Job Description

Location: Washington, DC

Work Hours: Full-time (based on a 37.5 hour work week)

Grade: 10

Reports To:  Vice President, Federal 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.  


The Associate Director, Federal Affairs is responsible to lobby the Federal government and assist in government affairs efforts.  This person will develop and implement federal legislative initiatives and monitor congressional developments for the Association's Public Policy division based in Washington, DC. The Associate Director will report to the division's Vice President, Federal Affairs, also based in the Washington office.

We seek an individual with experience working with members of Congress, their staff, Congressional committees, and other key policymakers. It is necessary that they have in-depth knowledge and experience with legislative processes and programs. The preferred candidate will also have Congressional and/or direct lobbying experience as well as substantive expertise in health care issues and the appropriations process. 

The successful candidate must be a strong team player and enjoy working in a collegial yet highly demanding and effective culture. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate excellent writing and communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as in a team, exercise sound judgment, execute strategy, and operate with confidentiality will also be required as are excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills. We seek an individual with an appreciation for the complexities of working within a large voluntary health organization. In addition, the preferred candidate will have a strong mission orientation and a passion for advocacy on behalf of the Alzheimer's Association and the people it represents.


  • Engaging in lobbying and public policy activities    
  • Working with members of Congress, their staffs and Congressional committees on the Association's federal legislative priorities    
  • Working on the creation or modification of federal policy positions; and drafting legislative initiatives as well as supporting statements and documentation    
  • Analyzing and reporting on congressional developments that could materially affect efforts by the Alzheimer's Association and/or its affiliated chapter network to accomplish shared strategic objectives; and making recommendations on and developing responses to emerging federal legislative issues    
  • Engage in strategic thinking, brainstorming, and long-term planning (in consultation with the Vice President of Federal Affairs) on long-term projects and activities that could be undertaken by the Federal Affairs department    
  • Represent the Association in relevant federal affairs coalitions and representing the Department in internal and external meetings    


  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • Six to eight years Congressional experience and/or lobbying experience with a health care association
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.    
  • Congressional and/or direct lobbying experience    
  • Expertise in health care issues and the appropriations process
  • Excellent organizational skills and good time management skills    

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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