HIV Project Manager

Position Description

HIV Project Manager


Anywhere in Florida; some travel required


Equality Florida is seeking an HIV Advocacy Project Manager to inform and execute legislative policy objectives to reduce and eliminate HIV transmission and HIV stigma.  The HIV Advocacy Project Manager will advance policy goals and end HIV stigma by educating policymakers on the state of HIV in Florida and the need for reforms, mobilizing Equality Florida’s grassroots supporters, and engaging diverse coalitions and allies.

The ideal candidate will have experience in shaping public policy, a deep understanding of the challenges facing people living with HIV and the current state of HIV in Florida, demonstrated commitment to inclusive social justice, and experience organizing within impacted and marginalized communities.


About the HIV Advocacy Project:

Equality Florida’s HIV Advocacy Project is focused on ending HIV transmissions in Florida and ensuring that people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) have access to treatment free of stigma and bias.  Florida continues to have one of the highest state rates of new HIV transmissions. Over the past two decades, the LGBTQ community’s focus on HIV has lessened even though more than two-thirds of all new infections in the United States continue to be among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.

We are committed to ensuring that ending the HIV epidemic is once again a top priority for Florida’s LGBTQ community.  This effort includes outreach to the communities most represented among new transmissions as well as younger Floridians less familiar with HIV’s devastating impact on the LGBTQ community and the risks that remain even with advances in testing and treatment. Our strategy is to weave HIV work into everything we do.

We must fight for improved sex and HIV education, availability of PrEP and PEP, adequate funding for HIV education and services, and more rational state policies regarding HIV criminalization.  Current Florida laws that criminalize HIV status target people living with HIV for prosecution and excessive punishment. These are the sort of laws that are counterproductive, discourage folks from getting tested, and therefore contribute to the spread of HIV.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic vision for each Equality Florida department to assist in ending HIV stigma and integrating the meaningful involvement of people living with HIV into advocacy work and organizational culture.
  • Develop position statements, fact sheets, talking points, and other policy materials in conjunction with Equality Florida’s Public Policy Director to educate policymakers about the state of HIV in Florida, the impact of HIV stigma, and policy approaches to reduce HIV transmission like modernizing Florida’s HIV laws.
  • Participate in and lead briefing sessions with policymakers to educate, advocate, build relationships, and identify sponsor/supporters of HIV modernization efforts in Florida.
  • Develop and execute public education campaigns for Equality Florida’s 300,000+ supporters and the wider public in support of reducing HIV stigma and advancing public policy priorities that disproportionately affect people living with HIV.
  • Write high-level grant applications and regular reporting for funders and stakeholders.
  • Represent Equality Florida in policy coalitions and workgroups focused on public policy priorities that disproportionately affect people living with HIV, including the Florida HIV Justice Coalition. 
  • Build support among relevant special interests such as health care providers, public health departments, law enforcement agencies, and the legal community for public policy priorities.
  • Mobilize special interests validators to attest to the dire public health and law enforcement consequences of HIV criminalization.
  • Leverage social media to educate and engage advocates and partner organizations advancing public policy priorities that disproportionately affect people living with HIV.
  • Supervise and direct work plan for HIV Project intern(s).


Minimum Job Qualifications:

  • Exceptional organizational skills, with strong time-management and work ethic.
  • Commitment to full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Floridians.
  • Ability to work productively within diverse coalitions.
  • Ability to effectively turn abstract strategy into concrete steps.
  • Disciplined, adaptable, and solution-oriented approach to all tasks, with strong attention to detail and ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with policymakers on both sides of the aisle.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills for public speaking and presenting.
  • Two years work experience in public health or public policy, or a bachelor’s degree in a related field.


Preferred Job Qualifications:

  • Deep ties within communities of people living with HIV and the LGBTQ community.
  • Experience communicating with media and writing for media.
  • Existing knowledge of local, state, and federal HIV/AIDS prevention and support programs and Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative.
  • At least four years of work experience in public health or Florida public policy, or a master’s degree in a related field.


Job Hours and Salary:

  • Full-time position; some weekend and evening hours required
  • Salary range is from $54,000 to $62,000 annually depending on experience and qualification
  • Benefits include full medical, dental, life, LTD, STD, generous paid time off and retirement benefits


To Apply:

Click here to apply.

Cover letter and/or resume must include the applicant’s current address. Please address cover letters to Jon Harris Maurer.

Please note that we are not able to respond directly to every applicant. We will be in touch with you should your qualifications match our requirements for the open position. If we do not contact you regarding this position, we will retain your records on file for future reference.

About Equality Florida

Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Equality Florida is an equal opportunity employer, and we make a particular effort to recruit people of color, transgender, gender non-conforming and LGBTQ people to apply for open positions.

All positions at Equality Florida may require travel on a regular basis or periodically. Where the need arises for business travel, appropriate compensation as outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act will apply.

Equality Florida is an equal opportunity employer, and we make a particular effort to recruit transgender people, gender non-conforming people, people of color and people living with HIV



Please note that we are not able to respond directly to every applicant. Should your qualifications match our requirements for the open position we will be in touch with you. If there is not a match, we will retain your materials for future reference.



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