Senior Public Policy Manager
Job title: Senior Public Policy Manager
Location: Bedford, NH
Status: Full-time, exempt
Reports to: Director of Public Policy, MA/NH Chapter
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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, advancing vital public policy initiatives on the state and federal level and hiring talented, mission-driven people who make it all happen.
The Alzheimer’s Association has been ranked as one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For by The Nonprofit Times twelve years in a row, recognizing our leadership, competitive compensation and benefits, flexibility and mission-driven atmosphere. It takes a uniquely motivated person to be a part of our team - but we believe that person could be you!
Reporting to the MA/NH Director of Public Policy, the Senior Manager of Public Policy leads the policy work and mission of the Alzheimer’s Association in New Hampshire by building and mobilizing grassroots advocacy, interacting with policy makers and coalitions, and communicating the Association’s issues and priorities as a public speaker and statewide expert to the media. This position will occasionally provide support to Massachusetts advocacy work and requires significant travel within the Chapter, and some travel within the U.S., as well as occasional availability during evenings and weekends.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Oversee the development and execution of public policy priorities in NH in collaboration with the Director, 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 such as the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.
- Recruit, train, and facilitate efforts of volunteer advocates, including Alzheimer’s Association Ambassadors and their team members, to regularly communicate with New Hampshire members of Congress and key New Hampshire state legislators in support of nationwide federal policy priorities of the Alzheimer’s Association.
- Work with public policy team to develop and cultivate professional relationships with key state agencies, elected officials, and public health organizations.
- Lead chapter’s efforts to participate in NH policy task forces and coalitions.
- Plan, manage, coordinate and participate in legislative visits (district, state, and federal)
- Work with relevant staff in drafting and editing bills.
- Lead the creation and research of our annual state policy priorities and platform in NH.
- Monitor NH regulatory issues and research and track policy issues and bills that come up during Session.
- Plan and implement all grassroots and grass tops advocacy activities focusing on federal, state, and local leaders.
- Plan and implement Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day(s) at the state capitol, including recruiting advocates and coordinating their activities.
- Recruit and coordinate volunteer advocates to attend the annual Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C. and to engage in pre- and post-Forum district office meetings.
- As part of the MA/NH chapter, provide support to Massachusetts advocacy efforts and other Chapter and Regional efforts as needed.
- Promote the Association’s state and federal policy priorities, including through press releases, letters to the editor, social media and other earned media events.
- Manage advocacy database, ensuring volunteer advocates are reporting activities and contacts with federal and state officials.
- Track and report activities to ensure compliance with federal and state lobbying law as well as tracking protocols developed by our Washington DC office.
- Other duties as assigned.
Culture of collaboration
- Fully engage in a culture where team collaboration is highly valued
- Work as a team to accomplish, if not exceed, organizational goals in the National Strategic Plan
- Participate in signature fundraising events and programs
- Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree preferred. Relevant work experience will be considered.
- Five years of experience in public policy/public affairs/community organizing activities, preferably with a nonprofit organization, including working with volunteers.
- Experience working with the NH legislature and state executive branch preferred.
- Strong and extensive experience in volunteer management/community organizing and/or in the legislative, regulatory, and budget process.
- 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.
- Two to three years of experience with relevant presentation software and technologies, as well as with social media and internet tools.
- Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends. Ability to travel frequently by car and air across the state and country as necessary.
- Must hold a valid driver’s license.
KEY PROFESSIONAL ATTRIBUTES
- Strong understanding of and interest in community organizing and government
- Proven ability to build effective relationship networks (inside and outside the Association, especially in political environments), including supporting others to work enthusiastically towards common objectives
- Demonstrated success building and/or improving successful volunteer initiatives and programs
- Ability to understand policy issues and clearly present key details to constituents
- Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to plan, implement and assess a course of action and delivery of results
- Effective verbal and written communication skills, reflecting an understanding of the appropriate use of communication technologies based on audience
- Appreciation of cultural and ethnic diversity, especially with respect to outreach to underserved communities. Demonstrated success working with diverse population.
- Demonstrated success building strong partnerships and implementing innovative ideas to grow organization’s mission
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 of their choosing, Caregiver Leave, Volunteer and School Visitation time off, paid holidays and a 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 and an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing.
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.