Senior Strategic Policy Advisor - Caregiving

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Washington, DC
Jun 30, 2021
Jul 30, 2021
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.


Reporting to the Director, Caregiving in the Public Policy Institute, the Sr. Strategic Policy Advisor is a senior level professional with policy development and research experience in Caregiving and LTSS who identifies solutions to major policy challenges related to: Family Caregiving, Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) including Home and Community-Based Services, Older Americans Act Services and Health and Social Services. The regular activities of this position include complex and diverse policy analysis, solution development and thought leader outreach. The incumbent implements this work in support of AARP's efforts in addressing challenges in the above areas and does so in collaboration with other members of the Family, Home and Community (FHC) team.

As a subject matter expert, this person develops policy options and reform strategies to enable AARP to advocate and promote transformational social changes in line with AARP's enterprise priorities. This includes conducting and overseeing the conduct of original research projects on high visibility and potentially controversial policy issues in areas of importance to AARP.

This issue expert critiques federal and state legislative and regulatory proposals, provides objective policy analysis to inform AARP's public outreach and advocacy efforts, represents AARP in important public policy forums, and serves as an expert resource to AARP staff and volunteer leaders, as well as to opinion leaders and policymakers outside AARP.
  1. Identifies Family Caregiving policy challenges and solutions. Uses appropriate methodologies and data to conduct and oversee original research on highly visible and potentially controversial policy issues in AARP's in this space.
  2. Supports the Enterprise goals in the recognition and strengthening of supports for family caregivers across settings including, workplace, health care/hospital, LTSS and home and community. Assisting the Director of Caregiving with the management of external key stakeholders and the development of innovative tools and resources to support family caregivers and those healthcare/social service professionals engaging them through practice. Advises AARP leadership, as requested, on state and federal family caregiving policy issues and contributes to cross-enterprise initiatives where appropriate, including workgroups and strategy development.
  3. Provides objective policy analysis and expert guidance for timely use by key internal clients. Evaluates current policy positions and provides extensive input for the drafting of The Policy Book: AARP's Public Policies.
  4. Develops policy options and forward-looking strategies to enable AARP to promote changes in public policy and the general marketplace that make it possible for 50+ Americans to live a better life.
  5. Critiques legislative and regulatory proposals in area of expertise, and provides objective policy analysis to inform AARP's public outreach and advocacy efforts,
  6. Represents AARP in public forums, and serves as an expert resource to AARP staff, as well as to opinion leaders and policymakers outside AARP.
  7. Serves as focal point within AARP for issue expertise, participating in and influencing strategic planning and decision-making by actively serving on committees, teams, and working groups.
  • Completion of an advanced degree in Public Policy, Public Health, Social Sciences, Law, Gerontology, Health or Social Services, or a related discipline, and a minimum of 8 years of experience related to the position.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state and federal issues in LTSS as it relates to family caregiving including funding and operational issues related to home and community-based services and other key settings; working knowledge of programs of the Administration on Community Living; and disparities in long term services and supports.
  • Proven ability to develop innovative solutions in policy, research and practice as it applies to recognizing and supporting family caregivers in healthcare settings.
  • Strong analytical skills and experience analyzing data; ability to write data-driven fact sheets, policy briefs, and research reports.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Exceptional skills in presenting subject matter and data for all types of audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with audiences using different forms of communication (e.g. written, oral, print/broadcast media, and digital/social media).
  • Excellent interpersonal and partnership development 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.

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 interviews will be held virtually and all non-essential employees will continue to work remotely until further notice. AARP has established social distancing policies to ensure the safety of our essential employees.
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.