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Program Specialist, Western Iowa

Job Location

Sioux City, IA

General Summary

The Alzheimer's Association is a nationwide organization whose mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.  Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease.  The Greater Iowa Chapter serves 86 counties from its headquarters in West Des Moines and branch offices throughout the state. 

The Program Specialist is responsible for the delivery of the Alzheimer's Association's care and support services in assigned counties.  This includes the coordination and delivery of education programs; provision of information and referral; care consultations; management of support groups, safety services and early stage engagement programs. The Program Specialist collaborates with other employees and volunteers to advance all strategic goals of the Alzheimer's Association.

Essential Job Functions

Advancing Care and Support

  • Coordinate and deliver education to families, persons diagnosed with Alzheimer's and related diseases, health care professionals and community organizations.
  • Provide care consultations using established resources and tools.
  • Participate in the planning, implementation and evaluation of an annual education conference in central Iowa and/or regional workshops throughout the chapter territory
  • Coordinate early stage engagement opportunities for persons with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.
  • Remain knowledgeable and current in information related to Alzheimer's and related diseases as well as national, state, and local initiatives that affect the targeted population.

Community Outreach

  • Present education programs for lay audiences, information on Alzheimer's Association services and facts about Alzheimer's disease through public speaking, health fair exhibits and other methods.
  • Provide information and referrals to individuals who contact Alzheimer's Association following established protocols.
  • Support objectives to accelerate Alzheimer's research by promoting participation in Trial Match.
  • Support Association initiatives to increase concern about Alzheimer's disease and awareness of the Alzheimer's Association and serve as the representative of the Association on local media interviews.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Director to promote local programs and events.
  • Collaborate with the Public Policy Director to recruit advocates and support public policy initiatives.
  • Participant in related community coalitions to advance strategic objectives.

Volunteer Management

  • Recruit, train, manage and recognize volunteers to support assigned duties.
    Identify, refer and support volunteers to increase constituent engagement in all areas of the Association's strategic plan.


  • Assist with the annual budgeting process and manage assigned activities within budgeted parameters.
  • Collaborate with other chapters in Region 5 to accelerate progress toward Association goals.
  • Submit timely and accurate records and reports, newsletter articles and other information as requested by the chapter staff.                                            

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in a health care related field, education, family and consumer science, gerontology, social work or related field
  • Three years related experience in health care, adult education, community education, and/or volunteer management.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people including but not limited to family caregivers and persons with dementia.
  • Commitment to the mission of the Alzheimer's Association.
  • Strong organizational skills to plan, implement and evaluate strategic objectives.
  • Demonstrated success in working independently and managing multiple projects
    Effective written and oral communication skills; strong public speaking skills.
  • Ability to listen effectively.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Ability to recruit, train and supervise volunteers.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products, especially Word, Excel and Powerpoint and Google applications.   

Working Conditions:

  • Hours of work are generally 8:00 am to 4:30 Monday through Friday.
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours to fulfill work requirements.
  • Workload will fluctuate with varying deadlines and priorities.
  • Work may be conducted in a variety of environments, including office, home and public meeting spaces.

Physical and Mental Requirements:

  • Ability to prioritize and manage workload to meet deadlines and achieve performance objectives.
  • Ability to communicate in person, by phone and electronically with internal and external constituents.
  • Ability to analyze data and present in written and oral form.
  • Ability to operate office equipment as listed below.
  • Ability to lift maximum of 50 lbs.
  • Ability to drive personal or rental vehicle within assigned territory and beyond to perform job duties.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and proof of automobile insurance.
  • Ability to stand or sit for long periods of time.

Click HERE to apply

  • by mail:
    Send resume to:
    Alzheimer's Association, Greater Iowa
    1730 28th Street
    West Des Moines, IA 50266

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.