Policy Advisor, Housing and Livable Communities

Washington, DC
Nov 16, 2022
Dec 16, 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.

This Policy Advisor, Housing and Livable Communities is a subject matter expert who conducts policy research analysis and provides policy guidance to support the development of the organization's public policy priorities and position. Coordinates aspects of key housing and livable communities projects and initiatives, including activities related to the AARP Livability Index, strategic partnerships with industry leaders and resource development. Collaborates with cross-functional teams to drive public policy campaigns and advocacy strategies. Utilizes extensive research methodologies to conduct primary research and plans and implements research products accordingly.


  • Serves as a deep subject-matter-expert on issues of importance to the organization. Participates in roundtables, forums and working groups.
  • Develops and works with cross-functional teams to identify the organization's public policy priorities and position. Builds and leverages external relationships to achieve results.
  • Analyzes federal and state legislative and regulatory proposals and provides objective policy analysis to inform national and state debates and the organization's position and engagement.
  • Conducts policy research and analysis to identify opportunities and develop solutions for internal and external audiences. Analyzes secondary and syndicated data and conducts literature reviews to develop insights.
  • Writes reports and recommendations that demonstrate thought leadership and support enterprise objectives. Produces written reports and convenes public meetings to gather information and insights, disseminate findings, share best practices, and advance solutions.


  • Completion of an advanced degree in Urban Planning, Economics, Business or a related discipline, and a minimum of 8 years of experience related to the position.
  • Strong analytical skills and experience analyzing data; ability to write data-driven fact sheets, policy briefs, research reports and analyze metrics related to community livability.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, as well as exceptional skills in presenting subject matter and data for all types of audiences using different forms of communication (e.g. written, oral, print/broadcast media, and digital/social media).
  • Excellent interpersonal and partnership development skills.
  • Experience in housing markets, industry and policy development.
  • Familiarity with developing initiatives to influence and connect with the general public and consumer audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and budgets.
  • Experience with project management tools
  • In-office/open 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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