Job Description

The Associate Director of Advocate Volunteer Development is responsible for designing programs to recruit, train and engage grassroots advocate volunteers, and to support the policy field staff implementation of those programs to help advance the Association’s public policy efforts at the state and federal level. They will lead regular communication with and support for key advocate volunteer leaders in national Association advocacy programs. They will work closely with field policy staff with advocacy responsibilities across the country to ensure the implementation of common advocacy programs that have flexibility to meet local needs and expectations.


  • Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Develops and implements grassroots advocate programs to recruit, train and engage volunteers for state and federal policy efforts.
  • Creates and delivers volunteer training to support national advocacy programs.
  • Designs and maintains tools and resources for advocate volunteers.
  • Manages regular communications with advocate volunteers through written, recorded and meeting formats.
  • Assists with advocacy training for policy field staff across the country.
  • Assists with development of advocacy program best practice guidance.
  • Provides advocacy support and guidance to policy field staff as assigned.
  • Manages planning and implementation of key grassroots advocacy activities in coordination with Advocacy team colleagues.
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's Degree preferred
  • 5 or more years’ experience working on public policy, or other relevant experience, at both the state and federal level. Experience in multiple states is a plus.
  • Experience in volunteer recruitment, management, and coalition building.
  • Successful experience in advocacy, community organizing, mobilization, and grassroots campaigns.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Detailed knowledge of state and federal government activities and structures.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with volunteers, staff, and the public as part of a team.
  • Strong work ethic, high integrity, and a value of advocate volunteers.
  • Adept at simultaneously managing multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time constraints.
  • Knowledge of voluntary health organizations or affiliate-based organizations is a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent problem solving and strategic thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment.
  • Ability and willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends, as required
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally (up to 20%) by air and ground transportation, with some overnight travel

Title:  Associate Director, Volunteer Advocate Development

Position Location: Washington D.C. Office / US Remote

Full time based on 37.5 hours per week

Position Grade: 508 Exempt (Estimated Annual Salary Range $75,000 - $85,000)

Reports To: Vice President, Grassroots Advocacy

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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