Director of Public Policy, North Dakota
Location: Mandan, ND
Work Hours: Full-time (based on a 37.5 hour work week)
Reports To: VP, Government Affairs, MN/ND Chapter
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.
Working as a member of the MN-ND Chapter public policy team, the North Dakota Director of Public Policy will manage state-level government affairs and our state and federal advocacy programs in the state. This person will be the principal policy staff in North Dakota, lobbying at the state capitol and recruiting, training and mobilize state and federal volunteer advocates across North Dakota.
Essential DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Develop and implement strategies and tactics to advance our public policy priorities at the state level in collaboration with MN-ND Chapter and national public policy teams.
- Serve as the Association’s state lobbyist in all matters at legislature and with the governor’s administration.
- Communicate on state and federal legislative matters with staff colleagues, the board of directors, volunteers and the public.
- Develop and direct advocacy activities focusing on federal, state, and local leaders in coordination with national and MN-ND Chapter public policy teams.
- Recruit, train, empower and mobilize state and federal volunteer advocates.
- Plan and implement Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in Bismarck and coordinate federal Alzheimer’s Advocacy Forum activities for registered North Dakota advocates.
- Promote and assist advocate volunteers in the promotion of the Association’s 501(c)(4) advocacy arm – the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM).
- Work with Chapter colleagues in Programs, Diversity & Inclusion, Development, and Marketing to educate, promote, coordinate and collaborate on organization mission and events as necessary for strategic alignment.
- Manage administrative tasks related to policy work such as advocate and bill tracking databases, and state and federal lobbying compliance.
- All other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
- At least 5-7 years of experience working in state-level government affairs or with a state legislature and/or working in grassroots advocacy, volunteer management, or community organizing, preferably with non-profit organizations.
- Professional experience in legislative, regulatory, and budget processes in North Dakota.
- Professional experience with political, issue or advocacy campaign development and volunteer management including recruiting, training, managing and supporting individuals with various skill levels.
- Demonstrated ability to independently anticipate, identify, organize, and analyze public policy opportunities.
- Management of multiple projects simultaneously and able to meet concurrent deadlines.
- Maintain current contacts within the state legislature and executive branch, and with potential community partners and collaborators in North Dakota.
- Strong negotiation skills.
- Familiarity with senior, aging, health, and long-term care issues. An understanding of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia and basic understanding of public health preferred.
- Understand the role of diversity, equity and inclusion relative to public policy and have the ability to engage with and be responsive to diverse communities most impacted by the disease.
- Possess excellent written and oral communications skills.
- Comfort learning new digital tools like advocate/constituent management activation programs, e.g. Luminate/Convio, Phone2Action, custom software.
- Experience with bill tracking and review.
- Ability/willingness to travel frequently across the state and to Washington D.C., including some evenings and weekends. (10%)
- Must have valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle.
- Demonstrated competence in appropriate computer software and data management tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Google Apps).
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.