Government Affairs Director

Washington, DC
Nov 22, 2022
Dec 03, 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 Government Affairs Director advocates and provides technical assistance for policies that support Americans 50 and older in a specific portfolio of issues at the federal and state government levels. Directly supports national office colleagues and state offices with issue leadership, expertise, coordination, technical resources, legislative drafting and analysis, drafting statements and testimony, and strategy development related to legislative activity. In all interactions, works collaboratively with colleagues across the organization, to include key staff from multiple departments.


  • Serves as a point of contact on a specific portfolio of issues.
  • Interacts with federal and state elected officials and staff members in a lobbyist capacity.
  • Researches and identifies public policy issues of interest to the organization and prepares summaries and reports on the facts and issues.
  • Analyzes federal and state legislative and regulatory proposals, communicates regularly with state office staff regarding the organization's policy goals, and contributes to internal and external advocacy materials.
  • Builds strong relationships with members of Congress, federal or state officials, internal and external stakeholders, professional associations, and coalitions to achieve the organization's public policy agenda.
  • Identifies and recommends opportunities to advance the organization's priorities.
  • Works closely with colleagues in States, Campaigns, Policy Development, Programs, Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, and other departments to drive robust and proactive advocacy on their portfolio of issues for Americans 50 and older.
  • Serves as a spokesperson with press and with legislative and non-legislative audiences on a specific portfolio of issues as they relate to older adults to position the organization as a credible source of information on legislative and regulatory issues.
  • Identifies, supervises and works with outside consultants and issue experts to advance the organization's advocacy agenda.


  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree or higher in Political Science, Public Policy, or Law and 5+ years relevant and progressively responsible substantive legislative and regulatory experience.
  • Extensive state-level advocacy expertise in a governmental agency, legislative or intergovernmental advocacy environment, and a proven passion and commitment to consumer advocacy.
  • Extensive experience in the preparation and presentation of policy positions (issues briefs, testimony, etc.).
  • Ability to analyze legislation and regulations thoroughly and effectively and to apply research results to justify or support Association policies and positions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment, including building strategic and solid partnerships with colleagues in our national and state offices.
  • Strong written and verbal communications.
  • Demonstrated ability to adhere to specific guidelines for developing and implementing integrated issue campaigns to achieve organizational goals, emphasizing teamwork throughout.

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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