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Director/Senior Director, Global Advocacy

International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)
Location: New York, NY


The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is a nonprofit scientific organization founded in 1996 whose mission is to ensure the development of safe, effective, accessible, preventive HIV vaccines for use throughout the world. IAVI's work focuses on accelerating scientific progress and mobilizing public support for AIDS vaccine R&D through issue advocacy and education. IAVI is a dynamic and mission-driven organization, and the work environment is fast-paced and intellectually stimulating.

Position Summary:
Working across relevant IAVI departments, the Director/Senior Director will help design and implement advocacy activities with the aim of ensuring support for AIDS vaccine R&D and for IAVI specifically among a wide group of stakeholders. S/he also will serve as an external IAVI advocate.
Key Responsibilities:
• In close collaboration with the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, oversee the design and implementation of global advocacy initiatives, managing project team leaders, ensuring strategies and tactics are well-defined and aligned with IAVI's brand, that project teams are appropriately resourced and that teams drive toward goals.
• Serve as an external advocate for IAVI, representing the organization in meetings with and presentations to stakeholders including policymakers, political leaders and funders.
• Prepare quarterly meetings of the Advocacy Review Group, a high-level internal committee that provides strategic oversight to ensure IAVI‘¦s advocacy goals are being met; ensures adequate resources are available for advocacy; reviews global advocacy initiatives and other advocacy activities; and adjusts strategy, budget or the portfolio of advocacy initiatives as necessary.
• Manage advocacy opportunities and issues that arise unexpectedly and require cross-departmental coordination.
Ensure that IAVI advocates receive regular trainings/briefings so that they remain up-to-date on the AIDS vaccine field and on IAVI messages and materials.
• Ensure that fresh IAVI advocacy materials are produced, and that existing materials are evaluated for relevance and updated as needed.
• Ensure that IAVI is present at key events throughout the year in a way that serves its advocacy strategy.
• Oversee IAVI's relationship management system.
• Manage a part-time advocacy project manager.

Experience and Skills:
IAVI recognizes that each candidate brings unique skills sets and areas of knowledge. The successful candidate must possess a strong combination of the following:
• An undergraduate degree. A post-graduate degree in a related field is a plus.
• At least five years of experience in the HIV or global health field, experience in advocacy, and a total of at least eight years of work experience. The candidate must have at least three years of experience managing direct reports and, preferably, managing a team or teams working toward a common goal or goals.
Sensitivity toward cultural diversity and an ability to work across various regions of the world.
• Sensitivity toward groups that are sometimes stigmatized.
Outstanding written and oral communication skills as demonstrated by a record of public presentations and published written materials.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, influencing skills and cultural competencies, with the ability to effectively manage across a global platform of partners and employees.
• An understanding of priority-setting, resource management and the bridge-building required to foster the development of an effective network for champions.
• Expertise serving as a global spokesperson and advocate
• A proven ability to understand and communicate complex scientific information.
• The proven ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously with little direction and work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
• The ability to think creatively and with long-term objectives.
• Experience with strategic planning, programming, and implementation for global advocacy programs / initiatives.
• The attitude of a roll-up-the sleeves self-starter, a sense of humor, good judgment, the ability to work in a fast-paced, creative environment, and the skill to adapt quickly to changing needs and priorities
• Flexibility and the ability to travel coupled with superior computer literacy.
A passion for IAVI‘¦s mission, given that the organization operates as an intense mission-driven organization trying to solve one of the most difficult and important scientific and policy challenges of our times.


Commensurate with experience

IAVI is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from diversity

Please apply online at



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