Job Description


Job Title: Director, Access Policy (HO)

Location: Washington, DC

Full time (37.5 hours for full-time.)

Grade: 11

Reports To: Vice President, Federal Affairs

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 Director, Access Policy is responsible for: (1) leading efforts to develop Federal and State public policy proposals that expand access to care, diagnostics and treatments for the Alzheimer’s community; (2) working within and across divisions to ensure that policy access to care is aligned with the Association’s priorities; and  (3) representing the Alzheimer’s Association as a content policy expert in multiple functions including, but not limited to, meetings with federal and state policy makers to promote the Association’s work to increase access to diagnostics, treatments, and care for the Alzheimer’s community.



  • Develop and execute policies focused on access to care, diagnostics and treatments in consultation with Federal and State Affairs departments.
  • Create Federal and State public policy interventions, including legislative language where appropriate, to increase access to care and support.
  • Track and analyze Federal and State policies relating to access to care, diagnostics and treatments.
  • Proactively evaluate how existing and proposed access to care public policies can better address structural racial and socioeconomic inequities.
  • Ensure all Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Impact Movement website and social media materials pertaining to access to care public policy is current and well-presented.
  • In collaboration and with the guidance of Federal and State Affairs team leaders, lead public policy efforts in the following areas:
    • Access to diagnostics 
    • Access to treatments (formulary designs, specialty tiers, coinsurance and copays, specialty tiers, Medicare Part B, and more)
    • Access to care (Medicare, Medicaid, workforce, long-term care insurance, and more)
  • Represent the Association at conferences and provide presentations to state and federal policymakers and other stakeholders as directed.
  • Lead educational activities for public policy field staff.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Minimum of 10 years of public policy, or other relevant experience, at the state or national level.
  • Minimum five years of experience working on public policies with a proven track record of addressing access issues.
  • Deep understanding of Medicare, Medicaid and private pay insurers required.
  • Experience working on/with Capitol Hill, federal agency, state agency, or similar healthcare non-profit is strongly preferred.
  • Strong analytical skills in public policies and their potential impact.
  • Ability to synthesize complex information and communicate in an accessible format.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) as well as the ability to interact with tact and diplomacy both with internal and external audiences.
  • Effectively build and maintain a broad network of relationships, partnerships, and coalitions on with multiple internal and external stakeholders 
  • Fluency with MS Office suite of applications.
  • Ability to navigate and thrive in a highly matrixed organization structure.
  • Ability to communicate complex policy scenarios and the implications.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends and to travel as needed, by plane and automobile. Estimated travel up to 25% (mostly to federal coalition meetings and local chapters).

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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