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at Alzheimer's Association
This position exists to serve as the principal staff for grassroots advocacy efforts in Georgia.
The Advocacy Manager directs and manages local, state, and federal advocacy efforts in the state.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Plan and implement all grassroots and grasstops advocacy activities focusing on federal, state, and local leaders.
- Recruit, train, and facilitate efforts of advocates, including Alzheimer’s Association Ambassadors and their team members for members of Congress and state-level Association Champions for state legislators.
- In conjunction with the Director of Government Affairs, manage year-round state policy grassroots advocacy activities, including office visits and correspondence, including electronic correspondence.
- Mobilize advocates on federal issues in coordination with the Public Policy Home Office and on states issues in coordination with the state government affairs staff, including ensuring timely and effective response to policy developments by advocates.
- Work with advocates to promote the Association’s federal and state policy priorities in earned and social media.
- Plan and implement Alzheimer’s Awareness Day at the Georgia State Capitol, in coordination with the state government affairs staff, including recruiting advocates and coordinating their activities.
- Recruit and coordinate volunteer advocates to attend the Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C. and to engage in D-F-D pre- and post-Forum district office meetings.
- Plan and implement coffees with Congress, town halls/community events with members of the state’s congressional delegation.
- Engage chapter staff and board members in advocacy activities.
- Provide a periodic update of relevant state and federal legislative matters to Association staff in the state, chapter boards, Ambassadors, Alzheimer’s Champions, and other advocates.
- Represent the chapter at public forums, conferences, state task forces, government agencies, etc. on public policy issues as needed.
- Support and participate in chapter events such as Walk to End Alzheimer’s, as requested.
- Promote and assist advocate volunteers in the promotion of the Association’s 501(c)(4) advocacy arm - the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM).
- Provide necessary training and materials for staff and volunteers at all chapter events to recruit advocates and members of AIM.
- Assist and collaborate with the Government Affairs Director and Senior Director of Programs to ensure legislators, legislative staff, and other government officials have an understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and are aware of the programs and services the Association provides to meet the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their families, and their caregivers.
- Assist and collaborate with the Director of Government Relations and Senior Director of Communications to coordinate media outreach that promotes the Association’s state and federal policy priorities, including through press releases, letters to the editor, and other earned media events.
- Assist and collaborate with the Senior Director of Development as necessary and appropriate to achieve chapter mission and goals, including community/development events.
- Manage advocacy database, including by ensuring advocates are reporting activities and contacts with federal and state officials.
- Track and report activities to ensure compliance with federal and state lobbying laws.
- All other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
- At least 5 to 7 years experience working in grassroots advocacy, volunteer management, or community organizing, preferably with non-profit organizations.
- Current contacts within state government and the federal congressional delegation a plus.
- Political or issue advocacy campaign experience desired.
- Ability/willingness to travel frequently across the state, including some evenings and weekends.
- Have strong and extensive experience in volunteer recruitment, volunteer management, and/or working with volunteers.
- Be experienced in coalition building, and have an understanding and background in community organizing.
- Be familiar with senior, aging, health, and long-term care issues. An understanding of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia a plus.
- Demonstrate the ability to anticipate, identify, organize, and analyze public policy opportunities.
- Possess excellent written and oral communications skills.
- Be detail oriented, adaptable, organized and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks.
- Be a proven self-starter with excellent judgment and careful attention to detail.
- Have the ability to work effectively with diverse populations with a high level of integrity, diplomacy, and initiative.
- Be proficient in the use of personal computers and Microsoft software applications.
- The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Physical Activity that includes standing; walking; sitting; fingering or manual dexterity; repetitive finger motion; lifting or exerting force up to 25 pounds; reaching or stretching; climbing or balancing; speaking; hearing; seeing (close vision, focusing ability); frequent travel; frequent driving.
- Be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends.
This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the jobholder. They will be required to follow any other instructions or perform any other duties as requested by the Executive Director. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of job duties. Essential elements may change when necessary.