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Executive Vice President & General Counsel
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Washington, DC US
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Office of General Counsel
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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 is AARP’s chief legal officer and advisor. The position reports to the CEO in close collaboration with the Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff. This position is a member of the AARP Executive Team. The General Counsel represents AARP in all legal matters, provides legal guidance to the CEO and the AARP Board of Directors and acts as a policy advisory on major projects. The General Counsel hires, supervises and coordinates all external legal counsel and has overall responsibility for the Office of General Counsel (OGC), including the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and his team and the Audit and Advisory Services Department (approximately 30 people). This person will protect AARP’s reputation, name, human and financial resources, programs and services. S/he will proactively identify and mitigate legal risk to protect AARP from undue legal exposure, liability and significant financial loss while facilitating achievement of strategic and operational objectives of Board and management. This role will also provide assistance to the Office of the Corporate Secretary with regards to the governance process of AARP and its affiliates.

The influence of this position is broad, as legal approval is required for most new initiatives coming from any department, including new partnerships, new products and services, new communications that involve privacy or consumer marketing rules, fundraising, and governance. Managing the legal risk of the organization, particularly in the tax area, also involves decisions that could have a multi-million dollar impact.

As a member of the AARP Executive Team, this position sets strategic direction and oversees initiatives supporting AARP’s strategic plan, Dashboard, members, suppliers, volunteers, and employees. S/he will provide senior executive leadership within AARP with guidance and support on all legal matters. Additionally, this position has budget responsibility (development and monitoring) for annual expenditures in his/her areas of responsibility.




This position has the overall responsibility for directing and coordinating the activities of multiple organizational departments in accordance with policies, goals, and objectives established by the CEO and the Board of Directors. Key responsibilities and duties of the position include:

Legal Guidance and Compliance

Transactional Work

Education and Training





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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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