Job Description


Position title: Executive Director, Mississippi

Location: Mississippi

Work hours: Full-time (based on a 37.5-hour work week)

Grade: 11 

Reports to: Regional Leader

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 Executive Director (ED) for the State of Mississippi will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the staff, volunteers, policy, programs, growth, and delivery of the Association’s mission in the state. The ED will be an essential partner in the Association’s strategic plan to support millions of people living with the disease and their families, while accelerating research progress to change the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease and other related Dementias. 

The ED will build strong working relationships with all of the Association’s administrative and functional leaders including the Senior Management Team. This leadership position will receive a foundation of support from the National Office located in Chicago, Illinois, the Public Policy team in Washington, D.C., and other executives in the Region and East Area. 

The position can be located in Jackson, MS and reports to the Regional Leader for Region 8 located in Nashville, TN. 


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

  • Lead the development and implementation of the annual strategic plan and budgeting process for the state of Mississippi, with an emphasis on volunteer engagement, staff leadership, and community mobilization.
  • Lead revenue opportunities including Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, The Longest Day®, and Corporate and Relationship Events. 
  • Participate in donor stewardship and cultivation activities, build collaborations, initiate new and maximize existing income streams through corporations, foundations, donors and prospects.
  • Recruit, maintain and lead a high-impact Board of Community Leaders in contributing to all efforts to impact fundraising, program delivery, securing of major and planned gifts and raising the overall profile and brand visibility of the Alzheimer’s Association in the community.
  • Ensure ongoing local programming excellence, conduct program evaluation and needs analysis to maintain superior delivery.  Identify collaborative partners to augment mission delivery and foster beneficial collaborative relationships.
  • Build relationships with local, state and Federal government as well as corporate partners and community organizations.
  • Work in collaboration with neighboring states and other non-profit organizations to ensure city, state and Federal Public Policy initiatives benefit our constituents.
  • Build, motivate, coach and inspire a staff of leaders to support the annual strategic initiatives.
  • Lead volunteer recruitment and engagement to ensure appropriate resources are in place to achieve Mississippi’s goals and objectives.
  • Actively engage staff and volunteers in development efforts; plan and deliver all programs, including delivery of educational programs, support groups; ensure strong marketing and communications efforts; and build solid relationships with local researchers.
  • Oversee advocacy efforts through recruitment of advocates and ambassadors; serve as the local lead staff voice for public policy issues and questions.
  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations; use external relationships, including community leaders, board members to garner new opportunities, and third-party events.
  • Create and manage state budget, maintain financial records, oversee daily office functions, including risk-management, policies and procedures.
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for the Alzheimer’s Association in Mississippi.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • At least 10 years of senior, non-profit management experience; minimum 5 years of mass-market special event fundraising experience.
  • Record of effectively and positively leading a regional or national non-profit organization and staff.
  • 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 marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures. Must possess valid driver’s license, good driving record, access to reliable vehicle and proof of automobile insurance.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Leadership Excellence.   Skilled in motivating, coaching, and inspiring a team of leaders in support of the Association’s strategic initiatives.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Excellent 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.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
  • Ability and willingness to travel across chapter territories, to National offices, and national and international events, as required. Estimated overnight travel up to 25%.

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


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