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Senior Director, Communications

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Senior Director, Communications
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 Senior Director of Communication. The Sr. Director of Communications creates and executes AFC’s communication strategies by developing a world-class communications plan, directly managing communications activities that promote and enhance the organization's brand reputation. The Sr. Director of Communications is responsible for organizational and departmental Communications work. This includes, but is not limited to, AFC's varied and integrated communications products and services such as: newsletters, print publications; web, social media, and other digital communications; and marketing. The Sr. Director of Communications leads an editorial, digital and design team at the AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) that produces a variety of award-winning communications to publicize AFC’s work and impact.

Principle functions and responsibilities of this position include the following:

Communications Management

  • Develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan to advance AFC's brand identity; broaden awareness of its programs and priorities; and increase the visibility of its programs across key stakeholder audiences;
  • Lead Communications team, including Communications and Design Specialist, Digital Communications Specialist, Communications Coordinator, and oversee supervision of interns and additional team members;
  • Implement and oversee communication strategies to advance AFC’s policy, development, and programmatic goals from branding and marketing to social media to social marketing campaigns;
  • Maintain AFC’s brand standards and organizational identity;
  • Oversee and contribute to the conceptualization and creation of influential and compelling content (written, designed, videoed, etc.) that convey the impact of AFC’s work;
  • Interview individuals and attend meetings to obtain information and data, verify facts, research or seek technical advice;
  • Work on numerous deadline-driven projects simultaneously, at varying stages of production;
  • Draft articles, edits, and proofreads the final drafts; authenticates and corrects data;
  • Oversee design, videography and photography projects;
  • Serve as project manager and executive editor on production of AFC’s print and electronic newsletters, annual report and direct mail letters;
  • Oversee content updates on AFC websites as well the agency’s social media accounts;
  • Oversee updates made to AFC’s website, aidschicago.org, ensuring the site reflects current events;
  • Oversee development and maintenance of AFC’s branding and style guides;
  • Develop and disseminate style and editorial rules and effectively use electronic editing tools.

Staff Supervision

  • Hire, train, mentor and supervise assigned staff; including assisting with recruitment; selection; scheduling and job assignments, mentoring/coaching; staff development and training; performance evaluation; and recommending salary, disciplinary and other personnel actions in accord with personnel procedures;
  • Provide professional development opportunities and guidance to each team member to strengthen their skill sets and job satisfaction;
  • Meet regularly with assigned staff to identify priorities, discuss strategies, and review ongoing projects.


  • Exercise strong tact and judgment in raising and resolving issues;
  • Refer complex problems to the Chief Officer of External Relations and the President/CEO;
  • Independently work on other projects or assignments that present AFC’s work via print and Web venues;
  • Assist with agency-wide activities as directed, including Annual Meeting, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, World of Chocolate and others;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

10 years or more experience in communications, ideally in an “in-house” leadership role within a complex (number and variety of constituents) nonprofit entity, and covering areas such as website content, newsletters, and donor communications.

Ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels.

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

Preferred Qualifications

A Bachelor’s Degree in English, Journalism or Communications AND 7 years’ experience or more.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Exceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills coupled with presentation 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.

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 SDC 500

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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