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Job Title: Chief Innovation Officer

Employer: Alzheimer’s Los Angeles

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Website: http://www.

Alzheimer’s Los Angeles

Celebrating its 40th anniversary as a community-based organization serving families in the greater Los Angeles area, Alzheimer’s Los Angeles is recognized as a leader in innovative programming for people living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia and their family caregivers. They have earned the trust of families from diverse communities, and of the professionals who serve them through steadfast dedication to providing free services and programs that truly improve peoples’ quality of life. The organization’s history is outlined here.

The Position

The Chief Innovation Officer (CINO), a newly created position, will be responsible for building Alzheimer’s LA’s capacity to develop innovative, strategic programs and its ability to proactively develop, pilot, and iterate upon new and proven approaches to service delivery. The CINO will join a passionate and dedicated team of professionals who believe deeply in our mission and organizational values. The CINO will report directly to the CEO and engage with all levels of the organization. As a member of the senior leadership team, the CINO will serve as a thought partner and collaborator with the CEO and work closely with senior executives to ensure that innovation aligns with organizational strategy and receives adequate funding. She/He will work with program teams to ensure that their efforts reflect community needs as well as innovative thinking.

The CINO will have deep experience with programmatic innovation for older adults, ideally with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. She/he will have the academic background and subject matter expertise to ensure the organization’s status as a national leader in dementia program development and delivery. A clinical understanding of the disease and current research trends would be ideal.

Alzheimer’s LA is dedicated to serving diverse communities and the CINO will share a deep dedication to addressing health disparities for these communities. The CINO will ensure that Alzheimer’s LA generates creative, cutting-edge solutions and tangible outcomes in response to current trends, emerging needs, and internal and external evaluative data. Ideas for innovation can come from outside the organization, so the CINO will maintain relationships with organization and community partners that also engage is providing services to the aging community.

The CINO will collaborate on the innovation process inside the organization that identifies strategies and opportunities and develops new capabilities, business models, and relationships with partners to serve those opportunities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Identify opportunities to leverage existing and new programs and resources to improve outcomes for people living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia and their family/friend caregivers.
  • Participate in long-term visioning, assessment, and implementation of revenue-generating models for various areas of the organization, such as fee-for-service opportunities.
  • In partnership with the CEO and senior leadership, build intentional and strategic alliances with like-minded institutions and coalitions, both locally and nationally, to meet the existing and emerging needs of impacted families, especially in diverse and traditionally underserved populations.
  • Oversee the Community Education department and develop strategic approaches to serving the Latino, African American, and Asian American communities of LA County.
  • Ensure programmatic delivery maintains fidelity to evidence-based programs, and that all programs are up to the organization’s high standards.
  • Support the CEO in the development and adaptation of annual programmatic goals to realize the long-term objectives of the strategic plan.
  • Attend Board Meetings and present as needed.
  • Collaborate with the development and grants teams to pursue and secure funding opportunities focused on building the long-term sustainability of the organization.
  • Keep abreast of educational trends across the field and represent Alzheimer’s LA across various platforms such as national conferences, news publications, social media, etc.
  • Serve as an ambassador for Alzheimer’s LA at the national level on services to the dementia community.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have a deep personal commitment to delivering programs and services that improve the quality of life of people living with Alzheimer’s (or other forms of dementia) and their family/caregivers. She/he will be a strategic thinker and planner, with tangible experience of cultivating or leveraging opportunities for growth over time. Experience leading cross-organizational partnerships and collaborations is important. Success in this role will also depend on an understanding of impact of healthcare disparities in Los Angeles’s diverse communities, along with a serious dedication to addressing those disparities.

Essential Skills and Qualifications

  • Graduate degree (PhD, MS, LCSW) or commensurate expertise in gerontology or a related field.
  • Executive experience in healthcare and/or social services to the aging population.
  • Experience providing professional development required.
  • Experience in development and/or dissemination of written products, e.g. curricula and facilitator/participant guides preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of constituencies. Familiarity with social media platforms is a plus.
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader and team player who can positively impact both strategic and tactical organizational initiatives.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Professional stature to represent Alzheimer’s LA on the national level

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter (as an attachment in Word format) by email to Martin Shirley, Managing Partner, Shirley Associates, Executive Search Consultants:

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