Public Policy Coordinator
The Public Policy Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the San Antonio and South Texas and Capital of Texas (Austin) Chapter’s Public Policy efforts. Public policy involves federal, state and local grassroots activities, working with and on behalf of people with Alzheimer’s and their family members. This position is critical to developing chapter capacity to attain and/or exceed the Nationwide Strategic Plan goals for Public Policy and Advocacy.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
* Recruit, Manage and Supervise volunteers to carry out Public Policy activities such as engaging and preparing volunteers to provide testimony in coordination with the Texas Public Policy Director, attending and speaking in legislative visits, participating in advocacy related events, and developing relationships with their assigned legislators
* Collaborate with Executive Director, Program Director and Development Director to ensure integration of chapter’s programmatic and fund development efforts within the Public Policy activities.
* Provide continuous and ongoing training, information and support as needed for these teams
* Ensure that appropriate reports for all activities are made in the AIM system as required to meet strategic plan goals.
* Advance public policy goals through written and oral communication with a wide range of people (volunteers, staff, Board members, Members of Congress and Congressional staff) via in-person meetings, written correspondence, phone calls, and materials development.
* Develop agendas and background materials in preparation for policy committee meetings, advocacy activities, and regional engagements.
* Work closely with the State Policy Director and staff to support local Advocacy events by targeted e-mailings to advocates in the Public Policy and Advocacy database.
* Plan, coordinate and implement Advocacy engagement at every Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the chapter territory and work with Walk staff to support advocate engagement and AIM recruitment in wrap-around events.
* Plan, organize and manage logistics for events such as volunteer workshops, advocacy events, and legislative engagements targeting Alzheimer’s issues.
* Oversee logistics, legislative visit scheduling and invitational communications for volunteers to participate with the chapter in State Advocacy Days and National Public Policy Forum.
* Develop proficiency in the Advocacy data system both for targeted e-communications, recruitment efforts, and for managing advocacy volunteers for the chapter territory.
* Represent the interests of people with Alzheimer’s in City or County stakeholder workgroup meetings; and, State workgroups as requested by the Texas Director of Public Policy.
* Work closely with the Marketing/Communications Department to grow the online audience of the chapter’s advocacy efforts by making strategic use of the Advocacy database e-communications, social media, and linking these efforts to the chapter website.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
* Strong written and verbal communication skills.
* Policy and advocacy experience preferred
* Ability to become proficient with the Association’s volunteer database
* Self-directed with strong organizational and logistic skills, and the ability to multi-task.
* Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with volunteers, families, early-stage individuals, and colleagues from partner organizations
* Ability to maintain confidentiality
* Ability to work in diverse communities and demonstrate inclusion
* Experience in recruiting, training and managing volunteers
* Demonstrated events planning experience
* Additional languages (especially Spanish) a plus
* Bachelors Degree
* Willingness to travel to and work from the Capital of Texas Chapter (Austin) at least twice a month, or as needed to carry out essential job responsibilities.
* Willingness and ability to travel to meetings and events locally and nationally.
* Strong written and verbal communication skills
* Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build professional relationships