Director of National Advocacy in Washington, DC

$80K - $100K(Ladders Estimates)

Housing Works   •  

Washington, DC 20001

Industry: Education, Government & Non-Profit


Not Specified years

Posted 52 days ago

The Director for National Community Mobilization recruits, trains, and mobilizes activists to impact HIV/AIDS, health, housing, and human services policy. While the position's primary focus will be to affect change regarding people living with HIV/AIDS - especially those who are substance users, homeless, low-income, people of color, immigrant, and from the gay/lesbian/bi-sexual/transgender communities - the director will also keep abreast of new developments in the above-mentioned existing policies and of emerging trends in these areas. They implement effective responses to existing, proposed and/or new public policies affecting homeless people and people living with HIV/AIDS.‎ They are responsible for building and maintaining a statewide network of stakeholders committed to non-violent direct action to impact policy at the local, state, and federal level.


Develop and lead demonstrations and civil disobedience, phone/fax zaps and other direct action advocacy activities around the following issue areas:

• Implementation of plans to end AIDS as an epidemic by stopping AIDS-related deaths and preventing new HIV infections, including the NYS plan to end AIDS by 2020 and Housing Works' participation in and leadership of the End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition.

• Housing and homelessness.

• Universal health coverage, including Medicaid expansion and redesign, defense of current health care delivery.

• HIV primary and secondary prevention issues and efforts at the federal, state and local levels of government.

• Public benefits and entitlements issues.

• Drug policies and harm reduction issues.

• Arrest, incarceration and discharge issues.

• Social drivers of HIV as it relates to goals to end AIDS as an epidemic in the United States by the year 2025, and worldwide by the year 2030.

• Additional issues as they appear on the landscape.

Track town halls, public hearings, press conferences, meetings, and other political events pertaining to the issues outlined above. Contribute to the weekly all staff emails. Schedule and attend legislative meetings and office visits. Recruit and train activists on essential skills and policy issues. Work to build an effective and empowering political culture with the Advocacy team and clients, staff and volunteers in all groups. Create and strengthen activist coalition relationships between the Housing Works Advocacy Department and other activists and organizations. Contribute to the long-term strategy planning.

Minimum Requirements

Educational Requirements

Ability to develop and execute direct actions. Excellent training and public speaking skills. Excellent organizational and project management skills. Ability to understand local, state, and federal policy changes' impact on marginalized communities. Good verbal and written communication skills. Good interpersonal skills. Good decision-making skills, especially under pressure. Clear understanding of agency goals, policies, and philosophy. Ability to coordinate work with other people and organizations. Bachelor's Degree and/or 2-4 years in a related field. Some evening and nighttime meetings, weekend and overtime hours required. Frequent travel required. Ability to speak, read and write Spanish

Valid Through: 2019-10-18