Job Description

The Associate Director, Federal Affairs is responsible to lobby the Federal government and assist in government affairs efforts. This person will develop and implement bipartisan 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 Director, Congressional 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.

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 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.



  • Engage in bipartisan lobbying and public policy activities. 
  • Work with bipartisan members of Congress, their staffs and Congressional committees on the Association's federal legislative priorities. 
  • Work on the creation or modification of federal policy positions; and  drafting legislative initiatives as well as supporting statements and documentation. 
  • Analyze and report 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 Director, Congressional 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 legislative process.



Position Location: Washington, DC (hybrid) 

Full time Exempt

Position Grade: 510

Reports To: Director, Congressional 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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