Regional Vice President, Central Region (telework will be considered)

Washington, DC
Sep 15, 2021
Sep 16, 2021
Full Time
Business Unit Description

State & Community Engagement (SCE) enables AARP to be a nationwide organization, which strengthens our capacity to carry out our mission. The SCE team includes: 53 states and territories across 6 regions with regional management, the Office of Volunteer Engagement, the Office of Community Engagement (including the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA): AARP's Educator Community), and the Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE).

The Regional Vice President (RVP) oversees the strategy, execution, operations and management of the AARP State Offices in their region. The role of RVP requires a knowledge of the entire scope of AARP work functionally and on issues and individuals in the role will represents SCE and state offices in the development and management of campaigns, issue plans and initiatives at the CSN and enterprise level. The RVP works collaboratively with the other RVPs and the SVP - State & Community Engagement to deliver AARP's mission and enterprise objectives at the state and local level.

The Regional Vice President (RVP) is responsible for leading the states in a given region to deliver on AARP priorities, ensuring that states fully understand the priorities, strategic direction, and goals of the AARP enterprise and that states have strategic plans that meet both national and state needs. The RVP provides strategic and management oversight and operational support for states in their region and builds the AARP organization across the country.

This position builds collaborative relationships with leaders of CSN and across AARP with an eye towards states informing AARP's overall goals and states delivering on AARP priorities. The RVP participates as a member of the State and Community Engagement (SCE) Leadership Team and participates as a leader within Community, State, & National Affairs (CSN), ensuring the work in states informs CSN decision making and is considered in how CSN delivers for AARP. The RVP represents SCE and state offices in the development and management of campaigns, issue plans and initiatives at the CSN and enterprise level.

The Regional Vice President will:

• Build and Lead Strong Management Structure: Position the states in region for maximum performance and works with other RVPs to ensure strong management and employee engagement nationwide.

• Talent and Team Development: Attract, retain, and develop staff. Build organizational structures and team processes that are rational and transparent. Generate excitement around ideas and inspire cooperation and compromise. Empower staff and colleagues, cultivate mutual respect, and encourage teamwork.

• Drive Results: Articulate the strategic vision and set organizational context for state work. Ensure accountability and drive results in each state through advocacy, communications, community engagement, member engagement, and volunteer engagement.

• Maintain a Strategic Mindset: Balance both long and short-term views, with a clear understanding of organizational capabilities, needs and opportunities, and a readiness for both details and big-picture thinking.

• Leverage Enterprise Capabilities: Employ a matrix management approach to maximize AARP enterprise assets for state offices, including ensuring that state voice shapes AARP strategies.

• Cultivate Strategic Networks: Establish and maintain strategic networks, act as a convener to address the needs of state offices and volunteers in pursuit of enterprise goals.

• Foster Innovation and Solutions-Thinking: Support creative problem solving at all levels. Manage risk and risk mitigation strategies while nurturing ideas and initiative across the range of functions and work in state offices.

-Completion of a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Management, Business, Political Science, Community Organization/Development, Gerontology (or an equivalent combination of training and experience), or related discipline and at least 10 years of experience; related to the duties of the position. Advanced degree preferred.

-Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment, including building strategic and solid partnerships with peers to advance SCE and CSN goals. Demonstrated ability to collaborate across the enterprise in an extremely complex organization, leveraging matrix management approaches.

-Excellent decision-making skills. Makes sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems and align work. Makes good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward. Balances stakeholders. Excellent at follow up and strong attention to detail.

-Excellent management, interpersonal and teambuilding skills. Action oriented leader who drives results with an inspiring approach that promotes engagement. Proven ability to manage and coach a large and dispersed team effectively. Demonstrated ability to manage projects, track deliverables and progress towards success measures across a range of issues and project types.

-Outstanding communications skills - verbal and written.

-Experience working with or in both a state office and the national office is strongly preferred.

-Travel required up to 50% of work time.
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.