Program Analyst

Washington, DC
Nov 12, 2019
Dec 11, 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.

The Program Analyst will be part of a team working to end senior poverty with a focus on economic opportunity and social isolation. The person will provide high level administrative, data management and operational support to the SVP of Programs, Directors, and Program Managers. They will provide assistance with programmatic planning, budgeting, management, implementation, and monitoring of key projects. This position will support interventions, systems, communications and strategies across the Program Areas. The Analyst will work in concert with the leads for the program areas (including Hunger, Income, Housing and Isolation) and across the Foundation (including Development, Communications, Technology, Litigation and Innovation) to combine innovation, resourcefulness and opportunity to address critical social challenges facing the low income 50+ and their families. The Program Analyst will be responsible for:
  • Supporting the development of large scale, systemic and sustainable social change through new innovations and programs
  • Coordinate activities on behalf of the Foundation Program's Leadership team
  • Continuously refining and adapting approaches in response to feedback, research and insights


This position is responsible for working collaboratively to support and implement new ideas, concepts and programs. This position requires a commitment to the Foundation's strategy of continuously developing social innovations that increase our ability to provide practical and scalable solutions to the needs of the low-income 50+. The Program Analyst will work in sync with the Foundation's Programs staff to achieve results.

This position requires:
  • Exhibiting a heightened sense of accountability to the constituencies served and for the outcomes created.
  • Mission-driven commitment to building solutions for low income older adults and the power of innovation to drive social impact.
  • Proven experience managing relationships in and across complex organizations.
  • Knowledge of and experience in developing shared value and collective impact with multiple stakeholders.
  • The drive to work in cross functional teams and to engage different units across the Foundation and AARP enterprise to achieve AARP Foundation's mission.
  • Focus on being part of a high performing team.

The role requires a strong ability to work well at an inter-personal level in order to champion innovation and social entrepreneurship in the Foundation. The role also involves a strong analytical component, requiring the ability to repeatedly review, critique, upgrade and provide constructive feedback on new initiatives and opportunities. This position will have a high impact on AARP Foundation's ability to execute its strategy and reach both its short and longer term goals.

  • Degree in business, science, technology, health or social entrepreneurship
  • 3+ years experience in social entrepreneurship, social enterprise development or public service
  • Experience staffing executives or high level officials preferred
  • Excellent business judgment, a familiarity with a wide variety of business models both in the for-profit and non-profit sectors
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written; ability to produce high quality reports and presentations
  • Strong familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research and analysis, budgeting, and quantifying return on investment
  • A preference to take responsibility, manage multiple projects at once, and deliver professional work-product promptly and on-deadline

Highly self-motivated
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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