Public Policy Director
Right now, millions of Americans are facing the devastation of Alzheimer’s. This disease is robbing us of our finances, our families and our futures - but at the Alzheimer’s Association, we’re relentlessly working to change that by addressing the challenges in front of us with speed and without limitations or boundaries. With our network of more than 75 chapters across the country, we’re advancing world-class research, ensuring access to gold-standard care and support, and hiring talented, mission-driven people who make it all happen.
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The Director of Public Policy serves as the principal staff for grassroots advocacy efforts and government affairs in South Dakota. The Director of Public Policy directs and manages (1) local, state, and federal advocacy efforts in the state; and (2) state-level governmental affairs efforts.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
* Plan and implement all grassroots and grasstops advocacy activities focusing on federal, state, and local leaders.
* Recruit, train, and facilitate efforts of advocates, including Alzheimer’s Association Ambassadors and their team members for members of Congress and state-level Association Champions for state legislators.
* Manage year-round state policy grassroots advocacy activities, including office visits and correspondence, including electronic correspondence.
* Mobilize advocates on federal issues in coordination with the D.C. Public Policy Office, including ensuring timely and effective response to policy developments by advocates.
* Work with advocates to promote the Association’s federal and state policy priorities in earned and social media.
* Plan and implement Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the state capitol, including recruiting advocates and coordinating their activities.
* Recruit and coordinate volunteer advocates to attend the Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C. and to engage in pre- and post-Forum district office meetings.
* Plan and implement town halls/community events with members of the state’s congressional delegation.
* Oversee the development of public policy priorities at the state level in collaboration with other relevant chapter staff and the national public policy office.
* Develop the strategy - and oversee all efforts and activities - to achieve the state-level public policy priorities, including working with the state legislature and state agencies, including the public health department, as appropriate.
* Serve as the Association’s chief professional lobbyist and face of the Association in Pierre by developing relationships with state legislators and other relevant government officials and by lobbying for the state policy priorities.
* Monitor committee meetings and legislative action during the state legislative session as well as between sessions.
* Build, develop, and work with, where appropriate, alliances with similar organizations, coalitions, committees, task forces, etc. in order to advance issues of importance to the Association at the state level.
* Engage chapter staff and board members in advocacy activities.
* Provide a periodic update of relevant state and federal legislative matters to Association staff in the state, chapter boards, Ambassadors, Alzheimer’s Champions, and other advocates.
* Represent the chapter at public forums, conferences, state task forces, government agencies, etc. on public policy issues as needed.
* Support and participate in chapter events such as Walk to End Alzheimer’s, as requested.
* 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.
* Assist and collaborate with the Director of Programs to ensure legislators, legislative staff, and other government officials have an understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and are aware of the programs and services the Association provides to meet the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their families, and their caregivers.
* Assist and collaborate with the Executive Director to coordinate media outreach that promotes the Association’s state and federal policy priorities, including through press releases, letters to the editor, and other earned media events.
* Assist and collaborate with the Executive Director as necessary and appropriate to achieve chapter mission and goals, including community/development events.
* Manage advocacy database, including by ensuring advocates are reporting activities and contacts with federal and state officials.
* Track and report activities to ensure compliance with federal and state lobbying laws.
* All other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
* Have strong and extensive experience in volunteer management/community organizing and/or in the legislative, regulatory, and budget process in South Dakota.
* Be experienced in building and working with coalitions.
* Be familiar with senior, aging, health, and long-term care issues. An understanding of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia and basic understanding of public health a plus.
* Demonstrate the ability to anticipate, identify, organize, and analyze public policy opportunities.
* Possess excellent written and oral communications skills.
* Be detail oriented, adaptable, organized and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks.
* Be a proven self-starter with excellent judgment and careful attention to detail.
* Have the ability to work effectively with diverse populations with a high level of integrity, diplomacy, and initiative.
* Be proficient in the use of personal computers and Microsoft software applications.
* Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
* At least 5 to 7 years’ experience working in grassroots advocacy, volunteer management, or community organizing, preferably with non-profit organizations and/or working in state-level government affairs or with a state legislature.
* Have current contacts within the state legislature and executive branch, and with potential partners and collaborators.
* Political or issue advocacy campaign experience desired.
* Ability/willingness to travel frequently across the state, including some evenings and weekends.
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 3581