Director of Government Affairs
Job Title: Director of Government Affairs – New York State
Location: Albany, NY
Reports To: Region Leader
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/jobs 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.
Serve as the principal staff member for government affairs in New York State. The Director of Government Affairs directs and manages state-level governmental affairs efforts in the state, including managing federal advocacy recruitment and engagement
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, as appropriate.
- Serve as the Association’s chief professional lobbyist and face of the Association at the state capitol in Albany, NY 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.
- Oversee advocacy staff and volunteers as needed in state and federal level advocacy activities, including office visits correspondence, and other activities by Alzheimer’s Champions, Ambassadors and other advocates, primarily by identifying opportunities for grassroots involvement on state and federal issues.
- Planning and implementation of Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the state capitol.
- Recruitment and oversight of volunteers in support of public policy and advocacy.
- Assist and collaborate with the Directors of Programs in the region 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 Directors and Managers of Communications in the region 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.
- Understanding, familiarity and 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.
- Demonstrated ability to anticipate, identify, organize, and analyze public policy opportunities.
- Possess excellent written and oral communications and presentation skills.
- Detail oriented, adaptable, highly organized.
- Demonstrated experience and ability to work effectively with diverse populations with a high level of integrity, diplomacy, and initiative.
- Proficiency with technology and virtual meeting tools.
- Volunteer recruitment and management experience.
- 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 NY state.
- Have current contacts within the NY state legislature and executive branch and with potential partners and collaborators.
- Ability/willingness to travel frequently across the state, including some evenings and weekends.
Skills and Abilities:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Physical Activity that includes standing; walking; sitting; fingering or manual dexterity; repetitive finger motion; lifting or exerting force up to 25 pounds; reaching or stretching; climbing or balancing; speaking; hearing; seeing (close vision, focusing ability); frequent travel; frequent driving.
- Valid NY State driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.
- Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
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.