Sr Strategic Policy Advisor-Economic Security
AARP - Washington, DC

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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.

Summary Statement

Identifies policy challenges and solutions in the area of pensions and all aspects of retirement savings from accumulation to management of assets to spending down of savings. 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. 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, 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.

Responsibilities
  • Identifies emerging policy issues and develops policy options and reform strategies in policy areas of importance to AARP, including the identification of the legislative and regulatory changes necessary to achieve the desired policy, and assessment of how proposed changes impact related policy goals (e.g. coverage of the population, financial impact on stakeholders, coherence with social change objectives, political feasibility, etc.).
  • Conceptualizes and conducts original research and manages research contracted to external vendors. Writes reports for internal and external audiences, including federal and state policymakers and opinion leaders. For all written reports, oversees internal and external peer review, administrative review, and document production. With oversight of a Director, manages the RFP process, the contractual scope of work, and all relevant budget activities for contracted research products. May conduct original research on highly visible and potentially controversial policy issues.
  • Critiques federal and state legislative and regulatory proposals in areas of expertise. Provides objective policy analysis for timely use by key internal clients to inform advocacy efforts and provide expert guidance to volunteer leaders in line with One AARP objectives. Evaluates current policy positions and provides extensive input for the drafting of The Policy Book: AARP’s Public Policies.
  • Capable of persuading others as to the merits of AARP positions and preferred solutions when making presentations at conferences, professional meetings, and press conferences. Serves on policy-related commissions, boards, technical and advisory panels, and participates in high-level public policy meetings. Serves as peer reviewer for professional journals, federal agencies, and non-federal entities that influence public policy.
  • Provides quality oversight of publications in areas of expertise. Provides expert reviews to staff in the production of educational information and advocacy materials representing AARP’s policy positions. Provides expert information and guidance to government agencies, media, and members of the policy community, other researchers, and members.
  • 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. Leads teams in areas of expertise, as indicated.

Requirements

Completion of an advanced degree in Public Policy, Economics or other Social Sciences, Law, or a related discipline, and 8 years of experience related to the position. Completion of a Doctorate degree preferred.

Excellent written and oral communications skills and exceptional skills in presenting subject matter issues for all types of audiences.

Knowledge of appropriate empirical research methodologies. Specific knowledge related to the pension and retirement savings policy.

Knowledge of relevant data sets and comfort using them.

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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