Legislative Representative

Washington, DC
Feb 11, 2022
Feb 26, 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 (CSN) 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 Legislative Representative advocates for policies that help older Americans prepare for a secure financial retirement, especially as it relates to tax, retirement, financial consumer protection, and other related issues. Leverages Association relationships and directly lobbies Congress and the Executive Branch and negotiates on behalf of AARP regarding the content of legislation and regulations. Supports AARP colleagues and state offices as necessary with issue leadership, coordination, technical resources, legislative analysis, drafting statements, comment letters and hearing testimony, and strategy development on federal advocacy issues.


  • Serve as AARP's federal advocate and lobbyist on financial services, financial consumer protection, fraud prevention, tax, retirement, and other economic security issues.
  • Analyze legislative and regulatory proposals, communicate regularly with Congress/Administration regarding AARP policy goals, and contribute to internal and external advocacy materials.
  • Work closely with AARP colleagues in States, Campaigns, Policy Development, Programs, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and other departments to drive robust and proactive advocacy to protect the financial security of Americans 50 and older.
  • Identify, supervise, and work with consultants and issue experts to advance AARP's advocacy agenda.
  • Alert AARP's leadership to emerging policy issues and questions that may affect or conflict with AARP's membership/business practices.
  • Build and strengthen AARP's reputation and relationships with other key organizations and stakeholders and promotes AARP's public policy agenda to those audiences.
  • Serve as a spokesperson with local, state, and national press and with legislative and non-legislative audiences on issues related to the financial security of older adults to position AARP as a credible source of information on legislative and regulatory matters.
  • Comply with federal and state lobbying registration and conduct requirements, as necessary.


  • Juris Doctor or Master's degree required; 8+ years relevant and progressively responsible substantive experience in government, the private sector, or a non-profit organization engaged in complex advocacy initiatives; or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of this position.
  • Extensive federal-level advocacy expertise in a governmental agency, legislative or intergovernmental advocacy organizations environment, and a proven passion and commitment to consumer advocacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze legislation and regulations thoroughly and effectively and to apply research results to justify or support AARP policies and positions.
  • Issue expertise in tax policy and retirement or other financial issues.
  • Extensive experience in preparing and presenting policy positions (issues briefs, testimony, memos, legislative drafting, etc.), particularly involving financial issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment, including building strategic and solid partnerships with colleagues in our national and state offices to advance AARP's advocacy goals.
  • Must be able to work in a rapidly changing environment, depending on prioritization of AARP issues, staffing assignments, and/or other resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to adhere to specific guidelines for developing and implementing integrated issue campaigns to achieve organizational goals, emphasizing teamwork throughout.
  • Moderate Noise (Examples: Business Office with Computer typing and/or Printers, Light Traffic)

Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)

AARP observes Mondays and Fridays as telecommuting workdays, except for essential functions. Telework 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.

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