External Relations Advisor - Advocacy

Washington, DC
Oct 14, 2021
Nov 13, 2021
Full Time

AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

The External Relations Advisor develops and implements innovative external relations strategies and campaigns in the consumer and/or advocacy spaces, while enhancing and protecting AARP's brand. They support AARP's reputation, priorities, and internal clients by drafting and implementing plans, growing and developing strong media and influencer relationships, pitching stories and op-eds, handling events, tracking and mitigating potential reputational issues, and so on. They track/provide analysis of relevant news stories and issues and produces reports for leadership. They also draft/edit news releases, talking points, blog posts, story pitches, and other content.


  • Develops external relations strategies and tactics.
  • Tracks, analyzes, and mitigates potential reputational issues using best-in-class approaches and current platforms, tools, and analytics.
  • Writes plans and secures internal buy-in and approvals.
  • Writes/proofs/edits news releases, media advisories, talking points, blog posts, templates, and other content. Fields media requests from national, trade, specialty, and new media outlets and develops media relationships. Writes strong, effective pitches and pitch stories to a wide range of national, trade, specialty, and new media outlets. Demonstrates sound judgment.
  • Tracks relevant news coverage and social media trends to ensure the AARP leadership and the team are aware of developing stories, potential threats, and issues.
  • Works with AARP leadership and subject-matter-experts on interview preparation, briefings, and media requests. Supports executive positioning activities. Supports internal clients.
  • Prepares performance and after-action reports using key performance indicators (KPIs).


  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree (e.g., in Journalism, Communications, or Political Science) or equivalent.
  • 6+ years of job-related experience. Significant demonstrated experience in consumer public relations and/or public affairs is important.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and thrive in a dynamic/fast-paced work environment. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects, assignments, and deadlines is vital.
  • Significant demonstrated experience pitching media outlets and engaging with partner organizations and influencers, including from the African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, and/or LGBTQ communities.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills required. Demonstrated experience writing/editing news releases, talking points, blog posts, templates, and fact sheets.
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), as well as Cision or other similar platforms is a must.
  • Advanced user of Twitter, other platforms, and social media listening/analytics tools.
  • Prior experience with one or more of AARP's priority issue areas required.
  • Ability to collaborate and work effectively with cross-functional teams.

Compensation and Benefits

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

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.