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Chief Program Officer

at Alzheimer's Association

Posted: 9/11/2020
Job Reference #: 4122

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About the Alzheimer’s Association 

To achieve its mission even more swiftly, and to expand the depth, breadth and pace of the entire Alzheimer’s movement, the Alzheimer’s Association® has committed to enhancing and strengthening its position as the leader in Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, research and support, to reach more people in need, to increase quality care and to speed research advances. In July 2018, the Association began its new three-year strategic plan, the first part of an endeavor to realize a bold, ten-year vision for research, care and support that goes beyond what it can achieve just on its own. 

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 significant improvements in the areas of treatment, diagnosis/detection and risk reduction that will require ongoing advances in tools, processes and systems that will facilitate breakthroughs. 

The Alzheimer’s Association visualizes that in care and support, it will contribute to a dramatic increase in the accurate and timely diagnosis of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, as well as a significant increase in the proportion of people with dementia and their caregivers who receive affordable, high-quality care and support. 

The Alzheimer’s Association® is working in the following six strategic areas 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 and All Other Dementia®: 

  • Accelerate Research
  • Enhance Care and Support
  • Increase Concern and Awareness
  • Strengthen Diversity and Inclusion
  • Advance Public Policy
  • Grow Revenue in Support of the Mission

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® will use three critical levers — increasing revenue, advancing public policy and growing concern and awareness — to their fullest potential. 

Core values within the Association include: 

Community – We mobilize all people and all organizations to inspire a shared passion and dedication to grow reach and impact for the cause. 

Inclusivity – We collaborate, listen, and engage diverse points of view, working together to produce the best outcomes.

Accountability – We embrace the responsibility of achieving our goals and expect results from ourselves and others, knowing that we are building momentum to advance our cause.

Agility – We are catalysts for advancement of the cause, working together to adapt to and proactively lead change while seizing opportunities for progress and transformation.

Integrity – We take personal responsibility to act ethically with honesty, transparency, and compassion. 

About the Position 

The Chief Program Officer is responsible for developing, communicating, and sustaining strategic program initiatives within the Association and ensuring that the execution occurs across all areas served. Within a changing environment, the role will build new opportunities, serve as the organization’s lead spokesperson to provide immediate answers to high level, cross-functional questions and provide direction for all care and support, health system, and risk reduction programmatic functions. 

This position will be headquartered out of the Association’s National Office in Chicago, IL or Remote Location and will report to the Chief Strategy Officer. 

Essential Functions:

  • Serve as a key member of the Senior Executive Team and partner with the CSO, and field executives to ensure alignment on all programmatic outreach, communication and messaging. 
  • Utilize the work of all previously executed workgroup reports and outcomes while also reviewing evidence-base to execute against the existing strategic plan and building the subsequent plan. 
  • Influence multiple stakeholders including health care providers, system level stakeholders in healthcare and long-term care communities, state and federal policy makers, consumers, and program and organization leadership. 
  • Identify opportunities to implement a public health approach in partnership with field leadership to engage key stakeholders in public health departments on risk reduction, early detection, and care services.
  • Partner with national and regional health care leaders to influence promotion of dementia capable care; identify opportunities for co-sponsorship and partnership. Cultivate and maximize the benefits of external relationships, including community organizations, donors, volunteers and government agencies. Partner with other Association functional operations to collaboratively develop and manage such relationships to maximize benefits from alliances across the Association. 
  • Serve as spokesperson for the Association on care and support, health care, quality care, and risk reduction issues. 
  • Lead the team to plan, develop and direct the execution of all public health programs, system policies and services as they relate to the Alzheimer’s Association community-based education, care and support program initiatives, public health, and diversity and inclusion initiatives. 

 Experience & General Requirements: 

  • 15 years of experience with progressive responsibility in a related field, which could include public health, risk reduction, care, support, volunteerism or their program functions and/or related business operations. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Voluntary Health Association category of the non-profit sector. 
  • Superior knowledge of public policy issues, specifically operations of federal and state agencies relevant to public health and system-level change strategies.
  • Senior management experience in a large non-profit organization. 
  • Experience building relationships and coalitions with other organizations across sectors. 
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends as needed, and to travel nationally and internationally as required. Estimated travel is 25 - 50%, depending on home base. Must possess valid passport.

Knowledge / Skills: 

  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills with strong influencing and collaboration capabilities. 
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills including public speaking and the ability to represent the association in high profile public settings. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations and create an inclusive environment. 
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to think strategically and creatively. 
  • 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 necessary, to successfully align communications strategies with organizational imperatives. 
  • Demonstrated evidence of ability to transfer knowledge into program support and service outreach across the network or ability to demonstrate the ability to transfer other chronic disease to the Alzheimer’s and all dementia 
  • 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. 
  • Ability to think analytically and strategically to identify and evaluate service and outreach trends for persons with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia and their care partners and care givers. 
  • Ability to integrate quality care knowledge with other divisions and departments within the Association (Medical Science, Public Policy, Communications, Program Services, Diversity and Inclusion, Conferencing and Chapter leadership) and with leaders and organizations outside the Alzheimer's Association. 
  • Proven ability to effectively lead, coach, and develop staff, as well as manage budget. 
  • Superior public speaking and presentation skills. 
  • Strong affinity for the Alzheimer’s Association mission and vision that translates into authentic compassion for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. 
  • Alignment with our core values.


Preferred Master’s degree in a related field like public health, health administration, or business administration or experience commensurate with graduate level instruction. 


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.


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