State Director
AARP - South Carolina

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We’re millions of members strong–with more joining us every day– the largest and “most powerful grassroots organization” around, according to Fortune magazine. In fact, our commitment and collective strength enables us to serve and support a broad and diverse membership as well as embrace our own workplace diversity. Here’s your chance to take action in Washington, DC and throughout the US!

To better support AARP’s priorities and mobilize volunteers and members in the states, State Operations includes multiple teams in the National Office collaborating across all AARP entities and geographic boundaries in addition to the five regions and 53 State Offices.

Summary Statement

Working in partnership with State Volunteer President, creates and maintains a successful AARP strategic business unit that enables AARP to achieve its vision in the state. As the leader of the state team, manages and is accountable for a diverse staff located in a multi-function state office with multiple locations within the state. Provides management, coaching, feedback and opportunities for staff development to direct reports. Responsible for developing AARP’s presence in communities within the state and establishing an extensive network of relationships with external state and local partners. Maintains strong working relationships with colleagues in AARP to ensure a seamless interface between the state and the national office in implementing national and state priorities. The State Director shoulders primary responsibility for management of programs, people, processes and translating policy for AARP in the state and creates and defines AARP’s influence and sustained presence. The State Director works as a liaison with regional, States & Communities, and State and National Group leadership in addition to other Association business unit colleagues Integrated Value and Strategy,and Foundationcolleagues) to enhance, engage, and sustain membership and the 50+ population in the state.


  • Provides strategic leadership, management of a diverse workforce, and organizational context to staff and volunteers to develop a comprehensive state plan that reflects state goals for national priorities, priority issues for the state, multi-cultural development and partnerships, and specific outcomes for target communities. Implements the plan through volunteer engagementt, internal and external collaboration, media presence, advocacy success, and increased member awareness and involvement. Guarantees line of sight with Association dashboard objectives within the AARP Strategic Plan. Develops and manages state budget within resources allocated through the plan. Is accountable for all financial and human resources allocated to the state. Builds and maintains strong connections to AARP’s primary campaigns, movements, and priorities.
  • Designs and maintains an appropriate staffing pattern that addresses best of class practices in management span of control, embracing diversity, and positions the state for maximum performance. Oversees the recruiting, interviewing, hiring, orienting, coaching, managing, and evaluating of staff. Develops and monitors work plans for and with staff. Manages and documents staff performance and takes corrective action when necessary. Ensures that policies and procedures are carried out appropriately. Functions as the team leader to develop a strong and effective team. Identifies training/development needs of staff and engages resources to meet development objectives.
  • Provides leadership to advocacy teams in the state in terms of developing all available resources to ensure advocacy success at both the state and federal level. Promotes effective state relationships to enhance advocacy efforts. Assures that AARP is positioned as a credible and key resource to legislators and their staff on policy issues affecting older adults. Establishes coalitions and alliances with staff and volunteers that specifically address AARP Social Change priority issues.
  • Establishes and maintains strategic networks with other organizations in the state often acting as a catalyst to bring groups together to advance the priorities of AARP and to address the needs of the members in the state. Provides leadership in the development of working relationships with state appointed and elected officials, state policy-makers (administrative, judicial and legislative), corporate executives, academic institutions, and/or statewide associations and institutions. Provides leadership within AARP to maintain strong working relations with colleagues in headquarters to ensure a seamless interface in implementing national and state priorities. Strategically determines the nature and outcomes of relationships with external organizations, which may include, but are not limited to, academic, religious, corporate, governmental and private/non-profit organizations.
  • Provides overall leadership in the recruitment, orientation, training, evaluation and effective utilization and management of volunteers. Partners with the State Volunteer President, directing and managing the development of the volunteer Executive Council to plan and carry out national priorities and activities, while also achieving state and local goals. Manages the process for developing volunteers at all levels within the state.
  • Oversees strategic media activities with the state communication staff and volunteers. Seeks opportunities to share knowledge and expertise with others in the aging network to heighten visibility of aging issues in the state. Ensures that AARP has an effective relationship with media in the state and that AARP priority issues, programs and services are promoted widely throughout the state. Works to carry out effective communication within the volunteer structure, and with staff and outside groups. Represents AARP publicly as a key contact for all AARP activities in the state.
  • Provides leadership to community outreach staff to develop AARP’s presence in strategic geographic and multi-cultural communities within the state and establish an extensive network of relationships with external state and local partners.

  • Requirements

    Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Management, Political Science, Community Organization/Development, Gerontology, or a related discipline, strong preference given for advanced degrees; and, eight (8) years of directly related experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position. Exhibits a strong understanding of public policy issues facing the state and AARP membership in particular. Has experience managing a diverse workforce in a distributive organization.

    A minimum of eight (8) years of management/leadership is mandatory. Demonstrates a high level of competence with oral and written communication skill, computer literacy, strategic thinking, and people management skills.

    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.


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