Job Description


Job Title  Director-Public Policy North Dakota

Location Bismarck

Full time of Part time: Full Time

Grade:  108

Reports To: Vice President, 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 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:

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 state and federal advocacy programs in the state. This person will be the principal policy staff in North Dakota, developing opportunities and executing strategies to advance our policy priorities at the state capitol. This person will also be responsible for the development and implementation of a grassroots advocacy strategy to recruit, train and engage volunteers across the state to support our state and federal policy priorities.     


Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and implement strategies and tactics to advance our public policy priorities at the state level in coordination with MN-ND Chapter and national public policy teams.
  • Serve as a registered lobbyist to initiate, support, amend and/or defend public policies (legislative, regulatory or budget action). As needed, oppose public policies that may harm constituents.
  • Build and maintain relationships with state elected/appointed officials and their staff, including committee, caucus and agency staff, as well as with community stakeholders and partner organizations. 
  • Clearly communicate Association policy priorities, verbally and written, consistent with strategic plan to various audiences, including internal (staff, board) and external (volunteer advocates, elected officials/staff, community stakeholders and partner organizations) audiences. 
  • Provide key updates on legislative and regulatory activities related to Association priorities in the state to the chapter board, staff and volunteer advocates. 
  • Develop and direct advocacy activities to influence federal and state leaders in coordination with national and MN-ND Chapter public policy teams. 
  • Recruit, train, and support 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.
  • Support all pillars of the organization to advance our mission as requested by leadership: care and support, concern and awareness, research, fund development, and diversity and inclusion, including seeking opportunities to collaborate with them in our policy work. 
  • Comply with all regulatory and internal compliance requirements. 
  • Promote the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement and related federal advocacy activities. 


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • At least 5 to 7 years’ experience in state-level legislative, regulatory, and budget process in North Dakota.
  • Existing contacts within the state legislature and executive branch, and with potential partners and collaborators.
  • Experience with state health and human services departments, programs and services. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with health and human services programs, particularly an understanding of Medicaid or other programs related to aging and long-term services and supports. 
  • Familiarity of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias or caregiving preferred.
  • Understanding of public health preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, organize, and analyze public policy opportunities.
  • Professional experience developing and managing political, issue or grassroots advocacy campaigns and volunteers.
  • Detail oriented, adaptable, organized and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks.
  • Sound judgement and political acumen. 
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations with a high level of integrity, diplomacy and initiative.
  • Possess valid driver’s license, good driving record, access to reliable vehicle and proof of automobile insurance. 
  • Ability/willingness to frequently travel across the state and occasionally to Washington DC.
  • Familiarity with computer hardware and software systems, preferably using Microsoft Office and Google Suite.

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, long term care insurance, tuition reimbursement, generous Paid Time Off, 12 annual holidays and Paid Family Leave, as well as an annual Cultural & Heritage Day and Volunteer Day of their choosing. They are also eligible for our gold standard 401(k) retirement plan. 

Full time employees (37.5 hours/week), will enjoy all of the above plus an annual School Visitation Day and an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing.

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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