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Job Title:
Associate General Counsel - Employment Law Attorney
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Washington, DC US
Business Unit:
Office of General Counsel
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. 

The Office of General Counsel strives to actively and effectively represent the Association and its affiliates' legal interests and to facilitate the efforts of staff and volunteers in fulfilling AARP's mission.  We provides legal guidance to the AARP Board of Directors and its committees and staff, the AARP Foundation Board of Directors and staff, AARP Services Board of Directors and staff, and the trustees of the AARP Group Health Insurance Program.

Summary Statement

This Associate General Counsel role provides a full array of legal counsel and advice on employment law issues for our 2400 employees across the country, including ADA, FMLA, FLSA, employee relations, compensation, and worker classification. Provides legal training to management and works closely with HR staff. Represents AARP in administrative proceedings with the EEOC and state agencies, and retains and manages outside counsel in litigation. Advises on employee benefits issues, together with outside counsel, while reporting directly to the General Counsel.


1. Provides human resources advice, counsel, and strategic guidance to all levels of management, as well as HR staff.

2. Advises management and human resources staff on employee terminations, discipline, leave, evaluations, and department reorganizations. Prepares waiver, severance, confidentiality and non-compete agreements.

3. Prepares materials for, and conducts employment law training seminars addressing multiple subject matter areas for all levels of management.

4. Provides direction and counseling on internal investigations involving human resources issues.

5. Manages outside counsel in defense of employment related claims and legal actions, marshalling factual and legal arguments and preparing witnesses for the giving of testimony. Represents AARP in mediation and settlement conferences and administrative proceedings.

6. Reviews all AARP Foundation amicus briefs related to employment and employee benefits. Reviews employment/employee benefits third party litigation proposals to ensure consistency with AARP policy.

7. Reviews, interprets, and provides guidance on HR policies, forms, and templates.

8. Maintains an ongoing working knowledge of a broad array of laws and regulations applicable to the employment function including but not limited to Title VII, ADEA, OWBPA, ADA, FMLA, ERISA, FLSA, workers’ compensation, and IRS employee classification issues, as well as state and local employment laws and regulations.

9. Other duties as assigned.

Position complexity, interaction, and impact:

The incumbent must maintain working relationships with internal units approaching each problem situation with a clear perception and context for the guidance being sought. This entails considering and responding appropriately to the needs, feelings and capabilities of different people in different situations being tactful and treating them with respect. The incumbent must express himself in a variety of settings in a succinct and straightforward manner analyzing and synthesizing the facts and the requirements of the law. The incumbent must explain, advocate, and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner. The incumbent may be called upon to resolve policy disputes and disagreements between different programmatic units. This must be accomplished in a balanced, positive and constructive manner to minimize negative impact in an atmosphere of mutual trust and confidence.

The incumbent must display excellent work management skills to ensure the completion of multiple tasks under externally imposed deadlines.

This position has a direct impact on the success of AARP. It has significant impact on AARP’s labor relations atmosphere, employee morale and AARP’s external reputation. It impacts resources expended or saved in the course of employment-related litigation including, resolution through verdict and/or settlement.

The incumbent in this position is responsible for making strategic decisions and recommendations with respect to external litigation and internal legal strategies, arguments, positions, policies, practices and procedures.


  • J.D. degree plus a minimum of 6 years directly related specialized experience in the area of employment law, employment litigation, employee benefits, and/or human resources. Minimum of 10 years is preferred.
  • Must be, or be able to become, a member in good standing with the District of Columbia bar.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Comfortable public speaker with ability to make formal presentations to management and to provide engaging, clear, training for new managers and other staff who may have minimal legal background.
  • Good judgment, sensitivity to people and what motivates them, good negotiator and mediator.
  • Ability to function independently with limited guidance.
  • Must function with the highest degree of integrity and ethical standards. Passion for our nonprofit mission a definite positive.
  • Ability to handle multiple, high-level complex projects at one time and high volumes of work on an ongoing basis, with strong attention to detail.
  • Must be customer-oriented, approachable, responsive, and engaging. Sense of humor a plus!

Submitting a cover letter is preferred.


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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