The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV or chronic conditions. We envision a world in which people living with HIV or chronic conditions will thrive, and there will be no new HIV cases. Our work focuses on advancing health equity, preventing new cases of HIV, serving as a collaboration and knowledge center, being a bold voice for change and strengthening our organizational excellence.
We are seeking for an individual to serve as our Director of Government Relations. The Director of Government Relations develops and manages AFC’s federal, state and local government relations activities through efforts that improve public and private responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This position is the point person for HIV-related state legislative matters regarding appropriation, health care reform, and policy issues impacting the social determinants of health and health disparities.
Principal functions and responsibilities of this position include the following:
Develop and implement AFC’s government relations activities at the local, state, and federal levels including lobbying, grassroots mobilization, budget and funding analysis and advocacy, public education and communication;
Serve as AFC’s principal staff on state public policy issues that include legislative, administrative, and budget issues. Directly responsible for all communications with state legislators and agency officials and staff, including the Governor’s office;
Partner with the Director of Policy and Vice President of Policy and Advocacy on research and analysis to advance access to high-quality, coordinated HIV prevention and care services in Medicaid, Medicare, private health insurance, managed care settings, and other delivery system models;
Conduct AFC’s state legislative lobbying activities and represent AFC at various meetings and forums;
In partnership with the Director of Policy, lead interactions with various state agencies including the Departments of Public Health, Healthcare and Family Services, Corrections, Human Services, Office of the Governor, and others on HIV/AIDS and other healthcare public policy development and funding;
In partnership with the AFC communications staff, assist in development of all legislative-related external communications, including action alerts, email newsletters, and the legislative/advocacy sections of the AFC website;
Create content on AFC issue areas and on Medicaid, ACA and housing policy including but not limited to emails, fact sheets, and legislation;
Cultivate strong working relationships with partner organizations and key officials at all levels of government, especially lawmakers;
In partnership with the Director of Policy and other members of the AFC Policy & Advocacy Department as well as the AFC Senior Leadership Team, conduct AFC’s Chicago City Council and Cook County Board advocacy and lobbying activities as needed.
Maintain and update job knowledge by participating in training and educational opportunities, reading professional publications, and participating in professional organizations;
Assist with agency-wide activities as directed, including Annual Meeting, AIDS Run & Walk, and others;
Protect organization's value and manage risk by keeping information confidential;
Assist with other AFC department activities as directed;
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in policy, political science or related field and 5 years’ experience in a related government affairs or health care policy position
Experience with lobbying, grassroots organizing and statewide government
Ability to travel to Springfield for all state legislative session days which typically run January – May and two weeks in the fall annually
Knowledge of HIV prevention, care, civil rights and health care policy, including Medicaid and health care reform
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Exceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills, coupled with presentation skills.
Strong attention to detail and the ability to multiple projects, establish workload priorities, and meet deadlines.
Solid interpersonal skills along with the ability and willingness to respect and value the differences and perceptions of different groups/individuals as well as the ability to establish and maintain relationships with key external individuals/groups.
Strong networking skills to build and maintain an expansive professional network with non-governmental organizations, governmental organizations and partner agencies.
In addition, expertise in the policy and legislative landscape around healthcare delivery systems is essential.
Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees at AIDS Foundation of Chicago are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.
About AIDS Foundation of Chicago
AFC mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases.
People living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare.
To realize our mission to mobilize communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases, we will:
Improve health equity.
We will increase access to high-quality, comprehensive prevention, care and housing services free from stigma.
Prevent new cases of HIV.
We will reduce new HIV infections through innovative approaches to prevention, care, housing and education with a focus on most-impacted populations.
Serve as a collaboration and knowledge center.
We will be a thought leader and resource center to create and share best practices, innovations and models.
Be a bold voice for change.
We will be a leading voice to mobilize advocates and people living with HIV and related chronic diseases to transform systems, policies, and resources.
Commitment to Priority Populations
Anyone can become infected w...ith HIV, but HIV and related chronic diseases disproportionately impact certain populations in distinct geographic areas. We can have the greatest impact on the HIV epidemic by focusing our efforts on those most-impacted by HIV, based on epidemiological data and unmet need:
• Young Black gay and bisexual men
• Transgender women of color
• Black women living in high-incidence areas
• Latino gay and bisexual men
Factors that drive the HIV epidemic and health inequities that we will address include:
• Sex work
• Drug use
• Lack of access to health care
• Immigration status
AFC will also work to meet the evolving needs of older adults with HIV and long-term survivors.
Commitment to Organizational Excellence
To strengthen AFC as an organization, we will move to a talent management framework, develop staff and Board leadership, implement long-range business planning with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and ident