Job Description

Position Summary:

The Executive Director of the Cleveland Area and Greater East Ohio Chapters 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.  This includes oversight for community engagement, volunteerism, staff, revenue generation of nearly $5 million annually, program delivery, media relations as well as growth and delivery of the Association’s mission.

They will be an essential partner in the Alzheimer’s Association’s strategic plan to support millions of people living with the disease and their families while accelerating research progress and changing the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease and all other dementia, and also take the lead on building a strong, community-based board of volunteer leaders to partner with staff for a full range of mission impact.



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

  • Development: Oversee all community revenue growth efforts, including planning and fundraising strategy and execution. Identify areas for growth, improvement and efficiencies    
    • Key focus on Mass Market events including Walk to End Alzheimer’s, The Longest Day, and an annual Gala
  • Programs:  Work with Program Director to effectively integrate activities in the Association’s programs and services goals into the community    
  • Media Relations:  Work with the communication team to ensure local media relations are built and grown to produce outcomes
  • Supports full mission strategic goals Research, Public Policy, Diversity strategic goals for Ohio through role on the Ohio Leadership team
  • Create an annual business plan for revenue growth.  Oversee annual plans, timelines, staffing structures, performance benchmarks and progress reports to guide activities  
  • Grow constituent and relationship events in the Cleveland Area and Greater East Ohio communities:    
    • Seek out revenue growth opportunities both in expansion of current activities and identification of new activities
    • Identify, secure and cultivate new strategic partnerships  
    • Acquire, cultivate, engage, recognize and steward high level individuals to participate in the Association’s broad market constituent events        
  • Engage companies in local, regional and national opportunities (in conjunction with Home Office Corporate Partnerships team) for all key areas of strategic growth with a focus on development, program and media relations and in collaboration with health systems team as well   
  • Major Donors:  Lead identification of major prospects ($10,000 plus) through Board members, other volunteer leaders and independent efforts. Work closely with Home Office Region 10 Donor Advisor to cultivate identified prospects.  
  • Achieve annual revenue goals and manage a departmental budget   
  • Make recommendations/decisions for community-wide direction and growth in key areas of the Association’s Strategic Implementation Plan
  • Thought leader for the Cleveland Area and Greater East Ohio chapters   
  • Work closely with the Director of Development and Home Office Walk team to recruit, train and lead development staff  
  • Working in conjunction with Development and Program Staff, recruit and work with volunteers in committees and in one-to-one situations and regularly throughout the entire year
  • Guide the work of key volunteer leadership including Community Leadership Board.  Lead the individual boards accountability for the chapters
  • Other duties as assigned



  • BA or BS degree in business, marketing or related field.    
  • 8-10+ years progressive, professional experience, including proven success in fundraising (or sales, absent direct non-profit experience)
  • Minimum 5 years significant supervisory experience   
  • Demonstrated experience successfully closing local, regional or national corporate and strategic partnerships preferred   


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Has proven relationship building, persuasion, and influence skills that drive mission outcomes
  • Inspires and empowers staff and volunteer teams to drive outcomes
  • Strong volunteer mobilization skills to achieve outcomes  
  • Experience in recruiting and developing corporate and community partnerships
  • Successful track record of leading staff and volunteers to reaching dollar and participant goal
  • Has experience in engaging and mobilizing multicultural and underserved communities
  • Experience managing large scale budgets
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking
  • High degree of original and independent thinking in conceiving and developing complex methods, procedures, techniques, products or ideas in new and undefined areas 
  • Ability to make excellent hires, lead and develop diverse teams and foster an inclusive environment for all staff and volunteers
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to facilitate meetings, and work collaboratively, in a highly matrixed organization structure - with chapter staff, at the Regional and Home Office level, as well as with chapters across the nation  
  • Availability and willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed  
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize multiple ongoing workloads and specific assignments.  
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs  
  • Regular travel by automobile across the chapter territory, as well as occasional overnight travel up to 30%   
  • Must possess valid driver’s license, access to a reliable personal vehicle, good driving record and proof insurance to meet travel requirements


Title:  Executive Director - Cleveland Area and Greater East Ohio Chapter

Position Location: Independence, OH

Full time, based on 37.5 hour per week minimum

Position Grade: 211

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 1,900 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 develop the disease in the future. Read on to learn more about the role, then visit our website to explore who we are and why we've been recognized as a Best Place to Work for the last twelve years in a row.

At the Alzheimer's Association®, we believe that diverse perspectives are critical to achieving health equity - meaning that all communities have a fair and just opportunity for early diagnosis and access to risk reduction and quality care. The Association is committed to engaging underrepresented and underserved communities and responding with resources and education to address the disproportionate impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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.


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