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Program and Advocacy Director

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General Summary

The Program and Advocacy Director will provide staff leadership for the development, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive plans for programs and advocacy to achieve the Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter's vision, mission, and goals in Arizona and southern Nevada.  The position involves significant teamwork and collaborative efforts with staff, volunteers, aging/ social service agencies, health care organizations, and elected officials throughout the communities served by the Chapter, with periodic travel required to Regional Offices located in Tucson, Phoenix, Prescott and Las Vegas.

Essential Job Functions

* Provide staff leadership for the development, implementation and enhancement of core programs. Develop, update and monitor service delivery systems and program policies to ensure the highest quality of accessible support for individuals with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.  Directly provide services to clients as needed and provide technical support to Regional staff teams through training, case review and clinical supervision.

* Provide staff leadership and support to develop and monitor annual program plans. Oversee program reporting systems and compile service, demographic data, outcome, client satisfaction and related reports. 

* Provide staff leadership in legislative advocacy. Lead staff and volunteer advocacy efforts in coordination with federal initiatives of the National Alzheimer's Association. Collaborate to help move state priorities forward.  Activities may include providing information to elected officials, organizing town halls and advocacy days, recruiting and training volunteer advocates, and promoting awareness of public policy.

* Serve as a public spokesperson for the Chapter in the community.  Develop and implement plans for communication and outreach related to programs and advocacy, in conjunction with Chapter and Regional teams. Participate in collaborative efforts with aging services, social services, and health care networks.

* Work within the Management Team to develop and support a fund development plan for programs and advocacy.  Provide assistance in preparing program and advocacy grant proposals and grant management.

* Serve as lead staff in supporting the Board of Directors' Program Committee and Advocacy Committee.  Provide assistance as needed to related committees of the Regional Leadership Councils.

* Maintain an organizational climate that attracts, motivates, supports, and retains high quality employees and volunteers who are committed to the Chapter's mission. Recruit, supervise and support advocacy volunteers.

Minimum Requirements

* Master's degree in social work or a closely related field is required, with a progressively responsible work history in direct service to older adults and their families.  Expertise in the field of dementia is preferred.

* Non-profit social service management, including case review / clinical supervision, program development and evaluation, grant writing, outreach, and volunteerism. Public policy experience helpful.

* Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills.  Ability to prepare concise plans and reports and provide oral presentations.  Extensive computer skills with advanced knowledge of Excel and databases.

* Effective interpersonal communication skills. Must be a team player and work cooperatively with others.

* Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies and communities.  Multicultural sensitivity and competency.  Bilingual Spanish-English helpful.

Or mail resume and cover letter to:

Send resume to:
Alzheimer's Association, Desert Southwest
1028 East McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006-2622

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




Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.