Job Title: Advocacy Manager - Colorado Chapter
Location: Denver, CO
Full time based on minimum 37.5 hours per week
Grade: 207: $52,800 – $67,300 Salary
Reports To: Sr. Director of Public Policy & 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/jobs 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.
This position works in coordination with, and under the direction of, the Senior Director of Public Policy & Advocacy. The Advocacy Manager will plan, manage and implement federal, state and local advocacy efforts for the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado in order to achieve the public policy goals of the Association.
Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Advocacy Management (60%)
- Recruit, onboard, train and engage volunteer advocates in Colorado with an overall goal of increasing the number of advocates and their levels of participation, including our grasstop programs of Ambassadors, ACT members and State Champions
- Assist in the creation and execution of a year-round advocacy plan to support state and federal legislative priorities, including grassroots and grasstops strategies
- Develop and disseminate clear and consistent communication with existing and potential volunteer advocates, including recruitment materials, onboarding documents, advocacy updates, action alerts, letter to the editor campaigns, among other items
- Activate the Colorado Chapter’s online advocates using email and text messages to ensure timely and effective response to policy developments when action is required, and maintain these databases
- Assist in the creation and implementation of a social media strategy for Colorado Chapter public policy efforts using the Colorado Chapter’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn)
- Support and grow volunteer advocates’ use of social media as an advocacy tool
- Work with, where appropriate, coalitions, task forces and other community partners who are mobilizing advocates around shared issues
- Assists in writing educational materials on policy issues for various purposes, including for policy-related programs and events, activities being completed by volunteer advocates and lobbying
- Assist other Alzheimer’s Association Chapters in the Rocky Mountain region with advocacy strategies (no travel required)
- Collaborate regularly with and attend training and guidance meetings with the Public Policy office in Washington, D.C.
Event Planning (30%)
- Recruit and organize volunteer advocates to participate in policy-related programs and events, including Alzheimer’s Day at the Capitol and the Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum, among others
- Plan and implement logistics for policy-related programs and events, such as Alzheimer’s Day at the Capitol, town halls with state and/or federal elected officials, Aging Caucus meetings, coffees with Congress and volunteer advocate trainings, among others
- Integrate advocacy efforts into other Association events, such as Walks to End Alzheimer’s
- Ability to develop and maintain systems, policies and procedures to ensure efficient work flow and completion of tasks on or before deadline
- Keeps accurate and effective records for all advocacy efforts
- Provide high-level administrative support to the Senior Director of Public Policy & Advocacy on various projects, as needed
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Alzheimer’s Association staff, volunteer advocates and community partners
- Enhance our culture of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the job
- Bachelor’s degree in political science or a related field of study required
- 1-3 year’s work experience in public policy, equivalent grassroots organizing or campaign experiences required
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of the legislative and budget processes and the Colorado General Assembly
- Understanding of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, aging, health care and long-term care issues preferred
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced and fluid environment
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Familiarity with Google Apps, Zoom and advocacy applications
- 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, 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.