Under the direction of the Director of Advocacy, the HIV/Aging Policy Advocate will continue to develop and advance SAGE’s comprehensive HIV and aging policy agenda. The policy agenda will include a primary focus on federal administrative policies and legislation with some work at the state level. Our ideal candidate will approach SAGE’s HIV and aging advocacy work from an intersectional lens, focusing heavily on the experiences of individuals living with HIV, especially older Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), and transgender and non-binary (TGNB) people living with HIV and empowering them to use their voices to drive structural change.
Working with our strong network of allies, the HIV/Aging Policy Advocate will create a robust HIV and aging federal and state policy agenda that engages older BIPOC people and BIPOC-led organizations, trans older people, and trans-led organizations. The HIV/Aging Policy Advocate will coordinate with individuals throughout SAGE, including participants and staff in our SAGEPositive program, and key external partners in the HIV and aging advocacy communities, who will help to inform our HIV/Aging policy goals. The goals will be administrative and legislative, both practicable and impactful, and advance SAGE’s grant-driven deliverables.
The HIV/Aging Policy Advocate will imbed a sustained focus on addressing the specific needs of older people living with HIV within key federal agencies; similarly, cultivate champions for an HIV and aging advocacy agenda in both houses of Congress. To center those most impacted by these policies, the HIV/Aging Policy Advocate will empower older people living with HIV with the tools they need to engage with federal agencies and Members of Congress, produce policy reports and fact sheets, and build cross-organizational relationships by actively engaging with HIV advocacy coalitions.
Reports to: Director of Advocacy
Schedule: Generally 35 hours/week, Monday – Friday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm; the schedule may vary in accordance with business necessity; occasional nights and weekends and travel are required
Location: Flexible (preference for a candidate to be located in Washington, DC)
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Under the direction of the Director of Advocacy, refine, develop and advance an HIV/aging legislative and administrative federal policy agenda.
- Under the direction of the Director of Advocacy, refine, develop and advance an HIV/aging state policy agenda.
- Engage older people living with HIV, especially BIPOC and TGNB older people living with HIV, to inform the development of the HIV and aging policy agendas.
- Create an advocacy strategy to advance the HIV/aging legislative and administrative federal policy agenda and the state policy agenda.
- Advocate with members of Congress and relevant federal agencies to advance policies outlined in the HIV/aging legislative and administrative federal policy agenda.
- Empower older people living with HIV, especially BIPOC and trans older people living with HIV, with the tools to advocate directly with Members of Congress and federal agencies to advance the federal HIV & Aging policy agenda. This could include targeted in-person and/or virtual advocacy days; meetings with agency staff; Congressional briefings; and similar initiatives.
- Represent SAGE at and engage with HIV and aging coalitions and marshal support from these coalitions and individual organizations for SAGE’s HIV and aging federal legislative and administrative policy agenda.
- Establish, steward, nurture, and maintain positive working relationships with community partners, policy advocates, and coalitions, while demonstrating a commitment to representing SAGE, its goals, and its mission, with integrity.
- Partner closely with SAGE’s communications team to maintain and develop content for SAGE around HIV and aging, both online and in print.
- Coordinate the production of reports, policy agendas, and other materials, as needed, to make the case for our policy agenda.
- Attend and present at conferences, symposia, and panel discussions across the country that focus on issues related to HIV, LGBTQ+ issues, and/or aging.
- Meet funder requirements, track outcomes, and prepare necessary reports and updates for funders.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- At least 3 years of experience as a policy advocate or policymaker.
- Deep understanding of federal and state HIV, AIDS, and aging policy and experience and/or interest in HIV and/or aging issues.
- Deep professional and personal experience of working with or advocating for people living with HIV, HIV+ communities of color, LGBTQ+ communities, and/or aging communities; a deep commitment to all required.
- Strong interpersonal skills and experience working with and in coalitions.
- Experience managing and meeting grant-funded deliverables.
- Strong organizational skills with an ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks.
- Excellent written and oral presentation skills.
- Proven ability to work independently while being part of a team and representing an organization.
- Demonstrated commitment to SAGE’s values of diversity and equity.
- Willingness and ability to travel as the role requires.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this role. The employee is regularly required to communicate both in writing and verbally, by video, phone, and in-person (when it is safe to do so). The employee, and to potentially travel between different parts of the country, in accordance with business necessity.
Compensation: Competitive; SAGE offers a generous benefits package, as well as an exciting and unique work environment.
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