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Executive Director

at Alzheimer's Association

Posted: 10/12/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 4141

Job Description


Location:   Birmingham, AL

Compensation Grade: 11
Salary Range: 
$78,600 to $125,800

Reports To:  Regional Leader

Who We Are:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

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 ten years in a row.  

Position Summary:

The Executive Director (ED) for the State of Alabama will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the staff, volunteers, policy, programs, growth, and delivery of the Association’s mission in the state. 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 to change the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease and other related Dementias. 

The ED will build strong working relationships with all of the Association’s administrative and functional leaders including the Senior Management Team. This leadership position will receive a foundation of support from the National Office located in Chicago, Illinois, the Public Policy team in Washington, D.C., and other executives in the Region and East Area. 


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

  • Lead the development and implementation of the annual strategic plan and budgeting process for the state of Alabama, with an emphasis on volunteer engagement, staff leadership, and community mobilization.
  • Lead revenue opportunities including Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, The Longest Day®, and Corporate and Relationship Events. 
  • Participate in donor stewardship and cultivation activities, build collaborations, initiate new and maximize existing income streams through corporations, foundations, donors and prospects.
  • Recruit, maintain and lead a high-impact Board of Community Leaders in contributing to all 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.
  • Ensure ongoing local programming excellence, conduct program evaluation and needs analysis to maintain superior delivery.  Identify collaborative partners to augment mission delivery and foster beneficial collaborative relationships.
  • Build relationships with local, state and Federal government as well as corporate partners and community organizations.
  • Work in collaboration with neighboring states and other non-profit organizations to ensure city, state and Federal Public Policy initiatives benefit our constituents.
  • Build, motivate, coach and inspire a staff of leaders to support the annual strategic initiatives.
  • Lead volunteer recruitment and engagement to ensure appropriate resources are in place to achieve Louisiana’s goals and objectives.
  • Actively engage staff and volunteers in development efforts; plan and deliver all programs, including delivery of educational programs, support groups; ensure strong marketing and communications efforts; and build solid relationships with local researchers.
  • Oversee advocacy efforts through recruitment of advocates and ambassadors; serve as the local lead staff voice for public policy issues and questions.
  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations; use external relationships, including community leaders, board members to garner new opportunities, and third-party events.
  • Create and manage state budget, maintain financial records, oversee daily office functions, including risk-management, policies and procedures.
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for the Alzheimer’s Association in Louisiana.


  • 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. Estimated overnight travel up to 25%
  • Must possess valid driver’s license, good driving record, access to reliable vehicle and proof of automobile insurance. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proven experience leading a similar Voluntary Health Association (VHA) of size and scale, one with potential for significant growth.
  • Proven track record of successful fundraising efforts with goals exceeding $5M. Mass market special event fundraising experience required, with additional fundraising experience a plus.
  • Expert at community mobilization and/or diverse volunteer recruitment and management experience. 
  • Effective communicator and representative as a community spokesperson.
  • Experience interpreting data analytics, monitoring results, taking corrective actions, and creating productivity enhancements. 
  • History of identifying, recruiting, developing and retaining diverse staff and volunteers, building alignment, coaching and mentoring to achieve goals around the strategic priorities.
  • Solid experience in board leadership, development and management.
  • Proven ability to lead implementation collaboratively across a spectrum of cross-functional initiatives. 
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills
  • Superior management and organizational skills with ability to troubleshoot, resolve differences, and ability to gain wide-spread support in the course of managing projects.
  • Ability to think strategically to initiate and implement new statewide initiatives 

Employees working 24 hours/week or more are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, flex accounts, long-term disability, life insurance, extensive PTO, caregiver leave, volunteer time off, paid holidays, and generous 401(k) retirement plan.

Alzheimer’s Association is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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