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Executive Director

at Alzheimer's Association

Posted: 4/2/2020
Job Reference #: 3916

Job Description

We warmly invite qualified applicants to consider this opportunity to make a life changing impact on the millions living with the disease, 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.

The Executive Director (ED), CA Central Coast Chapter (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties), will have overall strategic, leadership, collaboration and operational responsibility for the chapter’s fundraising, programs, growth and delivery of the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission. The ED will be an essential partner in the Association’s strategic plan to support millions of people living with the disease and their families while accelerating research progress and change the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease, and also take the lead on building a strong, community-based Board of Volunteer Leaders to partner with all staff in the CA Central Coast Chapter area for a full range of mission impact.

The ED will build strong working relationships with all of the Association’s administrative and functional leaders and will report to the Region 3 Leader. This leadership position will receive a foundation of support from the Home Office located in Chicago and the Public Policy team in Washington, D.C.


Major Areas of Responsibility:
Serve as the Executive Leader for the Alzheimer’s Association in the CA Central Coast Chapter.

Work with and maintain a high-impact Board of Community Leaders to have an outward interface with the Corporate, Social, Philanthropic and Medical communities within the counties served and surrounding areas. Lead the Board in contributing to efforts to impact fundraising, program delivery, securing of major and planned gifts and raising the overall profile and brand visibility of the Alzheimer’s Association in the community.

Oversee the work of the Chapter’s program staff with ongoing local programming excellence, including conducting program evaluation and needs analysis to maintain superior delivery. Identify collaborative partners to augment mission delivery and foster beneficial collaborative relationships.

Under the guidance of the State Public Policy Lead, build relationships with local, state and Federal government. Work with the Advocacy Manager in building relationships with recruited Ambassadors and lead recruitment efforts for additional volunteer leaders.

Work in collaboration with neighboring chapters and other non-profit organizations to ensure city, state and Federal Public Policy initiatives benefit our constituents.

Contribute to the success of Walk to End Alzheimer’s and The Longest Day events in the area with the development team. Lead revenue opportunities in other areas, including major and planned gifts prospect identification, and additional relationship events.

Build solid relationships with corporate partners and community organizations.

Manage a team of 13 staff located in 3 offices. 


Lead volunteer recruitment to ensure appropriate resources are in place to achieve the chapter’s goals and objectives.

Create and manage chapter budget, maintain financial records and oversee daily office functions.

Serve as the primary spokesperson for the chapter territory.

Partner with other EDs in Region 3 on leadership of initiatives as opportunities rise.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
Proven experience leading a similar Voluntary Health Association (VHA) of size and scale, one with potential for significant growth.

Mass market special event fundraising experience required; additional fundraising experience a plus.

Community mobilization and/or volunteer recruitment and management experience.

Effective communicator and experience as a community spokesperson.

Proven success in collaboration, and working across department lines and territory boundaries.

Experience interpreting data analytics, monitoring results, taking corrective actions and creating productivity enhancements.

History of identifying, recruiting, developing and retaining staff and volunteers, building alignment and achieving goals around the strategic priorities.

Proven ability to lead implementation across a spectrum of cross-functional initiatives.

Excellent verbal, written and organizational skills.

Superior management skills with ability to troubleshoot, resolve differences and ably gain wide-spread support in the course of managing projects.

Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.

At least 10 years of senior, non-profit management experience; minimum 5 years of mass-market special event fundraising experience.

Record of effectively and positively leading a regional or national non-profit organization and staff.


Commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.

Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives and manage a budget.


Strong marketing, public relations and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.

Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.

Excellent computer skills and analytical savvy to build, review and analyze data.

Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable and innovative approach to planning.

Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.

Detail oriented, adaptable, organized and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks.

Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven and self-directed.

Ability and willingness to travel across chapter territories, to National offices, and national and international events, as required (overnight travel will be approximately 20%).


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