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Specialist, Programs (Early Stage Memory Loss)

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General Summary

The Western & Central Washington National Chapter seeks an Early Stage Memory Loss Program (ESML) Specialist is to develop, manage, and provide quality educational, supportive and social programming for individuals in the early stages of dementia and their care partners in designated locations throughout our 23 County service area.

This position is located in Seattle, WA.

Essential Job Functions

  • Develop, manage, and evaluate Chapter and Chapter-affiliated ESML programs.
  • Organize all logistics of program events, including the creation of collateral material and promotional outreach activities.  Outreach activities may include but are not limited to attending meetings, providing administrative support for mailings, writing and distributing articles and press releases, and doing presentations as needed to promote the program.
  • Plan and implement the various ESML programs.  This includes but is not limited to 3-hour seminar, ESML support groups, peer-2-peer telephone support program, ESML engagement programs and annual ESML forum, as well as newly created programs.
  • Recruit, screen, and assess for participation in programs and events, as appropriate.  Re-assess participant for continued involvement in programs.
  • In conjunction with the Volunteer Coordinator, recruit and train individuals who will facilitate ESML programs.  Organize teams of volunteers, communicating with them regularly, maintaining strong, positive relationships and providing ongoing support.
  • Implement outreach and program promotion plans with the goal of increasing interest in and attendance at ESML programs.  An added focus is on growth in the number of ESML programs provided in underserved areas and in diverse communities.  Utilize the plan to reach the target number goal as outlined in our Strategic Implementation Plan.
  • Coordinate communications internally and externally and foster a team approach with Chapter staff, volunteers and partnering organizations.
  • Increase the number of people with early stage memory loss and their care partners who access additional Alzheimer's Association products and services.  Assist with connection and referral to chapter resources as needed.
  • Empower people with memory loss to become engaged in program development and advocacy efforts.  This includes recruiting for and facilitating a monthly meeting of the Early Stage Advisory Council.
  • Manage database of participants, volunteers and other program information for internal and external tracking and reporting, and for program evaluation.
  • Fulfill requirements of related grants including development, documentation and facilitation.
  • Remain current on appropriate community offerings and resources, and referral protocols.

Additional responsibilities:

  • Support and participate, as requested, in Association events, including but not limited to the Walk to End Alzheimer's, A Reason to Hope, chapter conferences and formal advocacy events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in social work, social services, nursing, public health, or other healthcare field or equivalent experience, especially in the areas of dementia care or elder services, is required; MSW or comparable degree is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
  • Experience with program development and/or project coordination; able to manage projects independently and report outcomes effectively.
  • Must project presence and poise when representing the Chapter and be comfortable participating in meetings, making public presentations.
  • Experience with creating community coalitions and mobilizing others to action.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively organize, prioritize and schedule multiple priorities and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with volunteers, staff and community organizations.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
  • High level of integrity, diplomacy, and initiative.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher.  Proficiency with Google Apps a plus.
  • Valid driver's license, proof of insurance and reliable vehicle.
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed, mostly within the state.



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Alzheimer's Association, National Office
225 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60601

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




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