Last Updated on August 17, 2020 by Nirah Johnson
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 as valuing the 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.
About the position
Treatment Action Group (TAG) is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated, and organized Community Engagement Officer to support the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Project. This is a part-time (60%), salaried role, with 25 hours per week expected. There is potential for this to evolve into a full-time role, depending on funding and employee availability. The Community Engagement Officer will be responsible for advancing the advocacy, research literacy, and community education activities related to long-acting treatments and the latest diagnostics with external partners and allies. These include providing research, preparing technical publications, supporting community consultations, and protecting and promoting the human rights of people affected by HCV, particularly incarcerated people and people who use drugs.
The Community Engagement Officer role requires a strong work ethic, good judgment, and both self-direction and the ability to work collaboratively. Excellent project management, organization, and communication skills (written and verbal), are a must. This position will report to TAG’s Hepatitis C 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 partners in time zones 6-12 hours ahead of New York City. Travel within the U.S. and internationally may be expected up to 15% of the time for the position as necessary, and if and only if it becomes safe to do so again.
Key Duties & Responsibilities May Include
- Community Engagement
- Support TAG’s efforts to engage communities in HCV research, including by helping to coordinate community consultations, events, and webinars, including through the development of agendas, content, materials, facilitation, logistics, project administration, and outreach, as needed;
- Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, partners, and allies;
- Participate in working group meetings related to long-acting injectables research and development;
- Facilitate calls with coalition partners, take meeting minutes, and maintain project archives;
- Research Support
- Develop materials on long-acting injectable treatments and diagnostics to build the capacity of civil society and HCV-affected communities to advocate at the global, regional, and national levels;
- Provide research for presentations, public statements, letters, and briefs on international hepatitis C policy and programs, intellectual property, equitable access, drug pricing, and achieving global health targets;
- Support research for technical requests, including data analysis from our mapCrowd and hepCoalition advocacy platforms, case studies, and best practices in harm reduction and drug decriminalization.
- Advocacy and Communication
- Follow communications related to HCV and Access to Medicines networks and provide support for related solidarity campaigns, as needed;
- Collaborate on articles and updates for the hepCoalition website;
- Compile photos, videos, Tweets, and press coverage related to project activities, and support coordination with TAG’s Communications team to share on social media.
- Project Administration
- Attend internal staff and project meetings, assist with grant and administrative reporting, and track related finances;
- Liaise with HIV Project Community Engagement Officer to inform project work;
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- Background, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
- A minimum of three years of professional experience in an office setting related to health equity, social justice, harm reduction, drug policy, research & development, and/or global health;
- 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, global health, policy making, or the conditions on which TAG works, is a plus.
Salary & Benefits
The salary will be $36,000 per annum. TAG offers a competitive benefits package that includes a stipend for health insurance and generous paid vacation, 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 September 14, 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “HCV Community Engagement Officer” as the subject line. We will review applications on a rolling basis. Please, no recruiters or phone calls.
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