The Public Policy Manager directs and manages state governmental affairs and advocacy efforts in Kansas as well as the Ambassador Program for Congressional Advocacy. The Manager will promote the mission of the organization by building and mobilizing grassroots advocacy, interacting with policy makers, committees, and coalitions, and communicating the Association's issues and public policy priorities. This position serves as an advisor for public policy planning and advocacy implementation efforts in Kansas.
This position can be based in Wichita, Topeka, or Kansas City, KS and reports to the Executive Director of the Central and Western Kansas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
Essential Job Functions
Provides staff leadership for the development of public policy platform priorities at the state level in collaboration with the state public policy committee and the national public policy office.
Oversees all efforts and activities to advance the state-level public policy priorities, including working with state elected officials, collaborative partners, and state agencies, including the public health department, as appropriate.
Recruits, trains, and mobilizes advocates to advance both state and federal public policy priority issues.
Monitors committee meetings and legislative action during the state legislative session as well as in between sessions.
Plans and implements Alzheimer's Advocacy Day at the state capitol.
Manages the volunteer Alzheimer's Association Ambassadors Program to strengthen relationships with each members of Congress from the state.
Provides updates of state and federal legislative matters pertaining to Alzheimer's to all Association staff in the state, chapter boards, Ambassadors and other advocates.
Assists and collaborates with the Communications staff to coordinate media outreach, both social and traditional, that promotes the Association's state and federal policy agenda.
Develops alliances with similar organizations in order to advance issues of importance to the Association at the state level.
Serve actively in select number of community coalitions and joint advocacy efforts as assigned, providing leadership based on both state and national public policy initiatives and ensuring that our health care system reflects awareness of and ability to serve individuals with Alzheimer's disease.
Represents the chapter at public forums, conferences, state task forces, government agencies, etc. on public policy issues as needed.
Recruits and coordinates volunteer advocates from the state to attend the Public Policy Forum in Washington, D.C.
Supports staff and volunteers at Walks to End Alzheimer's (and other events) to recruit and engage advocates.
Assists and collaborates with the chapter's Development and Program Services departments to jointly achieve organization-wide goals and support the success of each department.
Manages databases to communicate with advocates, track activities and engagements, monitor legislative issues and activities, and insure advocacy compliance with National standards
All other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in political science, public policy, communications, or a related field required; Master's preferred
3-5 years' experience in state-level government affairs, public policy, advocacy, grassroots advocacy, and/or government affairs
Ability to work effectively with diverse population and with a high level of integrity, diplomacy and initiative
Experience recruiting, training, and managing volunteers preferred
Familiarity with senior/elder issues preferred
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
Proven self-starter with excellent judgment and careful attention to detail
Strong negotiation skills
Ability and willingness to travel frequently within assigned area as necessary
Proficient user of personal computer, Microsoft software applications, and aptitude to learn new database programs
Ability and willingness to work some evenings and weekends as necessary
Ability to operate a motor vehicle. Must possess valid driver's license, access to a reliable vehicle, and proof of insurance
Ability to sit for long periods of time and move about to retrieve files
Ability to occasionally lift 25 lbs., bend, stoop and carry
Persons from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply