Research Communications Advisor

Washington, DC
Oct 27, 2022
Nov 10, 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.

AARP's Policy, Research and International Affairs leads the development and communication of AARP's public policies and, research and insights on the issues that matter to people 50-plus.

The Research Communications Advisor engages in the implementation of communications strategies tailored for targeted audiences over multi-channel platforms. The Advisor measures communication campaign effectiveness for return-on-investment and leads the design of communications campaigns that raise brand awareness, inform, educate, and influence internal and external audiences. The Advisor will ensure content aligns with the enterprise brand strategy and brand architecture, and will collaborate with management to identify opportunities to streamline communication processes and develop new procedures that support the business unit/department.


  • Communicates research findings, often from complex studies or from a program of research by integrating related research and identifying implications of the research for action by decision-makers.
  • Manages internal and external departmental communications efforts.
  • Creates communications plans for departmental outputs.
  • Liaises with internal media relations staff to promote work of department through existing channels.
  • Promotes work of department through media round tables, events, and social and conventional media channels.


  • Bachelor's degree required (advanced degree preferred) in Communications, Public Relations or related field and 8+ years of experience developing strategic communications campaigns.
  • Background working in communications for social science research, public policy or other scientific disciplines strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Experience in utilizing social media to build visibility and accessibility required.
  • Solid project management experience in a communications setting.
  • Ability to adhere to tight deadlines and work accurately in a fast-paced environment.
  • Advanced proficiency in MS Office and electronic communications.
  • Graphic design and data visualization skills preferred (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Tableau). Familiarity with video production a plus.
  • Must be able to work well in a team environment and collaborate across teams with multiple priorities and timelines.
  • In-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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