Job Description


Specialist, Chicago Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Location: Chicago, IL

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

Compensation: Grade Level 4; Minimum $42,600;  Mid range $51,851 – 57,000;  Max $66,000

Reports To: Chicago Walk 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 eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

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 ten years in a row.  

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for the implementation of Walk to End Alzheimer’s® events to meet or exceed goals through volunteer recruitment and engagement as well as through corporate development. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the fastest-growing walk program in the country, ranking as the third-largest peer-to-peer fundraising event in the United States. Measurable outcomes for this position include: achieving designated financial and participant goals through team and individual fundraising, corporate solicitation, community partnerships, as well as increasing Walk-brand awareness and visibility in the community. Based in Chicago, IL at the Illinois Chapter Office (near O’Hare Airport) this position requires frequent travel within the assigned territory.

The Chicago Walk Event Specialist will share responsibility with the Chicago Walk Director in achieving the recruitment and revenue goals for the $1.4 million-dollar Chicago Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Chicago Walk Specialist is primarily responsible for increasing the number of teams through various recruitment efforts, educating and coaching all teams with the latest fundraising resources, recruiting and training new volunteer committee members, and coordinating Chicago Walk day initiatives.  


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

  • Responsible for recruitment of volunteer community leaders and training, coaching, and management resulting in the attainment of revenue and team goals for the Chicago Walk, the largest in Illinois.
  • Build relationships with key volunteers, participants, and community leaders as well as existing and new corporate partners. 
  • Increase overall Corporate Engagement within the Chicago Walk by expanding the current involvement with Corporate Teams, Edward Jones, and National Teams.
  • Through volunteer networks, prospect, cultivate and steward Chicago Walk to End Alzheimer’s teams, sponsors and walkers to achieve development goals.
  • Execute plan for maximizing team participation to achieve revenue goals by providing fundraising guidance and support.
  • Work closely with the volunteer planning committee to assist them with team recruitment, logistics, marketing, retention, and all wrap around events. 
  • Engage with the volunteer planning committee to organize outreach activities that promote the Alzheimer’s Association mission, including community presentations and corporate engagement opportunities.
  • Continuously produce new fundraising ideas to coach and mentor Chicago Walkers to achieve the Chicago Walk goal.
  • Must be able to work most weekends during Walk to End Alzheimer’s season (September and October). 
  • Actively participate in learning opportunities for professional growth and self- improvement.
  • Ensure Walk to End Alzheimer’s standards are being followed.
  • Responsible for other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • 2-3 years of proven experience in recruiting and mobilizing volunteers to achieve goals
  • 1-2 years of proven experience in event planning or event management 
  • Preferred peer-to-peer fundraising experience or equivalent sales background
  • Confident, goal-oriented, positive self-starter able to work independently with limited supervision and collaboratively with internal and external partners
  • Ability to manage large numbers of volunteers at different levels of expertise with diplomacy
  • Deep understanding of the Chicago market and culture
  • General knowledge of standard fundraising techniques
  • Ability to work with diverse communities and demonstrate inclusion
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including verbal and written
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 50% within the assigned territory by car. Travel in this case, is considered time spent away from the office, in the community, to fulfil the job goals
  • While most such travel is the same day, occasional overnight travel or air travel may be required. Must have valid driver’s license, access to reliable vehicle, good driving record and proof of automobile insurance
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends as required for the job
  • Ability to bend, stoop, lift and transport up to 50 lbs. of materials
  • Strong computer skills, proficient with Microsoft Office products and social media; experience with, or ability to rapidly learn, Luminate/Convio software
  • Ability to approach a project with creative and original thinking 

Employees working 24 hours/week or more are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, flex accounts, long-term disability, life insurance, extensive PTO, caregiver leave, volunteer time off, paid holidays, and generous 401(k) retirement plan.

Alzheimer’s Association is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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