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Associate Director, Special Events

Job Location

Cedar Rapids, IA

General Summary

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Associate Director of Special Events plays a key role in the leadership and management for the Chapter's constituent events to expand reach, community awareness, and increase revenue to ensure alignment with the Association's strategic plan. Constituent events include the Walk to End Alzheimer's, The Longest Day, Reason to Hope Luncheon and Round to Remember Golf Classic.

Essential Job Functions

Walk to End Alzheimer's

  • Lead the Walk to End Alzheimer's Campaign in East Central Iowa and provide supervision, direction and coaching of staff and volunteers fully implementing best practices.
  • Direct responsibility to plan, implement and evaluate the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Cedar Rapids through year-round recruitment, promotion, and volunteer engagement.  
  • Work with vendors on chapter-wide Walk promotional, collateral and incentive materials.  
  • Work with Community Outreach Coordinators to build volunteer infrastructure to support Walk model.  
  • Plan and implement Chapter's Reason to Hope Luncheon with support of volunteer committee.
  • Plan and implement Chapter's Round to Remember Golf Classic with support of volunteer committee.
  • Provide guidance and direction for The Longest Day and other Chapter events managed locally by Community Outreach Coordinators.
  • Cultivate relationships with individuals, businesses, and industries to increase community and corporate support of the Alzheimer's Association.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward corporate sponsors to support Chapter events.
  • Serves as a member of the East Central Iowa management team.
  • Work with Executive Director to develop event goals and budget to support the Chapter's strategic plan initiatives.
  • Develop work plans and strategies to increase funds and diversify revenue streams.
  • Develop work plans and strategies to increase funds and diversify revenue streams.
  • Supervise, coach and evaluate performance of Community Outreach Coordinators.  
  • Collaborate with Program and Communications Coordinator on Chapter event promotion and social media strategy.  
  • Create and lead training opportunities for staff and volunteers as needed
  • Represent the Alzheimer's Association at community events, deliver presentations, and serve as media spokesperson as it relates to the association's community outreach efforts.  
  • Serve as point of contact for cause-marketing opportunities and third-party inquiries and events.  Serve as staff liaison to Resource Development Workgroup and event staff at the home office. 
  • Work with program team to promote chapter programs and services and recruit individuals as advocates, AIM members and enroll in TrialMatch.  
  • Support and participate in advocacy and public policy activities as requested.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in marketing, health promotions, public relations, philanthropy, business or equivalent.
  • 7-10 years experience in fundraising and development.
  • At least 3-5 years experience in staff and volunteer management, recruitment and retention.  
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to multi-task, establish priorities, and work in fast paced environment with excellent time management and special event coordination.
  • Strong interest in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
  • Excellent public speaking and interpersonal skills with demonstrated experience in providing educational and informational presentations.
  • Knowledge and experience with social media platforms. 
  • Possess a valid driver's license and have transportation to attend meetings and perform outreach duties.
  • Ability to travel throughout the East Central Iowa Chapter territory to perform and participate in tasks as assigned.
  • Demonstrated experience in networking with collaborative agencies and providers.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends; with occasional overnights.


  • by mail:
    Send resume to:
    Alzheimer's Association, East Central Iowa
    317 Seventh Avenue, SE
    Suite 402
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

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




Alzheimer's Association

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Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.