Public Policy Manager
Job Title: Public Policy Manager
Location: Charleston, WV
Hours: Full-time (based on a 37.5 hour work week)
Reports To: Public Policy Director
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 1,700 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 be diagnosed with the disease in the future. Read on to learn more about the role, then visit our website www.alz.org to find out more about who we are and why we've been recognized as a Best Place to Work the last eleven years in a row.
This position exists to serve as the principal staff for grassroots advocacy efforts and government affairs in West Virginia. The Public Policy Manager directs and manages (1) local, state, and federal advocacy efforts in the state; and (2) state-level governmental affairs efforts.
Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Oversee the development of public policy priorities at the state level in collaboration with other relevant chapter staff and the national public policy office. Serve as the Association’s chief professional lobbyist and face of the Association in state capital by developing relationships with state legislators and other relevant government officials and by lobbying for the state policy priorities.
- 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
- Plan and implement all grassroots advocacy activities focusing on federal, state, and local leaders. Manage year-round state policy grassroots advocacy activities, including office visits and correspondence, including electronic correspondence.
- 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.
- 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.
- Work with advocates to promote the Association’s federal and state policy priorities in earned and social media.
- Plan and implement town halls/community events with members of the state’s congressional delegation.
- 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.
- Track and report activities to ensure compliance with federal and state lobbying law as well as tracking protocols developed by our Washington DC office.
- Bachelor’s degree preferred. Equivalent work experience may be considered
- Minimum 3 years of progressive, professional experience working in public policy, public affairs, or community organizing activities. 4-5 years of experience preferred.
- Professional experience working in public policy with a nonprofit organization preferred
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Have strong and extensive experience in volunteer management/community organizing and/or in the legislative, regulatory, and budget process in West Virginia
- Be experienced in building and working with coalitions to work towards common objectives
- Familiarity 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
- Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed for the job.
- Ability and willingness to travel up to 50-75%
- Must possess valid driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle, proof of insurance and good driving record
- Ability to bend, stoop, lift, and transport up to 20lbs of materials
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, tuition reimbursement, generous PTO 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 an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing, plus Caregiver Leave.
The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and provides consideration for an employment relationship without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, genetic predisposition, national origin, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.