[COMM-ORG] jobs: policy director, community organizer, New York, no salary info

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From: "Sean Barry, VOCAL-NY" <sean at vocal-ny.org>

VOCAL-NY recently posted two new positions: Policy Director and HIV/AIDS 
Community Organizer. We're hoping that you can help us spread the word - 
to friends, colleagues, and listservs - about the position. Both job 
descriptions are listed online (http://bit.ly/SvxvGt) and summaries are 
copied below.

Thanks in advance for helping us get the word out and please let me know 
if you have any questions.

DATED LISTED: December 3rd, 2012

APPLY BY: Preferably by December 20th, 2012. Applications will be 
reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be open until filled. 
Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled, but it is 
strongly encouraged that they be submitted by December 20th for initial 
consideration. Interviews will begin starting in late-December.

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION: VOCAL-NY is a grassroots membership 
organization dedicated to creating healthy and just communities by 
building power among low-income people affected by HIV/AIDS, the drug 
war and mass incarceration. We do this through community organizing, 
leadership development, participatory research, policy advocacy and 
direct action with the belief that true social change must come from the 
bottom up and be lead by those directly impacted. We have chapters in 
New York City, Westchester and Albany as well as an affiliated 501(c)4 
organization, VOCAL-NY Action Fund, Inc. In addition to our community 
organizing projects, VOCAL-NY’s HIV/AIDS Housing Network is a network of 
non-profit organizations providing housing assistance to people living 
with HIV/AIDS.

During the past couple of years alone, VOCAL-NY’s advocacy has won 
significant policy change around affordable housing, progressive 
revenue, prison-based gerrymandering, overdose prevention and HIV/AIDS 


(1) Policy Director (http://bit.ly/TFYwIp)

(2) HIV/AIDS Community Organizer (http://bit.ly/YwtpE2)


The Policy Director will lead public policy analysis, research and 
communications activities for grassroots campaigns around HIV/AIDS and 
drug policy. Policy issues may include HIV/AIDS housing, overdose 
prevention, syringe access, hepatitis C, harm reduction, methadone, 
police reform and broader social justice issues like progressive taxation.

The position requires experience in public policy analysis, legislative 
advocacy, communications and coalition building. The Policy Director 
will work collaboratively with a team of seven community organizers and 
our grassroots members to analyze data, develop policy change and 
legislative strategies, lobby government officials, coordinate with 
allies and deepen public awareness about our policy goals. The Policy 
Director reports to the Lead Organizer.

For a list of responsibilities, qualifications and the process to apply, 
please visit the job posting online (http://bit.ly/TFYwIp).


The HIV/AIDS Community Organizer will be responsible for coordinating 
VOCAL-NY’s base building, leadership development and advocacy campaigns 
around HIV/AIDS. A central focus for the position will be promoting the 
active involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS in policymaking that 
affects their lives. The position will include coordinating VOCAL-NY’s 
HIV/AIDS Housing Network of non-profit organizations providing housing 
services to people living with HIV/AIDS. VOCAL-NY has five full-time and 
two part-time community organizers, including a Lead Organizer who will 
supervise this position.

For a list of responsibilities, qualifications and the process to apply, 
please visit the job posting online (http://bit.ly/YwtpE2).

Sean Barry
VOCAL-NY (formerly NYC AIDS Housing Network)
646.373.3344 | sean at vocal-ny.org

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