State Director

Little Rock, Arkansas
May 11, 2022
Jun 10, 2022
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.

AARP's Community, State and National Affairs Group includes Government Relations, Programs, Volunteer Engagement, Community Outreach and Advocacy at the federal, state and local levels. It delivers on AARP's social mission by educating and engaging people 50-plus and their families, strengthening communities, and championing issues that help give people financial and health security.

The AARP State Director is a trusted voice for people 50-plus with the media and the public; is responsible for making AARP a driving force and tireless advocate for those 50-plus and their families to help them live their best lives; and ensures that AARP is the "go-to resource" and leader across the state on issues important to the 50-plus population.

The State Director is responsible for building and leading a cohesive, integrated and highly functioning enterprise that focuses on increasing engagement, impact and relevance for the state's growing population of people 50-plus including the 50-plus multicultural population by providing strong and effective leadership.


  • Articulates the overall strategic vision and sets organizational context for volunteer Executive Council members and State Office staff to develop a comprehensive state plan.
  • Sets the vision for effective non-partisan advocacy strategies for priority state, federal and local issues benefiting the 50-plus population. Cultivates effective decision-maker relationships to enhance non-partisan advocacy efforts. Leverages the voice of AARP members and allies and/or third party validators to enhance non-partisan advocacy efforts for all constituencies in the state.
  • Engages and empowers volunteers as partners in strategy, community influence and volunteer advocacy.
  • Acts as spokesperson for AARP in the state and is widely considered a go-to thought leader in the state. Creates vision for an effective communications strategy.
  • Establishes and maintains strategic networks, acting as a convener to address the needs of members and the 50-plus members and stakeholders.
    Influences targeted decision makers in public, social and private sectors to advance the mission of AARP. Influences state legislative and executive branches, and decision makers through public and media domains.
  • Exercises authority for how to best execute AARP priorities to deliver relevance and impact in the state. Works with State and Community Engagement leadership to collaborate internally and, ensure that decisions are made with appropriate stakeholders in a timely fashion.
    Responsible for the AARP state plan, the state budget, and the state staffing plan.
  • Effectively leads the staff and volunteer team and promotes staff development, team efficiencies and integration across locations.


  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree [advanced degree a plus] in Public Administration, Management, Political Science, Community Organization/Development, Gerontology, or a related discipline and, 10+ years of directly related experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position.
  • A minimum of 4 years of executive management/leadership is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated proven track record of communicating effectively with the media.
  • Strong understanding of public policy issues facing the state and AARP membership. Strong understanding of the political environment and other dynamics impacting AARP's work in the state.
  • Experience managing a diverse workforce preferred.
  • Applicable bilingual skills would be an asset.
  • Demonstrates a high level of competence with oral and written communication, computer literacy, social media, strategic thinking, and people management skills.
  • Travel required up to 50% of the time.
  • This is an in-office position and the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate noise is required.
  • This position will be exposed to outdoor weather conditions up to 1/3 of the job.

Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)

AARP observes Mondays and Fridays as telecommuting workdays, except for essential functions. Remote work and telecommuting can only be done within the United States and its territories.

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, vacation, 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.