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Job Title:
Branch Director-Washington DC
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Job Function:
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Job Category:
Program Administration
Washington, DC US
Business Unit:
AARP Foundation
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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

AARP Foundation is AARP’s 501 c3 charitable affiliate.  We are a public charity with revenue from federal agencies, corporations, foundations and individuals.  AARP Foundation’s vision is a country free of poverty where no older person feels vulnerable.  Staff are located in Washington DC and throughout the US. 

Every year, AARP Foundation helps millions of struggling older adults 50 and over win back opportunity by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face each day.  Through the Foundation’s many groundbreaking and innovative programs and services, we create and advance effective solutions to meet their basic needs for nutritious food, safe and affordable housing, adequate income and much-needed personal connections.

AARP Foundation Experience Corps is an intergenerational volunteer-based tutoring program that is proven to help children who aren’t reading at grade level become better readers by the end of third grade. We inspire and empower adults 50 and older to serve in their community and disrupt the cycle of poverty by making a lasting difference in the lives of America’s most vulnerable children.

The Experience Corps model is a proven intervention with measurable benefits for students, as well as positive mental and physical health benefits for volunteers who participate. By helping young students become better readers, Experience Corps seeks to ensure a lasting legacy of strong futures, supported schools and empowered volunteers.

During the last school year (2015-2016) 1,993 volunteer tutors helped 31,466 K-3rd grade students in 241 schools in cities across the country.

Summary Statement

The Branch Director is the key strategy driver for Experience Corps in the Washington, D.C.  branch.  This entrepreneurial leader must be able to make critical decisions within the context of competing priorities.  The Branch Director will ensure compliance with all AARP Foundation policies, advance the EC National Office priorities, and effectively manage the branch staff in crafting and implementing the strategy for the branch.  Central to this work will be productive working relationships with respective school district representatives, school staff, and community partners who will support engaging older adult volunteers in the Experience Corps program. The Branch Director leads work with key community partners and funding organizations to secure an environment that can deliver a highly-effective and sustainable Experience Corps program.


Leadership and Management

  • Prepare and execute strategic plans that drive mission achievement within the community.
  • Make strategic decisions across competing priorities within a dynamic environment.    
  • Manage all day-to-day operations of the Experience Corps branch, including program direction; personnel performance management and accountability; financial management; grant compliance; fundraising and community relations; data collection and accountability; project management; and general administration.  Adept at situational leadership.
  • Communicate regularly and openly with AARP Foundation Experience Corps National Office Leadership to ensure success and minimize challenges.
  • Communicate frequently and cultivate productive working relationships with branch staff, volunteer corps, school administrators and teachers.
  • Support the full EC network through attendance in network meetings and calls as well as engaging in working groups focused on EC Network priority issues.



Program Quality

  • Create an environment for delivering school district-approved, high-impact Experience Corps academic tutoring & mentoring interventions.
  • Ensure that all site operations align with EC standards.
  • Develop Experience Corps branch work plans aligned with AARP Foundation priorities and lead ongoing processes to effectively carry out plans and ensure program quality.




Resource and Partnership Development

  • Coordinate with the AARP Foundation Development team to cultivate donor relationships  to sustain and grow the Experience Corps program.
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with community agencies and organizations that promote and sustain the mission of the Experience Corps program.
  • Raise visibility of program in the community by building relationships with key local leaders, school board members, and other prominent community members.
  • Prepare and deliver reports to funders and other key stakeholders.
  • Engage effective communications to maintain strong community relationships with a focus on school system leadership.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in education preferred or related field of study.
  • Bacheor's degree
  • Six (6) years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience.
  • Ability to work closely and develop strong relationships with diverse and multicultural individuals and organizations, including older adult volunteers, children, parents, school administrators, program officers, major and individual donors, and elected officials.
  • Awareness and understanding of children’s needs and challenges and those of older adults in low-income, multicultural communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and take initiative in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities efficiently.
  • Competence in creative problem solving and conflict resolution.
  • Skilled in clear, effective written and verbal communication.
  • Energy and passion for leading a dynamic and growing program in the often-changing setting of the education arena.
  • Experience working in/with public school districts, private schools, preferably in elementary and/or early education.
  • Experience in community development, developing partnerships, negotiating Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), and other collaborative processes.
  • Experience in older adult volunteer management and/or intergenerational programs

Benefits Offered

 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.

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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