Public Policy Director
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The Director of Public Policy directs and manages Iowa’s public policy/advocacy efforts as well as the Ambassador Program for Congressional Advocacy throughout the state.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
* Provides staff leadership for the development of public policy goals at the state level in collaboration with the Iowa Chapter Executive Director and the Home Office Public Policy Office.
* Oversees all efforts and activities to achieve the state-level public policy priorities, including working with the state legislature and state agencies as appropriate.
* Recruits and trains advocates and manages statewide advocacy database/communications.
* Manages statewide advocacy visits/correspondence/electronic correspondence.
* Monitors committee meetings and legislative action during the state legislative session as well as in between sessions.
* Plans and implements annual Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the state capitol.
* Recruits and trains - and subsequently facilitates the efforts of - Alzheimer’s Association Ambassadors for members of Congress.
* Plans and implements "Coffee with the Congressman" across the state.
* Receives and processes advocacy cards.
* Provides a periodic update of state and federal legislative matters pertaining to Alzheimer’s to all Association staff in the state, chapter boards, Ambassadors and other advocates.
* Assists and collaborates with the Director of Communications to coordinate media outreach that promotes the Association’s state and federal policy agenda.
* Coordinates implementation of state public policy goals such as development of the state platform and strategy.
* Develops alliances with similar organizations in order to advance issues of importance to the Association as the state level.
* Represents the chapter at public forums, conferences, state task forces, government agencies, etc. on public policy issues as needed.
* Recruits and coordinates volunteer advocates from the state to attend the Public Policy Forum in Washington, D.C.
* Provides staff and volunteers at all Walks (and other events) to recruit advocates.
* Assists and collaborates with the chapter’s Development Director as necessary and appropriate to achieve chapter mission and goals including community/development events.
* All Other Duties as Assigned.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
* Have current contacts within the legislature and/or potential partners.
* Understands and is familiar with legislative and regulatory process.
* Familiar with senior/elder issues.
* Ability to work effectively with diverse populations with a high level of integrity, diplomacy and initiative.
* Volunteer management and coalition building experience
* Proficient user of personal computer, Microsoft software applications and donor software systems.
* Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
* At least five years of state-level government affairs experience and/or grassroots advocacy.
* Outstanding verbal and written communications skills.
* Detail oriented, adaptable, organized and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks.
* Proven self-starter with excellent judgment and careful attention to detail.
* Ability/willingness for frequent travel across the chapter territory including some evenings and weekends.
* Strong negotiation skills.