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Director, Communications and Marketing

Glassroth Creative Strategies
Washington D.C. (or Remote)
$90,000+ per year + benefits
Closing date
Aug 21, 2022

Position: Director, Communications and Marketing
Organization: American Academy of HIV Medicine
Location: Washington, DC or remote
Travel: Domestic: up to 15%
Salary: Competitive for similarly sized charities; based on experience; excellent benefits


American Academy of HIV Medicine – Who We Are

The American Academy of HIV Medicine (the Academy) is a professional organization that supports the HIV practitioner and promotes accessible, quality care for all Americans living with HIV disease. Our membership of HIV practitioners and credentialed HIV Specialists™, HIV Experts™ and HIV Pharmacists ™ provides direct care to the majority of people with HIV in the US.

The Academy has a firm commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We are actively working to align our vision and values to ensure racial equity is more prominent in our work and central to everything we do. We are committed to having a team that progressively reflects the diversity of the population we ultimately serve—Americans living with or at-risk for HIV.


Position Details

The American Academy of HIV Medicine is seeking a seasoned communications professional to serve as their Director or Marketing and Communications. This person will oversee all aspects of communications, including to internal healthcare provider audiences and external audiences within the HIV community, including partner organizations, HIV advocates, media and industry. This position is integral to managing the overall brand and reputation of the organization while ensuring consistent outreach to the organization’s membership and credentialed HIV care providers.

General Responsibilities

Overseeing at least one communications staff and collaborating with the talented teams in four other departments to achieve the following scope of work:

  • Building and executing a comprehensive external, internal and crisis communications strategy that:
    • Supports the Academy’s vision/mission
    • Strengthens membership engagement
    • Enhances the organization’s brand
  • Developing key messaging and ensuring adherence/alignment to messages across the organization
  • Developing and managing marketing/communications budgets, deadlines, objectives and schedules
  • Creating and identifying media opportunities:
    • Secure coverage for the Academy and its subject-matter experts
    • Proactively issue press releases on Academy activities and offerings
    • Respond to breaking HIV news and other relevant events in the media cycle
  • Providing communications counsel and support to Academy constituents, including:
    • Strategic counsel and support for senior Academy leadership
    • Responding to member communication needs
  • Highlighting the outstanding work being done within Academy departments (Credentialing, Education, Advocacy and Membership)
  • Overseeing communications channels, including:
    • Weekly electronic newsletters
    • Website; ensuring it is easily navigable, that content is up-to-date and that we are leveraging new technology and best practices appropriately
    • Podcast
    • Social media platforms; creating strategies to elevate visibility and grow followers
    • HIV Specialist, the Academy’s quarterly magazine, for which this position will serve as the Editor-in-Chief
    • Developing partnerships with like-minded organizations to bring greater offerings to HIV care providers and information that empowers people with HIV


  • 10-15 years marketing and communications experience, including in the healthcare industry
  • General knowledge of HIV and sexual health
  • Non-profit, membership-based experience a plus
  • Leadership skills and the ability to garner buy-in from senior leadership and peers
  • Excellent project management, time management and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Proven track record of pitching and placing earned media
  • A proven track record of cross-functional partnership and relationship management
  • A creative thinker and storyteller
  • Knowledge of best-in-class communications tools, technologies and best practices
  • Self-starter with the ability to operate in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and still meet deadlines


  • Excellent health coverage, as well as a dental and vision insurance package, basic life insurance and long-term disability coverage—available at start date of employment (agency pays 100% of employee premium)
  • 11 paid federal holidays with prior day early leave at the discretion of the Executive Director
  • 3 weeks paid leave (2 weeks of vacation; 1 week sick/personal leave)
  • 401k with employer match up to 3% of annual contributions (subject to change) with full vesture upon 3 years of continued employment

How to Apply:

  • For consideration, please email and include:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Salary requirements
  • At least two writing samples that reflect your experience with HIV (or other health-related) writing and/or education
  • At least two examples of earned media placements


The Academy is committed to improving the diversity of its team. While not a minimum or mandatory qualification, we strongly encourage candidates of color, candidates with HIV, women, people of low-income backgrounds and other sexual minorities to apply for this role.

The Academy of HIV Medicine is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with existing state and federal laws. Candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information.


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