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Posted: 17 Aug 2011
Director, HIV Disparities and Community Engagement
Type of Position: Full-time   
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Deadline: 1 Jan 2038
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Public Health Foundation Enterprises invites applications for the full-time (1.0 FTE) position of Director, HIV Disparities and Community Engagement within the HIV Research Section in San Francisco’s Department of Public Health. The HIV Research Section (the Section) is a grant-funded research unit affiliated with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the University of California San Francisco. The Section has been searching for new and innovative ways to fight HIV/AIDS since the onset of the epidemic in the early 1980s. The HIV Research Section Investigators are global leaders in HIV vaccine and prevention science, epidemiology of HIV infection, HIV medication adherence, combination HIV prevention strategies, and HIV research training methods. For more information, please see

Under the direction of the Director of the HIV Research Section of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the Director of HIV Disparities and Community Engagement (HD&CE) will develop and implement a high-impact research portfolio addressing disparities in HIV acquisition, including among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TGW) in the United States. The person in this position will work closely with other Directors in the Section to expand leadership in engaging highly-affected communities in the research process.

This position offers an exciting opportunity for investigators at mid-career stage and beyond to work in a dynamic and collaborative environment. The Section’s unique position offers the team of Directors a high degree of autonomy, while providing a platform to influence the field of HIV locally, nationally, and internationally. Directors enjoy the flexibility to explore their interests with relatively fewer road blocks to impede creativity and initiative. Mid-career investigators will receive mentoring from senior HIV prevention investigators in grant-writing, manuscript development, and study design and implementation.

Essential functions include:

  • Develop broad research portfolios addressing HIV-related health disparities, HIV prevention and community engagement
  • Contribute to the analysis and publication of HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 061 Studay Data
  • Mentor early career investigators
  • Internal and external collaboration

Job Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to working with communities with substantial health disparities
  • Passion for and experience with engaging diverse communities in the research process
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with scientists, staff, and community members
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills
  • Strong facilitation and team leadership skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting cross-team collaboration and innovation
  • Fluency in Spanish (desired)
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications


  • Doctoral- level education in behavioral or social sciences, medicine, or related field
  • Experience conducting research with Black and Latino men who have sex with men
  • Experience conducting qualitative interviews and focus groups
  • Experience conducting individual- and community-level research projects
  • Knowledge of, sensitivity to and experience working with diverse communities, particularly communities of color and gay/lesbian/ bisexual/transgender communities


Interested individuals should submit a resume and cover letter to Please include the job title in your submission.