Job Description


Job Title:         Associate Program Director – Western New York Chapter

Location:         Buffalo, NY 

Work Hours:   Full Time

Grade:   207        

Reports To:     Senior Director of Programs

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 Program Director is responsible for revenue growth and the successful stewardship of government and foundation grants in support of programs and services across the Western New York region. The Associate Program Director will develop sustainable relationships with government funders, private foundations, and subcontracting community partners and will successfully manage a large portfolio of grants. The incumbent will also assist the Senior Director of Programs with the general management of all Western New York Chapter programs and services. Responsibilities include: researching potential funding sources, writing grant proposals, stewarding and managing relationships, assuring compliance with internal and funding agency policies, overseeing progress reporting requirements, monitoring post-award grant-related activities, and providing mentorship and coaching to chapter program staff and subcontracting partners to ensure the fulfillment of program goals. This position reports to the Senior Director of Programs and is a full-time position located in Western New York.



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

Pre-Award Functions

  • In collaboration with the Senior Director of Programs and other members of the senior leadership team, identify new funding streams for program expansion with special attention to increasing reach within minority, high risk and underserved populations. 
  • Tell the story of the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission to make it relevant to a diverse community of funders in Western New York.
  • Develop relationships with academic institutions, health care organizations, long-term care providers and community-based organizations to jointly pursue grant funds when appropriate, leveraging available expertise and resources to address the complex needs of caregivers and individuals living with dementia.
  • Write/edit grant proposals in support of Western New York Chapter programs and services.

 Post-Award Functions 

  • Oversee the development, implementation, and evaluation of a large portfolio of government and foundation grant-funded programs across the eight-county region of Western New York.
  • Develop, maintain, and ensure proper grants management procedures are in place and consistently followed, including but not limited to due diligence procedures, work plan development, data tracking, grant reporting, award letters, and grant agreements.
  • Maintain and manage relationships with funders and subcontracting community partners; serve as the main point of contact.
  • Convene regular meetings with Alzheimer’s Association program, fiscal, communications, and executive personnel as well as subcontracting community partners to clearly communicate rules and regulations pertaining to awarded grants, their specifications, requirements and objectives.
  • Train and mentor Western New York Chapter program staff and subcontracting community partner staff on best practices for accurate and timely data collection and entry. 
  • Provide ongoing coaching and guidance to Chapter program staff and subcontracting partners to ensure that all programmatic goals are met.
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data, and work with staff to track progress, illustrate trends, and evaluate strategies to meet goals and objectives of the chapter's government and foundation grant awards.
  • Ensure timely submission of monthly, quarterly and/or annual reports to funding sources. 
  • Regularly collaborate with the Senior Director of Programs and finance staff on accounts payable process and submission of reimbursement vouchers in accordance with grant requirements.  
  • Work closely with the Senior Director of Programs and communications staff to develop public awareness campaigns promoting grant-funded programs to drive program outcomes.
  • Facilitate site visits and periodic meetings with funders to provide them with an understanding of the unique needs of the Western New York Community, the chapter, its leadership, and the progress/outcomes of the funded project.
  • Oversee evaluation activities and quality assurance as assigned.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Human Services, Public Health, Public Administration or a related degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Experience: 3-5 years progressive experience with strategic leadership, grant writing, foundation relations, and grant management, preferably in a nonprofit setting working with a grassroots network. 

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, reflecting an understanding of the appropriate use of communication technologies and an appreciation that each audience requires its own approach.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Creative and innovative thinker, who actively presents new opportunities, proposes solutions and recommends best practices.
  • Superior self-management skills, as independent initiative and ability to collaborate are essential.
  • Sound decision-making skills, reflecting effective establishing of priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Deadline driven, incorporating effective planning and time management strategies that support collaborative delivery of results.
  • Ability to build effective relationship networks (inside and outside the Association), including supporting others to work enthusiastically towards common objectives.
  • Highly collaborative and team focused, as much of the delivery of results requires influencing others without "reporting authority."
  • Flexibility, a positive attitude, and willingness to be a team player.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
  • Proven track record of success in a grants-related role.
  • Valid Driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle to travel by car throughout the eight-county region of Western New York with occasional out-of-area travel.
  • Occasional weekend hours during the Walk To End Alzheimer’s fundraising season (September-October); full staff participation required at these events.

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, tuition reimbursement, generous PTO 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, an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing, plus Caregiver Leave.

 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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