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Full Time
Albany, NY
4 Years
Bachelor's Degree
March 6, 2017

Associate Executive Director of Programs-The Albany & Schenectady Damien Centers

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Title:  Associate Executive Director of Programs

Overview:  Provides oversight for all Damien Center programs and back-up and support to the Executive Director. In conjunction with the Executive Director, work to grow and strengthen Damien Center’s programs and services using a trauma-informed service delivery, harm reduction, and housing-first model.

Reports to: Executive Director  Supervises: Housing Manager, Program Manager I, Program Manager II, Data Manager

The Albany Damien Center’s mission is to enhance the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS in an affirming environment and to reduce new infections in the communities we serve. Our vision is a community where people with HIV/AIDS achieve their desired potential and are respected as coworkers, neighbors, and friends, while striving for an HIV free generation.


  • Provide program guidance and oversight for day-to-day operation of all Damien Center programs, including the AIDS Community Center, Smart Meals, Foundations for Living, Mpower Albany, PAWS, Treasure Chest, and The Madison Apartments, including new programs as they are developed.
  • Participate in Director Team meetings and lead Program Team meetings to ensure appropriate oversight, communication, and follow-up needed to deliver high quality services that are responsive to changing member needs and concerns in a consistent manner throughout the agency.
  • Serve as primary contact, provide oversight to grant management and compliance functions, and maintain excellent working relationships with our federal, state, and foundation grant funders for existing grants, including new grants as they are awarded.
  • Assist the Executive Director in developing new programming to meet the needs of Damien Center members and tenants. Assist in the identification of grant funding opportunities, and the preparation of grant applications and funding proposals.
  • Hire, orient, train, supervise, and evaluate management staff, ensuring program goals and objectives are being met. Assist in hiring process/selection of program staff and assure each program area is working as a team and fully supports other teams in the agency.
  • Ensure comprehensive orientation for new staff and ongoing professional training for all staff and volunteers in topics relevant to delivery of services to target populations.
  • Develop program and grant budgets/workplans and continuously monitor, ensuring regular communication with Director of Finance and Executive Director.
  • Review and approve required narrative and data reporting for program activities and outcomes, monitoring deliverables to ensure compliance with funder expectations.
  • Coordinate data team and ensure quality of data input, reports, and processes for data improvement.
  • Develop and coordinate CQI (Continuous Quality Improvement) using data to create/monitor process and outcome improvements using the PDSA cycle and SMART goal setting.
  • Support and participate in a culture of philanthropy by recognizing that fundraising efforts—including donor relations and organizational agency communication— include all staff and is essential to carry out the work and mission of the organization.  Assist in the completion of funding proposals, securing member mission stories, and participating in fundraising efforts as requested by the Executive Director.
  • Assist the Executive Director with serving as the public face of the Center at community events, meetings, fundraisers etc., as needed.
  • Develop and annually update all program related policies and procedures.
  • Keep abreast of current trends in delivery of services to target population.
  • Fully support and grow agency culture of delivering trauma-informed, harm reduction, and housing-first approaches.
  • Enhance and support the Damien Center’s Housing First model for housing tenants balanced with running the community center for non-resident members.
  • Fully support and grow the 340B Pharmacy Program and ensure all agency programs support members in reducing barriers to help each person achieve HIV Viral Load Suppression. 
  • Fully support and encourage member and tenant feedback and the use of client advisory boards (CABs).
  • Perform other senior management duties as requested by the Executive Director.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree; Masters preferred in a health or human services field.
  2. 4 - 7 years program management, staff supervision, and federal/state/foundation grant delivery, reporting, and financial management experience in a not-for-profit setting utilizing trauma-informed, harm reduction, and housing-first service delivery models.
  3. Professional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and ability to interact with a wide range of personalities.  Experience working with a peer workforce a plus.
  4. Able to work in and grow our agency culture, in a diverse and multicultural setting, providing trauma-informed and harm reduction services to persons of diverse backgrounds including age, race, ethnicity, gender identify, disability, economic status, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation.
  5. Time management and organizational skills with ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities.
  6. Availability to work a flexible schedule with some evenings and weekends.
  7. Proficiency in MS Word/Excel/Outlook and E-mail. 
  8. Must have valid, unrestricted driver's license and independent means of transportation.

The Albany Damien Center is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates, women, and persons living with HIV/AIDS.

Status & Benefits: Full time – Exempt. Mid to high sixties depending on experience. Full benefits including health, dental, flexible spending account(FSA), life insurance, retirement, and generous combined leave time. 

To Apply: Please send 1) cover letter, 2) resume, 3) salary history, 4) two professional writing samples, and 5) three professional references, by e-mail to Joshua Quiles, Executive Assistant at    

Applications will be accepted via e-mail and are encouraged to have all five attachments. Continuous recruitment until position filled.







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