The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) is a national legal and policy resource and strategy center for people living with HIV and their advocates. CHLP’s mission is to reduce HIV’s impact on marginalized communities and to secure the human rights of people affected by HIV. We support and increase the HIV advocacy power and expertise of attorneys, community members and service providers, and advance policy initiatives grounded in social justice, science and the public health. We do this by providing high-quality legal and policy materials in an accessible web-based resource bank, cultivating an interdisciplinary network of attorneys, experts and activists, and promoting advocacy on critical HIV legal, health and human rights issues.
Two of our current major initiatives focus on discriminatory policies in the U.S. legal system. The Positive Justice Project is a national coalition spearheaded by CHLP and organized to end criminal laws targeting people living with HIV (“PLHIV”). Teen SENSE advocates for written policies guaranteeing LGBT- affirming sexual health care and sexual health literacy programming in juvenile detention, foster care and other state-operated youth facilities.
The National Community Outreach Coordinator will serve in an anchoring position for CHLP’s state-based anti-criminalization and youth sexual health project advocacy, working with state advocates organizing to reform oppressive, unwarranted criminal and juvenile justice laws and policies that target PLHIV, which disproportionately affect people on the basis of race, poverty, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression.
The Outreach Coordinator will collaborate with CHLP legal staff to build coalitions with related social justice movements and provide structural and organizing support to community members looking to take action on discriminatory laws and policies. This position involves a variety of tasks and skills in a small, fast-paced, progressive organization that is one of the leading national voices on HIV legal/policy issues. The position is full-time and based in CHLP’s New York office (although extremely qualified part-time candidates will be considered). Regular travel out of state is required.
The National Community Outreach Coordinator is responsible for the following:
• Participate in project strategy meetings with CHLP staff and community stakeholders;
• Identify the needs of local and state-based stakeholders; report those needs to CHLP staff; and take the lead in responding to and addressing those needs in a timely and mission-consistent manner;
• Create and disseminate resources for community advocates;
• Organize and lead local, state, and national conference calls and in-person meetings with community members, organizations and stakeholders;
• Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with strategic partners, including partners across diverse communities and social justice movements;
• Conduct extensive community outreach and engage in community education activities;
• Monitor state legislative activity on HIV/disease criminalization and sexual health care/literacy
and support community-level responses;
• Prepare regular newsletters and updates on anti-criminalization and youth sexual health literacy activities and progress for stakeholders;
• Develop and sustain a network of public health and medical professionals, sexual health advocates, juvenile justice and sexual health organizations and advocates united to support the sexual health care needs of young people in out of home care; and
• Collate and summarize responses to user evaluations, assist with systems to document CHLP efforts and impact.
• Create agendas for meetings and conference calls;
• Provide organizational support to expand or develop state-based advocacy groups;
• Maintain systems to track project progress and timeliness.
• Three (3) years of successful community organizing or equivalent experience (e.g., political campaign work);
• Demonstrated ability to organize, mobilize, and inspire others;
• A deep commitment to and knowledge of criminal legal issues;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills;
• Strong organizational skills and high work product standards, including the ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple short- and long-term assignments and meet strict deadlines with consistent attention to detail;
• Exceptional interpersonal skills, ability to understand and work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and different work styles, to work independently and collaboratively, with enthusiasm and capacity for directness in communication and for giving and receiving constructive feedback; and
• Strong computer skills; proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, internet applications such as Google Drive and social media (i.e., Facebook, Twitter).
• Salary commensurate with experience
• Compensation includes health insurance and generous retirement and vacation benefits
To apply, please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject
heading "National Community Outreach Coordinator Application":
• Cover letter describing interest in position and related experience
• Writing sample (can include, e.g., reports, memos, recent blogs, or other publication for which applicant is sole author)
• Current resume
• Two references, at least one on applicant's organizing experience
The Center for HIV Law and Policy is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to advancing fairness, equality, and diversity in both its work and its workplace. We strongly encourage applications from all communities, particularly people of color; people from low-income backgrounds; individuals with disabilities, including those living with HIV; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming persons.
The Center for HIV Law and Policy is a project of the National Center for Civic Innovation, a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization founded by the Fund for the City of New York.