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Director of Walk (San Francisco and San Jose Walks)

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General Summary

The mission of the Alzheimer's Association 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.  Founded in 1981, the Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter operates out of its main office in San Jose, California with regional offices in 8 other locations.

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Director of Walk will play a key leadership role in achieving budgetary and strategic goals as part of the Alzheimer's Association Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter's strategic plan.  As a member and leader of the comprehensive development team, he/she is responsible for the growth and development of the Chapter's largest mass market events: Walk to End Alzheimer's in San Francisco and Walk to End Alzheimer's in San Jose.  Walk to End Alzheimer's is the signature fundraising event of the Alzheimer's Association.  He/she will have primary responsibility for the Walk to End Alzheimer's in San Francisco and the Walk to End Alzheimer's in San Jose and collaboratively works with and mentors Walk Managers to recruit, train and manage high level volunteer planning committees to lead those Walks in their respective communities.  Working with the Walk Managers and the Corporate Initiatives Manager, he/she is also responsible for the cultivation, development and retention of existing and new corporate partnerships.

Essential Job Functions

  • Responsible for growth, leadership and management of Walk to End Alzheimer's in San Jose and San Francisco.
  • Responsible for achieving current revenue targets of $1.9 million and expense budgets for the Walk to End Alzheimer's in San Francisco and Walk to End Alzheimer's in San Jose with direct accountability for goals set forth in the annual budget.
  • Develop and follow a comprehensive development plan for the Walk events that includes budgets, timelines, team recruitment and retention strategies, volunteer committee development, marketing/PR and logistics.
  • Develop community contacts to recruit high level volunteer leadership on Walk planning committees and garner community support.
  • Responsible for ensuring Walks have high level leadership volunteers in place and train, coach and develop Walk leadership volunteers to reach goals.
  • Responsible for all corporate sponsorship revenue for the San Francisco and San Jose Walks.

  • Maintain relationships with key corporate sponsors year-round and insure involvement in all relevant chapter activities and recognition opportunities.
  • Work to develop a new network of high level contacts for the chapter and form new corporate alliances and partnerships.
  • Supervise and manage Walk staff for the Walk End Alzheimer's in San Francisco and Walk to End Alzheimer's in San Jose.
  • Promote employee education sessions in local corporations in the community to generate awareness for our cause; to reach out to others; to give back to the corporate sector; and to open new doors for sponsorship opportunities.
  • Work collaboratively with Director of Walk for Regional Walks to ensure seamless implementation of best practices and strategic plan across all Chapter Walks.
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Communications to identify appropriate audiences, create messaging/promotions to past event participants, registered participants and Association supporters. Assist in development of cohesive and strategic communications plan to maximize event exposure and participation.
  • Work in collaboration with Corporate Initiatives Manager on cause-related marketing campaigns and secure partnerships/funding for various cause-related marketing campaigns.
  • Participate in meetings of the Chapter Fund Development Committee.
  • Provide information as needed for chapter publications and all Walk correspondence.
  • Prepare own correspondence, budgets, committee agendas and minutes as appropriate.
  • Assure compliance with Alzheimer's Association policies, standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Other assignments as requested by the Chief Development Officer.

All employees of the Alzheimer's Association are expected to adopt the mission of the organization in their daily work and to professionally represent the Association outside of work.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • 7 years proven track record of revenue and expense budget management.
  • 7 years leadership experience in fundraising and corporate partnerships.
  • 7 years proven track record of strong special event fundraising performance with year over year growth.
  • 7 years related experience with staff and volunteer management and project management responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and fundraising software, Convio, G-mail and social networking programs.
  • Willingness to work in culturally and ethnically diverse communities.

This job profile in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed.  You will be required to follow any other instructions or perform any other duties as requested by your supervisors. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of job duties and essential elements may change when necessary.

The Alzheimer's Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada is an equal opportunity employer; we seek broad diversity in the makeup of our staff and volunteers and we strongly encourage minority candidates to apply.


  • When sending cover letter and resume, refer to Job# 1001 in subject line.
  • Use only MS Word attachments.
  • Please do not call regarding the status of resumes.
  • Qualified candidates will be contacted.

Send your resume and cover letter:

  • by email:

  • by mail:
    Send cover letter and resume to:
    Alzheimer's Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada
    1060 La Avenida
    Mountain View, CA 94043-1422

If apply ing by e-mail, please attach your resume and cover letter as Microsoft Word documents, or include both within the text of your e-mail message.

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




Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.