Job Description

Position Summary:

The California Advocacy Manager serves as the principal staff for grassroots advocacy efforts in California and is responsible for grassroots engagement and volunteer recruitment in support of the Association’s state public policy priorities. The Advocacy Manager reports to the Director of Government Affairs and represents the Alzheimer’s Association's California chapters. The Advocacy Manager’s fundamental role is to work with and through advocates to strengthen the Association’s overarching relationships with California state policymakers and their district staff, while state and federal government affairs colleagues focus on policy development and lobbying activities in the state capitol and in Washington, D.C.



-With guidance from the Director of Government Affairs, plan and implement all grassroots advocacy activities required to engage state and federal officials.

-Recruit, train, and facilitate efforts of advocates, including Alzheimer’s Ambassadors and their team members for bipartisan members of Congress and state-level Alzheimer’s State Champions for state legislators. 

-Develop and maintain a goal of one volunteer Ambassador and two Alzheimer’s Congressional Team (ACT) members per member of Congress.

-Manage year-round state policy grassroots advocacy activities, including office visits and electronic correspondence.

-Mobilize advocates on federal issues in coordination with the D.C. Public Policy Office, including ensuring timely and effective response by advocates to new developments and emerging issues.

-Work with advocates to promote the Association’s federal and state policy priorities in earned and social media.

-Under direction of the Director of Government Affairs, support the plan for Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the state capitol, including recruiting and training volunteer advocates and coordinating their engagement.

-Recruit and coordinate volunteer advocates to attend the annual Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C. and to engage in pre- and post-Forum congressional district office meetings.

-Plan and implement town halls and other community events as directed with state and federal officials.

-With guidance from Public Policy leadership, represent the chapter at public forums, conferences, state task forces, government agencies, etc. on public policy issues as needed.

-Support and participate in chapter events such as Walk to End Alzheimer’s, as requested.



-Political or issue advocacy campaign experience desired

-Current contacts within the state government and the locally based staff of the federal congressional delegation are a plus.

-Have strong and extensive experience in volunteer recruitment, volunteer management, and/or working with volunteers.

-Experienced in coalition building, and have an understanding and background in community organizing.

-Have the ability to work effectively with diverse populations with a high level of integrity, diplomacy, and initiative.

-Familiarity with senior, aging, health, and long-term care issues and an understanding of engaging vulnerable populations is a plus.

-Demonstrate the ability to anticipate, identify, organize, and analyze public policy opportunities.

-Possess excellent written and oral communications skills.

-Detail-oriented, adaptable, organized and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks.

-Proven self-starter with excellent judgment and careful attention to detail.

-Ability to work effectively with diverse populations with a high level of integrity, diplomacy and initiative.

-Must possess a valid driver’s license, good driving record, access to a reliable vehicle and proof of automobile insurance.


          -Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent experience

          -5 to 7 years experience working in grassroots advocacy, volunteer management, or community organizing, preferably with non-profit organizations.


          -Ability/willingness to travel across the state, including some evenings and weekends (up to 15%).

          -Travel by car and occasionally by air is required.

          -Attend the Association's annual Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C.


          Title:                          Advocacy Manager

          Position Location: Sacramento, CA

          Full time based on 37.5 hours per week

          Position Grade:      306 Exempt (Estimated Annual Salary $70,000 - $75,000)

          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 1,900 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 develop the disease in the future. Read on to learn more about the role, then visit our website to explore who we are and why we've been recognized as a Best Place to Work for the last twelve years in a row.

          At the Alzheimer's Association®, we believe that diverse perspectives are critical to achieving health equity - meaning that all communities have a fair and just opportunity for early diagnosis and access to risk reduction and quality care. The Association is committed to engaging underrepresented and underserved communities and responding with resources and education to address the disproportionate impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

          The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

          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

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