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Director, Public Health

Job Location

Washington, DC

General Summary

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.

Minimum Requirements

  • 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.
  • Ability and willingess to travel as needed.

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We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and we appreciate your interest in the Alzheimer's Association.




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