Job Description


Position Title: Executive Director for the San Diego/Imperial Chapter

 Reports To: Regional 3 Leader

 Exemption Classification: Exempt              

Location: San Diego, CA


The Alzheimer's Association leads 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.

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. 

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 all other dementia and their 15 million families and caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association has been recognized as the #1 largest Best NonProfit to Work For in the NonProfit Times 50 Best Places to Work for 2011 - 2020.

Visit our website to find out more about us and apply. It takes a uniquely motivated person to be a part of our team – but we believe that person could be you.


The Executive Director (ED), San Diego/Imperial Chapter, will have overall strategic, leadership, collaboration and operational responsibility for the chapter’s fundraising, programs, growth, and delivery of the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission.  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 and change the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease, and also take the lead on building a strong, community-based Board of Volunteer Leaders to partner with all staff in the San Diego County area for a full range of mission impact. 

The ED will build strong working relationships with all of the Association’s administrative and functional leaders and will report to the Region 3 Leader.  This leadership position will receive a foundation of support from the National Office located in Chicago, Illinois, and the Public Policy team in California.  


  • Serve as the Senior Executive Leader for the Alzheimer’s Association in the San Diego/Imperial County Chapter.
  • Develop and maintain a high-impact Board of Community Leaders to have an outward interface with the Corporate, Social, Philanthropic and Medical communities within San Diego and surrounding areas. Lead the Board in contributing to 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. 
  • Contribute and show success of Walk to End Alzheimer’s events and The Longest Day, and Gala events in the area, identifying specific goals for personal self that will add value and girth to the events. Lead revenue opportunities personally in other areas, such as Intermediate Gifts, major gifts and planned gifts prospect identification, and launch additional relationship events for FY 21. 
  • Oversee the work of the Chapter’s program staff with 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. 
  • Under the guidance of the Region 3 Public Policy Lead, build relationships with local, state and Federal government. Serve as the lead staff person for the Chapter for Advocacy and Public Policy, building relationships with recruited Ambassadors, and leading recruitment efforts for those needing to be recruited. 
  • Work in collaboration with neighboring chapters and other non-profit organizations to ensure city, state and Federal Public Policy initiatives benefit our constituents. 
  • Serve as the lead chapter staff for corporate relationships and development; build solid relationships with corporate partners and community organizations. 
  • Directly supervise all San Diego/Imperial County staff to reach chapter strategic goals.
  • Lead volunteer recruitment to ensure appropriate resources are in place to achieve the chapter’s goals and objectives.
  • Work with the National office's Relationship Development & Strategic Giving experts to enhance our major giving opportunities.
  • Create and manage chapter budget, maintain financial records, and oversee daily office functions.
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for the chapter territory increasing networking opportunities. 
  • Oversee day-to-day operations for the Orange County office, and serve as the collaborative leader for this office and operation. 
  • Partner with other EDs in Region 3 on leadership of initiatives as opportunities rise.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Proven experience leading a similar Voluntary Health Association (VHA) of size and scale, one with potential for significant growth.
  • Successful track record for mass market special event fundraising experience required; additional fundraising experience a plus.
  • Community mobilization and/or volunteer recruitment and management experience.
  • Effective communicator and experience as a community spokesperson.
  • Proven success in collaboration, and working across department lines and territory boundaries.
  • Experience interpreting data analytics, monitoring results, taking corrective actions, and creating productivity enhancements.
  • History of identifying, recruiting, developing and retaining staff and volunteers, building alignment and achieving goals around the strategic priorities.
  • Proven ability to lead implementation across a spectrum of cross-functional initiatives.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills
  • Superior management skills with ability to troubleshoot, resolve differences, and ability to gain wide-spread support in the course of managing projects. 


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • At least 10 years of successful track record 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.
  • 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 (overnight travel will be approximately 20%).
  • Valid driver’s license, good driving record, access to reliable vehicle

This job profile in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the job holder. He/she will be required to follow any other instructions or perform any other duties as requested by his/her supervisor or manager. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of job duties. Essential elements may change when necessary.

This position is eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, flex accounts, long-term disability, life insurance, extensive PTO, Culture and Heritage Day, caregiver leave, volunteer time off, paid holidays, and 403(b) retirement plan.

Alzheimer’s Association is committed to hiring and fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce that effectively employs the skills and talents of all employees in our organization. All applicants will receive consideration regardless of their race, color, creed, sex, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, age, veteran status, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, size, disability, socioeconomic status or status with regard to public assistance.  We encourage diverse candidates to apply for this position.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and we appreciate your interest in the Alzheimer’s Association. 


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