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Director of Program Development

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Director of Program Development
Chicago,  IL
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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 of Program Development. The Director of Program Development leads a team that provides multiple services on behalf of a complex programs portfolio related to grant seeking, reporting, fiscal management, contract management, program implementation, and strategic planning. The Director oversees program development services across AIDS Foundation Chicago’s (AFC’s) core program and policy departments including HIV Care, Housing, and Prevention. Program Development serves as a liaison between the policy, program, business development, evaluation, and finance departments to ensure accurate and timely submission of all public and private grant applications and reports for AFC’s policy and program departments, and the Center for Housing and Health (CHH). The Director provides expert guidance to AFC and CHH policy and program teams concerning program design, compliance with contractual and statutory requirements, and has major responsibility for the review of the overall quality of required funder submissions.

Principle functions and responsibilities of this position include the following:

Grant Seeking

  • Collaborate with programmatic team to design new and strengthen existing programs based on emerging best practices in the field;
  • Identify prospective private and public grant opportunities that can sustain or strategically expand AFC’s programs and services;
  • Oversee and support the preparation and timely submission of grant applications;
  • Oversee application processes with final review of narrative and other application pieces prior to submission when appropriate;
  • Lead communication and coordination between Program Development and AFC’s development staff to ensure coordination of fundraising efforts;
  • Maintain knowledge base regarding HIV housing, homeless, HIV care and HIV prevention best practices and ensure proposals are informed by community need and AFC service capacity. 


  • Oversee reporting processes and ensure that all required reports are submitted accurately and on time;
  • Support report preparation and review final reports prior to submission, including narrative, data, and financial components, as appropriate;
  • Support team members’ ongoing coordination efforts with programs and data services teams to ensure programmatic data collection is in alignment with required funder reports.

Fiscal Management

  • Develop and/or review budgets for proposals prior to submission to Finance;
  • Provide guidance and support to Program Development team members with budget development;
  • Attend and provide input to regular program expenditure review meetings;
  • Recommend complex and interdepartmental budget changes based upon program activities.
  • Set and monitor Program Development team budget.

Contract Management

  • Provide oversight regarding Program Development implementation of policies and procedures;
  • Review scopes of service for partner agencies;
  • Provide expert guidance to AFC programs’ teams concerning compliance with contractual and statutory requirements;
  • Support contract / grant agreement execution process.

Program Implementation

  • Support initial program implementation; attend meetings as appropriate;
  • Provide guidance and support to PD team members;
  • Assist in the development of programmatic quality management indicators;
  • Support and/or lead program implementation projects relevant to Program Development.

Team Leadership/Strategic Planning/Supervision

  • Serve on internal and external committees, including cross-departmental work groups;
  • Lead the development and achievement of team goals and related strategic plan items;
  • Lead development of and support compliance with Program Development policies and procedures;
  • Supervise Program Development Manager and Specialists, providing guidance related to grant seeking, reporting, fiscal management, contract management, program implementation, and strategic planning;
  • Ensure Program Development team members remain informed regarding emergent best practices in the field;
  • Train Program Development team on departmental policies and procedures.


  • 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;
  • Complete special projects as assigned by the Senior Director of Shared Services and the Chief Programs Officer;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.​


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and 7 or more years of relevant experience AND 1 year of direct or indirect supervision of others

PLUS 2 years experience using intermediate Microsoft Office functionality (for example, Excel, Word, Outlook)

PLUS 2 years experience using Web-based applications (i.e., Grants.gov, esnaps.gov)

PLUS 2 years experience working within the homeless services and/or HIV housing fields

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in Public Health, Social Sciences, Social Work or related field and 3 or more years of relevant experience

3 or more years experience creating grant proposals and reports

3 or more years experience developing budgets for grant proposal

2 or more years supervisory experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Exceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills coupled with presentation skills and the ability to develop budgets and superb project management and grant writing skills. 

Solid ability to prioritize, plan, and coordinate work activities, and manage resources so that work objectives are accomplished efficiently, in addition to having strong time management skills.

Strong attention to detail and the ability to make reasoned judgments that are logical and well thought out.

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

In addition, ability to identify private and public grant opportunities are essential.


Please reference position code PRG DPD 501

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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