Branch Director

Baltimore, MD
May 15, 2019
May 22, 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.

AARP Foundation is AARP's 501 c3 charitable affiliate. We are a public charity with revenue from federal agencies, corporations, foundations and individuals. AARP Foundation's vision is a country free of poverty where no older person feels vulnerable. Staff are located in Washington DC and throughout the US.

Every year, AARP Foundation helps millions of struggling older adults 50 and over win back opportunity by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face each day. Through the Foundation's many groundbreaking and innovative programs and services, we create and advance effective solutions to meet their basic needs for nutritious food, safe and affordable housing, adequate income and much-needed personal connections.


Experience Corps is an evidence-based, award-winning AARP Foundation literacy program, utilizing highly trained volunteers age 50 and over to mentor students in kindergarten through third grade. The program improves the literacy rates of children, enriches the lives of our volunteers and strengthens schools in the communities we serve.

T he Branch Director is the key strategy driver for the AARP Foundation Experience Corps program in the Baltimore branch. This entrepreneurial leader must be able to make critical decisions within the context of competing priorities. The Branch Director will ensure compliance with all AARP Foundation policies, advance the Experience Corps National Office priorities, effectively manage the branch staff, and craft and implement the strategy for the branch. Central to this work will be productive working relationships with respective school district representatives, school staff, and community partners who will support engaging older adult volunteers in the Experience Corps program. The Branch Director leads work with key community partners and funding organizations to secure an environment that can deliver a highly-effective and sustainable Experience Corps program.


Leadership and Management
  • In collaboration with Experience Corps National Office leadership, prepare and execute strategic plans that drive mission achievement within the community.
  • Make strategic decisions across competing priorities within a dynamic environment.
  • Manage all day-to-day operations of the Experience Corps branch, including program direction; personnel performance management and accountability; financial management; grant compliance; fundraising and community relations; data collection and accountability; project management; and general administration.
  • Communicate regularly and openly with Experience Corps National Office Leadership to ensure success and minimize challenges.
  • Communicate frequently and cultivate productive working relationships with branch staff, volunteer corps, school administrators and teachers.
  • Support the full Experience Corps network through participation in network meetings and calls as well as engaging in working groups focused on Experience Corps Network priority issues.

Program Quality
  • Create an environment for delivering school district-approved, high-impact Experience Corps academic tutoring & mentoring interventions.
  • Ensure that all site operations align with Experience Corps standards.
  • Develop Experience Corps branch work plans aligned with AARP Foundation priorities and lead ongoing processes to effectively carry out plans and ensure program quality.

Resource and Partnership Development
  • Cultivate productive relationships with key district staff and school system leadership.
  • Coordinate with the AARP Foundation Development team to cultivate donor relationships to sustain and grow the Experience Corps program.
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with community agencies and organizations that promote and sustain the mission of the Experience Corps program.
  • Raise visibility of program in the community by building relationships with key local leaders, school board members, and other prominent community members.
  • Create and nurture internal AARP and AARP Foundation partnerships to further strengthen program support and operations.
  • Prepare and deliver reports to funders and other key stakeholders.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree in education or related field preferred.
  • Six (6) years of executive nonprofit management experience.
  • Familiarity with research and program effectiveness related to K-3 elementary school literacy.
  • Ability to work closely and develop strong relationships with diverse and multicultural individuals and organizations, including older adult volunteers, children, parents, school administrators, program officers, major and individual donors, and elected officials.
  • Awareness and understanding of children's needs and challenges and those of older adults in low-income, multicultural communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and take initiative in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities efficiently.
  • Strong staff management skillset. Adept at situational leadership.
  • Competence in creative problem solving and conflict resolution.
  • Skilled in clear, effective written and verbal communication.
  • Energy and passion for leading a dynamic and growing program in the often-changing setting of the education arena.
  • Experience working in/with public school districts, private schools, preferably in elementary and/or early education.
  • Experience in community development, developing partnerships, negotiating Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), and other collaborative processes.
  • Experience in older adult volunteer management and/or intergenerational programs.

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.

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