Director. Public Policy

17 Jul, 2020


Director. Public Policy

Alzheimer's Association
Puget Sound, WA

Position: Director of Public Policy

Chapter: Washington State
Location: Puget Sound Area of Washington
Reports to: Executive Director & Regional Leader
Grade: 9
Salary Range: Minimum $74,200; Mid-range $96,500; Maximum $118,700
We warmly invite qualified applicants to consider this opportunity to make a life changing impact on the millions living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and those that may be diagnosed with the disease in the future.  Read on to learn more about the role, then visit our website  to find out more about who we are and why we’ve been recognized as a Best Place to Work the last ten years in a row.  It takes a uniquely motivated person to be a part of our team – but we believe that person could be you.
General Summary of Position:

The Director of Government Affairs directs and manages state-level governmental affairs efforts in the state of Washington, and serves as the strategic and implementation lead for all activities in Public Policy in Washington State, to include advocacy and grassroots / community-based legislative efforts.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Oversee the development of public policy priorities at the state level in collaboration with other relevant chapter staff and the national public policy office.
  • Develop the strategy – and oversee all efforts and activities – to achieve the state-level public policy priorities, including working with the state legislature and state agencies, including the public health department, as appropriate.
  • Oversee the work of the Chapter / Association’s professional lobbyist and serve as the face of the Association in Olympia by developing relationships with state legislators and other relevant government officials and by lobbying for the state policy priorities.
  • Monitor committee meetings and legislative action, in concert with the paid lobbyist, during the state legislative session as well as between sessions.
  • Build, develop, and work with, where appropriate, alliances with similar organizations, coalitions, committees, task forces, etc. in order to advance issues of importance to the Association at the state level.
  • Serve as the lead of the Advocacy sub-workgroup, as a part of the State’s Dementia Action Collaborative (DAC), and serve, along with the Executive Director, as a member of the DAC Steering Committee.
  • Represent the chapter at public forums, conferences, state task forces, government agencies, etc. on state public policy issues as needed.
  • Provide a periodic update of state legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to Alzheimer’s to Association staff in the state, chapter boards, Alzheimer’s Champions, and other advocates.
  • Oversee the Public Policy Manager, whose work largely entails the chapter’s federal and state advocacy program.
  • Assist Chapter staff as needed in state-level advocacy activities, including office visits correspondence, and other activities by Alzheimer’s Champions and other advocates, primarily by identifying opportunities for grassroots involvement on state issues.
  • Assist the Public Policy Manager in the planning and implementation of Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the state capitol.
  • Assist and collaborate with the Director of Programs to ensure state legislators, legislative staff, and other state government officials have an understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and are aware of the programs and services the Association provides.
  • Assist and collaborate with the Director of Communications to coordinate media outreach that promotes the Association’s state policy priorities, including through press releases and other earned media events.
  • Track and report activities to ensure compliance with federal and state lobbying laws.
  • Serve as a member of the Chapter’s Leadership Team, assisting the Executive Director in the team-management of the chapter, and bringing leadership to the group for the Public Policy pillar.
  • Collaborate with the Public Policy team in the Region, participating on periodic calls and taking-in updates.
  • Join the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM); assist the Public Policy Manager in the promotion throughout the Chapter of AIM.



  • Understand, be familiar with, and have experience in the legislative, regulatory, and budget process.
  • Be familiar with senior, aging, health, and long-term care issues. An understanding of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia and basic understanding of public health a plus.
  • Have strong negotiation, written and oral communications skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to anticipate, identify, organize, and analyze public policy opportunities.
  • Be a proven self-starter with excellent judgment and careful attention to detail, adaptable, organized and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks.
  • Have the ability to work effectively with diverse populations with a high level of integrity, diplomacy, and initiative.



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • At least 5 to 7 years of experience in state-level government affairs or with a state legislature, preferably in Washington State.
  • Having current contacts within the Washington state legislature preferred and executive branch, and with potential partners and collaborators.
  • Ability/willingness to travel frequently across the state, including some evenings and weekends, and 4-5 times a year to Washington, D.C., and other locations for regional and national meetings.
  • Ability to work with diverse communities and demonstrate inclusion.
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends as required for the job
  • Physical Activity that includes standing; walking; sitting; fingering or manual dexterity; repetitive finger motion; lifting or exerting force up to 25 pounds; reaching or stretching; climbing or balancing; speaking; hearing; seeing (close vision, focusing ability); frequent travel; frequent driving.
  • Strong computer skills, proficient with Microsoft Office products and social media.
  • Must have valid driver’s license, access to reliable vehicle, good driving record and proof of automobile insurance.

Application Instructions

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Job posted: 2020-07-17