Job Description


Who We Are:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  Our 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.

We warmly invite qualified applicants to consider this exciting opportunity to make a life changing impact on Vermont residents living with Alzheimer’s disease, their care givers, and those that may be diagnosed with the disease in the future.

The Executive Director (“ED”), supporting the Vermont Chapter, will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the chapter’s staff, programs, fundraising, growth, and delivery of the Association’s mission. In addition to overall leadership of the Chapter, the ED will have a specific responsibility to leading fundraising efforts in the state and to help implement state and federal public policy priorities of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The ED will build strong working relationships with all of the Association’s administrative and functional leaders, the New England Regional Leader and staff leaders at the other New England chapters.  The Alzheimer’s Association has been recognized as a Best Place to Work for the last six years in a row.

Location & Reporting Relationship:
The position will be located at the Vermont Chapter’s office in Vermont and will report to the Regional Leader for Region 11 (New England).


  • Overall responsibility for the successful implementation of fundraising activities including Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, The Longest Day®, and other Association events, as well as individual donor, corporate and foundation fundraising, generating over $900,000 in total annual revenue.
  • Provides leadership to identify individual, corporate and philanthropic Vermont leaders who will support and advance the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association.
  • Builds and engages community leaders to comprise a voluntary advisory Board for the Vermont Chapter. 
  • Oversees public policy advocacy efforts through recruitment of advocates and ambassadors; serves as the local point of contact for public policy issues and questions.
  • Builds relationships with local, state and Federal government leaders.
  • Supports efforts to engage Vermont health care organizations, pursuing the delivery of quality health care for all Vermont families living with dementia.
  • Ensures excellence in delivery on the full mission of the Alzheimer’s Association.
  • Works with regional staff leadership to craft and manage chapter budget.
  • Serves as one of the primary spokespersons for the chapter.
  • Leads and manages a small staff focused on implementing the strategic initiatives of the Alzheimer’s Association.
  • Works in collaboration with other New England chapters to effectively implement goals of Alzheimer’s Association.

Required Knowledge and Experience:

  • Proven experience leading a similar Voluntary Health Association (VHA) or a comparable organization, one with potential for significant growth
  • Successful track record in implementing successful fundraising strategies. Experience in mass market special event fundraising preferred
  • Successful track record in identifying, recruiting, developing and retaining staff and volunteer leaders
  • Experience in implementing public policy advocacy efforts and mobilizing volunteer advocates
  • Experience and understanding of elder health care issues and familiarity with Alzheimer’s and dementia a plus
  • Ability to serve as a community spokesperson
  • Proven ability to lead implementation of a strategic plan across a spectrum of cross-functional initiatives
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills
  • Strong management skills with ability to troubleshoot, resolve differences, and ability to gain wide-spread support in the course of managing projects


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • Record of effectively and positively leading a non-profit organization
  • 5-7 years of senior, non-profit management experience including a track record in leading fundraising initiatives; experience with mass-market special event fundraising preferred
  • Specific experience in public policy, health care systems and engaging volunteers
  • Commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Passionate, mission driven and able to inspire others
  • Strong computer skills and analytical savvy to build, review, and analyze data
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Detail oriented, adaptable, organized and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks
  • Integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently (up to 50%) across chapter territories, with occasional travel to the Home Office and national and international events, as required
  • Strong awareness of the social, economic, political environment in which the Association operates

Competitive salary and benefit package provided.


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