President and Chief Executive Officer, Black AIDS Institute (BAI)


Founded in May 1999, the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on Black people. The Institute’s mission is to stop the AIDS epidemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black leaders, institutions, and individuals, in efforts to confront HIV. BAI disseminates information; advocates for sound, inclusive, culturally responsive public and private sector health policies; offers training and capacity building; provides health screening for HIV/STI/Hep C and other chronic and/or infectious diseases, and linkage to care and comprehensive services; and conducts advocacy and mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view. BAI’s motto describes a commitment to self-preservation: “OUR PEOPLE, OUR PROBLEM, OUR SOLUTION.”

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This position reports directly to the Board of Directors and leads a team of approximately 20 employees.


As one of the leading voices of Black people affected by HIV/AIDS, the President and CEO is expected to set the organization’s long-term vision, and is responsible for operational management, fundraising, and fiscal oversight to ensure BAI achieves its goals according to board-approved policies and procedures. The President and CEO serves as a public advocate to ensure that BAI and its mission, programs, products, and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image.

Specific duties will include, but not necessarily be limited to:

Organizational Leadership

  • Oversees the performance of staff and external consultants; manages all personnel activities including the hiring and retention of qualified, competent senior staff.
  • Establishes SMART organizational goals and outcomes with relevant metrics and holds staff, board, and external resources accountable for their successful completion.
  • Drives the development of annual and long-range operating plans.
  • Reviews all organizational functions and services on a continual basis with a revenue vantage point and prioritizes their potential to increase/maximize revenue opportunities.


  • Leads all fund development and strategic planning initiatives for the organization.
  • Identifies new opportunities and advances current development programs to ensure success in individual, corporate, foundation, in-kind, and special event fundraising.
  • Maintains positive, personal relationships with key individual and institutional funders.

External Relations

  • Expands and reinforces all external relationships to enhance the organization’s viability as a leader in public health.
  • Engages with governmental entities, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Oversees the development and distribution of policy and position statements on behalf of BAI and its partners on issues, events, or actions that impact their work at the federal or local level.
  • Seeks out public speaking opportunities, including media opportunities, to showcase the organization and attract new members and supporters.

Financial Management

  • Provides fiscal stewardship and maintains sound financial practices.
  • In collaboration with department heads, recommends yearly budget for board approval.
  • Maintains an innovative approach to management, exploring and implementing initiatives that facilitate financial success.

Board Relations

  • Works with the Board of Directors and various volunteer committees to ensure that the Institute’s mission is clearly defined, articulated, and advanced.
  • Implements policies and procedures as the agent of the board to fulfill regulatory requirements and legal statutes.
  • Identifies and assesses changes in policy, funding, and industry trends and keeps the board apprised of any anticipated impact on the organization’s operations.


  • Demonstrated track record as an organizational leader with a heart for BAI’s mission.
  • Preferably a minimum of eight years of nonprofit management experience; ideally including an executive leadership role in HIV/AIDS or a related public health field.
  • Experience working in public health and/or HIV prevention, care, and treatment.
  • Familiarity with the historical context of the HIV/AIDS movement and the dynamics surrounding race and class in the United States as contributing factors to health and welfare disparities.
  • Collaborative, inclusive, and transparent leadership style; an ability to respectfully leverage the knowledge and experience of current staff.
  • Experienced and successful fundraiser who can engage a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Sound financial acumen; solid skills in budget management, preparation, analysis, and reporting.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the changing implications of the Affordable Care Act and knowledge of Ryan White, CDC, and related government healthcare, prevention, social safety net policy, and grant funding opportunities.
  • Policy and political acumen to educate and engage BAI constituents in other relevant civil rights, human rights, and public health debates affecting Black people and/or progress against the epidemic.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills; active listener; ability to make impactful connections with a diverse constituency.
  • Flexibility to accommodate early and evening weekday hours, some weekend hours, and significant travel.
  • Master’s degree required, in a related field preferred.


Compensation will be commensurate with experience including a competitive base salary, bonus opportunity, and competitive benefits package.

The Black AIDS Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Gabrielle Kelly, Consultant