Job Description

JOB SUMMARY: This position exists to serve as the principal staff for grassroots advocacy efforts and government affairs in Alabama. This position is based in Montgomery and will report to the Director of Programs and Public Policy in Birmingham. 

  

  

POSITION PURPOSE: The Public Policy Manager 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 grass tops advocacy activities focusing on federal, state,  and local leaders.
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  • 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.
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  • Manage year-round state policy  grassroots advocacy activities, including office visits and  correspondence, including electronic correspondence.
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  • 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.
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  • Work with advocates to promote the  Association’s federal and state policy priorities in earned and social  media.
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  • Plan and implement Alzheimer’s Advocacy  Day at the state capitol, including recruiting advocates and coordinating  their activities.
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  • 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.
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  • Plan and implement town halls/community  events with members of the state’s congressional delegation.
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  • Oversee the development of public policy priorities at the state  level in collaboration with other relevant chapter staff and the national  public policy office.
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  • 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.
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  • Serve as the Association’s chief professional lobbyist and face of  the Association in Montgomery by developing relationships with state  legislators and other relevant government officials and by lobbying for  the state policy priorities.
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  • Monitor committee meetings and legislative action during the state  legislative session as well as between sessions.
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  • 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.
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  • Explore and find and government funding opportunities that align  with the ALZ strategic plan.
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  • Engage chapter staff and board members  in advocacy activities.
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  • 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.
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  • Represent the chapter at public forums,  conferences, state task forces, government agencies, etc. on public policy  issues as needed.
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  • Support and participate in chapter  events such as Walk to End Alzheimer’s, as requested.
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  • Promote and assist advocate volunteers  in the promotion of the Association’s 501(c)(4) advocacy arm - the  Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM).
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  • Provide necessary training and materials  for staff and volunteers at all chapter events to recruit advocates and  members of AIM.
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  • Assist and collaborate with  Program staff 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.
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  • Assist and collaborate with  Communication staff 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.
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  • Assist and collaborate with Development staff  as necessary and appropriate to achieve chapter mission and goals, including  community/development events.
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  • Manage advocacy database, including by  ensuring advocates are reporting activities and contacts with federal and  state officials.
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  • Track and report activities to ensure  compliance with federal and state lobbying laws.
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  • All other duties as assigned.
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KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: 

  

Candidates for this position should:

  
  • Have strong and extensive experience in volunteer management/community organizing and/or in the legislative, regulatory, and budget process in Alabama.
  • 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.
                    

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • At least 2 to 3 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.
            

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:

  

  

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  
  • Physical Activity that includes standing; walking; frequent travel; frequent driving.
  • Be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends. 

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