the Public Policy Committee that informs AIDS United’s official federal policy positions.   

Bachelor’s degree in public health, social service, or related field required.  Master’s degree preferred. A minimum of 10 years of related work experience is required.  Capitol Hill or legislative experience is a must with a background in HIV/AIDS policy.  Experience must include a minimum of 5 years in a senior management position. 

Must have ability to listen, analyze, think strategically and creatively, and work well with people individually and in a group.  Individual should have demonstrated ability to consider multiple viewpoints about controversial issues and to communicate AU’s perspective effectively with all stakeholders.  Must have familiarity and experience with legislative, regulatory, and advocacy processes.

Position requires a highly organized individual who is self-motivated and able to take initiative with sound judgment.  Proven organizational, managerial, and analytical skills required.  Must be able to provide leadership and effectively engage managers and staff in working toward organizational goals.  Must have the ability to perform responsibilities in a professional manner and to handle assignments with a high degree of accuracy and confidentiality.  Position requires strong writing and communications abilities.  Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and work independently as well as a member of a team.  Individual should understand the balance and challenges between national program management and local community implementation.  Must be proficient in MS Office Suite.  Experience in the CQ ENGAGE platform a plus.      

Competitive salary offered, commensurate with education, experience and salary history

President & CEO


Director of Government Affairs, Director of Health Policy

  • Serves as a member of the Executive Team and the Senior Management Team;
  • Lead, develop and prioritize organization’s federal policy agenda;
  • Serve as lead staff manager and liaison for the member organization based Public Policy Committee;
  • Be informed about the organization's mission, services, policies, and programs;
  • Advocate for policy positions with elected and appointed federal officials; .
  • Prepare and present information at stakeholder and constituent events on behalf of AIDS United;
  • Remain updated and informed regarding appropriate regulatory issues.
  • Collaborate with policy partners, constituents and stakeholders across sectors and interests;
  • Communicate regularly with staff regarding governmental and public policy updates and issues;
  • Represent positions and viewpoints of the AIDS United Public Policy Committee across national policy settings and in related meetings and forums; Guide policy staff in supporting PPC committees, efforts and priorities; .
  • Other duties as required.

Work is generally performed within the office environment and includes significant phone contact with policy makers, legislative staff, and the general public.  


Position requires heavy travel (25+ days per year).

How to Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter with salary requirements and current resume to [email protected] with the position you are applying for in the subject line.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Due to the high volume of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

AIDS United is an Equal Opportunity Employer and dedicated to diversity in the work place. AIDS United does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability and any other categories protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Applicants living with HIV and/or from communities disproportionately impacted by HIV and AIDS are strongly encouraged to apply.

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