Job Description


Job Title Associate Director of Relationship Events – Iowa Chapter

Location West Des Moines, IA

Full time of Part time: 37.5 hours FT

Grade: 7

Reports To: Director of Events

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.  

Position Summary:

The Associate Director of Relationship Events will lead strategy, development and implementation of Chapter relationship events in the Des Moines area and identifying new opportunities for similar events elsewhere in Iowa. This position is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding volunteers and donors to ensure the success of the Association’s fundraising efforts. The current premier relationship event in the Des Moines area is the Purple Soiree.


Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Purple Soiree:

  • Develop and manage the annual plan, budget, strategic planning and implementation of the chapter’s annual Purple Soiree 
  • Recruit Soiree committee members, manage the committee as the staff lead and work with volunteers to achieve attendance and fundraising goals
  • Lead the Soiree sponsorship effort and fundraising strategies and work in conjunction with staff and volunteers to identify prospects, create proposals, fulfill benefits and steward sponsors year-round by planning various wrap-around and cultivation events
  • Work with the Executive Director, Board members, Director of Events, committee members, and other development staff to create long-term, beneficial relationships with those who attend and/or support the Soiree
  • Work with the Executive Director, Director of Events, and Communications Director to develop and ensure Association branding and messaging of Soiree fund-a-service, printed materials, videos, and other program elements 


  • Cultivate and steward relationships with assigned current and potential donors and volunteers to secure volunteer service, event participation and/or financial support
  • Provide assistance and support to other Association special events and donor relations activities as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Events


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Four years of experience in relationship development, fundraising and event planning
  • Able to organize material and information so it is accessible and user-friendly
  • Flexible, creative, resourceful and independent
  •    Demonstrated success in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Willing to take initiative and work autonomously
  • Must be able to lead, motivate, train and work comfortably with volunteers
  • Team player – ability to partner internally and externally
  • Ability to sell the Chapter’s mission, programs and services to a variety of audiences, including corporate management, individual donors and volunteers. Experience with Individual Giving cultivation is a plus.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with attention to detail
  • Ability to diagnose and solve problems
  • High level of enthusiasm and a positive attitude
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines with flexibility and good humor
  • Ability to work under stress and successfully handle several projects at once
  • Willingness to work on evenings and weekends if necessary
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle. Must be in possession of a valid driver’s license and insurance
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time and move about to retrieve files
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to occasionally lift 25 lbs, bend and stoop


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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