Job Description

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. This role will be focused on driving strategies for advocate recruitment and activation around state public policy, while supporting advocate initiatives around federal public policy, both with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. The Advocacy Manager reports to the State Government Affairs Director. Based in Pittsburgh, PA.



  • Collaborate with Alzheimer’s Association volunteer advocates, State Government affairs lead, Advocacy Manager, and coalition partners in outreach to legislators, legislative staff, and government representatives 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.
  • With a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, build and support a grassroots network of trained volunteer advocates from urban, suburban and rural communities to carry out the Association’s advocacy goals. WIll include travel and in-person meetings throughout the assigned territory. 
  • Recruit, cultivate and support a team of grasstop volunteer Ambassadors, each to serve as the lead Alzheimer’s advocate to a member of the U.S. Congressional delegation.
  • With a focus on advocacy activation at the state level, recruit, cultivate and support a team of grasstop volunteer advocates to serve as the lead Alzheimer’s advocate  to key state legislators. 
  • In coordination with staff partners, build and work with, where appropriate, community stakeholders to advance issues critical to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their families, and their caregivers and engage them with advocacy activities. 
  • Assist with engaging and training staff and volunteers in advocacy activities. 
  • Assist with planning 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. 
  • Assist with activating 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. 
  • Co-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 volunteer management, political science, human services, or a related field
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in volunteer management and advocacy, ideally with non-profit organizations


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Proficiency with Google Business, Microsoft Office applications including Word and Excel and proficiency with CRM databases a plus
  • Ability to work effectively with volunteers, staff and external contacts to build and maintain successful teams.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations, including but not limited to racial, ethnic, socio economic, geographic, age, gender or sexual orientation
  • 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 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
  • Valid driver’s license, proof of auto insurance, and access to a reliable, personal vehicle to meet travel requirements.


Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Full time (37.5 hours per week)

Grade: 7

Reports To: State Government Affairs Director


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.  


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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