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Regional Leader

Job Location

Chicago/Rosemont, IL

General Summary

At the Alzheimer's Association we are the brains behind saving yours.  Many of us who work for the Alzheimer's Association have some connection with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia. It's what drives us to make the extra effort in the daunting task of modifying a disease that currently has no cure. With 78 million baby boomers entering the age of greatest risk for Alzheimer's, we need passionate, hardworking people committed to helping the Association meet the increasing demand for care and support and fund vital Alzheimer's research.

Why join us? We have been recognized as a Best Nonprofit to Work For by the Nonprofit Times seven consecutive years.

About the Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. We're the largest private funder of Alzheimer research and the premier source of information and support for the estimated 5.5 million Americans with Alzheimer's disease, their families and caregivers.

To enhance and strengthen its position as the leader in Alzheimer's disease advocacy, research and support and to expand the depth, breadth and pace of the entire Alzheimer's cause, the Alzheimer's Association has committed to doing more

In research, the Alzheimer's Association envisions that over the next ten years it will contribute to research breakthroughs that are life-changing for people with Alzheimer's disease by driving the international research agenda. This includes developments across treatment, diagnosis/detection and prevention and requires ongoing advances in tools, processes and systems that will facilitate breakthroughs.

The Alzheimer's Association envisions in care and support that it will contribute to a dramatic increase in the accurate and timely diagnosis of people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and a significant increase (to 80 percent) in the number of people with dementia and caregivers who receive affordable, high-quality care and support.

The Alzheimer's Association is working in six strategic pillars that are decidedly interdependent in order to realize its ten-year vision and to fulfill its mission and ultimate vision of A World Without Alzheimer's Disease. 

  • Increase Concern and Awareness
  • Advance Public Policy
  • Enhance Care and Support
  • Accelerate Research
  • Grow Revenue in Support of the Mission
  • Diversity and Inclusion
Progress on strategic objectives in each area will be achieved through priority activities and guided by core values forged by a commitment to the highest ethical standards. To realize its vision, the Alzheimer's Association also must use three critical levers - increasing revenue, advancing public policy and growing concern and awareness - to their fullest potential.

Core values within the Association include:

Integrity - Assure and maintain transparency in relationships.
Commitment to Excellence - Lead through innovation, maximize technology and relentlessly increase knowledge.
Inclusiveness - Operate in a spirit of inclusiveness by providing opportunities and forums that enable stakeholders to be represented and heard.
Diversity - Vigorously encourage and welcome the power of diversity, especially those who have been underserved or under-represented.
Consumer focus - Seek to understand, learn from and meet the needs of individuals with Alzheimer's, their families and caregivers.
Accountability - Keep commitments and make measurable progress to achieve the Association's mission.

About the Position

Reporting to the Central Area Leader, the Region 9 Leader will fulfil a dual role of Region Leader as well as Chapter Executive for the Illinois chapter. S/he will serve as a top-level, multi-chapter executive in support of the Association's strategic initiatives.  The role is responsible for goal setting, goal delivery and full revenue and expense accountability for three chapters (including the Illinois chapter which is the Association's flagship chapter).   S/he will guide new initiatives, serve as the region's leader, and will provide immediate answers to high level, multi-chapter questions and deliver consolidated reporting to the Area Leader.  In addition, this position holds responsibility for the following essential functions:

Essential Job Functions

As Region 9 Leader:

  • Serve as a key spokesperson for chapters within the assigned region, to achieve strategic plan outcomes.
  • Supervise and guide the work of the chapter executive by monitoring progress, providing solutions, and encouraging effective strategic activities.
  • Accountable for all financial and operational performance in assigned region. 
  • Review and approve preparation of financial analyses for budgetary planning and key expenditures.
  • Serve as a leader, working across multiple chapters to meet short and long-term objectives.
  • Influence multiple stakeholders including care providers, policy makers, consumers, research community, and program and chapter leadership.
  • Support the chapter executive in their outreach with local health care leaders to promote dementia care; identify opportunities for co-sponsorship and partnership, maximize the benefits of external relationships, including those from the local boards, community organizations, donors and government agencies.
  • Collaborate with Area Leaders, peer Regional Leaders, and functional management to develop and manage relationships externally to ensure mutual benefits from alliances, identify best practices, evaluate impact, as well as share and implement them effectively.
  • Support chapter leaders as they plan, develop and direct the execution of all programs, policies and services as they relate to the Alzheimer's Association education and program initiatives, diversity, corporate initiatives, mass market fundraising, public relations, marketing, and various communication efforts.
  • Participate in administering Association policies, directing and coordinating all region activities to meet growth objectives.
  • Review analyses of activities, costs, operations and forecast data to determine regional progress toward stated goals and objectives.
  • Confer with the Area Leader and key functions to determine goals and objectives, review achievements and discuss required changes in goals or objectives resulting from current status and conditions.
  • Provide guidance on key projects and local initiatives.
As Illinois Chapter Executive Director:
  • Ensure ongoing local programming excellence, conduct program evaluation and needs analysis to maintain superior delivery.
  • Lead revenue opportunities including Walk to End Alzheimer's, The Longest Day, and other Association events.
  • Build relationships with local, state and Federal government as well as corporate partners and community organizations.
  • Work in collaboration with neighboring chapters and other non-profit organizations to ensure city, state and Federal Public Policy initiatives benefit our constituents.
  • Build and coach a team of leaders to support the chapter's annual initiatives.
  • Lead volunteer recruitment to ensure appropriate resources are in place to achieve the Chapter's goals and objectives.
  • Actively engage staff and volunteers in development efforts; plan and deliver all Chapter programs, including delivery of educational programs, support groups and third party events.
  • Oversee advocacy efforts through recruitment of advocates and ambassadors; serve as the local point of contact for public policy issues and questions.
  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations; use external relationships, including community leaders, to garner new opportunities.
  • Create and manage chapter budget, maintain financial records, and oversee daily office functions.
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for the chapter.

Minimum Requirements

Experience & General Requirements

  • 10+ years of experience with increased responsibility in managing revenue and expense budgets for program and business operations.
  • A minimum of three years experience as executive director of a multi-million dollar chapter, which is part of a large multi-chapter voluntary health organization.
  • Proven development/fundraising and revenue-generating expertise, preferably with high single digit or double digit year over year revenue growth
  • Deep knowledge of Voluntary Health Associations
  • Strong knowledge of public policy initiatives
  • Senior management experience in a large non-profit organization; budget development experience
  • Experience building relationships and working in multi-level collaboration - local, regional, and national. .
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends as needed, and to travel regionally and nationally as required (estimated travel is 25-35%).
Knowledge / Skills
  • Business acumen including excellent leadership and interpersonal skills with strong influencing and collaboration capabilities.
  • Communication proficiency including superior written and verbal communication skills, business presentations and public speaking.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and work executive team members along with senior leaders in the field.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with diverse populations.
  • Problem solving capabilities with strong analytical skills and the ability to think strategically and creatively.
  • Project management skills with the ability to make creative use of available resources and proactively develop new ones. Superior multi-tasking abilities, with ability to move seamlessly between environments and activities.
  • Broad business perspective to successfully align communications strategies with organizational imperatives.
  • Knowledge of Alzheimer's and dementia with demonstrated evidence of ability to transfer knowledge into service outreach across the network.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence multiple stakeholders including care providers, policy makers, consumers, and program and organization leadership through written and oral communication as demonstrated through successful initiatives and professional presentations, or other related endeavors.
  • Proven ability to effectively lead, coach, and develop staff, as well as manage budget.
  • Advanced degree in business and or public health/administration or similar desired.

  • by mail:
    Send resume to:
    Alzheimer's Association, Illinois
    8430 West Bryn Mawr
    Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60631

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.