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Executive Director

Job Location

West Des Moines, IA

General Summary

The Executive Director (ED), Greater Iowa Chapter, will have overall strategic, leadership, collaboration and operational responsibility for the chapter's fundraising, programs, growth, and delivery of the Alzheimer's Association's mission. The ED will be an essential partner in the Association's strategic plan to support millions of people living with the disease and their families while accelerating research progress to change the trajectory of Alzheimer's disease. The ED will also take the lead on building a strong, community-based Board of Volunteer Leaders to partner with all staff in the Greater Iowa Chapter area for a full range of mission impact.

The ED will build strong working relationships with all of the Association's administrative and functional leaders and will report to the Region 5 Leader. This leadership position will receive a foundation of support from the National Office located in Chicago, Illinois, and the Public Policy team in Washington, D.C.

Essential Job Functions

  • Serve as the Executive Leader for the Alzheimer's Association in the Greater Iowa Chapter. Provide executive leadership for the staff to enable timely and responsibly decision-making.
  • Maintain an organizational climate that attracts, motivates and retains high quality staff by implementing appropriate human resources policies and practices.
  • Contribute to the financial growth of the chapter by ensuring the success of the organization's signature events; Walk to End Alzheimer's and The Longest Day. Identifying specific goals for personal self that will add value and girth to the events. Lead revenue opportunities personally in other areas, such as Intermediate Gifts, corporate sponsorships, and work with major gifts team and planned giving prospect identification.
  • Serve as the lead chapter staff for corporate relationships and development; build solid relationships with corporate partners and community organizations.
  • Develop and maintain a high-impact Board of Community Leaders to have an outward interface with the Corporate, Social, Philanthropic and Medical communities within Greater Iowa. Lead the Board in contributing to efforts to impact fundraising, program delivery, securing of major and planned gifts, and raising the overall profile and brand visibility of the Alzheimer's Association in the community.
  • Lead volunteer recruitment to ensure appropriate resources are in place to achieve the chapter's goals and objectives.
  • Oversee the work of the Chapter's program staff with ongoing local programming excellence, conduct program evaluation and needs analysis to maintain superior delivery. Identify collaborative partners to augment mission delivery and foster beneficial collaborative relationships.
  • With support from the Public Policy team in Washington DC. build relationships with local, state and Federal government. Help build recruitment efforts and relationships with recruited Ambassadors and leading recruitment efforts for those needing to be recruited.
  • Work in collaboration with neighboring chapters and other non-profit organizations to ensure city, state and Federal Public Policy initiatives benefit our constituents.
  • Along with volunteer leadership, serve as a spokesperson for the chapter territory.
  • Create and manage chapter budget, maintain financial records, and oversee daily office functions.
  • Oversee day-to-day operations for the Greater Iowa office, and serve as the collaborative leader for this office and operation.
  • Supervise direct 5 reports, and others as assigned.
  • Partner with other EDs in Region 5 on leadership of shared initiatives as opportunities rise.

General Division of Responsibility:

  • Development, Community Outreach and Public Awareness: 40 percent
  • Board of Directors Development and Volunteer Management: 20 percent
  • Management: 15 percent
  • Advocacy: 15 percent
  • Care & Support Services: 10 percent

Minimum Requirements

Required Knowledge and Experience:

  • Proven experience leading a similar Voluntary Health Association (VHA) of size and scale, one with potential for significant growth.
  • Mass market special event fundraising experience required, with additional fundraising experience a plus.
  • Community mobilization and/or volunteer recruitment and management experience.
  • Effective communicator and experience as a community spokesperson.
  • Proven success in collaboration, and working across department lines and territory boundaries.
  •  Experience interpreting data analytics, monitoring results, taking corrective actions, and creating productivity enhancements.
  • History of identifying, recruiting, developing and retaining staff and volunteers, building alignment and achieving goals around the strategic priorities.
  • Proven ability to lead implementation across a spectrum of cross-functional initiatives.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills
  • Superior management skills with ability to troubleshoot, resolve differences, and ability to gain wide-spread support in the course of managing projects.


  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • At least 10 years of senior, non-profit management experience; minimum 5 years of mass-market special event fundraising experience.
  • Record of effectively and positively leading a regional or national non-profit organization and staff.
  • Commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Excellent computer skills and analytical savvy to build, review, and analyze data.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to planning.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Detail oriented, adaptable, organized and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
  • Ability and willingness to travel across chapter territories, to National offices, and national and international events, as required (overnight travel will be approximately 20%).

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The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.  Our 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. Please visit our website to find out more about who we are and why we've been recognized as a Best Place to Work the last seven years in a row.

  • 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.