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Policy Communications Specialist

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Policy Communications Specialist
Chicago,  IL
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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 Policy Communications Specialist.  The Policy Communications Specialist supports a Policy and Advocacy team at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) that uses digital, print and phone-based communications to inform, engage and mobilize its local, state and national networks around HIV/AIDS and health equity. Through managing AFC’s Policy-related digital communications channels and optimizing content for unique audiences, the Policy Communications Specialist is responsible for maintaining strategic efforts to communicate about Policy and Advocacy initiatives to advocates while ensuring that AFC’s overall communications efforts reflect the work of the Policy and Advocacy team.

Principal functions and responsibilities of this position include the following:

Communications Coordination

  • Coordinate communications for Policy and Advocacy department, projects and select coalitions, including email blasts, newsletters and action alerts;
  • Maintain, update and plan content for websites for the Policy and Advocacy department, projects and select coalitions;
  • Advance content through various stages of editing and approval;
  • Plan and execute use of Phone2Action to engage with advocates;
  • Strategically post content on Policy and Advocacy-led Facebook and Twitter accounts (or provide guidance to others to do so);
  • Coordinate webinar logistics including planning, promotion, facilitation and follow-up.

Content Creation

  • Optimize or draft content to achieve audience engagement goals via email blasts, newsletters, social media posts, website copy and more;
  • Collaborate with Graphic Designer to create visual content;
  • Collaborate with Digital Communications Manager to learn best practices in creating social and email content;
  • Collaborate with Communications Specialist to engage with communities AFC prioritizes and develop feature stories about advocates;
  • Provide style and copy editing support to Policy and Advocacy team;
  • Create or coordinate additional content output like videos, infographics, podcasts, etc.

Assessment and Insights

  • Use analytics to track achievement of goals for Policy Department’s websites and social media platforms;
  • Support the development of strategies to expand departmental YouTube, Facebook and Twitter presence to engage and mobilize advocates.


  • Collaborate with project managers to research and understand policy priorities and project goals;
  • Support on Policy and Advocacy events and communications needs that may occasionally take place outside of Chicago and outside of regular business hours;
  • Assist with agency-wide activities as directed, including Annual Meeting, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, World of Chocolate, and others;
  • Assist with other AFC activities as requested;
  • Performed other duties as assigned.                                                                                         


Minimum Qualifications

2 to 3 years of experience working in the communications, community organizing, digital advocacy and/or public policy realms.

Demonstrated Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in English, Journalism or Communication, Political Science or other related field.

2 or more years of experience working with graphic design, design software (I.e., InDesign, Adobe CS5/6), and web programming.

Demonstrated experience using content management programs and/or online advocacy programs such as Luminate Online and/or Phone2Action.

Background in using social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for mobilizing constituents to take action on issues.

Demonstrated using communications tools to inform and mobilize communities about social justice issues, as well as the ability to translate complex policy or research ideas into calls to action.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Extreme attention to detail: style, copy and message.

Ability to work collaboratively on a team.

Ability to work with enthusiasm and confidence.

Ability to work cheerfully and with a sense of humor, even under the pressure of a deadline.

Ability to write in a variety of styles.

Ability to manage multiple projects, establish workload priorities, and meet deadlines are critical. 

Proven educational achievement; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently and effectively in groups; strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

The ability to work across organizational and functional boundaries to achieve Agency goals.  This includes the ability to build and maintain strong relationships and work cooperatively with other across the organization in order to meet team and organizational goals.

Also, strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to work with diverse populations are key to success in this role.

Please reference position code ExtRel POLCOMM 400

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.


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