Policy Advisor - Consumer Finance

Washington, DC
May 07, 2022
Jul 01, 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 Policy, Research and International Affairs leads the development and communication of AARP's public policies and, research and insights on the issues that matter to people 50-plus.

The Policy Advisor - Consumer Finance conducts policy research analysis to support the development of the organization's public policy priorities and position; collaborates with cross-functional teams to drive public policy campaigns and advocacy strategies. The Policy Advisor plans and implements research projects; utilizes extensive research methodologies to conduct primary research, analyzes secondary and syndicated data, and conducts literature reviews to develop insights. This role also writes reports and recommendations that demonstrate thought leadership and support enterprise objectives; participates in roundtables, forums, and working groups; and builds and leverages external relationships to achieve results.


  • Identifies policy challenges and solutions in the public and private sector to improve financial security, with a focus on financial inclusion and consumer protection issues for financial products.
  • Proactively identifies innovative opportunities that contribute to thought leadership in the financial security area.
  • Uses appropriate methodologies and data to conduct and oversee original research on issues in AARP's areas of importance.
  • Provides objective policy analysis and expert guidance for timely use by key internal clients. Evaluates current policy positions and provides extensive input for the drafting of The Policy Book: AARP's Public Policies.
  • Develops policy options and reform strategies to enable AARP to promote changes in public and private sector policies that make it possible for 50+ Americans to live better lives.
  • Critiques legislative and regulatory proposals in area of expertise, and provides objective policy analysis to inform AARP's public outreach and advocacy efforts.
  • Represents AARP in public forums and working groups, and serves as an expert resource to AARP staff, as well as to thought leaders and policy influencers outside AARP.
  • Serves as a key resource within AARP for issue expertise, participating in and influencing strategic planning and decision-making by contributing to AARP priorities, actively serving on committees, teams, and working groups.


  • Completion of an advanced degree in Public Policy, Economics, Finance, or other Social Science, or a related discipline, and a minimum of 8 years of experience related to the position.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills and exceptional skills presenting complex subject matter issues and data to all types of audiences, including the ability to develop policy-focused social media communications.
  • Demonstrated expert on financial security issues and consumer protection, knowledge of financial products.
  • Strong analytical skills and experience analyzing data, including through the application of statistical software preferred; ability to write data-driven policy briefs and research reports.
  • Ability to develop, build, and leverage internal and external relationships to achieve results.
  • In office/open office environment with the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate noise.

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.