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Community Outreach and Education Specialist

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Community Outreach and Education 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 Community Outreach and Education Specialist. Working under the supervision of the Special Projects Manager and in collaboration with other Policy and Advocacy staff, the Community Outreach and Education Specialist is responsible for building new and strengthening existing relationships with Getting to Zero Illinois partners and key constituencies across Illinois, including people living with and vulnerable to HIV, Getting to Zero Illinois priority populations, health and social service providers, and faith and community leaders. The Community Outreach and Education Specialist will plan and execute community meetings and feedback sessions in Chicago, suburbs and the central, western and southern regions of the state, catalogue and respond to community presentation requests and develop community ambassadors who can speak to peers on Getting to Zero initiatives and goals. The Community Outreach and Education Specialist must demonstrate a commitment to social justice.

Principal functions and responsibilities of this position include the following:

Community Outreach and Education

  • Maintain current and expand the GTZ-IL partner network, with the goal of ensuring partners are engaging in activities aligned with GTZ-IL focus areas and goals and statewide alignment of GTZ-IL priorities;
  • Work with organizations, key stakeholder communities and individual advocates to broaden and deepen their understanding and commitment to GTZ-IL initiatives;
  • Plan and execute one annual regional community listening and feedback session in each of Illinois’ eight HIV prevention/care regions;
  • Assist in planning, workgroup, community meetings and other activities for GTZ-IL;
  • Maintain regular communication with GTZ-IL Program Manager, Program Specialist, Implementation Council, workgroup chairs, community groups and Advisory Committee;
  • Assist in developing and implementing plans to educate and build advocacy capacity among GTZ-IL constituents and stakeholders on GTZ-IL initiatives and goals, and lead mobilization efforts to expand investment in GTZ-IL among community members and organizations;
  • Collaborate with fellow GTZ-IL staff to develop and implement strategies to ensure involvement of people living with and most impacted by HIV in all aspects of GTZ-IL, including leadership roles;
  • Identify, mobilize, and build relationships with key GTZ-IL constituencies across Illinois with special attention and sensitivity to highly vulnerable, stigmatized and marginalized populations including (and not limited to) people living with HIV and communities of color;
  • Recruit, train and closely work with GTZ-IL ambassadors to build their leadership and skills in communicating about and knowledge of key GTZ-IL initiatives;
  • In collaboration with GTZ-IL leadership, identify and cultivate relationships with and mobilize civic leaders and organizations in key areas of the state through coordinated educational campaigns;
  • Increase capacity of agencies and individuals to understand GTZ-IL focus areas and initiatives, and effectively communicate these issues to decision-makers through organizing and facilitating trainings, workshops, community presentations and technical assistance;
  • Serve as a liaison to faith and community leaders and organizations to educate them on important GTZ-IL initiatives and help maintain GTZ’s ongoing coalition and campaign work;
  • Create and conduct educational presentations for our communities on a variety of topics including relevant and current GTZ-IL initiatives.


  • Assist with agency-wide activities as directed, including Annual Meeting, AIDS Run & Walk, and others;
  • Protect organization's value and manage risk by keeping information confidential;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


High school diploma or equivalent AND 2 or more years’ experience with community engagement, outreach and education

OR 3 or more years’ experience with community engagement, outreach and education

PLUS 1 or more years’ experience working with diverse populations (i.e., communities of color), and solid understanding of issues concerning HIV, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and/or disabilities.

PLUS 1 or more years’ experience using Microsoft Office functionality (for example, Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint)

PLUS Willingness and ability to travel throughout Chicago and Illinois, valid drivers’ license and clean driving record

Preferred Qualifications

3 to 5 years’ experience with community engagement, organizing, education and/or HIV health care

3 to 5 years’ experience working with diverse populations (i.e., communities of color), and solid understanding of issues concerning HIV, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and/or disabilities

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Exceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills, coupled with presentation skills.

Strong attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects, establish workload priorities, and meet deadlines. 

Solid interpersonal skills along with the ability and willingness to respect and value the differences and perceptions of different groups/individuals. 

In addition, strong sociability skills are important to engage others in conversation and build relationships as well as to actively participate while interacting with others.

Please reference position code PS COES 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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