Job Title: Advocacy Manager
Reports To: Vice President, Public Policy
Department Name: Public Policy
Location: Houston, Texas and surrounding areas
FLSA Classification: Exempt
This position is responsible for managing all aspects of the chapter’s public policy efforts, including advocacy, government relations, and public health. Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, recruiting and managing advocacy volunteers, coordinating legislative visits in district on state and federal levels, managing the advocacy database, collaborating with public policy staff in other Texas chapters, fostering stronger relationships with state agencies, assisting to develop state-wide public policy platform and priorities, coordinating participation in advocacy events in Houston and Southeast Texas, Washington, DC, and locally, and educating chapter staff on the important role public policy plays in ending the burden of Alzheimer’s disease.
The position reports directly to the Texas Director of Public Policy and will work with advocacy volunteers, community partners, other public policy staff in the state, national policy staff, and chapter staff.
CORE CHARACTERISTICS AND COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
- Strong understanding of senior, aging, health, and long-term care issues. An understanding of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia a plus
- Demonstrated success building and/or improving successful volunteer initiatives and programs
- Strong ability and experience with strategic planning
- Demonstrated success developing and leading a high-performing team of volunteers to achieve strategic initiatives
- Demonstrated success working with diverse populations
- Demonstrated success building strong partnerships and implementing innovative ideas to advance the Alzheimer’s Association’s policy priorities
- Demonstrated success with adapting to change
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Support Texas Director of Public Policy with achieving the state-level public policy priorities, including working with the state legislatures and state agencies.
- Build relationships and work with similar organizations, coalitions, committees, task forces, etc. in order to advance issues of importance to the Association in chapter areas.
- Plan, manage, coordinate and participate in legislative visits and committee hearings as requested by the state Public Policy Director (district, state, and federal)
- Plan and implement town halls/community events with members of the state’s congressional delegation and state legislators
- Along with Texas Director of Public Policy, create and update a 3-year strategic plan to grow engaged volunteer advocates by at least 15% each year, with special attention to increasing participation among minority, rural, and interfaith volunteers
- Recruit, train, and facilitate efforts of advocates, including Ambassadors, Alzheimer’s Congressional Team members, and State Champions
- Mobilize advocates on federal and state issues in coordination with the D.C. Public Policy Office and with state government affairs staff
- Improve training process for advocacy volunteers and establish uniform onboarding protocols
- Represent the chapter at public forums, conferences, state task forces, government agencies, etc. on public policy issues as requested by the State Public Policy Director.
- Develop strong relationships within the community and represent chapter at community coalitions
- Create proactive calendar of activities and updates to federal and state advocates.
- Ensure chapter meets federal benchmarks each year
- Engage chapter staff and board members in advocacy activities
General Chapter Responsibilities
- Maintain monthly reports and provide progress updates to the Chapter Executive Director
- Lead public policy representation and participation in chapter events and fundraisers
- Assist and collaborate with the Director of Program to ensure legislators and their staff have an understanding of the Associations care and support programs and resources to help meet the needs of constituents.
- Assist and collaborate with the Director of Communications to coordinate media outreach that promotes the Association’s state and federal policy priorities, including through press releases, letters to editor, and other earned media events.
- Education: Bachelor’s degree in Political Science or related field, or equivalent work experience
- 2-3 years of experience in grassroots advocacy, public policy, and/or community organizing a must, preferably including some in Alzheimer’s or related health care issues
- Demonstrated history of building volunteer programs and increasing mission delivery through volunteer power
- Highly effective organization, communication, and interpersonal skills, with ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing, and electronically to a variety of audiences
- Experience in working effectively with diverse populations with a high level of integrity, diplomacy and initiative
- Computer skills necessary for communication, record keeping, and report generation; with proficiency with Microsoft Office (especially Word & Excel) and Google applications; ability to learn new database software
- Valid driver’s license. Proof of valid insurance. Outreach activities require use of own vehicle
- Office located at a chapter office; services provided throughout the Houston & Southeast Texas chapter area
- Position operates in a flexible work environment which may require significant travel
- Position requires flexibility to work evenings and weekends to meet policy and advocacy needs; high volume of public contact
- Work may be stressful at during periods of high volume or tight deadlines
- Position utilized laptop, LCD projectors, and cell phone
This job profile 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 instructions or perform any other duties as requested by his/her supervisor or manager. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of job duties. Essential elements may change when necessary.