November 27, 2018 by Jobs

Job Opportunity: Senior Manager of Government Affairs and Advocacy

Job Title: Senior Manager of Government Affairs and Advocacy
Supervisor: Executive Director
Designation: Salaried, Exempt
Pay Range: $53,000 to $68,000 (commensurate with experience)

Organization Overview: The mission of the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) is to end the HIV epidemic in the South. We are a non-partisan coalition of government, community, and business leaders working alongside thousands of individual members to prevent new infections and build a better South for people living with HIV. We do this through (1) public policy advocacy; (2) capacity building assistance and education; (3) leadership development and resiliency building for PLHIV; (4) research and evaluation; and (5) strategic grantmaking.

We envision a South where every person has access to high-quality health care and essential support services (including safe, decent, affordable housing), free from stigma and discrimination. We also envision a South where every person understands their risk for HIV transmission, receives routine screening, and has access to a full range of prevention interventions and harm reduction services.

Position Overview: This position is responsible for managing the federal, state, and local efforts to secure systemic policy changes and strategic investments necessary to reduce HIV- related health disparities and promote greater health equity among people living with or at heightened risk for HIV.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead SAC’s federal government affairs activities by establishing positive relationships with elected officials and civil servants for the purpose of furthering the organization’s policy priorities
  • Provide information, resources, recommendations, and staffing to the SAC Public Policy Committee, a diverse group that works with the board of directors to develop policy priorities for the South
  • Develop and implement an advocacy strategy to further the abovementioned policy priorities, including plans for outreach, events, message development, issue management, influencer engagement, and thought leadership
  • Represent SAC at caucuses, advocacy associations and policy roundtables, including AIDS United’s Public Policy Council, the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership (FAPP), Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), and Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus
  • Provide technical assistance and administrative support to a network of state-based advocacy partners across the Deep South (through the Strong HANDS Initiative)
  • Expand a grassroots network of key stakeholders, including PLHIV and their allies, who have the knowledge, resources, and skills to affect public policy
  • Implement mobilization strategies to engage individual members in public policy advocacy and education campaigns
  • Create and implement a communications strategy to use media relations and social media to inform members of advocacy, SAC PPC membership benefits, networking opportunities, etc. (in collaboration with the Communications Manager and Executive Director)
  • Research and analyze key domestic policy issues that impact people living with or at heightened risk for HIV in the South
  • Develop clear and concise policy briefs and position papers on a range of domestic policy issues that impact people living with or at heightened risk for HIV in the South
  • Monitor news media and other sources for potential changes in regulatory and legislative areas
  • Assist with other tasks, as requested by the Executive Director

Minimum Qualifications: Qualified candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, communications or a related field and at least five (5) years of experience in government relations and advocacy.

Preferred Qualifications: Preferred candidate will have extensive experience engaging with strategic third-party advocacy groups and strong familiarity with public policy issues impacting people living with or at heightened risk for HIV in the South.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong desire to work with communities that are disproportionately impacted by HIV in the South, including communities of color; low-income populations; gay, bisexual, and other same-gender-loving men; transgender or gender non-conforming people; youth; women; injection drug users; and rural populations
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects, establish workload priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to speak to groups in public or via electronic media
  • Ability to take initiative, set goals, and execute tasks with limited direct supervision
  • Ability to travel and willingness to work some evenings and weekends as part of a flexible work schedule

Location: We prefer candidates who reside in or who are willing to relocate to Birmingham, but we will consider exceptional candidates based elsewhere in the South who demonstrate experience working, collaborating, and supervising remotely. Reasonable relocation assistance is available. The position will involve some travel, and candidates must have access to transportation. Depending on location, the position may be office-based or home-based.

Apply: To apply, please submit a resume and creative cover letter outlining your relevant experience and clearly stating your salary requirements to [email protected]

Note: only those candidates under consideration will be contacted. All inquiries will be kept confidential.

The Southern AIDS Coalition is an equal opportunity employer. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived HIV status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. We are committed to recruiting, employing, and promoting qualified people living with HIV as well as members of populations most disproportionately impacted by the epidemic in the South.