Associate State Director - Community

San Jose, California
Jul 01, 2022
Jul 22, 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) team 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.

As Associate State Director for Community you will be a frontline voice and presence with the 50+ public, AARP members and volunteers, targeted audiences including multicultural audiences, stakeholders and partners.


  • Conduct advocacy, multicultural market engagement, community outreach and volunteer engagement in a designated Metro Area.
  • Execute a variety of strategies and tactics for public facing initiatives and events that build AARP's relevance and contributes to delivering positive impact for Metro Area audiences as part of the AARP social mission.
  • Work with Metro staff and volunteers to develop AARP's presence in communities through strengthening visibility and awareness of AARP's Brand.
  • Lead a project team across the state to coordinate advocacy and outreach for a campaign, advance an initiative (e.g. age-friendly communities), or develop issue expertise of staff and volunteers.

Specific to Advocacy:
  • Build grassroots and grasstops capacities; and coordinate communications and engagements.
  • Develop, maintains and leverages relationships with elected and appointed officials, and other decision makers in his/her metro area. Contacts and confers with members of legislature and other public office holders to persuade them to favorable positions regarding AARP's priorities.
  • Develop issue briefings, materials, and resources, which prepares staff, volunteers and partners for communicating policy, including with policy and law- makers. Prepares written communications such as letters of support/opposition, speeches and testimony.
  • Communicate and perform outreach to targeted multicultural audiences in relevant tone and language, including non-English, bilingual or other formats, to targeted audiences in the metro region(s), as needed.


  • BA degree in urban planning, public administration, political science, public policy, sociology, or related discipline and a minimum of 5 years of experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position.
  • Understanding of public policy issues facing the state and AARP membership in particular, and social change dynamics.
  • Understanding of, and relationships among, the state's political and community service and engagement environments.
  • Experience working with volunteer structures and related dynamics including working with volunteers at the executive and grassroots level.
  • Travel required up to 50%.

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.

For this position we anticipate offering a salary between $90,000.00 and $105,000.00 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.

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.