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.
The Associate State Director, Advocacy & Community Engagement
develops and executes state, federal, and local advocacy activities. Leads state-level advocacy activities and represents the organization and its interests to elected officials, local and state government agencies, and partner organizations. Leads state-level implementation of national campaign efforts. Recruits, develops, and manages volunteer teams to advance advocacy community outreach campaign goals and objectives. Establishes strategic community partnerships and leverages internal and external resources to achieve the organization's community engagement goals at the state and local levels. Integrates advocacy and community engagement work with internal and external teams and partners. Develops and executes advocacy and community engagement campaigns that include grassroots mobilization and leadership. Collaborates with management to identify opportunities to streamline processes and to develop new procedures that support the business unit/department. Responsibilities
- Identifies issues of public policy and organizational importance, and develops and implements advocacy strategies at the local, state, and federal levels, collaborating with cross-functional teams, as well as internal and external partners to achieve the organization's legislative goals.
- Collaborates with internal/external partners on advocacy campaign communication strategy development. Utilizes direct action organizing tactics and implements grassroots advocacy tools to build constituent support for the organization's legislative priorities.
- Works with staff, volunteers, members, and other cross-organization teams to achieve the organization's community engagement goals at the state and local levels. Establishes a presence for the organization in targeted communities by engaging multicultural audiences, developing community partnerships, building volunteer capacity, and designing and executing engaging community programs and events.
- Represents the organization and its interests to federal, state, local government agencies and media outlets. Builds and maintains relationships with governmental representatives, with the goal of advancing and promoting the organization's goals. Develops and manages relationships with elected officials at all levels.
- Establishes strategic community partnerships and leverages internal/external resources to raise the visibility of the organization within communities.
- Develops and communicates persuasive narratives aligned with the organization's priorities to diverse audiences. Confidently represents the organization in public facing settings to the media, the public, and members.
- Serves as a subject-matter-expert on the state office's advocacy issues, utilizing data and input from diverse stakeholders. Produces written reports and/or convenes public meetings to disseminate findings, share best practices, and advance solutions through relevant communication channels.
- Recruits, trains, develops, and deploys volunteers in accordance with organizational goals. Aligns volunteers' interests with organizational priorities. Supports volunteer needs and designs opportunities to maximize volunteer engagement. Ensures inclusion of volunteer perspectives in strategic planning.
- Bachelor's degree.
- 5+ years of outreach and managing governmental relationships, partner relationships, and local community organizing.
- Experience lobbying, coalition building and using grassroots techniques to influence legislation at the local level. Developing both short and long term strategies and tactical plans to achieve success in both legislative advocacy and grassroots campaigns.
- Experience recruiting, engaging, and managing volunteers and a demonstrated commitment to empowering them.
- Experience leading and managing multiple issues and/or projects at the same time.
- Proven experience developing, influencing, and cultivating strategic partnerships to elevate issues within the community.
- Ability to perform operational duties, such as budgeting and reporting. Comfort with the Microsoft Office suite, internal reporting systems, and ability and willingness to learn new functionalities.
- Recognition of and commitment to non-partisanship and the importance of diversity in all its forms.
AARP will not sponsor an employment visa for this position at this time. Additional Requirements
Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)
- 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
- Home office environment with the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate home environment noise
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.