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Director, Systems Change

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Director, Systems Change
Chicago,  IL
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The AIDS Foundation 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 an individual to serve as our Director, Systems Change. The Director, Systems Change oversees key AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) and Center for Housing and Health (CHH’s) systems-level projects including the HIV Resource Coordination Hub, Hotel to Home, Getting to Zero Illinois housing goals, the Coordinated Entry System programs,  and health care integration projects such as Chicago Homelessness and Health Response Group for Equity (CHHRGE). This role will strengthen the relationship between the HIV housing sector and homeless services sector. This role ensures that projects comprised of multiple partnerships and interrelated components successfully operate within the context of larger systems.  The Director is responsible for the budgets and contract deliverables. This leader will promote coordination and cooperation in working with AFC and CHH’s diverse constituents as part of the system-wide transformation efforts. The Director will represent AFC and CHH at relevant policy and systems coordination tables such as the HIV Housing Task Force, CHHRGE, Bring Chicago Home and the Continuum of Care.  

Principle functions and responsibilities of this position include the following:


  • Lead in the research and planning of new projects;
  • Hire, train, mentor, and supervise assigned staff; assist in the recruitment and selection of team staff; create scheduling and job assignments; manage performance and, complete and communicate performance evaluations; recommend salary, disciplinary, and other personnel actions in accordance with personnel policies and procedures;
  • Provide program oversight of Hotel to Home, Coordinated Entry and Getting to Zero housing projects and in close collaboration with the Care team, oversee the HIV Resource Coordination Hub;
  • Provide oversight for budgets, grants, and expenses for assigned programs;
  • Ensure contract compliance and that proposed program scopes of work are met;
  • Review and correct data to ensure accuracy for reports delivered to public and private funders;
  • Participate in development and implementation of departmental race equity efforts;
  • Monitor and assist with the Housing department strategic plan implementation.


  • Provide leadership and support for the Getting to Zero IL housing goals, CHHRGE and Expedited Housing Initiative (EHI) efforts;
  • Monitor the execution of program evaluations;
  • Manage partnerships with sub-contracted agencies and systems-level leaders.

Staff Supervision

  • Provide supervision and adequate resources to staff, volunteers, and/or interns;
  • Provide individuals with opportunities for professional and personal growth;
  • Establish expectations and provide direction and consultation in meeting expectations, facilitate team meetings.

External Affairs

  • Present Housing programs at national and local conferences;
  • Maintain strong connections with City of Chicago leadership that fund AFC and CHH projects;
  • Lead or participate in committees of the Chicago Continuum of Care and other related systems of care;
  • Communicate with contacts at state and county agencies that support the CHHRGE policy priorities;
  • Assist with planning, support and follow up for CHH Board of Directors meetings;
  • Represent CHH and AFC in policy and advocacy collaborations (e.g. Bring Chicago Home).


  • Assist with agency-wide activities as directed, including Annual Meeting, AIDS Run & Walk, and others;
  • Maintain and update job knowledge by participating in training and educational opportunities, reading professional publications, and participating in professional organizations;
  • Protect organization's value and manage risk by keeping information confidential;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Human Services field and 3 or more years experience in Homelessness and/or Health Care sectors

PLUS 1 or more years supervisory experience

Preferred Qualifications

2 or more years’ experience managing small to mid-size projects

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. 

Knowledge of the causes of homelessness, who it affects, and the factors (e.g., racial inequities, Socio Economic Status) that can contribute to an individual being homeless.

Strong Coaching and Developing skills including the ability to train, coach, and develop employees.

Please reference position code AFC DSC 601


Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees at AIDS Foundation 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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