Vice President and Chief Program Officer

Vice President and Chief Program Officer

AIDS United

Washington, DC   |   June 9, 2021

About AIDS United

AIDS United envisions a time when all people, governments, and organizations commit to ending the epidemic and strengthening the health, wellbeing, and human rights of everyone impacted by HIV. We address the intersectional issues, inequities, and social determinants of health that drive the HIV epidemic.

AIDS United’s grantmaking portfolio dates to the founding of the National AIDS Fund in 1988. For more than two decades, we have supported community-driven responses to the HIV epidemic around the country that reach the nation’s most disproportionately affected populations, including gay and bisexual men, communities of color, women, people living in the deep South and people living with HIV/AIDS. To date, our strategic grantmaking initiatives have directly funded more than $120 million to local communities and have leveraged more than $115 million in additional investments for programs that include, but are not limited to, syringe access, access to care, capacity-building, HIV prevention and advocacy. At any one time, AIDS United has across its grantmaking initiatives a portfolio of over 250 grantee organizations in as many as 40 states and territories.

AIDS United’s policy and advocacy roots were born out of coalition in 1984, when AIDS service organizations (ASOs) across the country came together to form AIDS Action. AIDS Action Foundation (AAF) was formed as the education arm a few years later. AAC and AAF together formed AIDS Action, decades later, AIDS Action merged with the National AIDS Fund, the coalition of organizations involved in AIDS United’s policy work continues to grow. AIDS United advocates for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and the organizations that serve them. We house the most seasoned and respected domestic AIDS policy team in Washington DC, and our public policy work is informed by a Public Policy Council that includes over 50 dues paying member organization who are collectively a broad array of service providers and advocacy organizations from all regions of the country engaged in helping to end the HIV epidemic in America.

For more information on AIDS United, please visit our website.

The Opportunity

The Vice President and Chief Program Officer (VP/CPO) directs the development, implementation and monitoring of all programmatic activities and initiatives. They will serve as the singular point person for all capacity building, technical assistance, and grantmaking activities at AIDS United, reporting to the President & CEO. The position is responsible for overarching leadership of the Program Department including identifying opportunities for program growth in areas of strategic grantmaking, capacity building, technical assistance, evaluation, and management of current programs and representing the agency in public activities. They should have demonstrated success in the ability to identify and respond to current and emerging issues in HIV/AIDS services, philanthropy and strategic grantmaking.

The VP/CPO serves as a member of the four-person Executive Management Team at AIDS United. They will work closely with the Vice President & Chief Advocacy Officer to ensure synergies and collaborative successes across policy and programmatic activities. The position, under the guidance of the CEO & President, will interact directly with members of the AIDS United Board of Trustees, external donors, and agency collaborators.

Candidate Profile

The VP/CPO will bring a genuine passion for AIDS United’s mission coupled with deep experience driving grantmaking and capacity building success. The VP/CPO provides strategic leadership and oversight of program functions and works in close collaboration with the Executive Leadership Team to steward and promote overall organizational effectiveness. The ideal candidate will have the following personal competencies and characteristics:

General Management & Leadership

  • Serve as member of Executive Team to lead organizational planning;
  • Responsible for the development and oversight of departmental programs, projects and budgets, and management of multiple funding sources;
  • Guide the development of departmental goals and support organizational goals;
  • Support the Program Department individually and collectively with guidance to proper resources and coaching to maximize productivity;
  • Provide leadership for program staff development;
  • Participate in AIDS United Board discussions;
  • Represent AIDS United to funders and support excellent relations with programmatic funders;
  • Represent AIDS United in public activities;
  • Collaborate with local and national HIV organizations and other national health and social justice organizations as appropriate.
  • Work closely with Vice President & Chief Operations Officer to ensure compliance on all program-related contracts and subcontracts and collaboration on infrastructure strategies;
  • Work closely with the Comptroller/ Director of Finance to ensure sound, proactive financial management and planning of program budgets;
  • Work closely with the Vice President & Chief Advocacy Officer to leverage programmatic activities to promote AIDS United’s policy agenda;
  • Work closely with development and communications staffs to ensure continued investment in programs, marketing of opportunities and results, and development of program materials and tools.

Grantmaking & Technical Oversight

  • Responsible for overseeing AU grantmaking activities including announcements (RFP’s, NOFO’s, etc.) as well as grant review and award processes;
  • Support grantee initiatives, engagements, and opportunities;
  • Support the growth of grantmaking programs and funds;
  • Assure quality performance for AIDS United’s intermediary and philanthropic roles.
  • Oversee the provision of technical assistance (TA) and capacity building (CB) services;
  • Grow internal capacity to deliver TA and CB services;
  • Oversee quality assurance efforts;
  • Develop and manage programmatic evaluation efforts.

Client Relations

  • Manage departmental relationships with grantors, funders, federal project and grants personnel, and other partners;
  • Guide program staff to ensure that organization is fulfilling grant and contractual reporting obligations.

Business Development

  • Support organizational fundraising and new business development;
  • Support development strategies of CEO and Development Director;
  • Cultivate new business opportunities for programmatic activities in AIDS United.

The VP/CPO must share the AIDS United commitment to commit to ending the epidemic and strengthening the health, wellbeing, and human rights of everyone impacted by HIV. Additionally, for this position we’re looking for candidates that possess a combination of the following skills:

A minimum of 10 years in an executive or senior management position with relevant experience in public health, social services, or related field required, and a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant domain.

The VP/CPO should be an advocate for, and representative of the populations most heavily affected by HIV, including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color), members of the LGBTQ community, women, youth, people who use drugs, sex workers, and people who are living with and vulnerable to HIV.

Have a proven track record empowering their staff through effective delegation, confidence in their professional abilities and support in overcoming obstacles.

Be familiar with change management and poses the ability to guide staff through changing political and funding environments as well as the ever-changing trends of the epidemic itself. Effective in working in a remote and virtual environment and with staff operating from multiple states and time zones.

Have demonstrated experience developing communication and collaboration across departments and sectors aimed at enabling strategic growth and partnerships with strong leadership and program management skills.

The VP/CPO should possess a collegial and open-hearted personality that would serve as an asset and fit well with the organization’s diverse hardworking team.

Must have a proven track record of fiscal management; grant/contracts compliance; and program implementation and evaluation as well as experience in grants management and facilitating technical and capacity building assistance initiatives for public health organizations and demonstrated ability to critically analyze health data.

Individual must be a self-motivated, critical thinker with a keen attention to detail and a proven people manager with strong track record coaching, empowering, and developing staff and supporting a culture that is respectful, fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and mission-driven.

Experience identifying and implementing new systems, platforms, and processes that result in greater efficiency and innovation.

Highly collaborative with excellent relationship-building skills and exceptional customer service orientation and able to foster a resourceful, proactive, and results-oriented culture within and across teams while remaining flexible and adaptable with the ability to drive organizational change and build consensus internally and externally.

Experience implementing public health programming to address HIV/AIDS issues strongly preferred.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


Liz Lombard and Angie Sessoms of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or to Angie directly at [email protected]. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

AIDS United is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community, culture, and practices. We recognize that underrepresented groups such as women and BIPOC may be less likely to apply to a role if they don’t meet 100 percent of the listed qualifications. AIDS United is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants. People of color and individuals living with HIV are strongly encouraged to apply.

About Koya Partners

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