- Director/Associate Director of U.S. Policy and Advocacy, USA
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Director/Associate Director of U.S. Policy and Advocacy
Health Global Access Project, Inc.
This is an exciting position with a small, dynamic team working to achieve equitable access to treatment and care for people living with HIV around the world. As the Director/Associate Director of U.S. Policy & Advocacy, you will advance Health GAP’s work to win increased resources for the global HIV response despite years of flat funding, to ensure opposition to trade policies that undermine access to affordable essential medicines around the world, and to ensure continued U.S. political will and leadership at a critical moment when science indicates that the end of the AIDS epidemic is within our reach.
You will provide bold and creative leadership to ensure synergy between policy advocacy on Capitol Hill and grassroots mobilization and pressure across the United States that helps us win bold, ambitious victories. When you’re not walking the halls of Congress and other government agencies working directly with decision-makers to achieve universal treatment for people living with HIV worldwide, you will be working alongside other Health GAP staff and partners to help mobilize and equip people living with HIV and other concerned advocates (including college students and other young people) with the skills and knowledge they need to ensure their elected officials and other policymakers are accountable to people living with HIV.
We’re looking for a grassroots organizer, policy-wonk, and fierce social justice activist, with a deeply-rooted commitment to advancing an evidence-based HIV response and/or experience working on other social justice policy issues. The candidate will either already be based in, or willing to move to, Washington D.C.
At Health GAP, we have a clear goal: to be a place where a diverse group of passionate, high-impact people want to come and do their best work. Health GAP recruits, employs, compensates and promotes regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital status, sexual orientation and other protected status as required by applicable law.
Our dedication to diversity, multiculturalism, inclusion and equity is core to our mission. We know that to end the HIV pandemic, we must fight to dismantle the systems of oppression—racism, sexism, colonialism, ableism, and homophobia and other forms of injustice—that fuel HIV. Our team is one place that we are committed to doing this work. Health GAP has a compensation policy that aims to undo structural inequity by setting pay according to the position, not the individual. We also provide a competitive package of benefits and paid time-off, including fully employer paid medical, dental and vision insurance.
Shaping U.S. Government policies
Develop and oversee policy and advocacy campaigns to secure sufficient U.S. global HIV spending
Develop and oversee implementation of policy campaigns regarding access to medicines (including US intellectual property and trade policy), sexual and reproductive health and rights, and other initiatives that contribute directly to advancing Health GAP’s goals
Track U.S. government and policy developments across core campaigns
Contribute to overall advocacy strategy and campaign development
Build relationships with key members of Congress and their staff
Conduct direct advocacy with US policy makers
Formulate policy recommendations, help draft regulations and legislation
Provide strategic policy analysis
Produce policy briefs, analyses, action alerts, blog posts, opinion pieces, “Dear Colleague” letters, and other written materials
Convene, coordinate and strengthen the networks of allies, in Washington, D.C. and around the country, working to influence U.S. policy and action on global AIDS
Facilitate direct access to decision makers by local activists whenever possible
Strengthening U.S.-based grassroots advocacy
Work with the Health GAP team to inform Health GAP’s national grassroots mobilization strategy to advance U.S. campaign goals
In collaboration with Health GAP’s staff and volunteers responsible for grassroots mobilization, provide ongoing strategic and tactical support to grassroots groups, including groups of students, people living with HIV/AIDS, labor unions, and trade justice advocates, and religious groups
Develop and conduct skills-building workshops for grassroots teams, in collaboration with grassroots staff/volunteers.
Work closely with staff and members of the Student Global AIDS Campaign—a student-led grassroots action project housed within Health GAP.
Contributing to wider Health GAP organizational goals
Contribute to the development of organizational strategic and activity plans, as well as budgets, for US Policy & Advocacy. At the Director-level, lead the development of strategic and activity plans for US Policy & Advocacy work.
Develop advocacy tools, for D.C.-based and grassroots in-district, lobbying including issue briefs, leave-behind memos, fact sheets, talking points, etc.
Draft public-facing communications including blog posts, action alerts, social media content and more.
Assist with fundraising efforts, including with writing proposals and activity reports, to support future U.S. government policy and advocacy efforts as needed. At Director-level, play a significant role in fundraising efforts related to U.S. government policy and advocacy efforts, including identifying new funding opportunities, building and maintaining relationships with funders, and developing proposals and concept notes.
Represent Health GAP’s U.S. campaigns to donors and other stakeholders.
Participate in weekly staff calls, regular in-person staff meetings and bi-annual organizational retreats
Actively engage Health GAP’s steering committee of volunteers
Assist with large-scale mobilizations and solidarity efforts in collaboration with allies in the Global South when needed
Manage interns or fellows (at both-levels). Manage other staff, as assigned (at Director-level).
Minimum 5 years’ experience (Associate Director-level) or 8 years’ experience (Director-level) working to advance policy on HIV or related global health and health rights issues
Experience developing, implementing and winning complex, multi nodal, ambitious advocacy campaigns with multiple partners
Experience in grassroots advocacy, community organizing, and social justice movement building
Experience working on campaigns focused on influencing the U.S. Legislature and Executive
Experience using data and scientific evidence to support complex advocacy campaigns targeting U.S. decision makers
Strong knowledge of the U.S. legislative and federal budgetary process
Previous experience as a grassroots organizer is strongly preferred
Experience working on U.S. trade policy is a plus
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Strong teamwork skills, comfortable in a highly collaborative team culture
Comfortable working with or willingness to learn and use digital communication tools and project management software.
Professionalism, efficiency and results-oriented delivery on short timelines
Proven track record of a commitment to global social justice
Willingness to work remotely from the Washington, D.C. metro area and to collaborate with a virtual team
Willingness to travel, primarily within the U.S.
The Director/Associate Director of U.S. Policy and Advocacy will be supervised by the Executive Director.
Job posted on 18th December 2018
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