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Job Title:
Grants Program Officer
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Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Program Administration
Washington, DC US
Business Unit:
AARP Foundation
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.

AARP Foundation is AARP’s 501 c3 charitable affiliate.  We are a public charity with revenue from federal agencies, corporations, foundations and individuals.  AARP Foundation’s vision is a country free of poverty where no older person feels vulnerable.  Staff are located in Washington DC and throughout the US. 

Every year, AARP Foundation helps millions of struggling older adults 50 and over win back opportunity by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face each day.  Through the Foundation’s many groundbreaking and innovative programs and services, we create and advance effective solutions to meet their basic needs for nutritious food, safe and affordable housing, adequate income and much-needed personal connections.

Summary Statement

The Grants Program Officer ensures all grants received (private and government) meet the requirements as stated in the grant agreements and relevant regulatory requirements. The Grant Officer coordinates communication content strategy across the Foundation’s grantmaking efforts in coordination with Communications team. Grants Program Officer also project manages a portfolio of non-federal grantees to focus on managing the entire grant program process, which includes:

1. Creation of request for proposals;

2. Selection of applications;

3. Awarding the grant; and

4. Continued accountability and assessment of the performance of grants.

The position will be actively engaged with a portfolio of grantees to review their business models and determine their sustainability of the program.  The position will be primary relationship manager with a portfolio of grantees and ensures grantees are adhering to the terms of the agreement including reporting, deliverables, metrics and AARP Foundation recognition. The position must be able to work independently and proactively as well as problem solve to ensure the grantee is working towards intended outcomes. 

The position will also lead communication efforts for the Grants team with a focus on developing stories around qualitative and quantitative information, developing grantee impact profiles, and being a liaison with communications team to provide them with necessary grantee information on a regular basis as well as providing them with updated information for AARP Foundation’s website page for grants.  Audience of the communication efforts is internal across AARP Foundation and AARP and external for potential grantees and funders.


This position reports to the Vice President of Grants & External Initiatives.


  • Manages private and government grant portfolio.
  • Applies project management skills to lead cross-functional teams to achieve grant program goals.
  • Identifies external programs with competitions and analysis that align with AARP Foundation strategic objectives to evaluate and scale under the AARP Foundation umbrella.
  • Provides analysis and recommendations for funding of current and potential grantees.
  • Develops internal and external communications strategy in coordination with Communications team and leads implementation.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with government funding agency grant officers.
  • Ensures proper compliance met for all government (with a particular focus on grants from Corporation for National and Community Service) and private grants.
  • Understands government grant terms and conditions and related regulations.
  • Continually evaluates and updates compliance process.
  • Manages with field and desk compliance audits.
  • Manages scheduling and conducting on-site and desk audits; organize audit findings and follow-up associated with audit reconciliation.
  • Provides technical assistance towards grant compliance.
  • Manages report generation for federal grants.
  • Ensures all applicable sub-grant agreements are developed according to donor requirements and policies and procedures.
  • Develops and implements compliance training for national and field staff and oversees training and technical assistance to build a common understanding of program goals and all elements of compliance to ensure that programs are delivered with minimized compliance risks and optimized program delivery.
  • Oversees creation of grant progress reports, monitor reports for compliance concerns, and ensure timely submission of grant progress reports.  
  • Sets corrective action plans if necessary, oversee/monitor progress towards corrective actions.
  • Oversees regular program and grants audits to ensure integrity of program delivery and compliance with grant requirements and deliverables.
  • Ensures that federal sub-grantees are compliant with all federal rules and regulations. This includes regular monitoring of program documentation and reports.
  • Must exhibit the AARP Leadership Behaviors in all interactions.


  • Superb verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience producing communications materials and web content.
  • Relevant experience with grant management, program management, and/or grantmaking.
  • Experience in managing teams and working across multiple departments – particularly to achieve consensus and intended project outcomes.
  • Highly organized and attentive to detail.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience with digital video and audio production and editing equipment and platforms.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility, and the ability to work productively in a collaborative and rapidly changing environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree required with graduate degree in relevant subject matter (business, marketing and communications, public health, public administration, etc.) preferred.
  • (7+) Seven + years of directly relevant experience in the nonprofit sector or government sector with direct grants and program management (as grant recipient and/or grant maker) experience

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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