Job Description


This is a full-time position located in Sacramento, California, and reports to the California Government Affairs Director.

Grade 5

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 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.  

Position Summary

Working as a member of the dynamic Sacramento-based California Government Affairs team, this position joins a statewide network of professionals dedicated to our mission: 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 promotion of brain health. The California Advocacy Manager position is responsible for leading the five California chapters and volunteer advocates in a coordinated strategy to reach elected and appointed officials serving in U.S. Congress, California State Legislature and in Administrative positions.   The manager serves in a key liaison role, overseeing all aspects of the Alzheimer’s State Champion (ASC) program and the Capitol Response Team (CRT) as well as general grassroots activation.  This role supports chapter staff in their work with federal Ambassadors working with U.S. Congress.  Additionally, this position organizes and executes the annual state advocacy day and participates in the D.C. Forum.  Finally, the manager performs core executive-level functions to ensure the State Policy Office complies with both internal and external requirements, including Fair Political Practice Commission (FPPC), Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) lobbying reports; and Quorum bill tracking and monitoring 


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

Advocacy Management

  • Serve as primary point person for federal affairs team and five California chapters for all aspects of Alzheimer’s State Champions (ASC) program
  • Coordinate with chapter public policy managers on volunteer Ambassador coverage for California’s Congressional delegation
  • Develop and implement criteria to identify targeted legislators
  • Establish policies and procedures to link volunteer advocates with targeted legislators, including volunteer onboarding, continuous training and ongoing support
  • Build and maintain a system to track and monitor targeted legislators and assigned ASCs
  • Lead monthly ASC webinars, including facilitation, agenda development, materials, speakers, technology and follow-up
  • Lead regular 1:1 calls with each of the chapter public policy managers to monitor progress and trouble-shoot local issues
  • Represent California on regular national, state and local internal communication channels 
  • Oversee Capitol Response Team (CRT), including recruitment of volunteers, onboarding, training and management of group
  • Actively engage ASC, CRT and federal Ambassadors in advocacy actions, deploying resources individually, by chapter, region and statewide to volunteers under tight deadlines
  • Serve as point person for monthly Alzheimer’s Advocacy Academy serving volunteers in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada
  • Manage State Policy Office advocate/constituent management activation tools, e.g. Luminate, Phone2Action, Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM), social media channels and other methods to maximize grassroots impact
  • Prepare volunteer and staff witnesses for legislative testimony and public hearings
  • Coordinate with Marketing/Communications team on digital advocacy and social media opportunities, Letters to the Editor, and other public awareness activities
  • Enter and approve all AIM state actions

Federal and State Government Relations

  • Designated state lead for Quorum bill tracking and monitoring program as well as California’s LegInfo database 
  • Liaison with the federal affairs staff team in Washington, D.C. to effectively communicate federal priorities to California staff, volunteers and community members.
  • Actively monitors year-round legislative calendar, generating daily bill and committee reports
  • Liaison to elected and appointed state government officials and their key staff, providing ongoing communication with offices (phone calls, emails, scheduling requests, letters, capitol office “drop bys” and in person meetings)
  • Provides back-up support to California Government Affairs Director with committee hearings and stakeholder convenings
  • Conducts independent research and collects data on policy topics for reports, collateral materials, and presentations 

Event Planning

  • Manages largest annual state advocacy day in the chapter network
  • Manages all vendor relations, budget and contracts
  • Responsible for scheduling, confirming and following up on 120 legislative meetings
  • Oversees registration and payment process for approximately 250 individuals
  • Develops official schedule of events and finalizes advocate teams and legislative visit schedules
  • Produces legislator collateral/”leave behind” materials and volunteer advocate training materials
  • Coordinates all volunteer advocate scholarship applications, approvals and payments as vendors
  • Evaluates advocacy day event and legislative visits, producing reports and analysis to inform future planning and budget
  • Responsible for one additional Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month (ABAM) affinity event each year held jointly with the State Legislature or State Government
  • Supports California delegation in annual D.C. Forum trip


  • Provide high-level administrative support to the State Policy Director and assists in managing statewide government relations operations
  • Develop systems, policies and procedures to ensure efficient work flow and timely completion of tasks on or before deadline
  • Coordinate logistics, travel, catering and communications for statewide conference calls, webinars, and events
  • Performs other projects and duties as assigned

Culture of Collaboration

  • Fully engage in a culture where team collaboration is highly valued
  • Work as a team to accomplish, if not exceed, organizational goals in the National Strategic Plan
  • Participate in signature fundraising events
  • Respond to public policy calls to action & participate in advocacy days
  • Enhance our culture of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the job


  • Bachelor's degree in public health, health policy, political science, government, communications preferred or related job experience
  • 2-3 years of experience working with the CA State Legislature
  • High-level administrative experience 
  • Large Event Management
  • Volunteer management

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Experience with advocate/constituent management activation tools, e.g. Luminate, Phone2Action
  • Familiarity with social media and with ability to monitor external sites and provide content for internal sites
  • Experience with compliance with the Fair Political Practice Commission (FPPC), Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) lobbying reports; and Quorum bill tracking and monitoring
  • Ability to work with diverse communities and demonstrate inclusion
  • Demonstrate a high degree of professionalism, initiative and independence while supporting the State Policy Office
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills required
  • Demonstrated competence in appropriate computer software and data management tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Google Apps
  • Ability to meet concurrent deadlines
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Interact effectively and tactfully with all levels of management
  • Strong problem solver with ability to identify resources to resolve issues
  • Highly organized with an attention to detail, accuracy and quality
  • Sensitivity to the needs of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers 
  • Ability to travel throughout the chapter territory


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, tuition reimbursement, generous PTO as well as an annual Cultural & Heritage Day of their choosing, Caregiver Leave, Volunteer and School Visitation time off, paid holidays and a gold standard 401(k) retirement plan. 

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.


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