Global Advocacy Director

New York, New York
Sep 20, 2023
Oct 20, 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 Policy, Research and International Affairs leads the development and communication of AARP's public policies and, research and insights on the issues that matter to people 50-plus.

The Global Advocacy Director drives international engagement to position the organization as a global thought leader. Represents the organization at key forums, meetings, and advisory boards. Collaborates with senior management to develop international relations engagement programs that will position the organization for success.


  • Maintains deep expertise related to aging and stays abreast of the key global trends. Serves as a go-to resource on leading practices, policies, models, and innovations.
  • Promotes the organization's image and brand as a global thought leader, supporting a global effort to elevate issues around aging with new audiences, stakeholders, and influencers. Leads a portfolio that includes expansive global outreach.
  • Develops and leads efforts to shape international debate and discussion, both within the public sphere and the private sector.
  • Elevates the organization's perspective among key global thought leaders by managing and monitoring its international presence and partnering with and engaging global stakeholders to stimulate international learnings. Convenes public and private conferences and roundtables and leverages influencers and expert stakeholders through effective communication.
  • Identifies policies, promising practices, and innovative solutions from around the world and seeks opportunities to share these insights with colleagues and stakeholders in the United States. Commissions, writes, and publishes cutting edge research for the organization.
  • Amplifies and elevates the best U.S. practices and policies with public and private-sector leaders around the world. Identifies, develops, and cultivates strategic relations that drive impact and relevance.


  • Bachelor's degree required; completion of a law degree or an advanced degree in international relations, public policy, and/or related field is highly preferred.
  • 8+ years of experience, to include demonstrated experience and deep understanding of international policy, international institutions, and international law.
  • Ability to elevate AARP's perspective among key global thought leaders by managing and monitoring its international presence and partnering with and engaging global stakeholders to stimulate international learning.
  • Excellent written and public communication skills, to include convening within public and private conferences and roundtables to leverage influencers and expert stakeholders and persuasively and effectively advocating on AARP's issues to influence the debate.
  • Ability to identify, develop, and cultivate strategic relations that drive impact and relevance.
  • Motivated self-starter, creative problem-solver, and robust communicator, particularly since the job is based in the New York office, separate from the rest of the DC-based international team.
  • Demonstrated advocacy experience, comfort leading coalitions, and a strong understanding of international organizations, stakeholders, systems, policies, and issues.
  • Collaborative team player, with a proven ability to manage and work effectively in a diverse, fast-paced environment, leveraging relationships and resources enterprise-wide.

AARP will not sponsor an employment visa for this position at this time.

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. For this position we anticipate offering a salary between $144,000 - $168,000 per year. This role is also eligible to participate in an annual incentive plan with a percentage up to 22.5%. Bonus eligibility is dependent upon organizational and individual performance.

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.