Public Policy Manager- Alzheimer’s Association

Public Policy Manager

Job Location                 San Diego, CA

General Summary

The primary responsibility of the Public Policy Manager is, in coordination with and under the direction of the Executive Director, to plan and manage federal, state and local grassroots advocacy efforts in order to achieve the public policy goals of the Alzheimer’s Association.

This position is based in San Diego, CA and reports to the Executive Director.

Essential Job Functions

  • Collaborate with Chapter Executives, Alzheimer’s Association Ambassadors, advocates, State Policy Director, and coalition partners in outreach to legislators, legislative staff, and representatives of government at the federal, state, and local levels to promote an understanding of and support for policies, programs, and services to meet the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their families, and their caregivers.
  • Build and work with, where appropriate and in coordination with other Alzheimer’s Association public policy staff in California, coalitions, committees, task forces, etc. to advance issues critical to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their families, and their caregivers.
  • Serve as staff liaison and help develop Chapter Public Policy Committees in executing appropriate strategies and tactics to achieve the Association’s public policy goals.
  • Engage and train Chapter staff and volunteers in advocacy activities.
  • Build and support a Chapter-wide, grassroots network of trained volunteer advocates to carry out the Association’s advocacy goals.
  • Recruit and support a team of grasstop volunteers Ambassadors, each to serve as the lead Alzheimer’s advocate to a member of California’s U.S. Congressional delegation.
  • Recruit, educate and mobilize advocates around state policy priorities of the Association, including an annual Advocacy Day in Sacramento, and direct year round grassroots activities aimed at targeted state and, where appropriate, municipal leaders.
  • Activate the Chapter’s advocacy email network to ensure timely and effective response to policy developments when action is required, such as attending hearings, initiating calls, emails, letters, and/or social media outreach to legislators and media.
  • Manage the Alzheimer’s Advocacy Reporting and Trends (“AART”) database of public policy advocates, provide monthly, quarterly, and annual reports on advocacy recruitment as well as advocate and staff contacts with federal and state.
  • With chapter Communications staff, coordinate contacts with media, including press releases and letters to the editor around public policy issues.
  • Plan and implement participation in public policy special events, including the annual Advocacy Days in Sacramento, and participation in the Advocacy Forum and Day on the Hill in Washington DC.
  • Work with advocate volunteers to encourage engagement in the political process, consistent with the legal parameters surrounding 501(c)(3) organizations and the Association’s practices and policies.
  • Collaborate with the Association’s Public Policy office in Washington DC.

Additional responsibilities: 

  • Support and participate in Association events including but not limited to, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and various events/programs, as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, law, communications, or related field – or equivalent experience
  • Preferred 5-7 years’ experience in advocacy preferably with non-profit organizations
  • Understanding of Alzheimer’s, aging, health care and long term care issues is preferred
  • Knowledge of federal and state legislative, regulatory, and budget processes
  • Political campaign experience in California state or federal races a plus
  • Ability to work effectively with advocate volunteers, staff, and external contacts to build and maintain successful teams, coalitions and committees
  • Excellent written communication skills, including drafting and editing position statements, testimony, press releases, and letters to the editor
  • Excellent oral communication skills, including consensus building, and giving public presentations
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving, and strategic thinking skills
  • High level of integrity, diplomacy, and initiative
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, organize, and analyze public policy opportunities
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple priorities
  • Absolute commitment to confidentiality
  • Ability to lift up to 35 lbs
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Ability to travel locally, regionally and nationally as needed to perform job duties
  • Must have valid driver’s license, access to reliable vehicle, and proof of insurance
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; proficiency with  CRM databases a plus
  • Familiarity with Google Apps


  • Normal office environment as well as extended time out of the office engaging elected representatives, legislative and administrative staff, stakeholders, advocates, and coalition partners
  • Flexible schedule may involve early mornings, evenings, and occasional weekends
  • High volume of public contact with both individuals and groups
  • Travel by car to attend meetings within the Chapter territory, and by air or train to attend other meetings
  • Work may be stressful during periods of high volume or tight deadlines

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the jobholder. S/he will be required to follow any other duties as requested by his/her supervisor or manager. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of job duties. Essential job functions may change when necessary.


Send your resume and cover letter

By mail:
Send resume to:
Alzheimer’s Association, San Diego/Imperial
5075 Shoreham Place
Ste 240
San Diego, CA 92122

By e-mail:
Please attach your resume and cover letter as Microsoft Word documents, or include both within the text of your e-mail message.

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