Job Description

POSITION TITLE:    Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

REPORTS TO:          Chief Strategy Officer, Minnesota-ND Chapter

STATUS:                   Full-Time Exempt

LOCATION:              Minneapolis, MN

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About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. We are the largest private funder of Alzheimer research and the premier source of information and support for the estimated 5.7 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers.

At the Alzheimer’s Association, we are the brains behind saving yours®.  Many of us who work for the Association have some connection with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. It is what drives us to make the extra effort in the daunting task of modifying a disease that currently has no cure. With 78 million baby boomers entering the age of greatest risk for Alzheimer’s, we need passionate, dedicated people committed to helping the Association meet the increasing demand for care and support and fund vital Alzheimer’s research.

Why join us? We have been recognized as a Best Nonprofit to Work For by the Nonprofit Times ten consecutive years and offer a great mission, excellent benefits and a positive, engaging work culture

The Opportunity

The Alzheimer's Association is working to address disparities in Alzheimers and other forms of dementia. The purpose of this role is to increase the Chapter’s capacity to advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and to increase reach, access, and participation in care and support amongst communities disproportionately impacted by the disease (e.g. BIPOC and LGBTQ communities) by: 

  1. Building the capacity of the MN/ND Chapter to advance DEI, 
  2. Developing mission-driven partnerships with organizations serving diverse communities, and 
  3. Recruiting, managing and mobilizing diverse volunteers to deliver core Alzheimer’s Association core programs/services.

Under the direction of Chief Strategy Officer the Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is responsible for advancing all Alzheimer’s Association mission pillars and strategic plan goals, particularly in the areas of Diversity & Inclusion, Care & Support, Concern & Awareness and Building Revenue. 

The position is approximately 20% internal capacity building, 40% community partnership development, 30% volunteer recruitment/management/mobilizing, and 10% internal responsibilities.

Essential Job Responsibilities

      DEI Capacity Building 

  • Align and mobilize the Senior Leadership Team, staff, Board, volunteers and DEI Committee around the National D&I and Strategic Framework (help us bring this vision to life at the Chapter level).
  • Partner across the pillars and Chapter to resource, implement and evaluate the Chapter-level DEI Strategic Action Plan (SAP). The SAP outlines the Chapter-level goals, strategies, accountabilities, prioritization timeline and measures across four areas (Internal Diversity, Internal Inclusion, Volunteer Recruitment/Mobilization and Partnerships).
  • In conjunction with the CSO, host and facilitate a Regional DEI call to convene the region around the advancement of DEI, including success stories, challenges, and emerging best practices.
  • Provide support to Public Policy staff in development of public policy priorities that support health equity and reflect the perspectives and priorities of diverse communities.
  • Represent the Alzheimer's Association externally in media and on councils/workgroups to inform and advance our DEI strategy/activities and to increase reach, access, and participation in care and support amongst communities disproportionately impacted by the disease.
  • Participate in and contribute to the Board meetings and the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

    Community Partnership Development 

  • Connect diverse constituents to Alzheimer's Association programs and services.
  • Grow mission-driven partnerships with organizations serving diverse communities including, but not limited to: businesses, chambers, community-based organizations, faith communities, academic institutions, social service organizations, non-profits, long-term care and health systems.
  • Speak to individuals, organizations and communities about the Alzheimer's Association's mission, vision, values, strategic plan/priorities and programs/services. (e.g.  basic education about the disease, brain health, risk reduction. research, disparities, resources and basic content in core programs/classes.)
  • Engage existing and new diverse community partners to understand their emerging priorities and unmet needs, and (re)assess areas of intersection with Alzheimer's Association strategic priorities. 
  • Serve as a conduit between community partners and team members in order to build the capacity of the team relative to cultural community engagement. 
  • Partner with the Care & Support team to 1) prioritize and cultivate strategic partnerships to increase participation of diverse constituents in core programs and services (helpline, care consultations, support groups, education), and 2) enhance the cultural-responsiveness of Alzheimer's Association core programs/services.
  • Partner with the Marketing and Communications team to advance awareness and concern amongst diverse communities about the full mission of the Alzheimer’s Association.
  • Partner with the Development team to foster engagement of diverse community partners in fundraising events, individual giving, corporations, employee resource groups, and foundations/organizations.
  • Partner with the Health Systems Director to 1) improve early detection, diagnosis and care amongst health systems/clinicians serving diverse patient populations, 2) advance health systems strategy amongst health systems and providers service diverse populations, and 3) support the adoption of products and models of care.
  • Partner with the Public Policy staff to develop and implement grassroots advocate volunteer recruitment plans, particularly for diverse communities.

    Volunteer Recruitment, Mobilization & Management 

  • Partner with Chapter staff, board, volunteers and community partners to recruit, mobilize and manage diverse volunteers.
  • Partner with the program team in helping achieve the Alzheimer’s Association Care & Support goals by advancing recruitment, mobilization and management of diverse volunteers and advancement of volunteer-powered program delivery.
  • Partner with the Director of Volunteer Engagement to identify opportunities to recruit and mobilize diverse volunteers across all mission pillars and address barriers to recruitment and volunteer-powered program delivery.
  • Ensure all volunteers complete all necessary onboarding, training related to the volunteer position.
  • Provide mentorship and coaching to volunteers in the mobilization of mission delivery through frequent communication and annual mission conversations

    Internal Responsibilities 

  • Provide effective and positive communication with our staff, board, volunteers, community partners and other constituents.
  • Participate in and contribute to program planning, budget development/tracking, delivery and evaluation.
  • Participate in the delivery of grant related activities and related documentation as directed
  • Document work in a timely, consistent and thorough manner in databases as required (e,g, Personify, Moves Management) as required.
  • Align with and practice fidelity to standard internal workflow, processes and procedures.
  • Consistent, thorough and timely documentation. 

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field
  • Five (5) years of senior leadership experience, including three (3) years of leadership experience in the area of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse workforce and provide leadership in organizational change
  • Demonstrated experience building rapport/trust, assessing needs and articulating a value proposition.
  • Demonstrates excellent communication skills (including active listening), relational skills, interpersonal skills,
  • Demonstrated ability mobilizing and managing teams/individuals under a shared vision and holding them accountable.
  • Demonstrated experience working with, and building partnerships with, diverse individuals, organizations and communities.
  • Demonstrates emotional intelligence and commitment to cultural competence
  • Superior verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to interface with all levels of staff, volunteers and leadership
  • Excellent presentation and training skills including the ability to engage audiences with credibility. 
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with others to reach mutually agreeable outcomes
  • Effective time management skills to meet deadlines 
  • Capacity to multi-task and shift priorities in a changing environment
  • Proven ability with MS Office, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; understanding of Google platform/Gmail
  • Availability to travel up to 50%(once it is safe to travel)
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and good driving record

Alzheimer’s Association is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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