Senior Advocacy Attorney

Employer
AARP
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Sep 17, 2021
Closes
Oct 17, 2021
Ref
12461352
Hours
Full Time
Business Unit Description

AARP's Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions the dignity and rights of vulnerable Washington, D.C. seniors 60+, providing free legal and social work services to those in need - empowering, defending, protecting, and helping more than 6,000 clients each year in many areas of civil law.
Summary

The Senior Advocacy Attorney leads and coordinates Legal Counsel for the Elderly's (LCE) policy and advocacy work primarily with District of Columbia legislative and rulemaking bodies focusing on issue areas relevant to LCE's long-term health care and legal agenda. Has lead responsibility for building and cultivating relationships with Council offices to inform, update and educate on issues related to seniors and policies that facilitate the mission of LCE.
This is a new position created to ensure that LCE can track legislative activity, articulate its legislative priorities, and facilitate enactment of rules and regulations that promote the ability of 60+ D.C. residents of limited means to age with dignity and self-determination within the District of Columbia. This position reports to the Manager, Systemic Advocacy.

Responsibilities

• Works collaboratively with legal practice areas and Long-term Care Ombudsman Office to understand and identify key policy issues relevant to each.
• Conducts legislative and other research and prepares position memoranda.
• Drafts proposed legislation and/or comments on proposed regulations independently or in collaboration with practice area subject matter experts and, where appropriate, AARP DC.
• Drafts testimony, talking points, and briefing materials for delivery or use by executive director, the Ombudsman Office, or other members of the legal team. Will deliver testimony as appropriate, when subject matter expert participation is not required and particularly in niche areas where LCE does not have a subject matter expert.
• Tracks activity of Council and key DC agencies on issues relevant to older adults, identifying when LCE's voice is needed, developing a position and strategizing with colleagues and AARP DC to determine character of LCE's participation.
• Engages with Council member offices, agency executive offices, courts and other relevant bodies to inform them of LCE's positions on pending legislation, need for proposed legislation or when policies or regulations may need review and modification. Also coordinates meetings with these offices for other LCE staff.
• Collaborates with AARP DC and/or community groups to organize, lead and encourage support for LCE advocacy priorities.
Requirements

• Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree; minimum of 8 years of legal experience with at least 5 years directly involving advocacy or policy work before local legislative bodies and agencies.
• Knowledge and understanding of issues impacting older persons of limited means including but not limited to rental housing, foreclosure, consumer, probate/estate planning, long-term care and/or State Medicaid programs.
• Extensive background and knowledge of legislative environment at DC Council and/or District Agencies (DCRA, DCHA, DHCF, DHS, DBH, DOH) or experience with Capitol Hill/federal agencies or state legislatures/agencies etc.
• Demonstrated ability in drafting legislation.
• Public Interest experience is highly valued.

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 careers.aarp.org/benefits 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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