Director, Programs

7 days left

Washington, DC
Apr 25, 2021
May 25, 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.

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.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Foundation Programs - the Director, Foundation Programs serves as a lead of a core team of staff who provide strategic direction and guidance to the Programs department. The Director plays a key role in the AARP Foundation's efforts to maintain and expand its position as a thought leader on issues of senior poverty and to ensure we are identifying the root causes of poverty among low income older adults with a particular focus on increasing equitable outcomes for those individuals who have faced systemic racism and discrimination.

The Director focuses on key internal and external audiences and special initiatives and projects that help support the achievement of the Foundation's vision, mission and strategic plan objectives. This role works closely with the SVP as well as the Foundation Programs VPs, and related Directors and staff. Working with others including Foundation Communications and the President's office, the Director helps organize symposia/meetings/ workshops of external and internal thought leaders and subject matter experts. This role also participates in conferences or speaking engagements of relevance to senior poverty issues and social determinants organized by others. May represent Foundation programs in internal and external coalition meetings focused on senior poverty/policy and equity issues.

This position contributes to and sometimes leads efforts to establish long-term, highly visible cross-sector - public/private partnerships and lasting relationships with thought leaders of companies, non-profit organizations, academics, media, federal and state government, and other organizations that have insights into potential solutions to challenges facing the target population while providing direct value to AARP Foundation.
  • Working across Programs team who are responsible for developing, implementing and scaling high-impact programs addressing senior poverty and the social determinants of inequities and disparities that create barriers for low income older adults to increase their income and decrease expenditures for key cost of living expenses such as food, housing, healthcare, etc.
  • Serving as a key advisor on scaling effective solutions and policy/advocacy related to poverty, and social determinants of health.
  • Exhibiting a heightened sense of accountability to the constituencies served and for the outcomes created.
  • Ensuring programmatic and operational success across our programs, as well as maintaining seamless team and partner management, integrated program delivery, and quality control.
  • Providing leadership and direction on Foundation program implementation and evaluation of programs with emphasis on measurable outcomes using data and best practices; prioritization of programmatic objectives, activities, and budget needs; continuation and development of team-based approaches; integration of programmatic activities as well as effective use of staff capacity; and promotion of shared accountability, effective management, and production of high-quality work products.
  • Completion of Bachelor's degree
  • Graduate degree in public administration, public health, business, social services preferred
  • Minimum of ten years of progressive strategic leadership in a high-impact, best-in-class organization, ideally in a social-sector or cross-sector context. Experience working with federal and/or state government entities strongly preferred
  • Experience in scaling solutions through various pathways
  • Excellent business judgment, a familiarity with a wide variety of business models both in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, and the ability to see the potential application of these models in the context of social innovation
  • Strong competencies in budgeting, forecasting and business planning
  • Demonstrated experience managing teams and ability to lead, coach, inspire and grow the team as resources allow
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written; ability to produce high quality reports and presentations in person and via virtual channels
  • Well-networked in the human services, government, social-entrepreneurship fields with an ability to engage these resources to assist the Foundation in its mission
  • Strong familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research and analysis as well as quantifying return on investment
  • Highly self-motivated with a preference to take responsibility, manage multiple projects at once, and deliver professional work-product promptly and on-deadline
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking
  • Ability to repeatedly review, critique, upgrade and provide constructive feedback on new initiatives and opportunities
  • Mission-driven commitment to addressing poverty among older adults and their families and the power of evidence and innovation to drive social impact.
  • Proven experience of managing relationships in and across complex organizations
  • Knowledge of and experience in developing shared value and collective impact with multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to work in cross functional teams and to engage different units across the Foundation and AARP enterprise to drive innovation to achieve AARP Foundation's mission.
  • Able to focus on both building and being an integral part of a high performing team
Compensation and Benefits

AARP offers competitive benefits with a 401(k); 100% company-funded pension plan; health, dental, and vision plans; life insurance paid time off to include company and individual holidays, vacation, sick, caregiving, and parental leave; performance-based and peer-based recognition; tuition reimbursement; among others. Visit for more information.

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.
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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