Writer/Project Advisor - President's Office

Washington, DC
Oct 11, 2019
Nov 09, 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.


Works closely with the AARP Foundation President and team to craft compelling content, with a keen understanding of the AARP Foundation's President voice, tone, and style.

  1. Drafts written content that may include op-eds, blogs, organization- and enterprise-wide communications, letters, articles, and social media, among others.

  1. Drafts speeches and remarks for conferences, meetings, and other internal and external AARP Foundation President speaking engagements.

  1. Ensures all content is consistent in voice, while messaging is customized and aligned for intended audience.

  1. Collaborates across departments (such as programs, development, finance, innovation, strategy, grants, and litigation) to ensure content contains most timely and relevant information.

  1. Coordinates efforts across the AARP enterprise to ensure content is consistent with AARP policies and positions.

  1. Coordinates with the Communications team and AARP Media Relations to ensure President's content is leveraged across multiple platforms and in preparation for media engagements.

  1. Gathers information from multiple areas and stays abreast of trends across multiple disciplines, including poverty, social isolation, and other social determinants of health, as well as trends in policy, philanthropy, social impact, innovation, grant making, and healthcare, among others.

  1. Prepares briefing materials for the President in advance of speaking engagements.
  2. Attends speaking events, when needed, and provides on-site support for the President.


Requires a high degree of autonomy, while collaborating closely with multiple departments and teams to ensure content is relevant and timely. Strong interpersonal skills are a must. Must have the ability to work on multiple assignments simultaneously. Confidentiality is paramount due to the wide-ranging scope of work within the President's Office.

Completion of a Bachelor's degree (advanced degree preferred) and a minimum of 8 years of corporate, government, non-profit, or agency communications experience, including at least 3 years in C-Suite speechwriting.

Excellent written and verbal communications skills, with the ability to communicate with the proper level of detail for the appropriate audiences.

Demonstrated track record of creative storytelling, strategic thinking, quality writing, and excellent research and fact-checking.

Demonstrated experience in:

Developing successful executive communication and translating industry-speak and scientific information into clear and engaging communications across multiple channels for multiple audiences.

Writing voice-of-executive content to match appropriate communication channel and audience.

Thriving in an extremely fast-paced and changing environment.

Identifying trends and providing landscape briefings.

Understanding the digital and social media landscape.

Handling assignments with rapid turnaround and meeting deadlines while maintaining excellence in quality.

Preparing briefing materials for executives for a variety of internal and external speaking engagements.

Ability to synthesize complex issues and policies in ways to engage audience to understand and, when appropriate, take action.

Works calmly and maintains good judgment.

Meets immediate and changing deadlines.

Meets the highest standards of composition.

High energy and a strong sense of accountability.

Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.

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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