Director of Government Affairs
Job Title: Director of Government Affairs
Location: Glen Allen, VA
Work Hours: Full-time
Compensation: Grade Level 408
Reports To: Executive 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 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 Director of Government Affairs directs and manages state-level governmental affairs efforts in the state and will serve as the principal staff for government affairs in Virginia.
Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Oversee the development of public policy priorities at the state level in collaboration with other relevant chapter staff and the national public policy office.
- Develop the strategy – and oversee all efforts and activities – to achieve the state-level public policy priorities, including working with the state legislature and state agencies, including the public health department, Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, and Alzheimer's Commission, as appropriate.
- Serve as the Association’s chief professional lobbyist and face of the Association in Richmond by developing relationships with state legislators and other relevant government officials and by lobbying for the state policy priorities.
- Monitor committee meetings and legislative action during the state legislative session as well as between sessions.
- Build, develop, and work with, where appropriate, alliances with similar organizations, coalitions, committees, task forces, etc. in order to advance issues of importance to the Association at the state level.
- Represent the chapter at public forums, conferences, state task forces, government agencies, etc. on state public policy issues as needed.
- Provide a periodic update of state legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to Alzheimer’s to Association staff in the state, chapter boards, Alzheimer’s Champions, and other advocates.
- Direct and assist advocacy staff as needed in state-level advocacy activities, and other activities by advocates, primarily by identifying opportunities for grassroots involvement on state issues.
- Direct the planning and implementation of Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the state capitol, including overseeing the engagement and involvement of Advocates leading up to and during the event.
- Assist and collaborate with the Program Director (s) to ensure state legislators, legislative staff, and other state government officials have an understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and are aware of the programs and services the Association provides to meet the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their families, and their caregivers.
- Assist and collaborate with the Director of Marketing & Communications to coordinate media outreach that promotes the Association’s state policy priorities, including through press releases and other earned media events.
- Track and report activities to ensure compliance with federal and state lobbying laws.
- All other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
- At least 5 to 7 years of experience in state-level government affairs or with a state legislature, preferably in Virginia.
- Have current contacts within the state legislature and executive branch, and with potential partners and collaborators.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (again, the assumption is that the KSA listed are required, unless qualified with the statement preferred or strongly preferred)
- Ability/willingness to travel frequently across the state, including some evenings and weekends.
- Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle.
- Understand, be familiar with, and have experience in the legislative, regulatory, and budget process.
- Familiarity with senior, aging, health, and long-term care issues. An understanding of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia and basic understanding of public health a plus.
- Have strong negotiation skills.
- Demonstrate the ability to anticipate, identify, organize, and analyze public policy opportunities.
- Possess excellent written and oral communications skills.
- Be detail oriented, adaptable, organized and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks.
- Be a proven self-starter with excellent judgment and careful attention to detail.
- Have the ability to work effectively with diverse populations with a high level of integrity, diplomacy, and initiative.
- Be proficient in the use of personal computers and Microsoft software applications.
Employees working 24 hours/week or more are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, flex accounts, long-term disability, life insurance, extensive PTO, caregiver leave, volunteer time off, paid holidays, and generous 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.