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Vice President of Community Research and Advocacy


TITLE: Vice President of Community Research and Advocacy 

REPORTS TO: President/CEO 

DETAILS: Exempt Full-Time Position (40 hours per week) 

LOCATION: Ypsilanti and Detroit Office 


UNIFIED – HIV Health and Beyond, a multi-service organization providing prevention, care and other HIV related services in 10 counties in Southeast Michigan. Mission is Rooted in the history of the fight against HIV, UNIFIED – HIV Health and Beyond advances prevention, access to health care, community research, and advocacy. The Vice President of Community Research and Advocacy oversee the Community Research and Innovation team, as well as lead strategic efforts to enhance and strengthen the organization’s community partnerships, research efforts and grant funding to further advance its mission. This position is part of the organization’s Leadership Team. 



  • Serves as leader on community-engaged research studies in partnership with academic institutions. 
  • Identifies relevant research questions and helps determine feasibility of new research projects. 
  • Works with external collaborators to build new research relationships and maintain successful operations with ongoing partners. 
  • Leads plans for the implementation of new research protocols and evaluation effort s and findings that are relevant to the organization’s mission and role in the community. 
  • Develops budgets, invoices and scope of work for new and ongoing projects. 
  • Participates in partnership research meetings, presentations and conferences and oversees the submission of conference abstracts and journal publications. 
  • Creates reports and public statements regarding research and evaluation efforts and finding that are relevant to the organization’s mission and role in the community. 


  • Participates in community collaborations and initiatives that align with the organization’s mission and strategic goals. 
  • Seeks opportunities for collaboration and partnership that will increase the impact and reach of the organization’s services. 
  • Represents the organization and promotes its services through community networking. 
  • Identifies new grant opportunities as a result of these community initiatives and collaborations. 
  • Facilitates information sharing and strategic development of partnerships with all areas of the organization. 
  • Oversee advocacy efforts of the organization and in conjunction with the HIV/AIDS Alliance of Michigan. 


  • Conducts research on grant opportunities that align with the organization’s mission and strategic direction. 
  • Leads government and private grant writing efforts in collaboration with internal staff and community partners. 
  • Prepares grant requests and oversees the grant development process. 
  • Maintains and develops relationships with funders, including foundations and government sources. 
  • Works to develop an annual plan of grant submissions and tracks funding results. 


  • Participates in the organization’s leadership team, helping to set the strategic direction of the organization and track progress in reaching strategic goals. 
  • Attends board meetings and provides relevant reports to board members. 
  • Helps plan strategic planning retreats and oversee planning process with staff and board members. 


  • Master’s or Doctorate Degree in Public Health, Social Work, Public Policy or other related area required. 
  • Track record of successful grant research, writing, and grant management required. 
  • Strategic planning experience preferred; ability to define strategic goals and carry out action plans to achieve defined goals. 
  • Experience with Community-Based Participatory Research preferred; basic public health research knowledge required. 
  • Supervisory experience required. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required, including presentations and dissemination of research findings. 
  • Must be able to function independently, be self-motivated, be able to work well with individuals from a variety of socioeconomic groups, and highly organized. 
  • Willing to travel and spend 50% of time externally and work from Detroit and Ypsilanti office locations. 
  • Access to a properly insured vehicle. 



Job Location


Ypsilanti and Detroit Office 

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Please submit a resume and salary requirements via email to Karen Lannoo, QuadWest Associates at Deadline for submissions is September 24, 2017.