State Director

New Brunswick, New Jersey
Closing date
Dec 9, 2023

Job Details


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 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 State Director sets the overall vision and direction of the organization's work in the state to execute organizational priorities. Leads collaboration with business units across the organization and provides intelligence about on-the-ground developments that might affect the organization. Assesses environmental dynamics and decides where and how state office resources should be deployed throughout the state. Minimizes organizational and reputational risk and maximizes strategic opportunities for the organization across the state. Serves as the public face of the organization with stakeholders throughout the state.


  • Develops a state-specific strategic vision for the organization that considers organizational priorities, state and local-level needs and issues, and feedback from internal and external stakeholders.
  • Mobilizes the state office team of staff and volunteers in the execution of the strategic vision. Collaborates with staff across the organization in support of the state's work and leverages organizational resources effectively.
  • Directs the development of advocacy strategies at the local, state, and federal levels. Collaborates with cross-functional teams, as well as internal and external partners to achieve the organization's advocacy goals. Gathers and disseminates political intelligence. Manages relationships with elected officials at all levels. Collaborates with internal/external partners on advocacy strategy development.
  • Directs the development of communications strategies within the state, including targeting priority audiences and geographies. Ensures the effective use of communications channels and media partnerships that align with strategic objectives and help to raise the visibility of the organization with members, lawmakers, influencers, and the public.
  • Directs the development of engagement strategies, including targeting priority audiences and geographies. Establishes community partnerships and ensures the engagement of community partners to accomplish strategic objectives. Ensures integration of strategies across geographies and issue areas.
  • Manages the state office budget to ensure alignment with strategic priorities and meet financial benchmarks. Manages organizational risk and ensures compliance with organizational policies and procedures.
  • Directs the development and support of a team or teams of volunteers to assist in executing the state's strategic plan, including recruitment, engagement, and recognition of volunteers.
  • Ensures strong people management across team by monitoring and supporting employee engagement and volunteer engagement as appropriate.


  • BA degree in Public Administration, Management, Political Science, Community Organization, Gerontology or related discipline. Master's degree or above a plus.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience directly related to the duties of the position.
  • 4+ years of executive management/leadership is required. Proven ability to lead people and manage things.
  • Experience working with community organizations, volunteers, and legislators (local, state, federal).
  • Strong understanding of public policy issues facing the state and AARP membership. Strong understanding of the political environment and other dynamics impacting AARP's work in the state.
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time is required.

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.
  • Ability to occasionally lift up to 25 pounds.

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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