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Public Policy & Advocacy Director

Nashville CARES


Job Summary

Nashville CARES’ mission is to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee.  We work to achieve this through education, advocacy and support for those at risk or living with HIV.

As the Public Policy and Advocacy Director, you will be responsible for the development and execution of strategies designed to advance Nashville CARES’ public policy and advocacy goals including: increasing public awareness; educating the general public, the business community, and elected officials about the importance of HIV-related issues.  In your role as you will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders and in developing networks to communicate policy and advocacy priorities

Job Responsibilities

Core Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement an annual advocacy and engagement plan on HIV-related policy issues.
  • Monitor state & federal legislation, budgets and regulations and work with CEO to research and develop statements on HIV and related social justice issues
  • Manage operations of the Tennessee AIDS Advocacy Network (TAAN), including member recruitment, education and mobilization
  • Plan and lead annual HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on the Hill at Tennessee State Capitol
  • Build and manage relationships to provide targeted support, technical assistance and consultation in an effort to increase their capacity to engage in advocacy on these issues
  • Write and distribute reports, articles, briefs and memoranda on issues related to HIV
  • Organize, participate in, and conduct trainings, webinars, and conferences to build awareness and knowledge.
  • Cultivate relationships with national and state leaders and partners and find synergy with HIV-related policy and advocacy priorities
  • Organize, participate in and conduct trainings, webinars, conferences and advocacy meetings in the field locally and regionally on HIV/AIDS in Tennessee consistent with the agency advocacy plan and TAAN goals
  • Educate and cultivate relationships on behalf of agency/TAAN with state and federal policymakers
  • Foster relationships with stakeholders, including HIV-related organizations, consumer and community groups, and health and social justice organizations in support of plan activities
  • Develop/design print and electronic advocacy materials in support of plan activities
  • Maintain TAAN web site, social media and member database
  • Compile data on project activities and program evaluation
  • Work with others in the agency on funding proposals and in preparing grant-related reports
  • Participate in project, agency and advocacy coalition meetings




  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5+ years of relevant policy or advocacy experience
  • Ability to effectively and professionally articulate information verbally and in writing
  • Experience participating in coalitions and building strategic relationships with diverse groups and interests
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to develop productive, collaborative relationships with direct reports, colleagues, funders, and other professionals and to work effectively as part of a team


  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, work independently, and maintain timely, detailed and accurate records; ability to proactively plan and manage tasks
  • Substantive knowledge of HIV/AIDS, especially HIV/AIDS policy issues
  • Excellent project management and Microsoft Office Suite skills
  • Ability to travel statewide and occasional travel outside of Tennessee
  • Flexibility with regard to work hours
  • Use of an automobile, driver’s license, clean MVR, and automobile liability insurance


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s in Education, Public Policy, or Public Administration
  • Familiarity with Nashville CARES and/or HIV-related policy issues
  • Ability to conduct short-term research in policy, programs, and federal legislation
  • Experience in data analysis, including ability to create and analyze Excel spreadsheets

Additional Information


Competitive Benefits Include: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 403b, generous paid time off policy (27 – 37 days per year based on accruals and length of service); 13 paid holidays and more.

Nashville CARES is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers and clients. We respect equality and inclusivity for all people and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity. We respect, value and celebrate the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are


The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this position. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job.

How to Apply


  • Date Posted: September 9, 2020
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Communications / Marketing / PR
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)
  • Working Hours: M-F