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Job Title:
Social Entrepreneur, Housing
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Job Function:
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Job Category:
Program Administration
Washington, DC US
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AARP Foundation
Business Unit Description

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.

Summary Statement

AARP Foundation is currently seeking a Social Entrepreneur, Impact Area - Housing. This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in the national landscape of aging and housing at this critical moment, to help ensure adequate and affordable housing for vulnerable, low-income 50+. The Social Entrepreneur’s primary role will be to develop, pilot, and scale social enterprises nationally to help low- and moderate-income older adults throughout the nation. The Social Entrepreneur  will also manage the Foundation’s impact investment portfolio, create opportunities that engage national and local organizations, and work with key stakeholders to win back opportunities for vulnerable older adults

The ideal candidate will have a track record of creating and implementing innovation solutions, working across sectors to maximize social impact, and a passion for AARP Foundation’s mission. The Social Entrepreneur will bring people together to collaborate effectively toward common goals. The Social Entrepreneur will understand the value of analytical and evidence-based approaches in order to evaluate and optimize the impact of the Foundation's Housing Impact Area; and will be skilled at turning analysis and strategy into effective initiatives.



Social Entrepreneurship, Strategy Development, and Thought Leadership

• Develop, pilot, and launch social enterprises that have the potential to develop into national programs/interventions that assist low-income older adults nationwide.  
• Periodically re-assess and modify the Foundation's Housing strategy, based on changed assumptions, new knowledge and information, changes in the external environment, or other factors. Design mechanisms for gathering input on key strategies.
• Serve as the internal thought leader on current trends, emerging issues, policy interventions, political landscape, key players, and best practices in housing.

Management and Oversight
• Under guidance of the Director, develop an annual budget and work plan showing the activities and resources that will support the key initiatives of the strategic plan. 
• Source and evaluate funding requests, and develop funding recommendations to Foundation management and Board of Directors.
• Identify and develop proposals for financial resources in collaboration with Development team.

Relationship-Building and Outreach
• Develop depth of knowledge and credibility in the field by cultivating and managing key relationships with outside advisors, experts in the field, public sector partners, and colleagues in philanthropy.
• In consultation with the Director, seek opportunities for sharing knowledge with appropriate audiences to increase learning in the field and advance program goals.
• Support dissemination of lessons learned: support learning among grantees, researchers, policymakers, practitioners and field leaders; review and comment on draft research and other reports; represent the Foundation at conferences, briefings, workshops and on webinars.

Internal Communication and Teamwork
• As a member of the Housing Impact team, contribute to strategy design, bringing a field and programmatic perspective to the discussion: identify knowledge gaps and problems in the field that AARP Foundation may be well positioned to address, help the team understand the most effective leverage points for change, and help guide the identification of organizations and initiatives for investment.
• Become knowledgeable about the full range of the Foundation's programs, and become capable of serving as a good sounding board to colleagues working in other program areas

Mentor and contribute to the professional development of junior staff or trainees/fellows who assist with analytic work, communication, grant-tracking, or other types of program support.


  • At least 5 years’ experience in program management in the housing and/or healthcare non-profit/for profit/public sector (or closely related)
  • Graduate degree preferred, specifically a  dual MBA/MPH, or MBA
  • Experience with Lean Start-Up and Agile Development methodologies
  • Excellent business judgment, a familiarity with a wide variety of business models both in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, and the ability to see the potential application of these models in the context of social innovation 
  • Highly self-motivated; A desire to aggressively further goals in an innovative, collaborative manner
  • Proficiency with both quantitative and qualitative research and analysis; Understanding of social science methodologies for data collection, analysis, and program evaluation
  • Well-networked in the entrepreneurial, social-entrepreneurship, healthcare, and/or impact investing fields with an ability to engage these resources to assist the Foundation in its mission
  • Relevant grant making experience, preferably including designing and implementing strategies, developing budgets, and managing portfolios.
  • Works well in a entrepreneurial, self-directed team structure.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and succinctly, both written and verbal, including public speaking
  • Ability to work collegially with others to conceive, design and develop effective, innovative solutions to problems that are cost effective, user friendly and fully meet anticipated needs
  • Flexibility to work fast under tight deadlines with demanding quality requirements
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 25% 

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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