Senior Policy Advisor – Social Security & Retirement

Business Unit Description
Policy and Strategy
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Policy and Strategy serves AARP by leading the development of AARP’s state and national legislative policy, by leading our advocacy efforts in global aging policy, and by leading AARP's efforts to create and maintain relationships with leading academic institutions.
  • Identifies policy challenges and solutions related to retirement income security, with a strong focus on Social Security.  
  • Provides detail analysis of Social Security reform proposals.
  • Uses appropriate methodologies and data to conduct and oversee original research on highly visible and potentially controversial policy issues in areas of importance to AARP. 
  • Provides objective policy analysis for timely use by key internal clients to inform advocacy efforts and provide expert guidance to volunteer leaders. Evaluates current policy positions and provides extensive input for the drafting of The Policy Book:  AARP’s Public Policies.
  • Develops policy options and reform strategies to enable AARP to promote changes in public policy that make it possible for 50+ Americans to live a better life.
  • Critiques legislative and regulatory proposals in area of expertise, and provides objective policy analysis to inform AARP’s public outreach and advocacy efforts,
  • Represents AARP in public forums, and serves as an expert resource to AARP staff and volunteer leaders, as well as to opinion leaders and policymakers outside AARP
  • Serves as focal point within AARP for issue expertise, participating in and influencing strategic planning and decision-making by contributing to campaigns, actively serving on committees, teams, and working groups. 
  • Demonstrates AARP leadership behaviors in all interactions.
 Position requires the ability to
  • Initiate and complete work independently, to plan and manage one’s workload, and to complete work under tight time pressures.
  • Think strategically when developing a work plan.
  • Excel in a team environment, and to collaborate with others within the Public Policy Institute and throughout AARP.
  • Balance and manage short-term deliverables with long-term projects
 Employee must exercise excellent judgment when dealing with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Completion of an advanced degree in Public Policy, Economics or other Social Sciences, Law, or a related discipline, and a minimum of 8 years of experience related to the position.  Completion of a Doctorate degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated expert on Social Security. 
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills and exceptional skills in presenting subject matter issues for all types of audiences, and knowledge and ability to use social media communication tools such as twitter and blogging. 
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
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that values workplace diversity.