The primary responsibility of the Public Policy Coordinator is to coordinate the Chapter's federal, state, and local advocacy and public policy efforts to achieve the goals set forth in the Alzheimer's Association's Strategic Plan and the Chapter's Strategic Implementation Plan.
Essential Job Functions
Work with Executive Director and the Chapter's contract lobbyist in outreach to legislators, legislative staff, and representatives of government at the local, state, and federal levels to promote an understanding of and support for policies, programs, and services to meet the needs of individuals with Alzheimer's disease, their families, and their caregivers.
With the Executive Director, represent the Chapter on appropriate coalitions, committees, task forces, etc. working with government agencies, the aging network, and in the community to advance issues critical to individuals with Alzheimer's disease, their families, and their caregivers; formulate and prepare written alerts, policy statements, reports, and testimony.
Serve as liaison to the Chapter's Public Policy Committee in developing and executing appropriate strategies and tactics to achieve the Association's advocacy and public policy goals.
Engage and train Chapter staff and volunteers in advocacy activities.
Build and support a Chapter-wide, grassroots network of trained volunteer advocates to carry out the Association's advocacy goals.
Recruit and support a cadre of volunteer Ambassadors, each to serve as the lead Alzheimer's advocate to a member of Washington's Congressional delegation.
Activate the Chapter's advocacy email network to ensure timely and effective response to policy developments when action is required, such as attending hearings, initiating calls, emails, letters, and/or social media outreach to legislators and media.
Manage the Alzheimer's Advocacy Reporting and Trends ("AART") database of public policy advocates, provide monthly, quarterly, and annual reports on advocacy recruitment as well as advocate and staff contacts with state and federal legislators.
With the Director of Marketing & Communications, coordinate Chapter contacts with media, including press releases and letters to the editor.
Coordinate Chapter public policy special events, including the annual Advocacy Day in Olympia and Chapter participation in the Advocacy Forum and Day on the Hill in Washington, DC.
Participate in Chapter community outreach, fund development, and program and service delivery activities.
All staff are expected to support and participate in events and formal advocacy and public policy activities as requested.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in political science, human services, social work, gerontology, law, communications, or equivalent experience.
3+ years of advocacy/public policy experience in a non-profit organization.
Excellent written communication skills, including drafting and editing position statements, testimony, press releases, and letters to the editor.
Excellent skills in consensus building, lobbying, and negotiating.
Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and strategic thinking skills.
Mature personality with a commitment to confidentiality.
Community organization skills.
Knowledge of aging and long-term care issues.
Knowledge of legislative, regulatory, and budget processes.
An understanding of Alzheimer's care issues and experience working with volunteers preferred.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office as well as CRM databases.
Ability and willingness to travel for chapter related business as required. Must have a reliable vehicle, proof of insurance and valid driver's license.