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Public Policy Director

Job Location

Albuquerque, NM

General Summary

Who We Are:

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.


We warmly invite qualified applicants to consider opportunity to make a life changing impact on the millions suffering from the disease, their care givers, and those that may be diagnosed with the disease in the future.  Read on to learn more about the role, then 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.

The Director of Public Policy directs state and relevant federal public policy/advocacy efforts in New Mexico as well as the Ambassador Program for Congressional advocacy and the State Champion program for state advocacy.

Essential Job Functions

  • Under the leadership of the National Public Policy Office, implement national policy initiatives of the Alzheimer's Association.
  • Provide staff leadership for the development of public policy strategies and goals at the state level.
  • Oversee all efforts to achieve state-level public policy priorities including working with the state legislature and other agencies, as appropriate.
  • Recruit and train advocates and manage advocate communications.
  • Manage the database of public policy advocates.
  • Provide updates and reporting on advocacy-related actions and matters, including recruitment, contacts with congress and state leaders and legislative updates.
  • Plan, implement and promote advocacy-related events such as the Alzheimer's Advocacy Day at the state capitol and Coffee with the Congressman.
  • Responsible for all advocacy-related media including print, social and traditional.

Minimum Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree preferred. An equivalency of education and experience may be considered
  • A minimum of five years of state-level government affairs and/or grassroots advocacy experience
  • Experience managing volunteers and building coalitions
  • Knowledge of federal and state legislative, regulatory and budget processes
  • Ability to work effectively with advocate volunteers, staff and external contacts
  • Ability to maintain own current contacts within the legislature and/or potential partners as well as foster new relationships
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving, negotiation and strategic thinking skills
  • High level of integrity, diplomacy and initiative
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, organize and analyze public policy opportunities
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple priorities
  • Absolute commitment to confidentiality
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Ability to travel locally, regionally and nationally as needed to perform job duties
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and donor databases
  • Access to a reliable vehicle, a valid driver's license and proof of automobile insurance


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.