Federal Strategy Director

Washington, DC
Jul 01, 2022
Jul 05, 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 Community, State and National Affairs (CSN) Group includes Government Relations, Programs, Volunteer Engagement, Community Outreach and Advocacy at the federal, state and local levels. It delivers on AARP's social mission by educating and engaging people 50-plus and their families, strengthening communities, and championing issues that help give people financial and health security.

The Advisor manages the design and implementation of engagement strategies; researches target audiences and designs engagement opportunities that align with strategic objectives. The Advisor ensures integration of engagement strategies across geographies and issue areas; establishes strategic community partnerships and leverages internal/external resources to raise the visibility of the organization within communities. The Advisor manages the execution of community engagement strategies at the federal level.


  • Develops and implements advocacy strategies at the federal level.
  • Collaborates with cross-functional teams, as well as internal and external partners to achieve the organization's advocacy goals.
  • Gathers and disseminates political intelligence.
  • Manages relationships with elected officials at the federal level.
  • Develops and assists with the execution of advocacy campaigns and collaborates with internal/external partners on advocacy communication strategy development.
  • Utilizes direct action organizing tactics and implements grassroots advocacy tools to build constituent support for the organization's advocacy priorities.
  • Able to perform multiple tasks in a high-paced working environment.


  • Bachelor's degree in Political Science, Public Affairs, Business Administration or related field.
  • 10+ years of experience in public policy and/or advocacy.
  • Strong network and connections to Republican Senators, Members, congressional staff, public interest groups, think tanks, and trade associations.
  • Good understanding of legislative and political processes.
  • Ability to think strategically.

Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)

AARP observes Mondays and Fridays as telecommuting workdays, except for essential functions. Telework 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.