Job Description


Job Title: Specialist, State Affairs

Location: Washington, DC

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

Grade: 6

Reports To: Sr Director, State Affairs 

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 12 years in a row.  

Position Summary:

The Specialist, State Affairs will operate in a fast-paced work environment and is responsible for (1) drafting and reviewing department communications and state policy resources; (2) state legislative tracking support; (3) conducting policy research; (4) providing administrative support to department staff; (5) working on programs, projects, and briefings sponsored by the State Affairs department. This position will interact considerably with other members of the State Affairs team, staff in other departments within the policy office, and state government affairs staff in the field in all 50 states who are addressing key state policy issues including Medicaid, long-term care, training standards, aging, and other related issues.

 This position reports to the Senior Director of State Affairs and is based in the Association's Home office in Washington D.C.


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

  • Drafts and conducts editorial review of State Affairs team products and communications including weekly newsletter content, department news updates, policy resources for field staff, website and intranet information, and annual summaries of state affairs activities.
  • Assists with state legislative tracking and supports the use of the tracking system by field staff.
  • Assists with the management of all major state policy data sources and databases and collecting related information from field staff.
  • Provides support for all on-site and virtual meetings, manages technical needs, prepares meeting materials, and assists with meeting follow-up activities.
  • Provides administrative support to the State Affairs team, schedules conference calls and drafts PowerPoint presentations for internal and external audiences.
  • Conducts policy research and supports the development of state policy materials as needed.
  • Other duties, programs, projects, and briefings sponsored by the State Affairs department, as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • A minimum of two years of professional experience in a government affairs setting, with strong written and oral communications skills.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent written and oral communications and interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized with effective time management and the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Strong PowerPoint and other computer skills (Google Suite, MS Office, video conferencing, database). 
  • Previous experience working in a government affairs office or within state or federal government.
  • Ability and willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed for the job and to travel up to 5%.

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.


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