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POSITION TITLE: Advocacy Manager
REPORTS TO: Sr. Director of Public Policy & Advocacy
STATUS: Full-Time Exempt
LOCATION: Denver, CO
This position works in coordination with, and under the direction of, the Senior Director of Public Policy & Advocacy. The Advocacy Manager will plan, manage and implement federal, state and local advocacy efforts for the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado in order to achieve the public policy goals of the Association.
The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Advocacy Management (60%)
- Recruit, onboard, train and engage volunteer advocates in Colorado with an overall goal of increasing the number of advocates and their levels of participation, including our grasstop programs of Ambassadors, ACT members and State Champions
- Assist in the creation and execution of a year-round advocacy plan to support state and federal legislative priorities, including grassroots and grasstops strategies
- Develop and disseminate clear and consistent communication with existing and potential volunteer advocates, including recruitment materials, onboarding documents, advocacy updates, action alerts, letter to the editor campaigns, among other items
- Activate the Colorado Chapter’s online advocates using email and text messages to ensure timely and effective response to policy developments when action is required, and maintain these databases
- Assist in the creation and implementation of a social media strategy for Colorado Chapter public policy efforts using the Colorado Chapter’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn)
- Support and grow volunteer advocates’ use of social media as an advocacy tool
- Work with, where appropriate, coalitions, task forces and other community partners who are mobilizing advocates around shared issues
- Assists in writing educational materials on policy issues for various purposes, including for policy-related programs and events, activities being completed by volunteer advocates and lobbying
- Assist other Alzheimer’s Association Chapters in the Rocky Mountain region with advocacy strategies (no travel required)
- Collaborate regularly with and attend training and guidance meetings with the Public Policy office in Washington, D.C.
Event Planning (30%)
- Recruit and organize volunteer advocates to participate in policy-related programs and events, including Alzheimer’s Day at the Capitol and the Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum, among others
- Plan and implement logistics for policy-related programs and events, such as Alzheimer’s Day at the Capitol, town halls with state and/or federal elected officials, Aging Caucus meetings, coffees with Congress and volunteer advocate trainings, among others
- Integrate advocacy efforts into other Association events, such as Walks to End Alzheimer’s
- Ability to develop and maintain systems, policies and procedures to ensure efficient work flow and completion of tasks on or before deadline
- Keeps accurate and effective records for all advocacy efforts
- Provide high-level administrative support to the Senior Director of Public Policy & Advocacy on various projects, as needed
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Alzheimer’s Association staff, volunteer advocates and community partners
- Enhance our culture of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the job
- Bachelor’s degree in political science or a related field of study required
- 1-3 year’s work experience in public policy, equivalent grassroots organizing or campaign experiences required
- Knowledge of the legislative and budget processes and the Colorado General Assembly
- Understanding of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, aging, health care and long-term care issues preferred
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced and fluid environment
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Familiarity with Google Apps, Zoom and advocacy applications
- High level of integrity, diplomacy, and initiative
The Alzheimer’s Association offers competitive compensation, benefits, retirement savings and paid time off plans. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, or military status. This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the jobholder.