Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS was founded in 1990 and was created by and for people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS, including families and partners. Our mission is to serve individuals touched by HIV/AIDS through prevention, education, client centered services and coordinated care in collaboration with our community partners. From the beginning, we have been driven by our vision of eliminating HIV infection and improving quality of life. This vision strengthens our ability to deliver a wide range of quality HIV care, support, and programming in the Phoenix metro area.

Through activism and advocacy, a group of dedicated volunteers created a grassroots organization that began providing clinical trial research and support services, later followed by HIV testing, nutrition programs, women and family services, behavioral health assistance, and naturopathic medical care. Until its discontinuation in 2014, the Southwest Center’s clinical trials program helped bring 32 of the 34 available HIV medications and a home test kit to market.

To help address the stark health disparities the LGBTQIA+ community faces relative to the general population, and recognizing that health and wellness plays an important role in ending the HIV epidemic, we have expanded our scope over the past two years to provide integrated clinical, social, and inclusive support services for the entire LGBTQIA+ population in the greater Phoenix area. The Southwest Center is a vital community center for people living with or at risk of  HIV, Hep C, and other STIs, and is among the largest community-based providers of testing, education, and community support as well as a nationally recognized model for PrEP/PEP intervention.

Today, the  Southwest Center annually serves 30,000 Phoenix area adults and seniors who are either living with HIV/AIDS, or are at-risk of becoming infected, employs nearly 50 staff members, is governed by an 11-member, volunteer Board of Directors, and is poised to reach $8.6 million in revenue in 2021.


Reporting to and working collaboratively with the Executive Director, the Director of Human Resources is a member of the senior management team and will support the human resources needs of the staff and volunteers. The Director of HR provides inspirational leadership in managing all human resources activities, enabling the organization to function at its highest level through the recruitment, development, and retention of high-performing, mission-aligned employees. This strategic yet tactically sound leader will help define and shape the organizational culture, nurture employee engagement, and implement people-centered best practices that increase the organization’s capacity to fulfill its important mission. S/he/they will ensure that Southwest Center provides a safe and positive work environment in compliance with legal regulations, while integrating and advancing principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), as well as belonging and accessibility. Essentially, this people and culture leader will ensure that human resource initiatives are aligned with Southwest Center’s strategic initiatives and provide the thought leadership and operational expertise to execute these initiatives across strategy & organizational culture, people operations, talent management, performance & learning, HR technology/systems/people analytics, and leadership & management.

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