[COMM-ORG] job: government relations, Washington DC, with salary info

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From: Jennifer Flynn <flynn at nycahn.org>

Salary information included


Director, US Government Relations, Health GAP (Global Access Project)

Health GAP, a leading international advocacy organization comprised of 
AIDS, trade and human rights activists, is seeking a Director of US 
Government Relations. For more information about Health GAP and our 
current campaigns, please refer to www.healthgap.org

The primary focus of this job is on devising and winning new or reformed 
U.S. Government policies, including outreach and relations with relevant 
policy makers in all branches of government; formulating innovative 
policy solutions; convening, strengthening and coordinating diverse 
networks of allies at the national and grassroots levels in support of 
Health GAP campaign priorities and developing and coordinating overall 
and day-to-day campaign strategies relating to U.S. policies.

Health GAP is deeply committed to fostering an affirming and inclusive, 
multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment for its staff, and core 
members. Applicants are requested to include a description of how they 
will assist Health GAP in creating this environment and to write about 
their commitment to global justice in cover letters. People of color, 
people living with HIV/AIDS and immigrants from the global South are 
strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

A proven track record including a lead role in successful legislative or 
policy campaigns, preferably at the federal level, is a must, and a 
commitment to global social justice is a paramount requirement for the 
position. We deeply value lived, personal experiences that will 
contribute to our organization's culture and enhance our ability to win 
campaigns for people with HIV/AIDS worldwide.

The ideal candidate should have existing relationships with key civil 
society stakeholders in the global AIDS movement and with policy makers 
in the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government. 
Preferred candidates have five-plus years of experience in organizing, 
advocacy, government relations, public health, policy or other relevant 
areas. Candidates should be knowledgeable about the issues addressed in 
Health GAP's campaign work. Instigating and maintaining frequent, 
regular communication with federal policy makers is expected. Experience 
pitching stories to journalists is a plus. Comfort with direct action 
tactics and organizations is a bonus.

Duties include:
• Direct advocacy with U.S. policy makers;
• Formulating policy recommendations, crafting regulations and legislation;
• Develop and direct ongoing new policy and campaign initiatives 
focusing on U.S. policy and policy makers;
• Provide written strategic policy analysis;
• Convening, coordinating, and building networks of allies in support of 
Health GAP priority campaigns;
• Regularly attending in-person meetings in Washington, DC multiple days 
out of the week;
• Grassroots organizing and actions in support of coordinated national 
campaign strategies, including national and local actions, in 
collaboration with Grassroots Organizer;
• Facilitating direct access to decision makers by grassroots activists 
whenever possible;
• Working with Grassroots Organizer, build new activist groups in key 
• Assist in maintenance of Democracy in Action database;
• Materials production as needed;
• Attend biweekly conference calls and working group meetings;
• Submitting monthly workplans and reports;
• Attend weekly staff calls, monthly in-person staff meetings and 
quarterly organizational retreats.
Assist with:
• Advocacy related to international agencies such as the Global Fund to 
Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and UN agencies;
• Solidarity efforts with allies in the global South;
• Communications efforts, including action alerts and mobilization efforts;
• Fundraising efforts.

Health GAP is unique in that we are a non-hierarchical organization with 
no physical office, a steering committee that meets primarily by 
conference call, and each of the staff develop home and travel-based 
schedules for their work. However, we are prioritizing a candidate based 
primarily in Washington, DC or the immediate surrounding area. 
Applicants should be prepared for long and irregular hours, including 
some weekends and holidays. Health GAP offers full health insurance, 
including dental and basic vision.

Health GAP is committed to the principle of pay equity among staff so 
the salary is between $50,000-$53,500 depending on local costs of 
living. March 1st, 2009 is the ideal start date.

Please send resume and cover letter to jflynn at healthgap.org immediately. 
Candidates will receive an email confirmation that their application was 
received. If you do not receive this confirmation, please resend. 
Informational phone calls are welcomed and encouraged. Please direct 
your questions to Jennifer Flynn, Managing Director at (212) 537-0575 x 
3. Position will remain open until filled.

Jennifer Flynn
Managing Director
Health GAP (Global Access Project)
429 West 127th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10027
+1.212.537.0575 x 3
F: +1.212.937.5283
jflynn at healthgap.org
Help support our fight against the global AIDS pandemic 

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