The primary responsibility of the Advocacy Manager is, in coordination with the Director of State Government Affairs, to plan and manage federal, state and local grassroots advocacy efforts for state of New Jersey in order to achieve the public policy goals of the Alzheimer’s Association.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Collaborate with Alzheimer’s Association Ambassadors, State Champions, advocates, Director State Government Affairs, and coalition partners in outreach to legislators, legislative staff, and representatives of government at the federal, state, and local levels to promote an understanding of and support for policies, programs, and services to meet the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their families, and their caregivers.
- Build and support a Chapter-wide, grassroots network of trained volunteer advocates to carry out the Association’s advocacy goals on a state and federal level.
- Recruit and support a team of grasstop volunteer Ambassadors, each to serve as the lead Alzheimer’s advocate to a member of the U.S. Congressional delegation.
- Recruit, educate and mobilize advocates around state policy priorities of the Association, including an annual Advocacy Day in the state capital, and direct year round grassroots activities aimed at targeted state leaders.
- Recruit and support a team of volunteer State Champions, each to serve as the lead Alzheimer’s advocate to a targeted state policymaker.
Engage and train Chapter staff and volunteers in advocacy activities.
- Activate the Chapter’s advocacy email network and Phone2Action to ensure timely and effective response to policy developments when action is required, such as attending hearings, initiating calls, emails, letters, and/or social media outreach to legislators and media.
- Manage the Alzheimer’s Advocacy database of public policy advocates, provide monthly, quarterly, and annual reports on advocacy recruitment as well as advocate and staff contacts with federal and state.
- With chapter Communications staff, coordinate contacts with media, including press releases and letters to the editor around public policy issues.
- Work with advocate volunteers to encourage engagement in the political process, consistent with the legal parameters surrounding 501(c)(3) organizations and the Association’s practices and policies.
- Collaborate with the Association’s Public Policy office in Washington DC.
- Additional responsibilities
- Support and participate in Association events including but not limited to, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and various events/programs, as requested.
Other duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in political science, volunteer management, human services or a related field.
- Minimum of at least 3 years of experience in advocacy, grass roots organizing or public policy preferably with non-profit organizations preferred.
- Understanding of Alzheimer’s, aging, health care and long term care issues is preferred.
- Knowledge of federal and state legislative, regulatory, and budget processes.
- Ability to work effectively with advocate volunteers, staff, and external contacts to build and maintain successful teams, coalitions and committees.
- Excellent written communication skills, including drafting and editing position statements, testimony, press releases, and letters to the editor.
- Excellent oral communication skills, including consensus building, and giving public presentations.
- Excellent analytical, problem solving, and strategic thinking skills.
- High level of integrity, diplomacy, and initiative.
- Ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
- Ability to anticipate, identify, organize, and analyze public policy opportunities.
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple priorities.
- Absolute commitment to confidentiality .
- Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.
- Ability to travel locally, regionally and nationally as needed to perform job duties.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office; proficiency with CRM databases a plus.
- Valid driver’s license with proof of insurance and a reliable personal vehicle to meet travel requirements.
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 duties as requested by his/her supervisor or manager. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of job duties. Essential job functions may change when necessary.
The Alzheimer’s Association is an equal opportunity employer.
Job Reference #: 3844