Director of Public Policy
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Right now, millions of Americans are facing the devastation of Alzheimer’s. This disease is robbing us of our finances, our families and our futures - but at the Alzheimer’s Association, we’re relentlessly working to change that by addressing the challenges in front of us with speed and without limitations or boundaries. With our network of more than 75 chapters across the country, we’re advancing world-class research, ensuring access to gold-standard care and support, advancing vital public policy initiatives on the state and federal level and hiring talented, mission-driven people who make it all happen.
The Alzheimer’s Association has been ranked as one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For by The Nonprofit Times twelve years in a row, recognizing our leadership, competitive compensation and benefits, flexibility and mission-driven atmosphere. It takes a uniquely motivated person to be a part of our team - but we believe that person could be you.
Reporting to the Vermont Chapter Executive Director, the Director of Public Policy promotes the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association in Vermont by building and mobilizing grassroots advocacy, interacting with policy makers and coalitions, and communicating the Association’s issues and priorities as a public speaker and statewide expert to the media. While the Alzheimer’s Association is currently working remotely, once we return to the community, this position requires significant travel within Vermont and some travel with New England and the U.S., as well as occasional availability during evenings and weekends. We are also seeking a Director of Public Policy for our Maine Chapter!
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- 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 such as the Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living.
- Plan and implement all grassroots and grass tops advocacy activities focusing on federal, state, and local leaders.
- Recruit, train, and facilitate efforts of volunteer advocates, including Alzheimer’s Association Ambassadors and their team members, to regularly communicate with Vermont members of Congress and key Vermont state legislators.
- Plan and implement Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day(s) at the state capitol, including recruiting advocates and coordinating their activities.
- Recruit and coordinate volunteer advocates to attend the annual Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C. and to engage in pre- and post-Forum district office meetings.
- Collaborate with staff, volunteers and community partners to advance all of the strategic pillars of the Alzheimer’s Association.
- Promote the Association’s state and federal policy priorities, including through press releases, letters to the editor, social media and other earned media events.
- Manage advocacy database, ensuring volunteer advocates are reporting activities and contacts with federal and state officials.
- Track and report activities to ensure compliance with federal and state lobbying law as well as tracking protocols developed by our Washington DC office.
- Other duties, as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree preferred. Relevant work experience will be considered.
- Five years of experience in public policy/public affairs/community organizing activities, preferably with a nonprofit organization, including working with volunteers. Experience working with the legislature and state executive branch preferred.
- Strong and extensive experience in volunteer management/community organizing and/or in the legislative, regulatory, and budget process.
- Familiar with older adults, aging, health and long-term care issues. An understanding of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia and basic understanding of public health, a plus.
- Two to three years of experience with relevant presentation software and technologies, as well as with social media and internet tools.
- Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends. Ability to travel frequently by car and air across the state and country, as necessary.
- Must hold a valid Vermont driver’s license.
Key Professional Attributes
- Proven ability to build effective relationship networks (inside and outside the Association, especially in political environments), including supporting others to work enthusiastically towards common objectives
- Experience with recruiting, training and mobilizing volunteers
- Ability to understand policy issues and clearly present key details to constituents
- Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to plan, implement and assess a course of action and delivery of results
- Effective verbal and written communication skills, reflecting an understanding of the appropriate use of communication technologies based on audience
- Appreciation of cultural and ethnic diversity, especially with respect to outreach to underserved communities
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.