The Public Policy Manager directs and manages state advocacy efforts in Missouri including the Ambassador Program for Congressional Advocacy. The position will work from the central Missouri area. The Manager will promote the mission of the organization by building and mobilizing grassroots advocacy, interacting with policy makers, committees, and coalitions, and communicating the Association's issues and public policy priorities. This position works in partnership with the VP of Public Policy as an advisor for public policy planning and advocacy implementation efforts in Missouri.
Essential Job Functions
- Supports staff leadership for the development of public policy platform priorities at the state level in collaboration with the state public policy committee and the national public policy office.
- Supports efforts and activities to advance the state-level public policy priorities, including working with state elected officials, collaborative partners, and state agencies, including the public health department, as appropriate.
- Recruits, trains, and mobilizes advocates to advance both state and federal public policy priority issues.
- Plans and implements Alzheimer's Advocacy Day at the state capitol.
- Manages the volunteer Alzheimer's Association Ambassadors Program to strengthen relationships with each members of Congress from the state.
- Assists with providing updates of state and federal legislative matters pertaining to Alzheimer's to all Association staff in the state, chapter boards, Ambassadors and other advocates.
- Assists and collaborates with the Communications staff to coordinate media outreach, both social and traditional, that promotes the Association's state and federal policy agenda.
- Supports alliances with similar organizations in order to advance issues of importance to the Association at the state level.
- Serve actively in select number of community coalitions and joint advocacy efforts as assigned, ensuring that our health care system reflects awareness of and ability to serve individuals with Alzheimer's disease.
- Represents the chapter at public forums, conferences, state task forces, government agencies, etc. on public policy issues as needed.
- Recruits and coordinates volunteer advocates from the state to attend the Public Policy Forum in Washington, D.C.
- Supports staff and volunteers at Walks to End Alzheimer's (and other events) to recruit and engage advocates.
- Assists and collaborates with the chapter's Development and Program Services departments to jointly achieve organization-wide goals and support the success of each department.
- Manages databases to communicate with advocates, track activities and engagements, monitor legislative issues and activities, and insure advocacy compliance with National standards.
- Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Public Health, Public Policy or related field.
- State-level government affairs experience and/or grassroots advocacy.
- Ability to work effectively with diverse population and with a high level of integrity, diplomacy and initiative.
- Experience working with volunteers.
- Familiar with senior/elder issues preferred.
- Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
- Proven self-starter with excellent judgment and careful attention to detail.
- Strong negotiation skills.
- Ability to work from the Columbia chapter office.
- Ability/willingness for frequent travel including Jefferson City.
- Willingness to work evenings and weekends if necessary.
- Proficient user of personal computer, Microsoft software applications, and aptitude to learn new database programs.
- Ability to operate a motor vehicle. Must be in possession of a valid driver's license and insurance.
- Persons from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.