Government Affairs Director

Washington, DC
Dec 28, 2022
Jan 26, 2023
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 on issues such as food security, long-term care, the Older Americans Act and health care disparities. at the federal 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 8 years relevant and progressively responsible substantive legislative and regulatory experience in government, the private sector, or a non-profit organization; or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of this position.
  • Extensive federal-level advocacy expertise in a governmental agency, legislative or intergovernmental advocacy environment, and a proven passion and commitment to consumer advocacy.
  • Issue expertise in food security, long term care, health care disparities and the Older Americans Act.
  • 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 to advance AARP's advocacy goals.
  • Must have extensive issue knowledge of relevant advocacy issues and demonstrate same through 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.
  • 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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