Director. Public Policy
The Alzheimer’s Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. The Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. We are the largest private funder of Alzheimer research and the premier source of information and support for the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and their 15 million families and caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association has been recognized as a top large nonprofit to work for by The NonProfit Times, the leading information provider for the nonprofit sector.
This position serves as the principal staff for grassroots advocacy efforts and government affairs in North Dakota. The Director of Public Policy will be responsible for advancing the mission of the organization and implementing our strategic plan by building and mobilizing grassroots advocacy, interacting with policy makers, committees and coalitions, and communicating the Association’s issues and policy priorities in North Dakota. This position will build and implement a strategy for state public policy and direct state and federal advocacy efforts in North Dakota.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
* Plan and implement all grassroots and grasstops advocacy activities focusing on federal, state, and local leaders.
* Recruit, train, and facilitate efforts of advocates, including Alzheimer’s Association Ambassadors and their team members for members of Congress and Alzheimer’s State Champions for state legislators.
* Manage year-round state policy grassroots advocacy activities, including office visits and correspondence, including electronic correspondence.
* Mobilize advocates on federal issues in coordination with the D.C. Public Policy Office, including ensuring timely and effective response to policy developments by advocates.
* Work with advocates to promote the Association’s federal and state policy priorities in earned and social media.
* Plan and implement Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the state capitol, including recruiting advocates and coordinating their activities.
* Recruit and coordinate volunteer advocates to attend the Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C. and to engage in pre- and post-Forum district office meetings.
* Plan and implement town halls/community events with members of the state’s legislature and congressional delegation.
* Develop of public policy priorities at the state level in collaboration with other relevant chapter staff and the national public policy office.
* Develop the strategy to achieve the state-level public policy priorities, including working with the state legislature and state agencies.
* Serve as the Association’s chief professional lobbyist and face of the Association in North Dakota 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.
* Provides a periodic update of state and federal legislative matters pertaining to Alzheimer’s to all Association staff in the state, Ambassadors and other advocates.
* 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.
* Engage chapter staff and board members in advocacy activities.
* Provide a periodic update of relevant state and federal legislative matters to Association staff in the state, chapter boards, Ambassadors, Alzheimer’s State Champions, and other advocates.
* Represent the chapter at public forums, conferences, state task forces, government agencies, etc. on public policy issues as needed.
* Support and participate in chapter events such as Walk to End Alzheimer’s, as requested.
* Promote and assist advocate volunteers in the promotion of the Associaton’s 501(c)(4) advocacy arm - the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM).
* Provide necessary training and materials for staff and volunteers at all chapter events to recruit advocates and members of AIM.
* Assist and collaborate with the Chapter Program staff to ensure legislators, legislative staff, and other 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 Chapter Marketing staff to coordinate media outreach that promotes the Association’s state and federal policy priorities, including through press releases, letters to the editor, and other earned media events.
* Assist and collaborate with the Chapter Development staff as necessary and appropriate to achieve chapter mission and goals, including community/development events.
* Manage advocacy database, including by ensuring advocates are reporting activities and contacts with federal and state officials.
* Track and report activities to ensure compliance with federal and state lobbying laws.
* All other duties as assigned.
* Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
* At least 5 to 7 years experience working in grassroots advocacy, volunteer management, or community organizing, preferably with non-profit organizations and/or working in state-level government affairs or with a state legislature.
* Understand, be familiar with, and have experience in the legislative, regulatory, and budget process in North Dakota.
* Be familiar with senior, aging, health, and long-term care issues. An understanding of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia and basic understanding of public health a plus.
* Have current contacts within the state legislature and executive branch, and with potential partners and collaborators in North Dakota.
* Demonstrate the ability to anticipate, identify, organize, and analyze public policy opportunities.
* Possess excellent written and oral communications skills.
* Political or issue advocacy campaign experience desired.
* Ability/willingness to travel frequently across the state, including some evenings and weekends. (10%)
* Detail oriented, adaptable, organized and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks.
* Proven self-starter with excellent judgment and careful attention to detail.
* Strong negotiation skills.
* Ability to work effectively with diverse populations with a high level of integrity, diplomacy and initiative.
* Must possess valid driver’s license, good driving record, access to reliable vehicle and proof of automobile insurance.