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Associate Director, Communications

Job Location

San Diego, CA

General Summary

The Associate Director of Communications crafts strategies, builds relationships, and executes a comprehensive communication plan to significantly increase concern and awareness on behalf of the Alzheimer's Association. S/he will work in all aspects of media relations, including promoting consumer-friendly disease-awareness campaigns and press events; proactively inserting the cause into trending stories and creating new opportunities; and showcasing scientific advances in the field as well as Alzheimer's Association programs and special events. S/he will be responsible for overseeing communication initiatives through multiple platforms.

Essential Job Functions

  • Lead and execute strategies to educate our target audiences about Alzheimer's disease and engage them in activities of the Alzheimer's Association.
  • Provide strategic counsel, develop and execute creative media programs, and work cross functionally across communications disciplines.  This includes managing the Chapter website and social media presence.
  • Leadership experience working collaboratively with internal and external partners, clients, and the media.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Working knowledge and experience extending initiatives across traditional, online and social media platforms.
  • Assess, understand, synthesize, and communicate complicated information for internal partners and the media.
  • Tap into previous crisis and issues management experience to ensure favorable and fair representation of the Association in the media.
  • Lead and manage multiple projects in a timely and effective manner.
  • Strategically determine best use of resources, tools and tactics to achieve goals, along with superior research, writing and editorial skills.
  •  Conduct media training and development of spokespeople, including staff, volunteers, and other individuals impacted by the disease.
  • Manage resources and budgets effectively, including external vendors and advertising contracts.
  • Identify, Train and Engage volunteers in projects and idea generation.
  • Non Profit organization Communications experience a plus

Minimum Requirements

  • BA or BS in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism or related field
  • 5 - 7 years related professional experience, at least two of which are at a leadership level
  • Ability to keep a flexible schedule that may include "non-traditional" hours
  • Strong individual and team player
  • Superior writing skills and knowledge of AP Style
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required
  • Experience managing outside vendors and contractors 


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.