Job Description


Job Title: Advocacy Manager, Greater Pennsylvania Chapter

Location: Pittsburgh, PA or Harrisburg, PA

Full time of Part time: Full Time, 37.5 hours per week

Grade: 6

Reports To: Director, 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 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:

The primary responsibility of the Advocacy 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 volunteer 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 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 grassroots volunteer Ambassadors, each to serve as the lead Alzheimer’s advocate to a member of the U.S. Congressional delegation.
  • 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.
  • Serve as the leader for the Chapter’s Advocacy Program, and engage and train Chapter staff and volunteers in advocacy activities.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 volunteer advocate databases, provide monthly, quarterly, and annual reports on advocacy recruitment as well as advocate and staff contacts with federal and state.
  • 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’ 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
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Driver’s license, proof of insurance and access to reliable, personal vehicle to meet travel requirements


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.


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