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Job Title:
Associate State Director - Advocacy
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Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Community Outreach
Atlanta, GA US
Business Unit:
States & Community Engagement
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.

Summary Statement

Works with staff and volunteers in the state to create positive social change and deliver value to AARP members through enhanced visibility, media presence, volunteer capacity, building community partnerships, and delivering AARP programs and activities.  Develops and provides strategic leadership for AARP local advocacy activities in the state.  Implements national AARP advocacy efforts and campaigns in the state.  Consults with management on building greater grassroots and key contacts capacity and fostering appropriate relationships with elected officials.  Keeps abreast of all legislation impacting the 50+ community.  Engages members of the legislature and other public officials to persuade them to support policies important to AARP. 


1. Serves as a member of the state team and works with other state staff and key and lead volunteers in the development of state legislative priorities that are consistent with national policy standards and mandates.  Assists management in the development of strategic plans and campaigns.  Helps to organize and maintain effective statewide coalitions and partnerships dealing with strategic issues.
2. Provides leadership to staff and volunteers to develop a meaningful organization of involved and active volunteers that impacts public policy at the state and national level.   Consults with management to foster, build, and maintain strong grassroots and key contacts organization and leadership that have a real and sustained impact on elected officials on behalf of AARP’s policy goals and objectives.
3. Assists with federal advocacy campaigns in the state and coordinates grassroots and key contacts activity in support of AARP’s congressional agenda.
4. Leads local advocacy efforts to include: initiatives related to Age-Friendly communities, Community Presence Areas, and other city-level issues. Generates and coordinates grassroots and key contacts activity to support these efforts.
5. In consultation with management, plans and executes AARP 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 state and national level.
6. Assists in the development of an assigned budget and guides strategy development through goal setting, priority ranking, political and environmental scanning, and advocacy outcome measurement, in relation to the dashboard.
7. 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.
8. Serves in consultation with management on national task forces and work groups, ensuring state relevance in the strategic planning and policy-making processes.
9. Recruits, orients, trains, evaluates, and manages volunteers.  Provides coaching, mentoring, technical assistance, and skill-building.  Provides or arranges for training on substantive issues requiring in-depth expertise and knowledge.
10. Demonstrates AARP values and leadership behaviors in all interactions.


Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Policy Administration, Law, Business, Social or human sciences, or a related discipline and a minimum of Five (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 government relations and grassroots organizing experience strongly encouraged.

Travel required at least 50% of work time.

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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