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Specialist, Programs (Madison, WI)

Job Location

Madison, WI

General Summary

The Programs Specialist is responsible for delivering community education programs and workshops consistent with the Common Program Plan, Common Public Policy strategy and the Alzheimer's Association Strategic Plan goals.  This position will develop, manage, and provide quality educational, supportive and social programming for individuals in the all stages of dementia and their care partners.

The Programs Specialist will support the attainment of chapter revenue goals by helping to identify new participants and teams for Wall to End Alzheimer's and other events, and by promoting the importance of fundraising as part of our full mission messaging.

Essential Job Functions

Advancing Care and Support

  • Promotes opportunities for others to partner with the Alzheimer's Association through recruitment of advocates, referrals to Trial Match, volunteer opportunities and other organizational initiatives.
  • Works in conjunction with Special Events Coordinator, Executive Director and National Chapter lead staff team to assure timely and effective public relations and marketing of educational support services and programs in assigned service area.
  • Remains knowledgeable and current in information related to Alzheimer's and related diseases as well as national, state, and local initiatives that affect the targeted population.
  • Assist individuals, family members, and caregivers through assessment, care coordination, problem-solving, education, planning, referral and follow-up.

    Implement portfolio of common programs and services throughout service area (helpline, classes, workshop, support groups, physician and professional outreach, conference assistance) in chapter territory.
  • Respond to information, referral and care consultations using established resources and tools with follow up as appropriate. Maintain accurate records and reporting data by deadlines.
  • Develop collaborative relationships to support core services and programs of the Association (Helpline, website, care consultation, educational programs, support groups etc) through networking functions. Market programs in the community.
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director and key volunteers, create, implement and coordinate early stage engagement activities.
  • Serve as a partner to executive director/community outreach/special events team to help ensure chapter revenue goals are met. Share and communicate upcoming community outreach events at all programs and services and encourage participation in these activities. 

    Volunteer Oversight and Development
  • Provides initial training, coordination and on-going support for volunteer support group facilitators.
  • Identify new community stakeholders and partners.

    Operational Effectiveness
  • Ensures new community resources and related events are submitted to helpline databases.
  • Maintains accurate records of program and event participation and other metrics.
  • Assists with the annual budgeting process; and manages activities within budgeted parameters.
  • Submits timely and accurate records and reports, newsletter articles and other information as requested by the chapter staff.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in health care related field: nursing, gerontology, social work or related and/or a minimum of three years of experience in dementia care, health care guiding, coaching, and supporting individuals and their family.
  • Understanding of the disease process and options for caregiver interventions.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people including persons with dementia, family caregivers, volunteers, legislators and public policy officials
  • Strong organizational skills to plan, implement and evaluate program initiatives.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills; strong public speaking skills

    Ability to listen effectively
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products, especially Word, Excel, Power Point and Google applications.
  • Must be able and willing to travel as needed to conduct Chapter business, including home visits.
  • Attend necessary trainings and conferences
  • Ability to work with a flexible schedule based on programs in the community and other appointments, understanding that occasional evening, overnight or weekend work may be required.

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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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