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SVP, Global Thought Leadership

Washington, DC
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Mar 25, 2023

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Full Time

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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 group leads the development and communication of AARP's public policies and, research and insights, and global thought leadership on the issues that matter to people 50-plus.

The Senior Vice President, Global Thought Leadership, works closely with the Chief Public Policy Officer (CPPO) to develop and implement a vision and strategy to position the organization as a global thought leader in aging. Leads a team of subject matter experts and leverages their policy and research expertise, creativity, communication, project management, and problem-solving skills to generate innovative business strategies that align with the organization's enterprise objectives to grow impact and relevance.


  • Sets and directs the organization's global thought leadership agenda to champion new solutions from a wide range of perspectives. Creates a culture of thought leadership across the organization.
  • Positions the organization nationally and globally as a thought leader on subject matters such as financial resilience, healthcare, longevity, and aging. Creates opportunities for the organization's thought leaders to represent their expertise on the global stage at national and global consortiums, summits, and other awareness platforms.
  • Directs and oversees actionable research and thought leadership insights and actively tracks promising practices and innovative policies in other parts of the world that could have promise for the United States.
  • Cultivates relationships and credibility with new and existing external partners across all sectors (public, private, non-profit, educational, philanthropic, and international institutions). Leverages bold ideas generated internally and builds new, surprising, and impactful opportunities for external engagement.
  • Participates within the organization's focus areas and provides thought leadership, project guidance, and direction on analytical concepts for use within each area. Partners with internal stakeholders seeking opportunities to improve performance of the business segments through recommended strategy advancements (e.g., issues such as healthcare, employment and income security, and aging).
  • Stays abreast of industry and regulatory trends globally that may impact new and existing strategy development.
  • Conducts regular meetings with the global thought leadership team to set strategic direction, address department issues, and review key deliverables. Communicates critical departmental and organizational information. Provides direct management of employees including facilitating the annual performance management cycle. Directs ongoing recognition and compensation, as well as annual merit and incentive planning decisions.
  • Leads a team to develop and elevate big ideas to change how the world views and values aging.


  • 10+ years of relevant experience
  • Master's degree is required
  • 5+ years of people management experience, cultivating a high performing team
  • Demonstrated ability to foster fruitful internal and external partnerships
  • Excellent interpersonal and influence skills to work collaboratively with a variety of personalities and styles
  • Recognized thought leader and extensive knowledge of policy issues relevant to AARP, such as financial resilience, health and aging
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of management
  • Ideal candidate will have a global mindset, with an understanding of how to work with international organizations and stakeholders to advance our global agenda

Additional Requirements
  • Regular and reliable job attendance
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Exhibit respect and understanding of others to maintain professional relationships
  • Independent judgement in evaluation options to make sound decisions
  • 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.


AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization with a membership of nearly 38 million. Our aim is to disrupt preconceived notions about aging, turn goals and dreams into Real Possibilities, strengthen communities and fight for the issues that matter most to people 50-plus and their families; such as health care, employment security and retirement planning.

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