Thought Leadership Director, Financial Resilience

Washington, DC
Jul 31, 2022
Aug 30, 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, research and insights on the issues that matter to people 50-plus.

The Director of Thought Leadership cultivates and maintains strategic relationships with thought leaders and influencers across industries and leverages the cross-enterprise brainpower to elevate solutions and unique points of view on aging and longevity in the public discourse. The Director will identify and establish partnerships that assist the organization in meeting its strategic business objectives; collaborate with senior management to develop strategic messages that brings in and pushes out new ideas; and represent the organization at key forums, meetings, and advisory boards.


  • Lead a thought leadership portfolio with a focus on financial resilience, future of work, aging and longevity and the multigenerational workforce.
  • Engage with external and internal stakeholder on issues related to financial resilience.
  • Lead and execute a private sector engagement strategy to develop market driven solutions to address financial resilience issues.
  • Curates research, insights and analysis on aging, longevity and financial resilience issues.
  • Write and publish content (reports, blog posts, etc.) for internal and external audiences.
  • Provide expert guidance and analysis to VP, SVP and Executive Leadership.
  • Define and implement a future facing thought leadership approach across the enterprise to address the future of work and longevity.


  • Completion of an Advanced degree in public policy, communications, or related discipline required and 8+ years of experience in program development and implementation; or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position.
  • Demonstrated ability to forge effective internal and external partnerships across groups and departments.
  • Excellent analytical, project management and leadership skills.
  • Proven ability to quickly understand and interpret strategic issues and directions.
  • Ability to collect and analyze information and to edit, write and speak clearly and persuasively.
  • Excellent interpersonal and influence skills to work collaboratively with a variety of personalities and styles.
  • Expert knowledge on policy issues relevant to AARP preferred.
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of management.
  • Demonstrated diplomatic, networking, and delegation skills.
  • Technical proficiency in MS office. Design skills a plus.
  • This position works in an open-space office environment and the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate noise is required. This position requires regular use of computer keyboard, mouse and screen(s), review of marketing creative (color), and will communicate via mobile phone and computer.

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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