The Alzheimer's Association Nebraska Chapter provides a variety of education, information and support services to persons with dementia, their families, health care professionals, and the community. The Program Specialist will be responsible for coordinating and conducting educational programs; providing Alzheimer's/dementia education to individuals living with dementia, their friends and family, and the general public; advance advocacy and public policy priorities and initiatives; oversee high level volunteers and related data entry; and actively promote goals and outcomes of the strategic plan as it relates to Care and Support, community and physician outreach, and advocacy.
This position is based in Lincoln, NE and reports to the Director of Programs.
Essential Job Functions
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES - 85%
Delivers and promotes effective education and outreach opportunities in Nebraska using both traditional methods and technology to reach increasing audiences.
Assists with the promotion of education classes and maintenance of marketing materials
Evaluates and maintains accuracy, quality and effectiveness of all education programs including CSQEI & Personify forms reported to National and data base mining and management
Oversees high level Program Services volunteers including but not limited to: Community Educators, Early Stage Program Volunteers, Program Services Interns and Support Group Facilitators.
Serves as local point of contact for and builds relationships with constituents and local community providers to ensure appropriate referrals to community agencies, areas agencies on aging and other organizations as appropriate. Maintains local referral records on Community Resource Finder.
Creates opportunities to increase the Chapter's visibility and identifies additional core services needed in underserved areas of the chapter under the direction of the Regional Program Director.
Conducts outreach and training to local first responders and general public on dementia related safety issues of wandering, driving, and disaster preparedness.
Implements programming for early stage constituents in alignment with our Strategic Plan.
Actively participates in comprehensive, ongoing professional development to maintain current professional credentials
Supports Physician Outreach activities as directed
Supports Annual Dementia Care Conference as directed
Attends the following events: Annual Dementia Care Conference, WALK to End Alzheimer's (metro and other locations as needed/assigned), Growing Hope Gala.
Prepares and records own correspondence, committee reports, agendas, minutes, etc. Keeps accurate records and provides regular reports to the Program Services Team.
APS Mandated reporter.
ADVOCACY AND PUBLIC POLICY - 15%
Assists in recruituing Advocates, Ambassadors and Congressional Team Members.
Attends district congressional visits, constituent events, and town hall meetings as directed.
Develops and coordinates the Annual Day At The Hill event at the State Capitol.
Reports Federal and State Legislator contacts in AART data base
Completes monthly lobbyist compliance data reporting.
Participates in monthly Region 5 and National Staff Public Policy tele-conferences.
Attends annual Advocacy Forum in Washington DC
Bachelor's or Master's degree in education, social work, health or human services field, or equivalent experience
1-3 years experience in adult education, caregiving issues and Alzheimer's disease/other dementias is preferred
Minimum of 3 years direct care experience with persons with dementia preferred
Experience in Governmental Affairs, public policy/advocacy work preferred
Ability to handle multiple priorities, work with a diverse community and colleagues
Cooperative personality, excellent communication and listening skills
Strong and effective communication , both orally and in writing, with attention to detail
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines with flexibility and good humor
Ability and willingness to work on evenings and weekends as necessary, with occasional overnight travel (less than 20%)
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 and stoop