Job Description

Advocacy Manager

Location: Pittsburgh, PA or Harrisburg, PA

Work Hours: Full-time (based on a 37.5 hour work week)

Compensation: Grade Level 6: Min: 42,000, Mid: 53,600, Max: 65,100

Reports To: Director, State Government Affairs

Who We Are:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

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 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.  

Position Summary:

The primary responsibility of the Senior Advocacy Manager Manager is, in coordination with and under the direction of the Director of State Government Affairs, to plan and manage federal, state and local grassroots advocacy efforts in order to achieve the public policy goals of the Alzheimer’s Association. 


Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate with Alzheimer’s Association Ambassadors, advocates, State Government affairs lead 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 work with, where appropriate, coalitions, committees, task forces, etc. to advance issues critical to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their families, and their caregivers.
  • Serve as staff liaison and help develop Chapter Public Policy Committees in executing appropriate strategies and tactics to achieve the Association’s public policy goals. Through these efforts will meet and exceed Chapter priority goals for public policy.
  • Engage and train Chapter staff and volunteers in advocacy activities.
  • Build and support a Chapter-wide, grassroots network of trained volunteer advocates to carry out the Association’s advocacy goals. WIll include travel and in-person meetings throughout the Chapter territory.
  • 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 and, where appropriate, municipal leaders.
  • Activate the Chapter’s advocacy email network 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 Reporting and Trends (“AART”) 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.
  • Plan and implement participation in public policy special events, including the annual Advocacy Day in the state capital, and participation in the Advocacy Forum and Day on the Hill in Washington DC.
  • 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.
  • Additional responsibilities:
  1. Support and participate in Association events including but not limited to, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and various events/programs, as requested.
  2. Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in political science, volunteer management, human services, or a related field
  • Preferred five years of experience in advocacy, ideally with non-profit organizations
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications including Word and Excel, proficiency with CRM databases a plus

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work effectively with volunteers, staff and external contacts to build and maintain successful teams
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple priorities
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, organize opportunities to expand services
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop staff & volunteers
  • Ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing, and electronically to variety of audiences
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse population
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Ability to travel as needed to perform job duties
  • Ability to operate designated office equipment
  • High level of integrity, diplomacy and initiative

Employees working 24 hours/week or more are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, flex accounts, long-term disability, life insurance, extensive PTO, caregiver leave, volunteer time off, paid holidays, and generous 401(k) retirement plan.

Alzheimer’s Association is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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