Job Description


Job Title: Community Engagement Specialist, Iowa Chapter

Location: Sioux City, IA Office

Full time of Part time: 37.5 hours Full Time

Grade: 5

Reports To: Program Director

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 Community Engagement Specialist is primarily responsible for coordinating the chapter’s strategy for reaching and serving more constituents through community development in Western Iowa.  This is achieved by building relationships, developing community collaborations, assisting with professional outreach, public education, and increasing awareness. The position is also responsible for recruiting, coaching and managing volunteers who deliver Alzheimer’s Association education programs, support groups and social engagement programs. 


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

Community Development

  • Develop new, sustainable and strategic community partnerships that advance the chapter mission, expand program reach and increase program delivery as per Strategic Plan goals. 
  • Analyze service data to identify gaps in delivery and create opportunities to expand education and support programs.
  • Conduct Community Forums in order to develop an informed and community-focused plan for service delivery. 
  • Represent the chapter at appropriate and assigned meetings and events.
  • Conduct timely and effective promotion and outreach on behalf of the organization, with a focus on increasing awareness of and promoting care and support programs.

Volunteer Engagement

  • Implement strategies to recruit, engage and manage volunteers to deliver Association education and support programs in order to expand community visibility and service delivery especially among minority, high risk and underserved populations.
  • Monitor volunteer program outcomes and results to reinforce organizational accountability, conducting goal-setting and performance evaluations of community volunteers. 
  • In collaboration with the Program Director and Manager of Community Volunteers, develop volunteer recruitment plans and strategies. 
  • Serves as the chapter lead in Iowa for support group volunteers – strategy and support group development will be key with this position.

Care and Support

  • Work with Program Director to identify and create relationships with physicians and local health systems to increase access to a timely diagnosis and quality care.
  • Provides assistance and support to families, making referrals as needed. 
  • Ensure quality assurance and tracking measures are in place for collection of programmatic data.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • 2-3 years of proven experience in recruiting and mobilizing volunteers to achieve goals.
  • Preferred fundraising, sales or community engagement background.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent presentation and communication skills both written and oral (public speaking experience preferred).
  • Demonstrated ability to form and develop partnerships and relationships.
  • Ability to work with diverse communities and demonstrate inclusion.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills; ability to multi-task.
  • Confident, goal-oriented, positive self-starter, able to work independently with limited supervision and collaboratively with internal and external partners.
  • Demonstrate computer skills including Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to move boxes and supplies up to 50lbs.
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 50% within the assigned territory by car. Travel in this case, is considered time spent away from the office, in the community, to fulfill the job goals.


  • Must hold a valid driver’s license, and have a reliable and insured vehicle available for work purposes
  • Must be willing to work evenings and weekends (as needed)
  • Must accept other duties, as assigned

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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