Job Description

POSITION TITLE: Sr. Associate Director, Public Health Programs


WORK HOURS: Full Time (based on a 37.5 hour work week)


REPORTS TO:  Vice President, Health Policy

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: 

The Sr Associate Director of Public Health Programs is responsible for overseeing the Alzheimer’s Association’s programmatic work to advance its goal on risk reduction, including developing content. The successful applicant is also responsible for running the Summer Institute for public health and psychosocial researchers and managing funding for health services/systems research projects.

This position reports to the Vice President, Health Policy with a dotted line relationships to the Sr. Director, Quality Care and Pyschosocial Research and is based in Chicago, IL.


  • Serve as the lead program staffer in support of the Association’s goal on dementia risk reduction, which shall include:
    • Developing the content of consumer-focused materials and programs on dementia risk reduction;
    • Developing the content of materials for and policies/practices to be adopted by health systems;
    • Working with the Mission Engagement Division to develop products related to consumer-focused and health systems-focused materials on risk reduction;
    • Assisting the Association’s health systems directors and chapter staff in the use and implementation of risk reduction materials and products; and
    • Ensuring that all work is coordinated and consistent with the work of the Association’s CDC-funded Public Health Center of Excellence on Dementia Risk Reduction.              
  • Manage the Association’s health services/systems research funding, which shall include:
    • Developing ideas for projects that should be funded, and making recommendations on what should be funded to the Vice President of Health Policy;
    • Overseeing the RFP, application, and selection process; and
    • Ensuring that funding recipients complete all deliverables in a timely fashion.
    • Undertake other public health and/or health policy projects as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Public Administration or similar; master’s degree in Public Health preferred
  • Minimum 6 years of progressive, professional public health experience
  • Previous similar work at a voluntary health organization preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:   

  • Understanding of public health practice, especially on prevention              
  • Experience in designing and developing content for consumer products on a public health issue
  • Experience in identifying policies and practices that could be implemented by health systems
  • Ability to organize and manage meeting and project logistics       
  • Ability and willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed for the job

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.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers competitive compensation, benefits, retirement savings and paid time off plans. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, or military status. This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the jobholder.


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