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Associate State Director, Outreach and Advocacy

AARP NH

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse.

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.  If you’re ready, here’s your chance to take action throughout New Hampshire!


Summary Statement

Works with staff, volunteers, members and other AARP divisions to achieve AARP’s social impact and member value goals.  Develops and provides strategic leadership for AARP outreach and advocacy activities, including the implementation of national AARP advocacy efforts and campaigns at the local and state level. Works to build greater grassroots and key contacts capacity as well as relationships with elected officials in an effort to advance AARP priorities issues. Develops a presence in communities through building and strengthening visibility, media presence, volunteer capacity, strategic alliances and community partnerships and delivering programs and activities and outreach to AARP members.

Requirements:

Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Policy Administration, Law, Business, Social or human sciences, or a related discipline and 5-7 years of 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 community service environment (e.g., legislative leaders, government officials, community service leaders, partners, organizations, critical state-wide community service needs, major stakeholders, etc.).  Strong written, oral and presentation skills.   Ability to build and inspire volunteer teams.  Naturally collaborative.  Innovative.  Technologically savvy.  Quick learner. Previous grassroots organizing and/or government relations experience strongly encouraged. In-state travel (only occasional overnight) required at least 33% of work time.

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.

Responsibilities:

1. Serves as a member of the state team and works with other state staff and lead volunteers to develop grassroots and community outreach strategies and tactics to advance priority issues in the state.  Helps to organize and maintain effective coalitions and partnerships dealing with strategic issues.

2. Leads the AARP local community initiative, including the Enterprise Community Presence work in Greater Manchester as well as targeted community presence work in Greater Concord and the Greater Seacoast area.

3. Contributes to the planning and execution of integrated advocacy campaigns that include grassroots and key contacts mobilization, lobbying, community resources and organization, policy expertise, and political knowledge in support of AARP legislative goals at the local, state and national level. An example being the First in the Nation Presidential Primary work, which is a recurring and high profile integrated campaign every four years. 

4. Provides leadership to staff and volunteers to develop a meaningful organization of involved and active volunteers that impacts public policy at the local, state and national level.   Builds and maintains strong grassroots and key contacts organization and leadership for the purpose of impacting elected officials on behalf of AARP’s policy goals and objectives.

5. Maintains a non-partisan stance with respect to candidates, incumbents, political parties and public events. Collaborates with regionally focused AARP volunteers to develop grassroots and key contact capacity to enable effective communication and impact on local, state and federal elected and appointed officials, particularly during intense times in New Hampshire’s unique political cycle (e.g. Presidential Primary, etc.). 

6. On occasion, represents AARP before policy makers and those who promulgate rules and regulations in the state.  Focuses on active engagement and involvement of volunteers and members who are impacted by the issue at hand.   Informs members and the public on issues of concern to AARP, including voter education and advocacy regarding local, state and federal legislative issues.

7. Engages members, volunteers, and community / nonprofit allies in grassroots, community outreach, and policy maker relationship activities in support of the AARP New Hampshire state plan.  Organizes and maintains visible and effective coalitions and partnerships dealing with volunteer engagement, social impact, legislative, and member value strategic activities, with a specific focus in the targeted Enterprise Community Presence site and Community Presence sites and the planning and execution of AARP events that occur therein.

8. Works in close partnership with staff and volunteer leaders to recruit, match, orient, train, and support volunteers.  Creates and implements volunteer recognition and communications plans.  Provides assistance and support on performance management and coaching in partnership with the volunteers’ supervisors.  Provides technical assistance in the issue areas and processes related to federal and state campaigns and livable communities in targeted Enterprise Community Presence and Community Presence sites sites throughout New Hampshire.  Participates in training volunteers on priority issues, strategies, tactics, policies, relationship building, and state-specific political processes.

9. Works in collaboration with state and national office colleagues to promote AARP’s strategic issues, priorities, programs, and activities in various communities throughout New Hampshire.  

10. Makes presentations at workshops and conferences, as appropriate.  Works with volunteers on primary issues, community service, legislative and regulatory efforts.  Ensures AARP is seen as a visible force in community service and public policy development by educating staff, volunteers, members, government and elected officials, and the public. 

11. Expands awareness of AARP and our priorities among community and public policy leaders.  Identifies and positions AARP as a critical voice for age-eligible individuals, but also demonstrates relevance to all generations (i.e., decisions being made today can often most affect those 49 or younger).  Manages and coordinates opportunities with public-speaking venues and other high profile venues, in collaboration with the Communications staff.

12. Enhances AARP’s reputation among non-traditional partners, including community leaders, businesses and business leaders, educators, and policy makers.  Initiates new relationships and sustains existing ones.

13. As assigned, monitors, compiles, and tracks the positions of allies and opponents through research and outreach.  Assists with monitoring the public dialogue about issues important to AARP through “issues” grids and other devices.

14. Communicates effectively, both verbally and in writing, with the strategic use of data and communications channels, including Social Media.   Comfortable working in a highly integrated high functioning innovative and collaborative team environment, and with a matrix team.  

15. In coordination with the AARP New Hampshire team, helps develop and expand AARP’s Liveable Communities and Age Friendly Community efforts around the state. 

16. Demonstrates AARP Leadership Behaviors in all interactions and at all times.

Job Location:

Concord

Date Added: November 17, 2017

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