Job Description

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) supporting coordination and execution of the annual State Dementia Services Coordinator Summit; (6) 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, access to treatment, and other related issues.

This position reports to the Vice President 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.
  •  Leads support on the the coordination and execution of the State Dementia Services Coordinator Summit, an annual convening of state agency officials.
  •  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%.


Title:  Specialist, State Affairs

Position Location: Washington, D.C.

Full time based on 37.5 hours per week

Position Grade: 6

Estimated salary range ($58,000 - $65,000) 

Reports To: Vice President, 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 1,900 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 develop the disease in the future. Read on to learn more about the role, then visit our website to explore who we are and why we've been recognized as a Best Place to Work for the last twelve years in a row.

At the Alzheimer's Association®, we believe that diverse perspectives are critical to achieving health equity - meaning that all communities have a fair and just opportunity for early diagnosis and access to risk reduction and quality care. The Association is committed to engaging underrepresented and underserved communities and responding with resources and education to address the disproportionate impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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, long term care insurance, tuition reimbursement, generous Paid Time Off, 12 annual holidays and Paid Family Leave, 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 and an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing.


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