AARP Foundation is currently seeking a Program Manager, Impact Area - Housing. This is a fantastic opportunity to play a key role in the national landscape of aging and housing at this critical moment, to help ensure adequate and affordable housing for vulnerable, low-income 50+. The Program Manager will develop and implement the Foundation's programmatic and investment strategy, overseeing programs and managing the portfolio of these investments, creating opportunities that engage more national and local organizations, and working with key stakeholders to win back opportunities for older adults.
The ideal candidate will have a track record of deep community involvement, expertise in non-profit management, and a passion for AARP Foundations mission. With the ability to inspire confidence in diverse groups of stakeholders, the Program Manager will bring people together to collaborate effectively toward common goals. The Program Manager will understand the value of analytical and evidence-based approaches in order to evaluate and optimize the impact of the Foundation's Housing Impact Area; and will be skilled at turning analysis and strategy into effective initiatives.
Strategy Development and Thought Leadership
In keeping with the vision of AARP Foundation, and in consultation with the Vice President, Housing, develop a strategy and execution plan that outlines how the Foundation will impact adequate and affordable housing for low-income, 50+. The plan will include the creation of goals, the identification of specific initiatives that support the goals, and projections of expected outcomes and results.
Periodically re-assess and modify the Foundation's Housing strategy, based on changed assumptions, new knowledge and information, changes in the external environment, or other factors. Design mechanisms for gathering input on key strategies.
Serve as the internal thought leader on current trends, emerging issues, policy interventions, political landscape, key players, and best practices in housing. Understand the important levers for change that are available to philanthropists.
Portfolio Management and Oversight
Directs and manages Foundation impact program development from beginning to end; Defines both overall program and specific impact project scope; Tracks the programs milestones and deliverables, and progress against budget/forecast.
Under guidance of the Vice President, develop an annual budget and work plan showing the activities and resources that will support the key initiatives of the strategy.
Source and evaluate funding requests , and develop funding recommendations to Foundation management and Board of Directors.
Relationship-Building and Outreach
Develop depth of knowledge and credibility in the field by cultivating and managing key relationships with outside advisors, experts in the field, public sector partners, and colleagues in philanthropy.
In consultation with the Vice President, seek opportunities for sharing knowledge with appropriate audiences to increase learning in the field and advance program goals.
Support dissemination of lessons learned: support learning among grantees, researchers, policymakers, practitioners and field leaders; review and comment on draft research and other reports; represent the Foundation at conferences, briefings, workshops and on webinars.
Internal Communication and Teamwork
As a member of the Housing Impact team, contribute to strategy design, bringing a field and programmatic perspective to the discussion: identify knowledge gaps and problems in the field that AARP Foundation may be well positioned to address, help the team understand the most effective leverage points for change, and help guide the identification of organizations and initiatives for investment.
Become knowledgeable about the full range of the Foundation's programs, and become capable of serving as a good sounding board to colleagues working in other program areas.
Mentor and contribute to the professional development of junior staff or trainees/fellows who assist with analytic work, communication, grant-tracking, or other types of program support.
Responsible for development and implementation of core programs and socially responsible ventures at the national, state, regional and local levels that share and promote solutions to help older adults have access to affordable and adequate housing. Works in close collaboration with AARP state offices, national advocacy groups, government agencies, and local community service and faith-based organizations to explore new programs, social ventures and partnerships, and to implement strategies focused on:
Be a thought leader that provides solutions, options and best practices for low-income 50+
- Enabling low-income 50+ to stay in their homes or communities
- Remove roadblocks that prevent low-income 50+ from access to adequate, affordable housing
- Raise awareness of the housing needs of low-income 50+
At least ten years experience in program management in the non-profit/for profit/public sector, or the initiative (or closely related) field of Housing.
BA in Project Management, Business Administration, Marketing, program design and implementation, and/or other related project-focused disciplines (Masters preferred).
Relevant grantmaking experience, preferably including designing and implementing strategies, developing budgets, and managing portfolios.
Understanding of social science methodologies for data collection, analysis, and program evaluation.
Demonstrated strong written and oral communications skills. Works well in a team structure.
Ability to work collegially with others to conceive, design and develop effective, innovative solutions to problems that are cost effective, user friendly and fully meet anticipated needs.
A desire to aggressively further goals in an innovative, collaborative manner. Flexibility to work fast under tight deadlines with demanding quality requirements.
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