Capacity Building Specialist

Chicago, Illinois
Aug 12, 2019
Sep 11, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level


San Francisco Community Health Center is seeking Capacity Building Specialists to join the agency’s HIV prevention technical assistance (TA) program in the Midwest, out of a new Chicago-based office.


San Francisco Community Health Center (formerly known as API Wellness) is a federally qualified health center that provides culturally competent, high-quality medical care, health services, education and outreach. We transform lives by advancing health, wellness and equality. We work in solidarity with underserved communities—of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations and immigration statuses— toward justice and health equity.

Founded in 1987 as an all-volunteer, community-based response to the AIDS crisis among communities of color, we are an anchor-organization for San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, and also lead regional, statewide and national programming.

We believe that everyone deserves to be healthy and needs access to the highest quality health care.


San Francisco Community Health Center has over 25 years of history providing HIV-related capacity building assistance (CBA) services in the United States, Pacific Islands and US territories rooted in over three decades of providing HIV prevention programming in our local communities.

The organization’s new Regional HIV Prevention Technical Assistance Program, based out of Chicago, provides tailored support to CDC-funded health departments and community-based organizations (CBOs) in the Midwest in the areas of clinical HIV testing and prevention for persons with HIV. The program is part of a CDC-funded effort to achieve the nation’s HIV prevention goals by enabling the HIV prevention workforce to optimally plan, integrate, implement and sustain comprehensive programs and services.

SFCHC’s Regional HIV Prevention Technical Assistance Program in Chicago will be staffed by the Associate Director of Capacity Building and two Capacity Building Specialists, with support from the Director of Capacity Building and Organizational Learning in San Francisco.


SFCHC seeks to hire a dynamic Capacity Building Specialist for its new Chicago-based, regional technical assistance office. The Capacity Building Specialist will work, at times independently or in a team, to design, develop, coordinate, deliver and evaluate technical assistance activities, primarily for CDC-funded health departments and CBOs in the Midwest, as part of a five-year cooperative agreement.


  1. Research, design and implement in-person and virtual technical assistance services and workshops in response to requests from health departments and CBOs in the Midwest.
  2. Lead assessment and planning calls to develop individualized technical assistance action plans that are positioned to address identified needs.
  3. Contribute to the development of health promotion materials (including fact sheets, webinars, toolkits, etc.) that are culturally humble, respond to community HIV needs and integrate current research, health behavior theories, adult learning principles and instructional design.
  4. Represent the agency at external collaborations, networks, coalitions and events.
  5. Partner with other Midwest technical assistance partners and national capacity building providers to plan and implement delivery of technical assistance services.
  6. Lead and/or support other agency projects as needed.


  1. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Three years of relevant experience (e.g. health educator, trainer, consultant, etc.) can be substituted for Bachelor’s degree;
  2. Outstanding written and verbal communication and strong interpersonal skills;
  3. Detail-oriented with exceptional project & time management skills and ability to work independently;
  4. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite;
  5. Demonstrated experience with developing and delivering health-focused trainings/workshops and materials for adult learners;
  6. Sensitivity to HIV-positive individuals; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer populations; and culturally diverse populations
  7. Proven skills related to the deployment of HIV-related effective interventions and/or public health strategies, particularly in the areas of clinical HIV testing and prevention for persons with HIV.


  • Familiarity and experience working with key HIV prevention stakeholders at health departments, community-based organizations and/or other healthcare organizations in the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and/or Wisconsin).