Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts. Join us and make a difference.
Based in Brooklyn, the Vice President for Community Mobilization powers one of the nation’s most dynamic and impactful advocacy operations, overseeing a team working on complex issues and campaigns with far-reaching implications. Our ideal candidate will understand state, local, and national policies that impact our communities and will have relationships to help set and move agendas. They will also be able to communicate with diverse communities and stakeholders using traditional and non-traditional vehicles.
• Anchor local and national advocacy efforts, including supervision of the Director of NY Community Mobilization, Director of Advocacy Communication, organizers, peers, and volunteers, etc.
• Facilitate advocacy participation in various coalitions and manage coalition partners.
• Carry out advocacy and lobbying work with elected officials and staff at the federal, state, and local levels.
• Lead the development and execution of national and local Ending the Epidemic/Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic (EtE/EHE) campaigns and manage coalition programming.
• Unify advocacy messaging for common themes.
• Represent Housing Works in coalitions that focus on HIV/AIDS, housing, harm reduction, racism, LGBT rights, poverty, public health, and allied activist collectives.
• Spearhead Housing Works advocacy campaigns and events.
• Attend hearings and provide subject matter expertise.
• Develop national training curriculum and provide technical assistance to local health departments and community leaders.
• Write/edit position papers and other statements.
• Ensure the timely completion of internal and external reporting (e.g., lobbying reports and other compliance forms).
• Undergraduate degree and/or five years related experience required; Master’s degree preferred.
• Understanding of and commitment to aggressive advocacy on HIV/AIDS and homelessness.
• Top-level organizing, writing, supervision, and teamwork skills.
• Commitment to development and promotion of advocacy leadership by people living with HIV/AIDS.
• Experience in writing, editing and electronic communications, including competence in current database, web, and publishing software and hardware, including HTML as necessary
• Understanding of and commitment to harm reduction principles.
• Ability to focus on equity and representation of marginalized communities while organizing – ability to speak Spanish and/or other languages a plus.
• Commitment to multi-level advocacy, including direct action and civil disobedience.