Job Description

POSITION TITLE: Director, Public Health Center of Excellence


REPORTS TO: Vice President, Health Policy

WORK HOURS: Full Time (based on a 37.5 hour work week)


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 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.  

Position Summary:

The Director of the Center of Excellence serves as the Project Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Cooperative Agreement with the CDC on the BOLD Public Health Center of Excellence on Dementia Risk Reduction. The successful applicant will be responsible for implementing the initiatives carried out under the Cooperative Agreement, including translating the evidence on risk reduction into public health action; developing tools and other materials on dementia risk reduction for use by state, local, and tribal public health agencies; and working to increase actions on dementia risk reduction by public health agencies.

This position reports to the Vice President, Health Policy and is based in Chicago, IL, with travel up to 25%.


  • Serve as Project Director for the Cooperative Agreement with the CDC on the BOLD Public Health Center of Excellence (PHCOE) on Dementia Risk Reduction, which shall include:
    • Translating the scientific evidence on cognitive decline and dementia risk reduction into actionable activities, interventions, and best practices that could be employed by state, local, and tribal public health agencies;
    • Developing tools and materials on dementia risk reduction for use by public health agencies;
    • Overseeing the dissemination of the PHCOE’s work and the efforts to encourage use by state, local, and tribal public health agencies;
    • Building capacity among public health agencies to enhance their ability to undertake actions on dementia risk reduction;
    • Undertaking efforts to assess, and assist public health agencies in addressing, the social determinants of health (SDOH) related to dementia and their relationship to efforts on reducing risk for cognitive decline and dementia;
    • Coordinating the collection of feedback from the field to improve and enhance the tools and materials available to public health agencies; and
    • Managing relationships with external partners and the PHCOE’s Advisory Groups as well as vendors and consultants hired to assist in the projects of the PHCOE.          
  • Serve as the main point of contact between the Alzheimer’s Association and the CDC regarding the PHCOE Cooperative Agreement, which shall include:
    • Coordinating the Association’s work on the PHCOE Cooperative Agreement with that of the CDC to ensure appropriate collaboration and partnership between the Association and the CDC;
    • Working with the Vice President of Health Policy on annual budget submissions to the CDC for the PHCOE Cooperative Agreement; and
    • Preparing materials and writing reports for the CDC on the activities and expenditures of the Association under the PHCOE Cooperative Agreement.
  • Ensure the work of the PHCOE is coordinated and aligned with:
    • All other Association work on risk reduction;
    • Other relevant Association public health work, including the Healthy Brain Initiative (HBI) Cooperative Agreement; and
    • In conjunction with the Vice President of Health Policy, the PHCOE on Dementia Caregiving and the PHCOE on Early Detection of Dementia.
  • In conjunction with the Director of the Healthy Brain Initiative, the Associate Director of Centers of Excellence, and other public health staff as determined by the Vice President of Health Policy, work with the State Affairs Department of the Public Policy Division to strategize, develop, and implement activities and tactics to increase public health agency action on dementia risk reduction.               


  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health; master’s degree in public health preferred
  • Minimum 5-10 years of progressive, professional public health experience
  • Minimum of 3-5 years public health work at a voluntary health organization
  • Ability and willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed for the job
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 25% by ground and air transport; includes occasional overnight travel

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities    

  • Deep understanding of public health, especially on prevention efforts
  • Experience in identifying, designing, and/or developing public health tools, interventions, and best practices
  • Experience in building relationships, partnerships, and coalitions on – and in building support for – governmental action on public health issues
  • Ability to demonstrate the strategic thinking, judgment, and management skills necessary to direct a program
  • Knowledge of public health policy and state governments  a plus              

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 offers competitive compensation, benefits, retirement savings and paid time off plans. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, or military status. This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the jobholder.

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