Associate State Director - Advocacy

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Employer
AARP
Location
Austin, Texas
Posted
Sep 09, 2022
Closes
Oct 09, 2022
Ref
3365
Hours
Full Time
Overview

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 Associate State Director of Advocacy represents the organization and its interests to state government agencies; partners with internal and external teams to achieve the organization's state-level legislative goals. Works with internal/external teams to develop and execute advocacy campaigns and to build constituent support for organization's legislative priorities. Collaborates with management to identify opportunities to streamline processes and develop new procedures that support the business unit/department.

Responsibilities

  • Serves as a deep subject-matter-expert on the organization's issues. Uses data and input for diverse stakeholders. Produces written reports or convenes public meetings to disseminate findings, share best practices, and advance solutions through relevant communication channels.
  • Represents the organization and its interests to federal, state, or local government agencies. Builds and maintains relationships with governmental representatives, with the goal of advancing and promoting the organization's goals.
  • Identifies issues of public policy and organizational importance and implements strategies, such as drafting and distributing memos or releases, to generate government and public support. Advocates for organizational interests in front of legislative bodies. Monitors and comments on pending legislation that may impact organizational operations.
  • Collaborates with internal/external partners on advocacy campaign communication strategy development. Utilizes direct action organizing tactics and implements grassroots advocacy tools to build constituent support for the organization's legislative priorities.
  • Develops and implements advocacy strategies and campaigns at the local, state and federal levels while collaborating with cross functional teams as well as internal and external partners to achieve the organization's legislative goals. Develops and manages relationships with elected officials at all levels.
  • Recruits, trains, develops, and deploys volunteers in accordance with organizational goals. Aligns volunteers' interests with organizational priorities. Supports volunteer needs and designs opportunities to maximize volunteer engagement. Ensures inclusion of volunteer perspectives in strategic planning.

Qualifications

  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree required.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in government relations, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, public affairs or related field.
  • Experience engaging and building relationships with diverse organizations, community partners and coalitions.
  • Experience working with and managing a diverse volunteer or membership base.
  • Travel up to 10%.
  • Night and weekend hours as required to meet state office needs.
  • Ability to work in environment with 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.