Director, Program Development

Washington, DC
Jun 12, 2021
Jun 18, 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.

The Director, Program Development and Optimizations acts as (1) a strategic consultant to the Foundation's numerous Program Managers, (2) an advisor to the Foundation's Leadership Team and as (3) a manager of the Program Development team, (4) a facilitator and collaborator to help improve and optimize Foundation Programs, (5) A leader in developing new programs (6) a leader in managing Customer Experience, and Program/Product Management.

In the role of manager, the Director assures that (1) deadlines are met, (2) deliverables are in accordance with standards, (3) the collaboration between Program Management and the Foundation's several functional units (e.g. Marketing, Development, Finance, Evaluation, Legal etc.) is optimized for effectiveness and (4) that the innovation process is periodically improved in light of new learnings.

  1. Developing and Managing a Product Management and Program Management capability at the Foundation. This includes defining a framework for Product Management, and developing the tools and processes that will deliver market-ready programs that help the Foundation achieve our strategic goals.
  2. Managing a team that will handle and consult on multiple products and programs as needed.
  3. Overseeing the Alcove VR product and working with the VP of Program Development to develop a strategy for the use of VR to achieve the Foundation's strategic Goals.
  4. Driving innovation and supporting products/programs in the Innovation Pipeline.
  5. Overseeing the development of Customer Experience capabilities and continued management of the capability once it is operational.
  6. Overseeing the development of Insights Management capabilities and continued management of the capability once it is operational.
  • Bachelor's degree
  • MBA in either business or social entrepreneurship preferred
  • 5 or more years of experience in either innovation management, start-ups, social entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship.
  • Experience in coaching, facilitating, mentoring or teaching start-up teams in either an entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial context.
  • Experience with Lean Start-Up, Human-Centered Design, and Agile Development methodologies and an understanding of the Shared Value approach to social innovation.
  • 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 interpersonal skills that facilitate coaching, negotiation, advisory and coordination.
  • Proficiency with both quantitative and qualitative research and analysis.
  • Proficiency in Product and Project Management.
  • Preference to take responsibility, manage several streams of work at once, and deliver professional work-product promptly and on-deadline.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, succinctly and effectively, both written and verbal, including public speaking.
  • Highly self-motivated and driven to make a difference.
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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