Job Description


Job Title:  Sr. Director, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, National Capital Area Chapter

Location: McLean, VA

Work Hours: Full-time (based on a 37.5 hour work week)

Grade: 409

Reports To: VP, Development


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 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.  

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Sr. Director of Walk to End Alzheimer’s will play a key leadership role in achieving budgetary goals as part of the Alzheimer’s Association strategic plan.   Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the signature fundraising event of the Alzheimer’s Association. As a member and leader of the comprehensive development team, the Sr. Walk Director will have primary responsibility for all (seven) Walk to End Alzheimer’s events in the chapter area driving revenue of $1.4M. The Sr. Walk Director will lead a team of four Walk staff. The Sr. Walk Director will lead the team in driving revenue generation through strategic relationship development and campaign operations. Key areas to ensure success include leading the Walk team to recruit, train and manage high level volunteer planning committees to lead Walks in their respective communities in addition to cultivation, development and retention of existing and new corporate partnerships.


Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for supervision and management of Walk staff.

  • Implement and execute a year round, chapter-wide strategic plan for Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

  • Responsible for achieving current revenue targets and expense budgets for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, with direct accountability for goals set forth in the annual budget.

  • Develop and follow a comprehensive development plan for the Walk events that includes budgets, timelines, team recruitment and retention strategies, volunteer committee development, marketing/PR, logistics and operations.

  • Develop community contacts to recruit high level volunteer leadership on Walk planning committees and garner community support.

  • Responsible for ensuring Walks have high level leadership volunteers in place; train, coach and develop Walk leadership volunteers to reach goals.

  • Responsible for overseeing corporate sponsorship revenue for all the Walk events.

  • Maintain relationships with key corporate sponsors year-round and ensure involvement in all relevant chapter activities and recognition opportunities.

  • Work to develop a new network of high level contacts for the chapter and form new corporate alliances and partnerships. 

  • Work collaboratively with the Marketing & Communications leads to identify appropriate audiences, create messaging/promotions to past event participants, registered participants and Association supporters. Assist in development of cohesive and strategic communications plan to maximize event exposure and participation

  • Provide information as needed for chapter communications and all Walk correspondence.

  • Assure compliance with Alzheimer’s Association policies, standards and regulatory requirements.

  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s or equivalent experience required.

  • 3 years’ experience in revenue and expense budget management.

  • 3 years’ experience in leadership experience in fundraising and corporate partnerships.

  • 3 years’ experience in and proven track record of strong special event fundraising performance, with year over year growth

  • 3 years’ experience with staff and volunteer management, with additional project management responsibilities.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Demonstrated proficiency with Google applications and fundraising software, Convio and social networking platforms. 

  • Ability to support and eloquently promote the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association and our event fundraising strategies

  • Superior motivator (written and verbal) with the ability to encourage others to maximize potential and achieve challenging organization goals

  • Demonstrated management skills, including the ability to set clear goals, organize projects, establish and manage budgets, develop work processes and supervise a team of professionals.

  • Goal and outcome focused, reflecting a clear appreciation of both the needs of diverse client populations and the organization’s operational limits

  • Strong awareness of the social, economic, political environment in which the Association operates, since part of its effectiveness is in partnering in the larger community

  • Ability to travel extensively as needed, within the territory and occasionally to out of state events.

  • Must have access to a reliable vehicle, valid driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance.

  • Must be able to lift, carry, transport, and setup a variety of materials (weighing up to 50 pounds)


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, orany other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.


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