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Program Director

Job Location

Portland, OR

General Summary

The Program Director provides leadership and direction for the development, implementation and evaluation of Alzheimer's Association programs and services in the chapter territory. They are responsible for achieving measureable outcomes including increased utilization of Chapter services, increased referrals from healthcare, consistently high quality delivery of service, increased grant funding for programs, volunteerism and developing opportunities to serve diverse communities. 

This position reports to the Executive Director and is based in Portland, OR.

Essential Job Functions

  • Actively collaborates with the chapter's leadership team to ensure effective integration of strategic directions into program work plans.
  • Leads the chapter in establishing strategic initiatives, tactics and measures that move chapter toward 10-year vision of serving 80% of people with dementia.
  • Provides leadership for the delivery of all chapter programs and services including planning, budgeting program evaluation, and adherence to National program reporting processes.
  • Leads the program department to expand program reach with special attention to increasing participation among minority, high risk and underserved populations.
  • Develops new, sustainable community partnerships that advance the chapter mission, expand program reach and increase program delivery and impact as per Strategic Plan goals. 
    • Builds strategic partnerships with community organizations, academic, public and private sector to advance the chapter mission and serve more clients across the territory.
  • Represents the Association at public events, conferences, workshops and media events when indicated.
  • Maintains and fosters new relationships with related health care and social service providers.
  • Assists Grant Writer to pursue government and foundation grants for chapter services and provides ongoing data for proposal process and reporting requirements.
  • Coordinates with Communication Manager to plan for statewide media outreach of program marketing efforts.
  • Recruits, trains, coaches and supervises chapter program staff, regional coordinators and volunteers.  Ensures opportunities for ongoing staff development.
  • Cultivates and recruits supporters for chapter fundraising events like Walk to End Alzheimer's and Longest Day. Generates leads for Development team.
  • Monitors chapter program service methods, data collection and analysis, budgets and service delivery systems consistent with National strategic directions.
  • Represents chapter in National Program Initiatives through selected committee work and on monthly Program Director conference calls.
  • Assures compliance with all Association policies, procedures, standards and applicable regulatory requirements.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in health care management, gerontology, or related field experience required
  • 3-5 years' experience working in Alzheimer's or dementia field preferred
  • 3 years' experience supervising professional staff and volunteers
  • Experience with strategic planning, budget development and management
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills to plan implement and evaluate program activities, as well as to lead a staff of program professionals
  • Proven success in building strong and productive work teams with a focus on volunteer engagement and nurturing community relationships
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including dynamic presentation skills
  • Ability and willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed for the job
  • Ability and willingness to travel across chapter territories and occasionally to other national locations
  • Must possess access to reliable vehicle, valid driver's license and proof of automobile insurance
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher.  Knowledge and capacity to work with internal and external databases for required data collection and reports
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, lift, and carry up to 25lbs of materials


  • by mail:
    Send resume to:
    Alzheimer's Association, Oregon
    1650 Northwest Naito Parkway
    Suite 190
    Portland, OR 97209

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.