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Director, Public Policy

Job Location

Indianapolis, IN

General Summary

The Director of Public Policy manages all aspects of the Chapter's work in public policy and advocacy, including ensuring Chapter's success with all strategic plan goals.  They develop, implement and evaluate state public policy and advocacy efforts for the state of Indiana as well as national public policy efforts, including the Ambassador program for Congressional advocacy.  This position serves as a member of the Chapter's leadership team.

This position is based in Indianapolis, IN and reports to the Executive Director.

Essential Job Functions

  • Oversees all efforts and activities to achieve state-level public policy priorities, including working with the state legislature and state agencies
  • Provides staff leadership for the development of public policy goals at the state level in collaboration with the national public policy office
  • Recruits, trains, and subsequently facilitates the efforts of advocacy volunteers, with a focus on Alzheimer's Association Ambassadors and Alzheimer's Congressional Team Members (ACT) for members of Congress and state advocates for the Indiana legislature
  • Monitors committee meetings and legislative action both during and between the state legislative sessions
  • Drafts, introduces and lobbies Association-driven state legislation
  • Plans and implements Alzheimer"s Advocacy Day at the State Capital and other advocacy events and activities
  • Coordinates implementation of state-level policy goals, including development of a state platform and strategy
  • Develops alliances with similar organizations to collectively advance issues of importance at the state level
  • Prepares reports, alerts, and testimony on behalf of the Association
  • Represents the Chapter at public forums, conferences, state task forces, government agencies, etc. on public policy issues
  • Collaborates with the Communications team to coordinate media outreach and disseminate information promoting the Association's state and federal policy agenda
  • Utilizes various online and social platforms to communicate the need for action and support on important issues
  • Recruits and coordinates volunteer advocates to attend the annual Public Policy Forum in Washington, D.C.
  • Provides staff support and/or places volunteers at all Walk To End Alzheimer's events to recruit advocates
  • Provides periodic updates on state and federal legislative matters pertaining to Alzheimer's disease and dementia to Association staff, the Chapter Board, Ambassadors, volunteers, donors and other advocates
  • Collaborates with colleagues in programs and development as necessary and appropriate to achieve the strategic goals of the chapter
  • Interacts and collaborates with regional public policy lead as needed, serve as the public policy liaison for the Greater Indiana Chapter for the Home Office, the D.C. Office and other chapters to become informed of initiatives in other areas that could benefit local efforts
  • Grows AIM's (Alzheimer's Impact Movement) volunteer engagement in Indiana
  • Assures compliance with Association policies, procedures, standards, and applicable regulatory requirements for public policy as applicable to a 501(c)3 organization and a 501(c)4 organization

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in political science, public health or related field
  • Minimum five years of progressive state-level government affairs experience and/or grassroots advocacy experience
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills to communicate effectively in person, in writing and electronically to a variety of audiences
  • Detail oriented, adaptable, organized and able to successfully prioritize and manage multiple projects and tasks
  • Strong negotiation skills and ability to identify, organize and analyze growth opportunities
  • Ability to analyze information and make timely, appropriate decisions
  • Experience managing a budget
  • Proven self-starter with excellent judgment, careful attention to detail, and a high degree of integrity and initiative
  • Knowledge of and experience with state and federal government regulations, the state and federal legislative process, and the public and private health and aging networks/coalitions
  • Experience in recruiting, motivating and activating volunteers
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations of volunteers, staff and external contacts to build and maintain successful teams
  • Ability and willingness for frequent travel (up to 30%) by car across the chapter territory with occasional domestic air travel
  • Ability and willingness to work occasional early mornings, evenings, and weekends as needed for the job
  • Possess valid driver's license, access to a reliable vehicle and proof of insurance
  • Proficiency with a variety of computer applications, including Microsoft Office and Google applications
  • Ability to occasionally bend, stoop, lift and transport up to 25lbs


  • by mail:
    Send resume to:
    Alzheimer's Association, Greater Indiana
    50 East 91st Street
    Suite 100
    Indianapolis, IN 46240

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




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