Local Communications Officer, AIDS 2020

1035 Market Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States
Job Posted Date: 
March 28, 2019
Full-time Positions
Global Health

The incumbent will be responsible for serving as the primary communications lead for AIDS 2020, including strategy guidance, media, marketing and digital content development. This is an incredible opportunity to manage a large communications portfolio, working across sectors for an international event. The successful candidate will be able to work in a fast-paced environment, is a strong writer, has the ability to juggle multiple activities, and is politically savvy. This position is full-time and fixed-term to start as soon as possible through August 14, 2020.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement strategies and tactics to inform the general public about the conference and priority conference activities
  • Understand the California and national media market and advise on and lead opportunities
  • Play a key role in identifying potential PR issues and creatively advise on how best to respond and address
  • Strategically advise and lead pro-active and strategic communications opportunities to support positive conference positioning
  • Develop marketing materials to advance the brand development for the conference with support from the IAS creative team
  • Develop regular digital content for AIDS 2020 social media channels in coordination with the IAS digital producer
  • Identify communications partnership opportunities for strategic marketing and advertising of the conference
  • Assist in building strategic alliances with the communications focal points of the conference partners to ensure our efforts are consistent and complimentary
  • Maintain and communicate regularly with high-level national partners
  • Work with the local planning group and partners to develop cross communications activities to ensure consistency and alignment in messaging
  • Finger on the pulse of US political landscape and national policies related to the conference
  • Track and manage incoming media requests and liaise requests appropriately
  • Support conference media registration review and process
  • Build and manage an editorial calendar including drafted materials for AIDS 2020 web, blog and other communications channels
  • Draft written materials including op-eds, blogs, presentation slides, talking points and key messages
  • Manage communications requests from the Local Office as needed.
Job Requirements: 

Work Experience:

  • At least 5 years working in communications/marketing/public relations
  • Experience working with conferences or events
  • Experience in the public health sector and with major conferences would be an asset.


  • Ability to forecast public affairs and communication changes and develop strategies for changing complex communication programs
  • Understanding of how communications and messaging translates across global audiences
  • Strong attention to detail and quality control of deliverables
  • Strong project management skills with ability to juggle multiple requests quickly
  • Ability to analyze and craft communications strategies and implementation plans
  • Strong written communication skills with ability to write well under pressure
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Experience in public speaking
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and global health issues an asset.
How to Apply: 

Interested and qualified candidates should send their resume and a cover letter to [email protected]. The applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Only candidates from the US or candidates in possession of a valid US work visa will be considered. IAS employees are evidence-based, human rights-focused, inclusive and accountable partners in the HIV response. The IAS is committed to recruiting and sustaining a skilled, effective, diverse and gender-balanced secretariat, and to the greater involvement of people living with HIV (GIPA) in all aspects of its work. People living with or affected by HIV are strongly encouraged to apply.

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