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Executive Director - Connecticut Chapter

at Alzheimer's Association

Posted: 10/21/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 4148

Job Description


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 this one of a kind 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 nine years in a row.

The Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Connecticut chapter’s staff, programs, fundraising, growth, and delivery of the Association’s mission. The Executive Director is an essential partner in the Association’s strategic plan to support millions of people living with the disease and their families while accelerating research progress to change the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Executive Director is responsible for effective management of the Chapter’s operations, supporting fundraising operations, raising $4 million-plus annually, managing the chapter’s budget as well as the staff, board of directors and hundreds of volunteers; all focused on carrying out the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association in Connecticut. The Executive Director will work in collaboration with other chapters in New England as well as senior staff from the National Office located in Chicago, and the Public Policy team in D.C.

Location & Reporting Relationship
While the Alzheimer’s Association is currently working remotely, once we return to the community, the position is located in the Southington office of the Connecticut chapter and reports to the New England Regional leader (internally known as Region 11).


  • Ensure ongoing local programming excellence supporting Connecticut families living with Alzheimer’s and driving quality care in the state
  • Lead revenue opportunities including Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, The Longest Day®, Celebrating Hope Gala and other Association events 
  • Build and coach a team of staff and volunteer leaders to support the chapter’s annual initiatives
  • 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
  • Engage constituents from diverse communities in Connecticut
  • 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 ensure delivery of all Chapter programs, including delivery of educational programs, support groups, early stage initiatives, engaging health care systems and advancing quality dementia care
  • Oversee advocacy efforts through recruitment of advocates and ambassadors; serve as a local point of contact for public policy issues and questions
  • Support mission activities of advancing research and expanding concern and awareness
  • Create and manage chapter budget, maintain financial records, and oversee daily office functions
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for the chapter

    Required Knowledge and Experience
  • Proven experience leading a medium or large non-profit, preferably a Voluntary Health Association (VHA), with prior achievement of growth in mission-driven activities, with a strong focus on revenue generation
  • Solid history of recruiting, developing and retaining staff and volunteers, building alignment and achieving goals around strategic priorities
  • Mass market event fundraising experience required, with additional fundraising experience a plus
  • Effective communicator and experience as a community spokesperson
  • Experience interpreting data analytics, monitoring results, taking corrective actions, and creating productivity enhancements
  • Experience working in diverse communities
  • Superior management skills with ability to troubleshoot and resolve differences. Ability to gain wide-spread support in the course of managing projects
  • Proven ability to lead implementation across a spectrum of cross-functional initiatives
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills, commitment to confidentiality, ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with constituents, volunteers and staff
  • Statewide or regional experience a plus

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • 10 years of senior level non-profit management experience; minimum 5 years of mass-market special event or comparable fundraising experience
  • Record of effectively and positively leading a regional or national non-profit organization
  • Commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Excellent computer skills and analytical savvy to build, review, and analyze data. Proficiency in MS Office and Google applications
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to planning
  • Detail oriented, adaptable, organized and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently across chapter territories. Occasional travel to National offices, and national and international events may also be required. Must possess valid driver’s license, access to reliable transportation and proof of automobile insurance. Estimated overnight travel is 15-25%.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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