Plans and executes integrated advocacy campaigns that includes grassroots and key contacts mobilization, lobbying, community resources and organization, policy expertise, and political knowledge in support of AARP legislative goals at the national as well as community and state level.
Recruits and manages volunteer leaders while building volunteer teams to develop a meaningful organization of involved and active volunteers. Works in collaboration with volunteer teams to build and execute AARP’s organizational impact and presence at the community, state and national level.
Works in collaboration with state and national office colleagues to promote AARP’s strategic issues, priorities, programs, and activities.
Makes presentations at workshops and conferences, as appropriate. Works with statewide volunteers on primary issues and community outreach as well as legislative and regulatory efforts. Ensures AARP is seen as a visible force in community outreach and public policy development by educating staff, volunteers, members, government and elected officials, and the public including the private sector.
Working in collaboration with AARP communication staff, expands AARP’s grassroots advocacy, outreach, presence, and influence as a leader communicating AARP’s work at the community, state and national level through various media and social channels. Working in collaboration with AARP communications staff, engages volunteer leaders and teams in communications work to amplify AARP’s media and communications reach. Strong social media skills are preferred.
Expands awareness of AARP and our priorities among community and public policy leaders. Identifies and positions AARP as a critical voice for age-eligible individuals, but also demonstrates relevance to all generations (i.e., decisions being made today can often most affect those 49 or younger).
Enhances AARP’s reputation among multi-cultural audiences and non-traditional partners, including community leaders, businesses, educators, and policy makers. Initiates new relationships and sustains existing ones.
Areas of Responsibility
Provides leadership to staff and volunteers to develop a meaningful organization of involved and active volunteers that impacts public policy at the national as well as the community and state level. Builds and maintains strong grassroots and key contacts organization and leadership for the purpose of impacting public officials on behalf of AARP’s policy goals and objectives.
Builds and maintains strong, productive relationships with Members of Congress and their district office staffs as well as with local and state officials including, state and local legislators, as necessary. Maintains a non-partisan stance with respect to candidates, incumbents, political parties and public events.
Represents AARP before policy makers. Focuses on active engagement and involvement of volunteers and members who are impacted by the issue at hand. In consultation with Communications, informs members and the public on issues of concern to AARP, including voter education and advocacy on both state and federal legislative issues.
Serves as a member of the state team and works with other state staff and lead volunteers to develop grassroots and grasstops community outreach strategies and tactics to advance priority issues in the state and community. Helps to organize and maintain effective coalitions and partnerships dealing with strategic issues.
- Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Policy Administration, Law, Business, Social or human sciences, or a related discipline
- or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position
- Demonstrates a strong understanding of the state’s political and community environment (e.g., community service leaders, partners, organizations, critical state-wide community service needs, legislative leaders, government officials, major stakeholders)
- Previous grassroots organizing and/or government relations experience strongly encouraged.
- Local, staewide and D.C. travel required up to 25% of work once organizational travel nans are lifted.
For this position we anticipate offering a salary between $90,000 – $105,000 per year. This role is also eligible to participate in an annual incentive plan with a percentage up to 12%. Bonus eligibility is dependent upon organizational and individual performance.
AARP offers competitive benefits with a 401(k); 100% company-funded pension plan; health, dental, and vision plans; life insurance paid time off to include company and individual holidays, vacation, sick, caregiving, and parental leave; performance-based and peer-based recognition; tuition reimbursement; among others. Visit careers.aarp.org/benefits for more information.
As a result of the COVID pandemic, all interviews will be held virtually and all non-essential employees will continue to work remotely until further notice.
How To Apply