Director, Family & Caregiving

Washington, DC
Dec 02, 2022
Dec 28, 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 Director, Family and Caregiving leads a team responsible for AARP's advocacy at both the federal, state and local level on key issues impacting families and family caregivers. Directs the development of the organization's legislative and regulatory agenda. Identifies and monitors emerging public policy trends across the country and collaborates across teams to contextualize those trends. Advocates for organizational interests in front of legislative bodies and governmental agencies, and influences government policy/legislative direction and public opinion to achieve strategic goals for the organization. Collaborates with senior management to provide political and legislative expertise on activities critical to the organization and to develop strategies to position the organization for success.


  • Manages a team of issue experts responsible for the development and implementation of federal, state, and local legislative and regulatory strategies to accomplish AARP's public policy objectives in the area of family caregiving, long-term care, food insecurity and elder justice.
  • Provides strategic counsel and advice to AARP state offices and other internal stakeholders to achieve the organization's advocacy goals.
  • Identifies and monitors legislative and regulatory issues affecting Americans 50 and older and assists senior leadership with strategic planning to develop successful advocacy plans.
  • Builds and maintains strong relationships with governmental representatives, coalitions, professional associations, and other stakeholders with the goal of advancing and achieving the organization's goals.
  • Represents the organization in media opportunities, social media videos, blog posts, and other collateral to advance an advocacy agenda.
  • Advocates for organizational interests in front of legislative bodies.
  • Balances multiple projects or work streams to ensure progress is made.
  • Serves on internal cross-functional strategy teams and leads advocacy component of relevant issue-based work that can move the social mission in an integrated and nationwide way.


  • 3+ years management experience with 7+ years of relevant work experience; demonstrated ability to manage a team to work across departments to create significant change to improve the organization's efforts impacting families and family caregivers, including long-term care, food insecurity and elder justice.
  • Bachelor's degree (advanced degree preferred) in public policy, social sciences, law, political science, history, project or program management, or other field directly related to the duties of this position.
  • Strong communication skills (written, verbal, social) to leverage insights into communication messaging, collateral materials, and programmatic execution.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal, state and local policies and politics around aging issues, including health care security.
  • Encourages and advises others on ways to improve efficiency and effectiveness; facilitates the implementation and acceptance of change in the workplace.
  • Experience with financial/budget analysis, project management, project leadership, and working in cross-functional teams.
  • In-office/open office environment with the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate noise.

Physical/Mental Demands
  • Regular and reliable job attendance
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Exhibit respect and understanding of others to maintain professional relationships
  • Independent judgement and discretion requiring the employee to compare and evaluate various courses of conduct and make a decision (or recommend a decision to be made) after various possibilities have been considered.
  • 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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