The Director of Public Health serves as the Project Manager for the Alzheimer's Association's Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and is responsible for: (1) implementing the initiatives carried out under the Cooperative Agreement; (2) expanding the reach, visibility, and influence of the Association in the public health space; and (3) building support among state and federal policymakers for Alzheimer's disease as a public health issue. This position will be based at our office in Washington DC.
Essential Job Functions
Running the day-to-day activities of the Healthy Brain Initiative:
Overseeing the efforts at implementing the action items of The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013-2018, including working with Association Chapters and other partners;
Disseminating, and building support for, the Public Health Agenda and the Road Map among state public health officials, state chronic disease directors, state policymakers, public health organizations, and others;
Working with the Association's Chapters and state BRFSS coordinators to secure state use of the Cognitive Module and the Caregiving Module in the annual BRFSS survey;
Assisting in the analysis and dissemination of the results on cognitive decline and caregiving from BRFSS surveys;
Overseeing efforts related to the dementia objectives of Healthy People 2020; and monitoring and evaluating progress.
Strategizing, developing, and, upon approval, implementing activities and tactics to expand public health knowledge of, and action on, Alzheimer's as a public health issue.
Monitoring developments at the federal and state levels:
Identifying legislative and regulatory opportunities at the both the federal and state levels to expand the public health realm to include Alzheimer's disease and other dementias; and identifying funding opportunities for public health activities related to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
Expanding the visibility of, and actions on, the Alzheimer's issue by the public health community:
Networking and developing relationships with - and building support among - state policymakers and state government officials, including their national organizations;
Developing relationships with and building partnerships among non-governmental organizations involved in public health and related issues.
Serving as the main point-of-contact between the Alzheimer's Association and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the Cooperative Agreement:
Coordinating the work of the Association with that of the CDC to ensure appropriate collaboration and partnership between the Association and the CDC;
Working with the Senior Director of Public Policy on annual budget submissions to the CDC for the Cooperative Agreement;
Preparing materials and writing reports for the CDC on the activities and expenditures of the Association under the Cooperative Agreement; and
Managing vendors and consultants hired to assist in the projects of the Cooperative Agreement.
The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of public health as well as state and federal governments; have experience in the policy aspects of public health; and be able to demonstrate the strategic thinking, judgment, and management skills necessary to direct a program. This is NOT a position that involves the design, development, and delivery of public health programs; rather, it requires a background and experience in public health policy.
Bachelor's degree in Public Health or related field required; Masters degree preferred.
Minimum of 5 years experience in public health policy; 5-10 years experience preferred.
Minimum of 3 years Government experience; 5-7 years preferred.
Previous work in state or federal government, or in government affairs work at a voluntary health organization, preferred.
Experience in building relationships, partnerships, and coalitions on - and in building support for - public policy issues.