Associate General Counsel

Washington, DC
Sep 01, 2023
Oct 01, 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 Office of the General Counsel is seeking an Associate General Counsel who specializes in contracting and commercial transactions. This individual will focus on reviewing and negotiating contracts, advising business units and senior leadership on contracting risk, and building scalable contracting processes, all with the goal of driving speed, transparency, and informed contract execution. AARP is involved in a broad range of commercial transactions, including but not limited to, data licensing, adtech and martech engagements, software, cloud and platform solutions, other procurement/vendor contracts. In addition to reviewing, drafting and negotiating a wide variety of contracts, the ideal candidate will escalate data privacy and data security contracting concerns to the relevant subject matter experts and be able recommend and collaborate on solutions.

All members of AARP's Office of the General Counsel advise business units and affiliated entities to serve the goals and mission of the organization in a manner that is compliant, ethical, solution-oriented and timely; consult and collaborate with management to develop strategic plans and ensure organizational activities meet legal and regulatory compliance; and work collaboratively to accomplish organization goals and execute on organization mission.


  • Delivers effective oral and written communication. Assists in developing policies and procedures to ensure legal compliance. Ensures legal and regulatory compliance and counsels business units and affiliated entities, to serve the goals and mission of the organization in a manner that is compliant, ethical, and timely.
  • Provides legal analysis and guidance regarding business initiatives (e.g., identifying legal risks and mitigation steps, determining enterprise-wide implications). Structures legal obligations in contract to protect the interests of the organization.
  • Negotiates and drafts agreements with providers, vendors and other third parties.
  • Works collaboratively with lines of business, the organization, and providers to align business goals with stakeholders' interests.
  • Maintains knowledge of applicable laws and regulations, and provides legal research, analysis, and guidance.
  • Provides legal guidance around general legal guidance, consumer and third-party data privacy issues, privacy governance, data privacy issues, membership issues, procurement issues, development and operation of social welfare products, real estate matters, trademark, copyright and various intellectual property rights.
  • Negotiates and advises on contracts, new business models, legal risks and other organizational related transactions.


  • 10+ years of relevant transactional experience at a law firm, in-house, or combination, working on data licensing, advertising/marketing technology engagements, software, cloud and platform solutions, other procurement/vendor contracts
  • Ability to negotiate with counterparties confidently and explain contract obligations and legal risk to business stakeholders using clear and actionable language
  • Skilled in developing processes that enhance the speed and efficacy of contract execution
  • Highly skilled at identifying contract risk and mitigation approaches
  • Ability to work independently, escalating and collaborating as appropriate
  • Must function with the highest degree of integrity and ethical standards
  • Ability to handle multiple, high-level complex projects at one time and high volumes of work on an ongoing basis, with strong attention to detail.
  • Juris Doctor from an accredited institution
  • Admitted to practice, active member and good standing in a state Bar, with the ability to practice as an in-house attorney in DC

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.

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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