Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association

Posted by Alzheimer's Association on August 20, 2018

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.


The Executive Director for the Delaware Valley Chapter will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the chapter’s staff, programs, growth, and delivery of the Association’s mission. The ED will be 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 ED will build strong working relationships with all of the Association’s administrative and functional leaders including the Senior Management Team. This leadership position will receive a foundation of support from the National Office located in Chicago, Illinois, the Public Policy team in Washington, D.C., and other executives in the Region and East Area.

The position will be located in Philadelphia, PA and reports to the Regional Leader for Region 13.


  • Lead the development and implementation of the annual strategic plan and budgeting process for the Chapter, with an emphasis on volunteer engagement, staff leadership, and community mobilization.
  • Ensure ongoing local programming excellence, conduct program evaluation and needs analysis to maintain superior delivery.
  • 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.
  • Lead revenue opportunities including Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, The Longest Day®, and other Association Mass-Market, Corporate and Relationship Events.
  • Participate in donor stewardship and cultivation activities, build collaborations, initiate new and maximize existing income streams through foundations, donors and prospects.
  • Build, motivate, coach and inspire a staff of leaders to support the chapter’s annual initiatives.
  • Lead volunteer recruitment and engagement 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; ensure strong marketing and communications efforts; and build solid relationships with local researchers.
  • Oversee advocacy efforts through recruitment of advocates and ambassadors; serve as the local lead staff voice for public policy issues and questions.
  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations; use external relationships, including community leaders, board members to garner new opportunities, and third party events.
  • Create and manage chapter budget, maintain financial records, oversee daily office functions, including risk-management, policies and procedures.
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for the chapter.

Required Knowledge And Experience

  • Proven experience leading a similar Voluntary Health Association (VHA) of size and scale, one with potential for significant growth.
  • Proven track record of successful fundraising efforts with goals exceeding $5M. Mass market special event fundraising experience required, with additional fundraising experience a plus.
  • Expert at community mobilization and/or diverse volunteer recruitment and management experience.
  • Effective communicator and representative as a community spokesperson.
  • Experience interpreting data analytics, monitoring results, taking corrective actions, and creating productivity enhancements.
  • History of identifying, recruiting, developing and retaining diverse staff and volunteers, building alignment and achieving goals around the strategic priorities.
  • Solid experience in board development
  • Proven ability to lead implementation across a spectrum of cross-functional initiatives.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills
  • Superior management and organizational skills with ability to troubleshoot, resolve differences, and ability to gain wide-spread support in the course of managing projects.
  • Ability to think strategically to initiate and implement new statewide initiatives


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