Director of Public Policy
Who We Are:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia – by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.
At the Alzheimer’s Association, our employees are at the core of all we do. Our network of more than 1,700 employees across the United States makes a difference each and every day for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and those at risk for the disease.
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 www.alz.org/jobs to find out more about who we are and why we’ve been recognized as a Best Place to Work the last eleven years in a row.
This position exists to serve as the principal staff for grassroots advocacy efforts and government affairs in South Dakota. The Director of Public Policy directs and manages (1) local, state, and federal advocacy efforts in the state; and (2) state-level governmental affairs efforts.
Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Plan and implement all grassroots and grasstops advocacy activities focusing on federal, state, and local leaders.
- Recruit, train, and facilitate efforts of advocates, including Alzheimer’s Association Ambassadors and their team members for members of Congress and state-level Association Champions for state legislators.
- Manage year-round state policy grassroots advocacy activities, including office visits and correspondence, including electronic correspondence.
- Mobilize advocates on federal issues in coordination with the D.C. Public Policy Office, including ensuring timely and effective response to policy developments by advocates.
- Work with advocates to promote the Association’s federal and state policy priorities in earned and social media.
- Plan and implement Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the state capitol, including recruiting advocates and coordinating their activities.
- Recruit and coordinate volunteer advocates to attend the Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C. and to engage in pre- and post-Forum district office meetings.
- Plan and implement town halls/community events with members of the state’s congressional delegation.
- 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.
- Serve as the Association’s chief professional lobbyist and face of the Association in Pierre 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 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.
- Engage chapter staff and board members in advocacy activities.
- Provide a periodic update of relevant state and federal legislative matters to Association staff in the state, chapter boards, Ambassadors, Alzheimer’s Champions, and other advocates.
- Represent the chapter at public forums, conferences, state task forces, government agencies, etc. on public policy issues as needed.
- Support and participate in chapter events such as Walk to End Alzheimer’s, as requested.
- Promote and assist advocate volunteers in the promotion of the Association’s 501(c)(4) advocacy arm – the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM).
- Provide necessary training and materials for staff and volunteers at all chapter events to recruit advocates and members of AIM.
- Assist and collaborate with the Director of Programs to ensure legislators, legislative staff, and other government officials have an understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and are aware of the programs and services the Association provides to meet the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their families, and their caregivers.
- Assist and collaborate with the Executive Director to coordinate media outreach that promotes the Association’s state and federal policy priorities, including through press releases, letters to the editor, and other earned media events.
- Assist and collaborate with the Executive Director as necessary and appropriate to achieve chapter mission and goals, including community/development events.
- Manage advocacy database, including by ensuring advocates are reporting activities and contacts with federal and state officials.
- Track and report activities to ensure compliance with federal and state lobbying laws.
- All other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
- At least 5 to 7 years’ experience working in grassroots advocacy, volunteer management, or community organizing, preferably with non-profit organizations and/or working in state-level government affairs or with a state legislature.
- Have current contacts within the state legislature and executive branch, and with potential partners and collaborators.
- Political or issue advocacy campaign experience desired.
- Ability/willingness to travel frequently across the state, including some evenings and weekends.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Candidates for this position should:
- Have strong and extensive experience in volunteer management/community organizing and/or in the legislative, regulatory, and budget process in South Dakota.
- Be experienced in building and working with coalitions.
- 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.
- Demonstrate the ability to anticipate, identify, organize, and analyze public policy opportunities.
- Possess excellent written and oral communications skills.
- Be detail oriented, adaptable, organized and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks.
- Be a proven self-starter with excellent judgment and careful attention to detail.
- Have the ability to work effectively with diverse populations with a high level of integrity, diplomacy, and initiative.
- Be proficient in the use of personal computers and Microsoft software applications.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- 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.
- Be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends.
This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the jobholder. He/she will be required to follow any other instructions or perform any other duties as requested by the Executive Director. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of job duties. Essential elements may change when necessary.
Employees working 24 hours/week or more are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, flex accounts, short and long-term disability, life insurance, long term care insurance, tuition reimbursement, generous Paid Time Off, 12 annual holidays and Paid Family Leave, as well as an annual Cultural & Heritage Day and Volunteer Day of their choosing. They are also eligible for our gold standard 401(k) retirement plan.
Full time employees (37.5 hours/week), will enjoy all of the above plus an annual School Visitation Day and an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing.
The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and provides consideration for an employment relationship without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, genetic predisposition, national origin, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.
Job posted: 2021-11-03