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.
The Innovation Catalyst is a big thinker, strategic thinker, team player, problem solver and articulate communicator who will play a led role in steering initiatives towards the creation of innovative solutions (products, programs & services) for the 50+. This individual will be the detail-oriented team member behind designing solution development plans and prototypes. As a strategic problem solver and innovation expert with design fluency, this role will involve supporting teams in the development of early stage concepts as well as participating in the charge for the development of innovations from early stage research through commercialization. This role will also work closely with external designers to develop higher fidelity prototypes for beta and in-market testing and validation.
Financial and budgetary responsibility
Regular requirement of directing, reviewing and assigning others work
This position will require the ability to manage multiple innovation projects across the organization with varying degrees of oversight and guidance. This individual must possess a great deal of autonomy in decision-making and communications, know when to manage up and identify key areas of decision-making oversight.
This individual’s responsibilities include identifying challenges and developing plans for solution development in order to catalyze the development and creation of ideas with varying levels of complexity and feasibility. This individual will need to be able to clearly identify the criteria upon which decisions about ideas should be made and help steer teams in the direction of making autonomous decisions that will move their solutions forward. Strong coordination, communication, storytelling, and low-fidelity design and prototyping skills are required for this position.
This position involves engaging with stakeholders in a consulting capacity in order to develop their solutions into market-ready innovations. This level of engagement will require strong communication, listening, and information synthesis and storytelling skills. This individual will regularly interact with members of the ES/EI leadership team as well as innovation project teams in a consulting and informative capacity.
This position will have a direct impact on AARP’s success in developing innovative solutions today and in the future. Responsible for developing clear and actionable solutions, this role will help teams move their solutions through the innovation pipeline by identifying key experiments and areas for refinement.
This individual must have superb verbal and visual communication skills in order to help teams understand how to describe and conceptualize their solutions in ways that further development.
The individual must be a clear and creative thinker combined with acute listening skills in order to ensure that team needs are met.
This individual will be perceived as the authority on solution development and refinement in moving solutions through the innovation pipeline. As such, this individual must understand the highs and lows
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.