Job Title: Advocacy Manager
Location: Columbia, SC
Work Hours: Full-time (based on a 37.5-hour work week)
Reports To: VP Communications and Advocacy
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 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.
The Advocacy Manager is responsible for recruiting, training, and managing volunteers for the Chapter’s advocacy efforts. This position will mobilize volunteers to participate in advocacy activities to achieve department metrics, as well as work collaboratively with other departments to enhance advocate recruitment and relationship-building in all congressional districts and targeted state districts.
Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Recruit, train, and engage volunteer advocates within the state, increasing the number of advocates and levels of participation in federal policy efforts.
- Mobilize Ambassadors and Alzheimer’s Congressional Team Members to engage with members of Congress and their staff (through office visits, community encounters, Association events, social media and earned media) to achieve Strategic Plan goal for federal advocacy activities.
- Recruit, organize and accompany advocates to attend the annual AIM Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC.
- Plan and implement logistics for engaging federal elected officials through Chapter-hosted Town Hall meetings, Coffee with Constituents, or other Association events
- Collaborate with Director of State Policy to:
- Plan and implement annual State House Day.
- Write and deploy state action alerts and advocacy updates using Luminate Online and Phone2Action.
- Develop clear and consistent communication with advocates, including Ambassadors and Alzheimer’s Congressional Team members
- Assist Ambassadors and Alzheimer’s Congressional Team members with coordination of team planning meetings 1-2 time per year.
- Ensure that advocates track their federal engagement activities through alzimpact.org.
- Assist advocates with meeting requests and letter-to-the-editor campaigns.
- Assist in implementing year-round integration of advocacy with other organizational events including Walk to End Alzheimer’s and The Longest Day.
- Assist in the recruitment and retention of AIM (Alzheimer’s Impact Movement) annual memberships.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in political science, public administration, or a related field of study required.
- 1-3 year’s work/volunteer experience in public policy, grassroots community organizing, or volunteer management.
- Ability and willingness to travel up to 30% within the state by car. Travel in this case, is considered time spent away from the office, in the community, to fulfill the job goals. While most such travel is same day, occasional overnight travel or air travel may be required.
- Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends as required for the job.
- Experience with, or ability to rapidly learn, constituent management tools such as Luminate Online and Phone2Action.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills to communicate in-person, by phone, and through written communication with diverse populations.
- Keen analytical skills to conduct research, stay abreast of legislative activity, and recognize and communicate new opportunities for advocacy.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively and mobilize volunteers.
- Strong organizational skills to multi-task in a fast-paced and fluid environment.
- Strong computer skills, proficient with Microsoft Office products, Google suite and social media.
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 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 an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing, plus Caregiver Leave.
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.