Sr. Vice President of Thought Leadership

Washington, DC
Jun 14, 2019
Jun 16, 2019
Full Time
Business Unit Description

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world's largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

Policy, Research and International Affairs (PRI) serves AARP by leading the development and articulation of AARP's public policies, research and insights on the 50+ and issues that matter to them, importing best global practices, and strengthening AARP's reputation for world class expertise and thought leadership.


Part of AARP's Policy, Research and International (PRI) group, the AARP Thought Leadership team works across the enterprise to position AARP as a global thought leader and engages with provocative thinkers to bring in the best ideas from a wide range of perspectives.

The Senior Vice President of Thought Leadership, works closely with the Chief Public Policy Officer (CPPO) to develop and implement a vision and strategy for AARP Thought Leadership and AARP International (in close conjunction with the VP of International).


The Senior VP will:
  • Demonstrate courage, integrity, imagination, accountability and resolve.
  • Position AARP thought leadership internally and externally.
  • Create a culture of and broader competency in thought leadership across AARP.
  • Cultivate relationships and credibility with both internal and external partners.
  • Discover and build new and impactful opportunities for external engagement.
  • Lead the design and execution of premier innovative convenings with thought leaders that challenge the status quo, inspire change and result in real impact.
  • Work closely with enterprise partners to strategically and seamlessly align thought leadership efforts with enterprise objectives.
  • Collaborate with partners across PRI to effectively develop projects, drive impact, and communicate about our work.
  • Lead and inspire a highly talented team to deliver on our thought leadership strategy in the key areas of health, wealth, social connection and the longevity economy.
  • Be a voice of inspiration, insight and authority across the organization and externally.
  • Bring a research mindset and understand the value of an evidence base.

The ideal candidate:
  • Maintains the big-picture strategic view while developing a detailed action plan.
  • Is a recognized change agent and successful risk taker.
  • Intuitively amplifies other thought leaders throughout the organization.
  • Is a clear communicator, exceptional writer, and experienced speaker.
  • Has a strong track record:
    • As a collaborator and connector of ideas and people.
    • Setting and holding the bar high for smart and sound ideas, flawless execution, and outstanding, measurable results from your team.
    • As a people manager and strategic planner.
  • Is a quick study and stays on top of key issues, best practices and innovations.
  • Translates insights from one area to drive change in others.
  • Is passionate and committed to reframing the discussions around healthy and productive aging to challenge outdated beliefs and spark new solutions.
  • Has demonstrated a commitment to AARP's values of impact, innovation, humanity, empowerment and honesty.


Required skills:
  • Demonstrated success in strategy-based marketing, innovation, communications, idea design and inspiration.
  • Master's degree required.
  • 10 or more years relevant experience.
  • 5 or more years of people management experience, cultivating a high-performing, healthy team with authentic communication and continuous coaching.
  • Track record of strong leadership that combines imagination, courage and curiosity.
  • Demonstrated ability to forge fruitful internal and external partnerships.
  • Excellent interpersonal and influence skills to work collaboratively with a variety of personalities and styles.
  • Knowledge of policy issues relevant to AARP.
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of management. Demonstrated diplomatic, networking, and delegation skills.

Benefits Offered

AARP offers competitive benefits with a 401K, 100% company funded pension plan, health, dental, vision and life insurance, STD/LTD, paid vacation and sick, and other benefits.


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.