Research Advisor

Washington, DC
Dec 09, 2020
Dec 20, 2020
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Business Unit Description

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 Research Advisor will work collaboratively with AARP Foundation staff as a trusted advisor to guide the development and execution of research projects that align with AARP Foundation's research agenda and support the achievement of AARP Foundation's strategic objectives. The Research Advisor at AARP Foundation supports the work of AARP Foundation's Research Unit by providing research expertise to design, manage, and report on research projects that
  • Inform strategy, innovation, and program decisions and actions.
  • Form the base on which AARP Foundation programs are built, sustained, scaled, and evaluated.
  • Contribute to the knowledge base about vulnerable older adults.
  • Inform communication to the public about vulnerable older adults.

The Research Advisor plays a key role in carrying out the work of AARP Foundation's research unit and advancing and bolstering AARP Foundation's reputation as a trusted and respected source of research, data, and insights on vulnerable older adults.

The Research Advisor:
  • Reports to and works collaboratively with the Director of Research.
  • Uses independent judgement to execute tasks and meet objectives.
  • Has daily interaction with AARP Foundation staff across multiple departments.
  • Assumes a range of roles in interactions with others depending on the nature of the project, such roles include advisor, consultant, coordinator, collaborator, participant, team player, and leader.

Conceptualize and design research projects. Advise project teams and contribute to the development of research plans. Transform research plans into proposals for commissioned (via contract or grant mechanism) research through the development of detailed statements of work.

Manage research projects across projects' lifecycle (conception/initiation, planning, execution, and closeout). Manage work of contractors or grantees to ensure successful project execution and high quality, on time, and within budget deliverables.

Contribute to the development and facilitate utilization of processes, tools, and systems to store, manage, and share internal and external research about vulnerable older adults. Compile and maintain an inventory of investigators and organizations conducting research in the areas relevant to AARP Foundation's work.

Conduct critical reviews and provide constructive feedback of internal and external research that AARP Foundation relies on for strategic planning, innovation, program development and implementation, grant making, and communication efforts.

Provide responsive and timely research-related advice and guidance to AARP Foundation staff in support of their work to execute strategies designed to achieve AARP Foundation's objectives.

Interpret, clarify, and communicate internal and external research findings to enhance internal decision-making or provide information necessary to inform external audiences.

Contribute to building AARP Foundation's research capacity including development of resources and facilitating education and training for AARP Foundation staff.

Bachelor's degree is required in related field (research, gerontology, social sciences, behavioral sciences, public health, or a related discipline). An advanced degree is preferred.

Five or more years of professional experience with an emphasis on applied research and direct work designing, conducting, and managing research projects.

Strong knowledge of research methods and designs (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods).

Technical and applied knowledge of quantitative and qualitative statistics, analysis, and testing.

Experience working with reference management software, quantitative and qualitative statistical analysis software, survey development platforms, and other research tools.

Experience conducting literature reviews, landscape analyses, and environmental scans.

Interest in research in aging and social gerontology, experience preferred.

Strong organizational, multitasking, project management, and attention-to-details skills.

Excellent written and oral communication skills and people skills.

At AARP, the health and well-being of our candidates, employees, and members is a top priority. As a result of the COVID pandemic, all non- essential employees will continue to work remotely through the end of 2020. AARP has established social distancing policies to ensure the safety of our essential employees.
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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