Public Policy and Advocacy Manager
Working as a member of the dynamic Southern CA-based Public Policy & Advocacy team (Region 3), this position joins a statewide network of professionals dedicated to our mission: 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 promotion of brain health. The Public Policy & Advocacy Manager position is responsible for using grassroots advocacy and organizing tactics to lead volunteer advocates in implementing a coordinated strategy to reach elected and appointed officials serving in Federal, State, and Municipal government. The manager serves in a key liaison role with the Alzheimer’s State Champions (ASC) and the Alzheimer's Congressional Teams (ACT) as well as general grassroots activation. Finally, the manager performs core executive-level functions to ensure the Public Policy Office complies with both internal and external requirements, including Fair Political Practice Commission (FPPC), Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) lobbying reports, and advocacy activity tracking.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Volunteer Advocate Recruitment & Management (75%)
- Serve as primary point person for Alzheimer's Congressional Teams (ACT) and Alzheimer’s State Champions (ASC).
- Work with Public Policy & Advocacy Director to create volunteer advocacy management strategy
- Implement volunteer advocacy management strategy and report back with successes and areas of growth in the strategy
- Work with Public Policy & Advocacy Director to create and implement strategies for linking volunteer advocates with legislators, including training & support
- Work with Public Policy & Advocacy Director to create and implement a volunteer advocate recruitment strategy to ensure that every target legislator has a team of volunteer advocates to carry out mission and goals
- Build and maintain a system to track and monitor targeted legislators and assigned volunteer advocates
- Utilize digital and in-person volunteer advocate engagement best practices
- Implement grassroots advocacy tactics to move legislative priorities forward at all levels of government
- Oversee Alzheimer's Congressional Teams (ACT) and Alzheimer’s State Champions (ASC), including recruitment of volunteers, onboarding, training, and management of group
- Actively engage ACT members and ASCs in advocacy actions, deploying resources individually, by district/region/statewide to volunteers under tight deadlines
- Activate and mobilize volunteer advocates year-round on all of our Association priorities at every level of government
- Utilize Public Policy & Advocacy advocate/constituent management activation tools, e.g. Luminate, Phone2Action, Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM), social media channels and other methods to maximize grassroots impact
- Prepare volunteer and staff witnesses for legislative testimony and public hearings
- Manage all advocacy actions needing to be entered into AIM for all target legislators
- Participate in the planning of all statewide advocacy events, including but not limited to State Advocacy Day
- Plan events (virtual and/or in-person) for volunteer advocates that are focused on leadership development, advocacy training, information dissemination, etc.
Community Relations (10%)
- Represent the organization at community meetings involving target legislators or that have a public policy and/or advocacy focus
- Actively monitor year-round opportunities to get involved in the community with a Public Policy & Advocacy perspective
- Maintain external, stakeholder relations with aging, disability and health care organizations to further Association advocacy agenda
- Conduct independent research and collect data on policy topics in your target legislative districts for reports, collateral materials, and presentations
- Work with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) staff to keep up with opportunities to engage with organizations that focus on health and aging issues in the Asian-Pacific Islander, Black, Latino, LGBTQ+, and Women’s communities
Public Policy (5%)
- Support State Affairs colleagues in carrying out public policy priorities with the state legislature
- Effectively communicate federal policy priorities to volunteer advocates, internal Alzheimer’s Association staff, and community partners
- Provide high-level administrative support to the Public Policy & Advocacy Director and assists in managing operations in the public policy team
- Ability to develop systems, policies, and procedures to ensure efficient work flow and completion of tasks on or before deadline
- Coordinate logistics, travel, catering, and communications for any events being led by Public Policy & Advocacy Team
- Oversee office bookkeeping, maintaining systems and records to ensure accounts payables and receivables are processed in a timely manner
- Prepare and produce timely expense reports and reimbursement requests
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all staff as well as key volunteer leaders and advocates
- Participates in chapter DEI programs and projects
- Performs other projects and duties as assigned
CULTURE OF COLLABORATION
- Fully engage in a culture where team collaboration is highly valued
- Work as a team to accomplish, if not exceed, organizational goals in the National Strategic Plan
- Participate in signature fundraising events
- Walk to End Alzheimer’s staff team and personal fundraising goals
- Work at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s events during Walk season, which occur on a weekend
- Participate in The Longest Day
- Respond to public policy calls to action & participate in advocacy days
- Enhance our culture of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the job
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, EXPERIENCE and EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
- Either a Bachelor's degree in an area related to the industry OR relevant equivalent experience in the industry
- Experience engaging with legislators and their staff
- Experience mobilizing and activating large groups of volunteer advocates
- Experience with grassroots advocacy and grassroots organizing
- Experience with digital mobilization and activation tools and strategies
- Demonstrate a high degree of professionalism, initiative and independence
- Exceptional customer service skills
- Excellent written and oral communications skills required
- Familiarity with social media and with ability to monitor external sites and provide content for internal sites
- Demonstrated competence in appropriate computer software and data management tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
- Ability to meet concurrent deadlines
- Independently motivated to complete projects and take initiative to introduce innovative ideas
- Manage multiple projects simultaneously
- Interact effectively and tactfully with all levels of management
- Strong problem solver with ability to identify resources to resolve issues
- Highly organized with an attention to detail, accuracy and quality
- Sensitivity to the needs of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers
- Ability/willingness to travel as needed to perform job duties
- Access to a reliable vehicle, a valid driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance
- Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
- Ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs
Position Location: Irvine, CA
Full time - Exempt
Position Grade: 306
Reports To: Director of Public Policy & Advocacy
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 www.alz.org/jobs 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.