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Policy Communications Specialist

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Policy Communications Specialist
Chicago,  IL 60606
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Policy Communications Specialist

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 Policy Communications Specialist. The Policy Communications Specialist is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive communications and community engagement plans for AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) policy and advocacy team and initiatives. The position will design and drive AFC's advocacy communications and public information strategies through digital, print, mobile and media. The Policy Communications Specialist will develop and articulate common themes and messages regarding AFC's legislative priorities.

Principle functions and responsibilities of this position include the following:

Communications coordination and project management
  • Coordinate communication priorities for AFC’s Policy and Advocacy team and projects and coalitions;
  • Maintain social and mobile channels for the Policy and Advocacy department, projects and coalitions, including, but not limited to, the Mobile Action Network, Pride Action Tank, Protect Our Care-IL and Illinois HIV Action Alliance (IHAA);
  • Maintain and update AFC’s public statement guidelines;
  • Use digital, print, and mobile-based communications to communicate and mobilize advocates;  
  • Provide logistical and technical assistance for in-person and virtual initiatives for all policy and advocacy engagements.
Content creation
  • Collaborate with internal team and external stakeholders to develop mixed method communication strategies;
  • Draft and retrieve edits and approvals of policy and advocacy statements;
  • Learn and establish best practices in utilizing social media business tools and social media marketing;
  • Collaborate with the Policy and Advocacy team using email and mobile-first communications tools to engage and mobilize communities AFC prioritizes and develop feature stories about advocates;
  • Provide style and copy-editing support to the Policy and Advocacy team;
  • Work in collaboration with the Policy and Advocacy and Communication’s team to create campaign collateral or content for Policy and Advocacy, key awareness days and events, including, but not limited to, Illinois’ HIV Advocacy Day.

Assessment and insights
  • Develop and track metrics that support the goals of AFC’s Policy and Advocacy team and initiatives.

  • Research and understand policy priorities and project goals;
  • Support emergency, on-the-ground, and in-community policy and advocacy events and actions that may occasionally take place outside of Chicago and outside of regular business hours;
  • Provide communication support and service with department and agency-wide activities as directed, including Advocacy Days, Annual Meeting, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, Team to End AIDS, World of Chocolate, and others;
  • Assist with other AFC activities as requested;
Minimum Qualifications
2 to 3 years of communications experience for an advocacy or public health organization or history of using communications tools such as social media, audio, or photography to mobilize communities.
2 or more years of experience writing or contributing to publications, developing social marketing campaigns or translating data into storytelling.

Preferred Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, public health or public policy or related field, and two years of experience using communications tools such as social media, audio, or photography to mobilize communities.
2 or more years of experience writing or contributing to publications, developing social marketing campaigns or translating data into storytelling.
Multilingual – Spanish and English.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Strong attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects, establish workload priorities, and meet deadlines are critical. 
Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to work with diverse populations. 
Proven educational achievement; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently and effectively in groups; strong organizational 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.

Solid interpersonal skills along with the ability and willingness to respect and value the differences and perceptions of different groups/individuals to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships internally and externally.

Please reference position code EXTR PCS 011
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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