Community Outreach Coordinator
Job Title: Community Outreach Coordinator, Greater Michigan
Location: Kalamazoo, MI
Work Hours: Full-time (based on a 37.5 hour work week)
Reports To: Vice President, 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 www.alz.org 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.
The Community Outreach Coordinator is responsible for outreach to the African-American community, particularly in Kalamazoo and surrounding communities, to expand awareness of dementia and the Alzheimer’s Association. This position is also responsible for the development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of agency programs through direct and volunteer provided services. The Community Outreach Coordinator reports to the Vice President, Programs.
Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Identify strategies and best practices in order to promote education and awareness of dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association and available services to the African-American community, particularly residents of Kalamazoo and surrounding areas.
- Identify and develop new relationships with organizations and community leaders in Kalamazoo and surrounding communities to assist in providing outreach and programming to the African-American population.
- Develop, coordinate and facilitate meetings of the African-American Dementia Advisory Board.
- Recruit, train and supervise a core group of volunteers to assist in outreach efforts.
- Prepare and conduct community presentations to increase knowledge of dementia and Association programs and services.
- Conduct individual client and group meetings.
- Provide information, support, and referrals related to the identified needs of clients.
- Record and maintain required documentation.
- Conduct program evaluations.
- Develop and maintain client referral materials and brochures.
- Participate on Association work groups, community coalitions and advocacy groups.
- Maintain working relationships and a referral base through networking with other professionals.
- Represent the Alzheimer’s Association at public forums, conferences, and media events; function as an advocate representing the Alzheimer’s Association in the community.
- Assist the supervisor to ensure integration of strategic directions into the department work plan.
- Assist in the marketing of agency programs and services.
- Assist in Chapter event activities and other assignments as dictated by the needs of the Chapter.
- Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Gerontology/Aging Studies or a related field
- 2-4 years professional experience in program development, planning, and implementation
- 2-4 years of professional experience in community outreach preferred
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Familiarity with and established connections in the African-American community, particularly in Kalamazoo and surrounding communities
- Working knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias preferred.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite. Ability to quickly learn other software platforms.
- Ability to work effectively with clients, caregivers, staff, volunteers and external contacts to build and maintain effective teams.
- Ability to communicate effectively across platforms to a variety of audiences with varying levels of expertise
- Ability to lift, carry and transport up to 30lbs of program materials
- Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed for the job
- Ability to travel up to 50% within the designated area
- Must possess valid driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle, and proof of insurance.
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 of their choosing , Caregiver Leave, Volunteer and School Visitation time off, paid holidays and a gold standard 401(k) retirement plan.
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.