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Job Title:
Policy Research, Sr Analyst
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Job Function:
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Job Category:
Washington, DC US
Business Unit:
Policy, Res & Interntnl Affair
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.

Policy, Research and International Affairs (PRI) serves AARP by leading the development and articulation of AARP’s public policies, research and insights on the 50+ and issues that matter to them, importing best global practices, and strengthening AARP's reputation for world class expertise and thought leadership.



Summary Statement

In this capacity, the Sr. Policy Research Analyst requires the ability to initiate and complete work independently, to collaborate with senior staff on projects, to plan and manage one’s workload, and to complete work under tight time pressures.  Employee must exercise good judgment in providing research assistance and technical advice to stakeholders throughout the organization. This requires a thorough understanding of the nature of the subject matter and the ability to interpret both the issue behind each request and the available data. The employee will be required to exercise judgment, tact, and time management in determining how to meet competing ad hoc requests.  The employee will occasionally represent the AARP Public Policy Institute at internal and external meetings.  By providing factual information and technical advice, the employee will have a direct impact on the achievement of AARP’s goals and strategic priorities.  The employee will assemble data that identify problems faced by Americans age 50+ and others, and leads to the development of policy solutions.


  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop materials to support team projects, conduct literature reviews, prepare presentations, and write policy research reports.
  • Under the direction of senior staff, accesses a variety of data sources and uses appropriate research methods to prepare data, analyze policy issues and develop solutions.
  • Assist in the development of policy in the areas of financial security and consumer protection. 
  • Monitors legislative, regulatory, and public policy trends in assigned areas of expertise.
  • Demonstrates AARP values in all interactions.


  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Economics, Finance, Statistics, Econometrics, other Social Science, or a related discipline, and 6 years of experience in policy development and/or research required; Master’s degree strongly preferred.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills, including the ability to develop policy-focused social media communications, are required.
  • Proficient in project management, online research, Excel, and PowerPoint. 
  • Familiarity with statistical concepts and applications.  Experience with analyzing and presenting data preferred.
  • Interest in financial security and consumer protection policy issues.

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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