AIDS United is a non-profit organization that works to end the HIV epidemic in the United States through strategic grantmaking, technical assistance and capacity building services, policy and advocacy. AIDS United’s Public Policy Council (PPC) of 53 HIV service organizations and national and regional coalitions is the largest and longest-running community-based HIV domestic policy coalition in the country. AIDS United additionally represents more than 200 grantee and subgrantee organizations serving people living with and vulnerable to HIV throughout the United States.
Job SummaryThe Director of Communications, under the supervision of the Vice President of Operations, is responsible for developing and implementing a communications strategy that advances the vision and mission of AIDS United. The Director is responsible for increasing organization and issue visibility, articulating the value of programs and initiatives, and partnering with staff and external stakeholders to develop collateral to inform the field.The communication team ensures 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 organization, as well as AIDS United grantees and PPC members, the department cultivates messages and stories that propel AIDS United and its work forward.Essential Duties
- Work with the CEO and senior staff to develop and implement a strategic communications plan that advances the mission and vision of the organization.
- Direct the day-to-day activities of the communications team, including supervising and mentoring communications staff.
- Manage relationships with external stakeholders, including media, consultants, vendors, grantees, funders, and board members.
- Coordinate with staff at all levels across the organization to plan initiatives and to create public education and messaging materials.
- 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 epidemic.
- Provide support to the development team for the organization’s fundraising initiatives.
- Direct the development, dissemination, and maintenance of all print and digital collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, reports, blog posts, social media, and updates to the organization’s websites.
- Monitor, track, and distribute news regarding the organization through press releases and other media advisories.
- 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 that AIDS United and program-specific branding is current and consistently applied in all communication.
- Develop and maintain clear and compelling “core messages” for use by staff and other stakeholders in all communication.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Self-motivated, critical thinker with a keen attention to detail.
- Able to work in a fast-paced environment and work independently as well as a member of a team.
- Minimum of 5 years of related work experience in communications or a related field.
- Experience in management, public policy, public health, and a strong familiarity with HIV issues strongly preferred.
- 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.
- Exceptional writing, editing, and presentations skills and a demonstrated ability to write in different styles and for a variety of audiences.
- Strong knowledge of design and development of print and web publications and collateral materials used to increase organizational visibility.
- Familiarity with branding, marketing, and fundraising best practices for non-profits and issue advocacy.
- Proficiency with content management systems and email management platforms such as WordPress, Mailchimp, and Donor Engage.
- Commitment to AIDS United’s mission of ending the AIDS epidemic in the United States and to working within a social justice framework.
To apply, a cover letter and resume should be submitted to jobs [at] aidsunited.org 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.Who Should Apply 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, gender identity, military service/veteran status, citizenship status, genetic information, prior record of arrest or conviction, current employment status, or caregiver status, or any other protected status under federal, state or local law.We encourage applications from candidates of color and individuals living with HIV or who have histories of injection-drug use. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are also encouraged to apply. No phone calls please.