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Walk Manager

Reporting Structure:  The Walk Manager reports to the Director of Development.

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. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the signature fund raising of the Alzheimer’s association.  The Walk Manager is responsible for the year-round coordination and implementation of the Capital District and several regional Walks to End Alzheimer’s.  This person must be enthusiastic, highly organized, self-motivated and able to oversee all aspects of Walk including recruiting/mentoring/and partnering with volunteers and colleagues to meet aggressive participant, sponsorship and fundraising goals, as well as, manage the event day experience for all chapter Walks.  This position is a key member of the Development Department.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the growth, leadership, and management of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the Capital District and throughout the 17 county Northeastern NY chapter region
  • Develop and follow a comprehensive plan for all the Walk events that includes budgets, timelines, team recruitment and retention strategies, volunteer committee development marketing/PR and logistics
  • Serve as a liaison with the National office by communicating regularly and providing timely reports and attending Walk trainings
  • Develop community contacts to recruit high level volunteer leadership on the Walk planning committees and to garner community support
  • Ensure that all Walks have high level volunteer leadership in place and provide training, coaching and other assistance to the assist the Walk leadership volunteers to reach goals
  • Maintain close communications with volunteer committee leadership and provide resources and expertise as needed
  • Work with other members of the development department (and other staff in the regions)to develop and maintain relationships with key corporate partners and sponsors and insure involvement in all relevant chapter activities and recognition opportunities
  • Promote employee education sessions in local community corporations to generate awareness for our cause; to reach out to others; to give back to the corporate sector;  and open doors for new sponsorship opportunities
  • Work with the development and marketing staff to identify appropriate audiences, create messaging/promotion opportunities and develop a cohesive and strategic communications plan to maximize event exposure and participation
  • Participate in development strategy, staff, and Walk meetings
  • Provide information as needed for chapter publications and all Walk correspondence
  • Prepare correspondence, budgets, committee agendas and minutes as appropriate
  • Provide support and assistance to participants with online registration, developing personal Walk websites, and all questions relate to team captain duties, donations and fundraising
  • Manage the Walk day logistics including venue contracts and insurance certificate completion, day of volunteers, parking, registration, refreshments, sponsor tables, opening ceremony, and awards details
  • Ensure that Walk donations are accurately recorded, processed and acknowledged
  • Ensure that all Walk partners, sponsors,  participants and volunteer s are acknowledged
  • Evaluate event success against projected goals and accomplishments, analyze results and make recommendations for course corrections throughout the year
  • Assure compliance with Alzheimer’s Association policies, standards and regulatory requirements
  • Complete other assignments as requested by committee volunteers or supervisors

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Three years of experience in a related field; ideally working in a non-profit with fundraising, volunteer coordination and/or event management responsibilities
  • Strong project management skills including the ability to prioritize, coordinate and advance several projects simultaneously
  • Ability to utilize excellent judgment, accept responsibility, and give careful attention to details 
  • Ability to motivate, inspire and delegate work to Walk committee volunteers and Walk event volunteers
  • Excellent verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to support and articulately promote the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association and our event fundraising goals and strategies.
  • Ability to work independently with little daily supervision
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule,  including late evening and early morning work as needed (average 2-4 times per month and Saturdays during Walk season (September - October)
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed to conduct Chapter business
  • Must possess a reliable personal vehicle, valid driver’s license and proof of insurance
  • Must be able to bend, lift, carry, transport, and set up a variety of print and event materials related to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s (weighing up to 40 pounds)
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and fundraising software, Gmail, Convio, and social networking programs
  • Willingness to assist with other chapter events as needed
  • Willingness to work with culturally and ethnically diverse communities

This job description in no way states of 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 responsibilities and essential elements may change when necessary.

The Alzheimer’s Association is an equal opportunity employer.

Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements, to Stefanie Bastien at sbastien@alz.org or Alzheimer’s Association Northeastern NY, 4 Pine West Plaza Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.

2 Program Managers for: Clinton/Hamilton County, and Franklin/Essex County

Reporting Structure: The Program Managers report directly to the Director of Programs and Services and are part of the program and services team.

General Summary:

Program Managers are responsible for developing, marketing and delivering programs and services to meet the needs of persons with Alzheimer's disease and dementia, their families and caregivers, professionals, paraprofessionals and community members in their designated counties in accordance with the Alzheimer’s Association Strategic Plan and Common Program Portfolio.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Assist with promoting and optimizing the Alzheimer’s Association’s Helpline program. 
  • Provide support and information about Alzheimer’s disease and dementias, services provided by the Association and community resources to constituents within the designated counties.
  • Within the designated counties, provide care consultations (1) to enhance the quality of life and decrease the stressful impact of the disease for the person with Alzheimer’s disease/dementia and/or the caregiver by providing support, in-depth information, problem solving techniques and planning for future needs, particularly during emergent or transitional situations.  This includes an assessment of issue presented resulting in recommended actions steps and the provision of resource materials as needed.
  • Develop, market and deliver Alzheimer’s Association education and training programs to persons with dementia, their family members and caregivers, professionals, paraprofessionals and the community at large within the designated counties.
  • Facilitate, and/or work with members of the Programs and Services team to recruit, train, support and/or coordinate a volunteer workforce to lead support groups within the designated counties. Groups may be held in person, over the phone, or virtually and will include emotional support, socialization and/or education.
  • Within the designated counties, promote safety services (including MedicAlert® and Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®) in order to enhance the safety of people with dementia and reduce the stress of caregivers by providing a means of returning people with dementia who have wandered.
  • Within the designated counties, provide an opportunity for individuals diagnosed with early dementia to meet regularly in an effort to gain mutual emotional support, develop and understanding of their illness, learn about community resources exchange coping skills and socialize all within and safe and structured environment. In an effort to insure continuous quality improvement, complete routine program and service evaluations
  • Collect and enter relevant and appropriate data for grant reporting, measuring progress toward strategic goals, and submitting monthly reports to the Director of Programs and Services.
  • Work collaboratively with chapter staff to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s vision, mission, core values and strategic goals and promote Association programs such as TrialMatch® and Advocacy
  • Participate in, and assist with insuring the success of The Longest Day, Walk to End Alzheimer’s and other Alzheimer’s Association special events.
  • Recruiting corporate and family teams to participate in Walk.
  • Work collaboratively with the Programs and Services team to secure program support via grants and assist with the program delivery, data collection and preparation and submission of reports for grantors and other stakeholders
  • Managing Point of Service relationships and locations within the designated counties.
  • Generating support for and awareness of the work of the Alzheimer’s Association by forming, maintaining and enhancing relationships and partnerships with community agencies, government entities and businesses in the designated counties. Initiating and cultivating collaborative relationships with symbiotic partners and partner agencies in the designated counties.
  • Providing leadership on the Regional Walk and Forum Committee(s) and recruit volunteers to join the committee(s).
Minimum Requirements: 
  • BA in Social Work, Psychology, Adult Education or other health related field.
  • Minimum 2 years in health/human service related field.
  • Familiarity with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and/or aging and health issues
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal and the ability to teach, train and/or speak in front of groups
  • Proficient in Windows and other software programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Personify and Google Apps
  • Solid work ethic, attention to detail, and strong time management skills
  • Ability to work independently or as a member of a team
  • Requires high degree of creative, original and independent thinking in identifying new programs and developing person-centered plans
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving, and strategic thinking skills
  • High level of integrity, diplomacy, and initiative
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations
  • Absolute commitment to confidentiality
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Ability to travel locally, regionally, and to a lesser extent, nationally as needed, to perform job duties
  • NYS driver’s license, proof of insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle                
This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the jobholder.  He/she will be required to follow any other duties as requested by his/her supervisor or manager.  This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of job duties.  Essential job functions may change when necessary.    The Alzheimer’s Association is an equal opportunity employer.

Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements, to Shannon Lawler at mailto:sbastien@alz.org or Alzheimer’s Association Northeastern NY, 4 Pine West Plaza Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.


Alzheimer's Association

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Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.