Director of Government Affairs
Job Title: Director of Government Affairs
Location: Florham Park, NJ
Work Hours: Full-time (based on a 37.5 hour work week)
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.
This position leads year-round advocacy and public policy efforts for the Alzheimer’s Association in the state of New Jersey to achieve positive legislative, budgetary and regulatory changes on behalf of individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia. The Director is the strategist and statewide representative of the Alzheimer’s Association for New Jersey government affairs. Reporting to the Chapter Executive, this position serves as a member of the Chapter’s leadership team and supervises the Advocacy Manager, responsible for grassroots federal and state advocacy efforts.
Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
State Government Affairs:
- Oversee all aspects of the public policy and advocacy work in the state of New Jersey, ensuring successful achievement of strategic plan goals and alignment with nationwide policy priorities.
- Partner with the Home Office state affairs team in D.C., who guide the state efforts and set standards for nationwide state policy goals and reporting.
- Develop public policy goals, a state platform, strategy and action plans for state public policy priorities and lead the advancement of these goals.
- Serve as the Association’s chief professional lobbyist and spokesperson for the Association in New Jersey by developing relationships with state legislators and other relevant government officials and by lobbying for the state policy priorities.
- Work frequently with elected officials, government agencies and key partners, including public health entities, to advance state-level public policy priorities.
- Monitor committee meetings and legislative action, both during and between legislative sessions. Assess legislative activities and develop positions to support or oppose legislation.
- Draft, introduce and lobby legislation driven by the nationwide state public policy priorities.
- Prepare reports, alerts and testimony on behalf of the Association.
- Create strong alliances with related organizations to collectively advance issues of importance at the state level.
- Represent the Association at public forums, conferences, state task forces or work groups, government agencies, etc.
- Plan and implement advocacy events and activities, including Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the State Capital annually. Grow attendance and coordinate advocate activities for Advocacy Day.
- Grow Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) members and donors from the state of New Jersey.
- Supervise the Advocacy Manager in the recruitment and training of advocacy volunteers, including Alzheimer’s Association Ambassadors and Congressional Teams and Alzheimer’s State Champions.
- Remain engaged and knowledgeable about the federal policy priorities of the Association, serving as a capable spokesperson and local leader on federal issues.
- Oversee the mobilization of advocates on federal issues, in coordination with national leadership, ensuring timely and effective response to policy developments.
- Partner with the Advocacy Manager to provide strategy and facilitate the efforts of advocacy volunteers to advance both state and federal policy priorities.
- Guide the recruitment and coordination of New Jersey advocates attending the annual AIM Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C. and attend the annual AIM Advocacy Forum, participating in trainings and federal meetings.
Collaboration / Leadership:
- Collaborate with the communications team to coordinate strategic media outreach and disseminate information that promote the state and federal policy agenda.
- Provide staff leadership and support for the recruitment of advocates and representation of advocacy at Association events, including the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
- Collaborate frequently and effectively with the Home Office public policy leadership, regional policy leadership, and peers in other states.
- Engage the Chapter Executive, Board of Directors and other high-level community leaders to leverage the impact of leadership on policy priorities.
- Serve on the Chapter leadership team and collaborate with other department leaders to advance the Alzheimer’s Association mission and strategic priorities.
- Comply with Association policies, procedures, standards and applicable regulatory requirements for public policy as applicable to a 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 organization.
- Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree in political science or related field preferred
- Five or more years of progressive experience in government affairs, including at least three years of supervisory experience and budget oversight
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Ability and willingness to travel as needed within the assigned territory by car. Travel in this case, is considered time spent away from the office, in the community, to fulfil the job goals.
- While most such travel is same day, occasional overnight travel or air travel may be required. Must have a valid driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle, a good driving record and proof of automobile insurance.
- Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends as required for the job
- Strong computer skills, proficient with Microsoft Office products and Google suite; experience with, or ability to rapidly learn bill tracking software, advocacy database and electronic communication systems.
- Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
- Strong judgement and political acumen
- Understanding and experience navigating the legislative and regulatory environment in New Jersey with demonstrated success in achieving policy outcomes
- High degree of original and independent thinking in developing methods, procedures, techniques, programs or ideas in underdeveloped areas
- Skilled in the cultivation of productive working relationships with elected officials, government agencies and key partners
- Demonstrated success in leveraging advocates and volunteers to achieve policy or legislative change
- Understanding and knowledge of health policy and public health
- Superior written and verbal communication skills
- Detail-oriented, adaptable, organized and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously
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 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 an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing, plus Caregiver Leave.
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.