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About the position

Treatment Action Group (TAG) is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated, and organized Community Engagement Officer to support TAG’s HIV Project and work on COVID-19. The Community Engagement Officer will be responsible for advancing the advocacy, research literacy, and community education activities related to future HIV prevention clinical trials. The Officer will also be in charge advancing new and evolving community engagement and educational needs for COVID-19 prevention research. At the heart of TAG’s work is an ethos of protecting and promoting the human rights and meaningful engagement of people affected by HIV and, now, COVID-19.

The Community Engagement Officer role requires strong work ethic, good judgment, and both self-direction and the ability to work collaboratively. Excellent project management, organization, and communications skills (written and verbal), are a must. This position will report to TAG’s HIV Project Director. TAG’s headquarters are in New York City, but applicants may be based anywhere in the U.S., provided they are able to participate in calls with TAG staff and partners across the U.S. Travel within the U.S. may be expected up to 15 percent of the time for the position, if and only if it becomes safe to do so again. This is a grant-funded position with a commitment for one year, with possibility for extension contingent upon grant renewal.


About TAG

Treatment Action Group (TAG) is an independent, activist and community-based research and policy think tank fighting for better treatment, prevention, a vaccine, and a cure for HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis C virus. At TAG, we strive to reflect in our organizational composition and operations the values, principles, and rights for which we advocate externally. This includes a commitment to equity and justice, as well valuing diversity of experience, in our employment practices. We encourage Black, indigenous, and people of color; women; transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people; veterans; and people with disabilities to apply.


Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support TAG’s efforts to engage communities in HIV and COVID-19 research, primarily through the development of educational materials (including reports, handouts, webinars, slides, and surveys). The Officer may also help to coordinate community consultations including the development of agendas, content, materials, facilitation, logistics, project administration, and outreach, as needed;
  • Coordinate TAG’s strategic engagement with key stakeholders in HIV prevention research. This will include overseeing much of our commitment—along with the HIV Vaccine Trials Network and Black AIDS Institute—to train and support a cohort of HIV prevention research advocates;
  • Assist with coordinating and expanding TAG’s partnerships with key stakeholders in COVID-19 research, including government partners, trial networks, and community advocates;
  • Participate in working group meetings related to community engagement and advocacy on HIV and COVID-19 research, including involvement in the new COVID Advocates Advisory Board (CAAB) launched in partnership with AVAC and the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition;
  • Facilitate calls with coalition partners, take meeting minutes, and maintain project archives;
  • Compile photos, videos, Tweets, and press coverage related to project activities, and support coordination with Communications team to share on social media;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Background, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in an office setting related to health equity, social justice, research & development, and/or HIV or other infectious diseases;
  • Superb organization skills, attention to detail, and follow-through;
  • Robust project management skills and ability to balance competing deadlines and priorities in a fast-moving, dynamic work environment;
  • Excellent research, written, and oral communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills; friendly rapport with the ability to communicate effectively in a collegial manner and maintain relationships;
  • Sound judgment and problem-solving capacity;
  • Self-starter who can work independently and proactively in periods of limited supervision;
  • Willingness to learn about new, technical subject matters without getting intimidated;
  • Demonstrated experience or commitment to working in a multicultural environment where commitment to diversity based on race, ethnic and national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and physical ability is an important institutional value;
  • Basic Microsoft Office and Google suite skills are a must;
  • Enthusiasm for TAG’s mission is a must; familiarity with advocacy, international health, policy making, or the conditions on which TAG works, is a plus.


Salary & Benefits

The salary will be $60,000 – $65,000 per annum, commensurate with experience and skills. TAG offers a competitive benefits package that includes fully-employer paid health insurance and generous paid vacation (starting at four weeks, plus additional paid sick leave and holidays).


How to Apply

Please send a one-page cover letter, current CV/résumé (2-page maximum), two writing samples (maximum of 5 pages total), and 3 professional references and their contact information by October 1, 2020 to jobs@treatmentactiongroup.org, with “HIV Community Engagement Officer” as the subject line. We will review applications on a rolling basis. Please, no recruiters or phone calls.

TAG does not have capacity to provide visa support. Only candidates with existing authorization to work in the U.S. will be eligible.

Treatment Action Group is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. People of color; women; transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people; veterans; and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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