Job Description


Position: Director of Programs 

Chapter: Orange County

Location: Orange County, California

Reports to: Executive Director 

Exemption Classification: Full-time / Exempt

Grade: 9

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.

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.  



This position provides leadership and strategic direction for implementation, growth and quality of Alzheimer's Association programs and services in the chapter territory.  The Programs Director leads the chapter’s Care and Support team.  The Program Director is an essential player in engaging with key decision makers in the community for greater reach of our programs and services, with an emphasis on volunteer and community engagement.  This position also serves as a member of the Chapter’s Senior Leadership Team and Regional Care and Support Leadership Team.   



Strategic Leadership

  • Lead the chapter’s strategic initiatives, tactics and measures to increase the reach of programs and increase access to a timely diagnosis and quality care as established in the Alzheimer’s Association Strategic Implementation Plan.  These strategic initiatives fall under the category of “Care and Support” pillar of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Strategic Implementation Plan. 
  • Lead the development and implementation of a department plan to expand program reach with new audiences with special attention to increasing participation among minority, high risk and underserved populations. 
  • Lead chapter’s community assessment process utilizing data to create a Community Development Model, identify key markets of opportunity and host community listening sessions.
  • Effectively implement a strategy to recruit, engage and manage volunteers to deliver and support Association education and support programs through community engagement. 
  • Provide leadership for the delivery of all programs and services by volunteers to increase organizational capacity including planning, budgeting, and adherence to program standards and reporting processes.
  • Manage and write grant funded programs, including ensuring grant deliverables and quality service delivery is met per the grant guidelines.
  • Develop chapter/regional research presentations as needed. 

Community Partnerships 

  • Develop new, sustainable community partnerships that advance the Association’s mission, expand program reach and increase program delivery as per Strategic Implementation Plan goals. 
  • Build strategic partnerships with community organizations, academic, public and private sector to advance the Association’s mission and serve more clients across the territory.
  • Identify and engage community organizations that support target populations for outreach including diverse and underserved populations.
  • Collaborate with the cross-functional team to create new funding streams for program expansion. 
  • Build and expand the number of Alzheimer’s Association community educators, Alzheimer’s Association community representatives, support group facilitators and other community volunteers. 
  • Represent the chapter as needed at community events and networking groups. 
  • Lead and conduct community listening sessions (community forums) in order to develop an informed and community-focused plan for service delivery. 
  • Analyze service data to identify gaps in delivery and create opportunities for increased volunteer engagement.

Health Systems 

  • Support Alzheimer’s Association efforts to improve Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) diagnosis, disclosure and care through a collaborative approach led by health systems directors throughout the Southern California region.  

Diversity Equity & Inclusion

  • At the Alzheimer's Association, diversity, equity and inclusion are vital to our mission.
     This position plays a vital role in strengthening outreach to all populations, providing communities with resources and support to address the Alzheimer’s crisis. By partnering with organizations locally and nationally to advance diversity and inclusion, the Association can broaden its reach in all communities.


  • Education: Master’s degree in Public Health, Social Work, Health Care Management desired, but not required.  Equivalent experience will be considered. 
  • Experience: 5 years progressive experience with community engagement, program delivery and strategic planning and implementation. Skilled in identifying potential partner organizations, implementing effective outreach strategies, and negotiating partnership agreements.
  • Demonstrated success at building community relationships and engaging resources to achieve objectives; ability to create commitment and cohesiveness within teams; strong ability to influence others and outcomes.
  • Demonstrated history of successful service delivery, quality program evaluation, strong public speaking skills and an understanding of volunteer/community engagement and management.
  • Demonstrated success working with diverse populations.
  • Bilingual English and Spanish preferred. 
  • 3 years with demonstrated success leading a high performing team (employees and volunteers) to achieve strategic initiatives using metrics and data points 
  • Knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, aging network preferred or the demonstrated ability to learn the concepts and dynamics of a new health field.
  • Experience recruiting, engaging and managing high performing volunteers.
  • Outcome and data driven.


  • Flexible work environment requiring regular weekly travel throughout the chapter’s territory. Some state-wide and national travel required. Required to work some evenings and weekends to meet community needs. 
  • 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.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including verbal and written.  Strong computer skills, proficient with Microsoft Office products and social media.
  • Must have valid driver’s license, access to reliable vehicle, good driving record and proof of automobile insurance.

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 of their choosing , Caregiver Leave, Volunteer and School Visitation time off, paid holidays and a gold standard 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.






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