Works in collaboration with staff and volunteers to develop teams of involved and active volunteers that impact public policy at the local, state, and national levels. In collaboration with state colleagues, assists in building and organizing a strong grassroots and key contacts organization and leadership that has measurable and sustained impact on elected officials on behalf of AARP’s policy goals and objectives. Works with lead volunteers to manage campaigns. In collaboration with appropriate state staff, plans and executes AARP advocacy campaigns that include grassroots mobilization and leadership, lobbying, media, community resources and organization, policy expertise, and political knowledge in support of AARP legislative and policy goals at the local, state, and national level.
- Serves as a member of the state team and works with other state staff and lead volunteers to develop grassroots and grasstops community outreach strategies and tactics to advance priority issues in the state and community. Helps to organize and maintain effective coalitions and partnerships dealing with strategic issues. Develops a presence in targeted multicultural communities through strengthening visibility, awareness of and engagement with AARP.
- Plans and executes integrated advocacy campaigns that include grassroots and key contacts mobilization, lobbying, community resources and organization, policy expertise, and political knowledge in support of AARP legislative goals at the community, state and national level.
- Serves as a member of the state team and is responsible for developing targeted multicultural outreach plan for the state that promotes awareness of and engagement with AARP in targeted multicultural communities and tracks metrics for success. Provides leadership to staff and volunteers to develop a meaningful organization of involved and active volunteers that impacts public policy at the community, state and national level. Builds and maintains strong grassroots and key contacts organization and leadership for the purpose of impacting public officials on behalf of AARP’s policy goals and objectives.
- Builds and maintains strong, productive relationships with local and state officials including Members of Congress, state and local legislators, and their district office staffs as necessary and maintains a non-partisan stance with respect to candidates, incumbents, political parties and public events.
- Represents AARP before policy makers and those who promulgate rules and regulations in the state. Focuses on active engagement and involvement of volunteers and members who are impacted by the issue at hand. In consultation with Communications, informs members and the public on issues of concern to AARP, including voter education and advocacy regarding both state and federal legislative issues.
- Works in collaboration with state and national office colleagues to promote AARP’s strategic issues, priorities, programs, and activities.
- Makes presentations at workshops and conferences, as appropriate. Works with statewide volunteers on primary issues, community service, and legislative and regulatory efforts. Ensures AARP is seen as a visible force in community service and public policy development by educating staff, volunteers, members, government and elected officials, and the public including the private sector.
- Expands awareness of AARP and our priorities among community and public policy leaders. Identifies and positions AARP as a critical voice for age-eligible individuals, but also demonstrates relevance to all generations (i.e., decisions being made today can often most affect those 49 or younger).
- Enhances AARP’s reputation among non-traditional partners, including community leaders, businesses, educators, and policy makers. Initiates new relationships and sustains existing ones.
- Monitors, compiles, and tracks the positions of allies and opponents through research and outreach. Assists with monitoring the public dialogue about issues important to AARP through “issues” grids and other devices.
- Demonstrates AARP Leadership Behaviors in all interactions.
- 5 years of experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position.
- Demonstrates a strong understanding of the state’s political and community service environment (e.g., community service leaders, partners, organizations, critical state-wide community service needs, legislative leaders, government officials, major stakeholders, etc.).
- Previous grassroots organizing and/or government relations experience strongly encouraged.
- Considerable travel required.. Strong social media skillset also desirable.
AARP offers competitive benefits with a 401K, 100% company funded pension plan, health, dental, vision and life insurance, STD/LTD, paid vacation and sick, and other benefits.