Associate Editor

Washington, DC
Jun 01, 2023
Jun 09, 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, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to the more than 100 million Americans 50-plus and their 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 Integrated Communications and Marketing (ICM) Group includes Membership, Content and Editorial, Customer Experience, External Relations, Brand Strategy and Strategic Communications. Across paid, earned, shared and owned channels, ICM manages AARP's reputation, drives engagement and member growth, and showcases AARP's mission and value through one, integrated voice.

The Associate Editor reports, writes and produces high-quality journalism for AARP digital platforms, mostly explainer service journalism for our state websites. Examples include guides to voting in every state and to how taxes work in every state. This is deeply reported and clearly written long-tail content that demands close attention to detail, a knack for translating complex policies into plain English for lay readers, an ability to deliver top-rate work on deadline and a positive attitude, especially when engaging with other teams across AARP, from our state offices to copy editors and fact checkers and beyond. The candidate will leverage their expertise in publishing digital content, to include tagging content for SEO keywords, and advising AARP state offices on content distribution for maximum impact.


  • Conceives, reports, and writes high-quality content for digital, print, and other platforms that is appealing to a 50+ audience and furthers the organization's core priorities and mission.
  • Employs digital analytics tools and resources to identify topics of interest to a 50+ audience and evaluate the performance of content after publication.
  • Plans, creates, and delivers written materials to improve readability, quality, accuracy, and overall content.
  • Works with other team members, including writers, editors, project managers, subject matter experts, marketing and outreach directors, and senior executives to create and deliver timely, high quality, and relevant content.
  • Collaborates with internal stakeholders and other partners to identify content needs to further the organization's core priorities and mission.
  • Enters content into the content publishing system, monitors workflow, and collaborates with production staff to ensure published content is accurate, appealing, and adheres to publishing best practices.
  • Stays current on the organization's core priorities and monitors key developments of interest to a 50+ audience in assigned coverage areas.


  • Bachelor's degree in journalism or a related discipline and 3+ years of digital publishing experience.
  • Exceptional writing and reporting skills.
  • Willingness to do journalism that could sometimes be tedious - like tax guides for a dozen or more different states.
  • Proven track record of conceiving and executing high-impact, multimedia content for consumer-facing digital platforms (websites, blogs, apps).
  • Extensive knowledge of digital content creation and digital platforms, content publishing systems, analytics tools, and SEO best practices.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and collaborative skills.
  • Ability to function in matrix teams.

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.

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