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Director, Public Policy
at Alzheimer's Association
The Public Policy Department and the Director of Public Policy actively seek to influence the legislative process to involve and take into consideration those with dementia and their caregivers in State and Federal policy decisions utilizing a cadre of volunteers and Association staff. This position reports to both the Greater Michigan Chapter President and the Executive Director of the Michigan Greats Lakes Chapter.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Ability to meet with local, state and federal legislators as well as executive department personnel regarding issues pertinent to the disease, and the needs of those who have the disease.
- Ability to recruit and support a cadre of volunteers to serve as Ambassadors and advocates on both the state and federal level to ensure they are fully educated about Public Policy issues and equipped to meet their advocacy responsibilities.
- Ability to engage staff, board members, and volunteers and those with the disease in support of advocacy activities.
- Excellent presentation skills.
- Ability to think strategically and build coalitions for the purpose of advancing the cause of supporting those with dementia.
- Active participation in agency board, leadership, departmental and general staff meetings.
- Ability to use data bases related to work.
- A Bachelor’s degree in a related field or a combination of education and experience which is similarly appropriate.
- Experience in grassroots recruitment and management of advocates.
- Excellent written, electronic, verbal and organizational skills.
- Database management abilities.
- Knowledge of the State and Federal legislative process.
- Ability to manage relationships with congressional aides, legislators, and interested constituents.
- Ability to lead a professional team and outside experts in the accomplishment of our mission.
- Proficiency with Microsoft applications.
- Normal to fast paced office environment.
- Work may be stressful at times.
- High volume of public contact.
- Some nights and weekends required.
- Audiovisual equipment
- High level of integrity, diplomacy and initiative.
- Ability to travel as needed to perform job duties.
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple priorities.
- Ability to work effectively with staff, volunteers and external contacts to build and maintain effective teams.
- Problem solving skills.
- Commitment to a professional code of ethics.
- Ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing and electronically to a variety of audiences.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends