Startup Programming Manager

Washington DC
May 04, 2022
Jul 01, 2022
Full Time

AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

The Startup Programming Manager is responsible for leading the planning and management of AARP Innovation Lab events. Events include, but are not limited to, pitch events, demo days and conference engagements. This position is also responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Hatchery, ARP's creative and innovative thinking space.


  • Lead and support the planning and execution of all Innovation Labs events like Demo Days, Grand Pitch Finale and conference engagements - which includes sourcing, staffing and managing conference and innovation ecosystem initiatives for both internal and startup engagement opportunities.
  • Lead the management of multiple AARP Innovation Labs pitch events throughout the year - managing core components and full activations of the AARP Innovation Labs pitch events and annual pitch Productions.
  • Assist in representing the innovation team through webinars and opening/closing engagement remarks.
  • Maintain day-to-day operations of the Hatchery, including creating and scheduling reports on maintenance, repairs, security, and other occurrences.
  • Manage social media channels and engagement while executing on social media strategy.


  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • 5+ years of event planning experience.
  • 2+ years of account management experience in the field of entrepreneurship, technology, PR, or advertising.
  • Project management, and vendor management experience required.
  • Strong understanding of the startup ecosystem.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, written and oral communication, and customer relationship-building skills across multiple levels of management.
  • Goal-oriented, ambitious, self-starter, detail-oriented and passionate.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • In-office/open office environment with the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate noise.

Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)
AARP observes Mondays and Fridays as telecommuting workdays, except for essential functions. Remote work and telecommuting can only be done within the United States and its territories.

Compensation and Benefits

AARP offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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