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Communications Associate

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General Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications Associate will set and support  the strategy for all communications, website, and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate the Association and Chapter's mission. 

The Communications Associate will ensure the Chapter is viewed as the primary source disseminator and conduit of information within this diverse network and constituent base.

The Communications Associate will work closely with the leadership staff as the communications partner on a variety of strategic initiatives.

Essential Job Functions

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan across the network's discreet audiences in collaboration with the Chapter's team and constituents.
  • Lead the generation of online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action.  Decide who, where, and when to disseminate.
  • Put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and awareness, as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities.
  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, e-newsletters, brochures, and the Chapter's website and social media.
  • Coordinate webpage maintenance - ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly.
  • Track and measure the level of engagement within the network quarterly and submit timely results to the National office.
  • Coordinate and organize annual meetings that engage the network's discreet audiences.
  • Establish relationships and manage all media contacts.
  • Develop and manage communications budget.
  • Meet with leadership team on a monthly basis for the purposes of planning and providing monthly outcomes.


  • Normal office environment.
  • Travel by car to attend meetings within the chapter territory, and by air to attend other meetings.
  • Work may be stressful during periods of high volume or tight deadlines.


  • Computer workstation
  • Fax machine
  • Telephone
  • Calculator
  • Photocopier

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Marketing Communications or other related field.
  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies.
  • One to two years work experience in a non-profit preferred.
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with E-Communications.
  • A track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently.
  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to "manage by influence".
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants and other supporters.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating, and  implementing new initiatives.


  • Ability to work effectively with volunteers, staff and external contacts to build and maintain successful team.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple priorities.
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, organize and analyze opportunities.
  • Ability to coach and develop staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing and electronically to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populace.
  • High level of integrity, diplomacy and initiative.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Ability to travel as needed to perform job duties.
  • Ability to operate designated office equipment.

This job profile in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the job holder. He/she will be required to follow any other instructions or perform any other duties as requested by his/her supervisor or manager. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of job duties. Essential element may change when necessary.

Deadline date to apply: October 31, 2014

Or mail resume and cover letter to:

Send resume to:
Alzheimer's Association, Central Illinois
606 West Glen Avenue
Peoria, IL 61614

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




Alzheimer's Association

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