Job Description

The Alzheimer's Association is working to address disparities in Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will develop and implement the Chapter’s strategies that increase and reach into communities disproportionately impacted by the disease by:

  • Acting as a consultative partner with all mission pillars in developing and integrating DEI goals and strategies into existing programming and events;
  • Identifying, building, and sustaining partnerships with community and faith organizations, tribal governments, ERGs and others to expand the Chapter’s reach into diverse communities; 
  • Interpreting data to measure success and design and shift action plans to ensure successful achievement of DEI goals;
  • Aligning grant proposals with existing or emerging engagement strategies

Under the direction of the Vice President, Programs, the Senior Director of DEI is responsible for advancing Alzheimer's Association mission pillars and strategic plan goals particularly in the areas of DEI, Care & Support, Concern & Awareness, and Building Revenue.

The position is approximately 50% community partnership development, 25% grant oversight, and 25% internal responsibilities.


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

DEI Internal Capacity Building

  • Advocate, champion, and advise all levels of staff on DEI related topics and partner with other Senior Leaders to embed DEI into the everyday culture of the organization
  • Align and mobilize the Senior Leadership Team, staff, Board, volunteers, and DEI Committee around the National D&I and Strategic Framework
  • Serve as a consultative partner to all mission pillars to solve problems, remove obstacles, and facilitate pathways to solutions related to equity, access, and inclusion
  • Facilitate a Regional DEI call to convene the staff around the advancement of DEI, including success stories, challenges, and emerging best practices
  • Advise Public Policy staff in the development of public policy priorities that support health equity and reflect the perspectives and priorities of diverse communities
  • Represent the Alzheimer's Association externally in media, to philanthropic partners, and on councils/workgroups to inform and advance our DEI strategy/activities and to increase reach, access, and participation in care and support amongst communities disproportionately impacted by the disease
  • Participate in and contribute to the Board meetings and lead the Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Community Partnerships Development

  • Connect diverse constituents to Alzheimer’s Association programs and services;
  • Identify, develop, and steward full mission-driven partnerships with organizations serving diverse communities
  • Speak to individuals, organizations, and communities about the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission, vision, values, strategic plan/priorities and programs/services
  • Engage existing and new diverse community partners to understand their emerging priorities and unmet needs, and (re)assess areas of intersection with Alzheimer’s Association strategic priorities
  • Serve as conduit between community partners and team members in order to build the capacity of the team relative to cultural community engagement
  • Partner with the Care & Support team to 1) prioritize and cultivate strategic partnerships to increase participation of diverse constituents in core programs and services (helpline, support groups, early stage programs; education; 2) enhance the cultural-responsiveness of Alzheimer's Association core programs/services; 3) advance recruitment, mobilization and management of diverse volunteers and advancement of volunteer-powered program delivery
  • Partner with Marketing and Communications teams to advance awareness and concern amongst diverse communities about the full mission of the Alzheimer's Association
  • Partner with the Development team to foster engagement of diverse community partners in fundraising events, individual giving, corporations, employee resource groups, and foundations/organizations
  • Partner with the Health Systems Director to 1) improve early detection, diagnosis, and care amongst healthy systems/clinicians serving diverse patient populations; 2) advance health systems strategy amongst health systems and providers and service diverse populations; and 3) support the adoption of products and model of care
  • Partner with the Public Policy staff to develop and implement grassroots advocates volunteer recruitment plans, particularly among diverse communities
  • Partner with Chapter staff, Board, volunteers, and community partners to recruit and mobilize diverse volunteers
  • Provide effective and positive communication with our staff, Board, volunteers, community partners and other constituents
  • Supervise the Community Programs Manager to ensure alignment between Care and Support and DEI strategic goals

Grant Alignment 

  • Partner with the Director of Grants and Mission Engagement to support the development of philanthropic proposals
  • Collaborate with finance team and other staff on program planning, budget development/tracking, delivery and evaluation
  • Meet with philanthropic partners and other stakeholders
  • Participate in the delivery of grant-related activities and related documentation as directed
  • Document work in a timely, consistent and thorough manner in databases as required (Personify, Moves Management)
  • Align with and practice fidelity to standard internal workflow, process, and procedures
  • Consistent, thorough, and timely documentation.


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 7-10 years of experience in community building, diversity, equity and inclusion work required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proven success in building and maintaining key relationships and meeting strategic goals
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent written and presentation skills; enjoys public speaking
  • Proficient in Microsoft and Google Suite: Mail, Calendar, Docs, Hangout
  • Proficient in Moves Management and/or other databases
  • Ability to work independently and in a team-oriented environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with attention to detail
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to memorize, diagnose and solve problems
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines with flexibility and good humor
  • Ability to bend, stoop, lift and transport up to 25 lbs. of materials
  • Willingness to work on evenings and weekends if necessary
  • Ability and willingness to travel within the assigned territory by car. Travel in this case, is considered time spent away from the office, in the community, to fulfill the job goals. While most such travel is 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.

Title:  Sr. Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Position Location: Minnetonka, MN

Full time or Part time: Full Time

Position Grade: 109

Reports To: Vice President, Programs

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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