Director Workforce Program Implementation

Washington, DC
May 11, 2022
Jul 01, 2022
Full Time

AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable people over 50 build economic opportunity. Our approach emphasizes equitable outcomes for populations that have faced systemic discrimination. As AARP's charitable affiliate, we serve AARP members and nonmembers alike. Through vigorous legal advocacy and evidence-based solutions, and by building supportive community connections, we foster resilience, advance equity and restore hope.

The Director Workforce Program Implementation will direct the implementation of workforce programs and innovations to increase and accelerate economic opportunity, mobility, and security for low-income 50+ workers and help employers build a highly skilled and multigenerational workforce. Works collaboratively with Vice President, Workforce Programs and team to execute multiple strategies and develop new programs, initiatives, and innovations. Builds and sustains strategic partnerships, including businesses, to ensure that low-income older workers gain family-sustaining wage, high-quality jobs and create and grow businesses. The Director provides strategic and operational direction to a team of high-performing staff and will work in concert with the leads for other program areas and strategic objective owners.


  • Directs the implementation of workforce programs and partnerships to ensure the program outcomes align and meets the Foundation's annual strategic plan goals related to income/earnings for low-income 50+ workers
  • Works collaboratively with the Vice President, Workforce Programs in the achievement of systemic and sustainable change through the development of new and enhanced programs, innovations, and initiatives in workforce and economic development at the national, state, and local levels.
  • Innovates by enhancing current programs or by scaling new evidence-based interventions, services, or approaches to workforce and economic development focused on income generation for low-income 50+ workers that provide economic opportunity and mobility.
  • Assesses continuously workforce and economic development trends, practices, and innovations in the field to drive strategic differentiation, partnerships, and inform and execute Workforce Programs.
  • Leads a team that executes workforce programs consistent with the Foundation's mission, vision and core values, and strategic plan goals to ensure execution excellence and impact.
  • Ensures compliance with AARP and Foundation operations policy, grant, budgets, funding requirements and identifies opportunities for new funding or research where applicable.
  • Anticipates and effectively deals with substantial and diverse program issues, that could enhance the Workforce Program's opportunities or adversely impact programmatic outcomes.
  • Reviews and evaluates Workforce program performance on a continuing basis, providing direction for program modifications and/or implementation of new systems, processes, and procedures to increase effectiveness.


  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree in a related field (Master's degree or post-graduate work preferred).
  • Minimum of 8 years of workforce development, economic development, education and training, human resources, or employer/industry experience.
  • Proven experience of developing and implementing high impact workforce and economic development programs, initiatives, and/or cutting-edge employment and education solutions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current and innovative workforce and economic development approaches. solutions, and strategies both in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, and the ability to see the potential application of these models in the context of program development and implementation.
  • Ability to execute with excellence a complex array of programs, operational, and strategic goals, continuously refining and adapting approaches in response to feedback, research, and insights.
  • Demonstrated success building internal and external strategic partnerships and collaborations, including employers, to create and scale programs and initiatives from the ground up.
  • Experience collecting, analyzing, and tracking performance data and reporting on results, particularly related to economic and workforce development.
  • Experience leading, managing, and supporting a high performing team and cultivating a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and meet tight deadlines, working on multiple concurrent programs requiring gathering, design, and project planning/management. Ability to produce high-quality reports and presentations and clearly communicate innovative and creative strategies and solutions.

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.

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