Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.
We spoke to Nick Vassallo, new partnerships manager in the corporate partnerships team, fundraising directorate, to find out what it is like to work at Alzheimer’s Society and why it is an exciting time to join.
Why would someone want to work for Alzheimer’s Society?
All our people want to create a better world for those affected by dementia and are involved in taking practical steps to make that happen. This is a forward-thinking organisation that values your ideas, encourages your initiative and recognises your contribution.
What drives success in your team?
Much of our success is attributed to the way we manage to engage with our corporate supporters. We have moved a long way from purely employee fundraising to a more integrated way of working with different companies to change society’s perceptions of dementia.
What roles are you recruiting for?
We are currently looking for a corporate development manager - a new role that has been created to help the charity focus on developing long term strategic relationships with companies.
What kind of employee are you looking for?
Someone who can build effective relationships at a senior level. Someone creative who can spot opportunities and has a natural tenacity and perseverance to see things through. You also need to have an ability to build alliances internally so that your proposals incorporate the input of a range of colleagues from across the organisation.
What career progression and development opportunities do you offer your employees?
Our aim is to establish a culture of continuous learning. Supported by appropriate and accessible learning and development initiatives and interventions, we believe we will nurture and retain the professional, passionate people we already have as well as those who join us in the future.
What exciting initiatives are you working on?
The Dementia Friends initiative, which we launched in the UK as part of our drive to change people’s perceptions of dementia and create dementia-friendly communities. We strive to embed our work into all our partners’ organisations with the aim of transforming the way they think, act and talk about the condition. Marks & Spencer, Flight Centre and Lloydspharmacy are just some examples of our partners who have incorporated the Dementia Friends programme into their organisations.
Sum up what it is like to work at Alzheimer’s Society.
Our employees are always prepared to put the organisation and its mission first - it’s a very supportive and collaborative working culture.