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Employment Opportunities:

Program Specialist (Norfolk VA)
Job Location
Norfolk, VA

General Summary
The Alzheimer's Association provides a variety of education, information, and support services to persons with dementia, their families, health care professionals, and the community.  The  Program Specialist is primarily responsible for developing and managing safety and health-related services and supporting Director and Executive Director with Chapter public policy efforts. The Program Specialist will also support activities that promote the services of the Chapter in an assigned territory. 
This is a full time, benefit eligible position located in Norfolk, VA.

Essential Job Functions

Program Support & Development

  • Manages and coordinates the Memory Loss Referral Program by ensuring timely follow up with referred constituents, development of referral sources, and maintenance of appropriate program documentation
  • Conducts outreach and builds working relationships with physicians, service providers, care facilities, and other stakeholders who collaborate on Association initiatives
  • Manages and develops chapter safety programs including MedicAlert+Safe Return Program and community-based programs (e.g., Project Lifesaver) to increase appropriate constituent referrals
  • Promotes, develops, and delivers educational programs designed for first responders in collaboration with other Chapter staff
    Coordinates the Association TrialMatch Program through program promotion and growth of constituent participation
  • Assists with public policy efforts, including recruitment of advocates and engagement of constituents in public policy activities
  • Recruits, trains, and manages volunteers to assist in delivery of programs
  • Remains knowledgeable of current information related to Alzheimer's and related diseases as well as national, state, and local initiatives that affect the target population

Regional Relationship & Partnership Development

  • Responsible for program development in South Hampton Roads, including Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth
  • Identifies and expands opportunities for partnership with community organizations and businesses to support strategic programmatic goals
  • Coordinates delivery of educational and family services programs in assigned region
  • Facilitates Information & Referral sessions and Care Consultations with constituents
  • In partnership with Development staff, serves as the primary representative and liaison for the Chapter in assigned region
  • Represents the Chapter at local meetings, conferences, and other professional engagements in assigned region

Operational Effectiveness

  • Communicates effectively with operations and communications staff to effectively promote and efficiently manage program activities
  • Maintains accurate records of program and event participation and other metrics, including timely entry of data to CRM program and other data management systems
  • Submits timely and accurate records and reports and other information as requested by the Chapter staff

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in health care related field: program development, gerontology, nursing, social work, or related field
  • Three years experience in health care guiding, coaching, training, and supporting individuals and their families.
  • Understanding of the disease process, options for caregiver interventions, and community resources
  • Ability to work with a wide range of individuals, including persons with dementia, family caregivers, physicians, corporations, volunteers, legislators, and public policy officials
  • Strong organizational skills to plan, implement, and evaluate program initiatives
  • Effective written and oral communication skills and strong public speaking skills
  • Ability to listen effectively and demonstrate good decision-making skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products, especially Word, Excel, Power Point, and Google applications
  • Experience in volunteer management and support
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Must have a valid driver's license and a willingness to use personal vehicle in the course of employment (must show proof of automobile insurance)

Click Here to Apply

Send your resume and cover letter:

  • by mail:
    Send resume to:
    Alzheimer's Association, National Office
    225 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1700
    Chicago, IL 60601
    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.

There are no other positions available at this time. We do have unpaid internships and volunteer opportunities available. Please use the volunteer application.


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.