As part of the Community, State & National Affairs (CSN) group, Government Affairs advances AARP’s goals through legislative and regulatory advocacy with policymakers and elected officials at the federal, state and local levels, as well as judicial advocacy in the courts.
The Legislative Representative will report to the Director of the Federal Health and Family team, and will advocate AARP’s Health and Family public policy issues pertaining to Americans 50 and older at the Federal level, before Congress and the Executive Branch.
The Legislative Rep. will work to advance AARP’s goals through legislative and regulatory advocacy with policymakers and elected officials at the federal level. They will help to develop strategies to achieve AARP’s advocacy objectives and shape public opinion regarding AARP policies, goals and objectives in a wide range of public forums. The Legislative Rep. will serve as a spokesperson before legislative and non-legislative audiences press, as well as develop, foster and leverage Association relationships with members of Congress and the Executive Branch including negotiating on behalf of AARP with Congressional and Administration staffs regarding the content of legislation and regulations.
Completion of a Bachelor’s degree and 6 years or more years relevant and substantive experience in government, the private sector, or a non-profit organization engaged in complex advocacy initiatives; or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of this position. Extensive experience in the preparation and presentation of policy positions (issues briefs, testimony, etc.), particularly involving health and family. Ability to analyze legislation and regulations thoroughly and effectively and to apply research results to justify or support Association policies and positions. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment, including building strategic and solid partnerships with colleagues in AARP’s regional and state offices to advance AARP's national and state advocacy goals. Must have issue knowledge of relevant advocacy issues or campaigns, demonstrated through strong written and verbal communications. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement integrated issue campaigns to achieve organizational goals, emphasizing teamwork throughout. Must be willing to work in a rapidly changing environment. Experience in federal nutrition policy, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Older Americans Act (OAA) necessary. Experience in family caregiving issues, elder justice, veteran’s health and prevention and wellness is desired.
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.
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.