Public Policy and Advocacy Manager
The public policy department is actively involved in local, state and national activities, working with and on behalf of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families. This position is critical to ensuring we attain and/or exceed the nationwide Strategic Plan goals for advancing public policy. Reporting to the Director of Public Policy, the Public Policy and Advocacy Manager’s primary responsibilities are to plan and manage the federal and state grassroots advocacy efforts within designated Congressional and state legislative districts of the Chapter throughout Northern California, including the Central Valley. This individual will develop and oversee volunteer Congressional Ambassadors and Alzheimer’s State Champions for their assigned districts and build local support of the Association’s policy priorities inclusive of legislation, budget, and regulation.
Federal and State Policy Oversight- 75%
* Collaborate with State Policy Director to advance state policy initiatives through active volunteer engagement, building and maintaining relationships with elected and appointed officials, and supporting annual California State Advocacy Day.
* Recruit, onboard, train, manage and support teams of volunteer, grassroots Congressional Ambassadors and Alzheimer’s State Champions in the assigned legislative districts, each to serve as the lead Advocate to a member of Congress or state legislator.
* Engage and prepare volunteers to provide testimony, attend and speak in legislative visits, participate in advocacy related events and develop relationships with their assigned legislators.
* Liaison with federal affairs staff team in Washington, D.C. to effectively communicate federal priorities to Northern California staff, volunteers and community members.
* Ensure that appropriate reports for all activities are made in the Association’s legislative interaction report portal as required to meet Strategic Plan goals.
* In partnership with Chapter Regional Directors, develop agendas and prepared background materials for local volunteer Public Policy Committee meetings, and legislative visits.
* Plan, coordinate and implement AIM - Advocacy engagement recruitment efforts at Walk to End Alzheimer’s events in the Chapter territory in Northern California and Central Valley; partner with Walk staff to support these activities.
* Attend and oversee logistics, legislative visit scheduling, and invitational communications to volunteers to participate in the annual State Advocacy Day in Sacramento and Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C.
* Proficiency in the Advocacy data system (currently Luminate) both for targeted e-communications, recruitment efforts, and for managing advocacy volunteers for the Chapter territory.
* Manage the Association’s CRM system, Luminate, and prepare targeted e-communications to Advocates in specific regions to support volunteer recruitment and engagement.
* Promote and assist advocate volunteers in the promotion of the Association’s 501(c)(4) advocacy arm: the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM).
* Provide necessary training and materials for staff and volunteers at all chapter events to recruit advocates and members of AIM.
* Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Gerontology or related field
* 3-5 years’ experience in policy and advocacy work
* Experience with Alzheimer’s, healthcare, or aging issues
* Skilled with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Access data systems and Google apps
* Experience in recruiting, training and managing volunteers
* Demonstrated events planning experience
* Strong written and verbal communication skills
* Self-directed with strong organizational and logistical skills, and the ability to multi-task
* Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with volunteers, individuals living with dementia early stage individuals, and colleagues from partner organizations
* Ability to work in diverse communities and demonstrate inclusion
* Familiarity or fluency with additional languages (esp. Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese) a plus
* Strong computer skills, proficient with Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and prior experience with CRM, and ability to rapidly learn new software; Ability to manage multiple types of data and compile into reports
* Ability and willingness to travel extensively by car throughout the assigned territory. Occasional overnight travel or air travel will be required; must have valid driver’s license, access to reliable vehicle, and good driving record
* Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends as required for the job
* Ability to bend, stoop, lift and transport up to 25 lbs. of materials.
Job Reference #: 3787