Associate State Director-Community Outreach

Job Description
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.

Summary Statement

Works with staff, volunteers, members, chapters, and units to achieve AARP’s social impact and member value goals in the state. Engages local private and public organizations in community outreach, grassroots activities, and educational forums. Works to engage members and volunteers from diverse communities in the activities of the organization.

  1. Serves as a member of the state team and is responsible for the development of strategies for effectively implementing AARP’s work in local communities with external organizations, academic and business groups and AARP chapters and volunteers.
  2. Works to develop volunteer leaders and to recruit, match, orient, train, and support volunteers in Communities of Presence. Creates and implements formal volunteer recognition plans. Provides technical assistance in the areas of meeting planning, communications, skill development, etc.  Participates in training volunteers on priority issues, strategies, policies, and state specific initiatives and communications processes focusing on volunteer leadership development.
  3. Expands awareness of AARP and our priorities among community, public, and non-traditional community leaders.  Identifies and positions AARP as a critical voice for all residents of the state.
  4. Works in collaboration with national office staff to promote AARP’s strategic issues, priorities, programs, and activities.  Facilitates interaction and communication with national office partners to request technical assistance and ensure that the proper resources are available for staff and volunteers, including issue material, talking points, updates, and briefing materials.
  5. Works with staff and volunteers to promote strategic issues, priorities, programs, and community engagement in multicultural audiences.  Organizes and maintains visible and effective coalitions and partnerships in multicultural communities.
  6. Makes presentations at workshops and conferences, as appropriate.  Works with volunteers on primary issues and community programming.
  7. Works with State staff and volunteers to develop AARP’s presence in communities through strengthening visibility and awareness of AARP’s Brand, and coordinates outreach activities, including advocacy initiatives and campaigns with emphasis on engaging volunteers and leaders in multicultural communities.
  8. Manages budgets related to specific job duties within the state plan.
  9. Demonstrates AARP Leadership Behaviors in all interactions.


Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Human Resources, and/or Non-Profit Management, Social or Human Sciences, or a related discipline and a minimum of Five (5) years’ experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position. Demonstrates a strong understanding of the state’s political and human services environment.

Travel required at least 50% within the state. Night and weekend hours as required to meet state office needs. Bilingual abilities and experience working with the Asian American/Pacific Islander community are a plus. Familiarity with communities and influencers throughout

New Jersey helpful.

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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