Sr. Legislative Representative

22 Jan, 2020


Sr. Legislative Representative

Washington, DC

Business Unit Description

Government Affairs (GA) advances AARP’s issue agenda through advocacy. This team operates as a highly strategic group that proactively addresses the issues important to the 50+ at the federal level through legislative and regulatory action. GA provides strategic support and counsel to AARP’s 53 state offices to help achieve advocacy success across the country. They ensure that AARP is considered by Administration officials, Members of Congress, and State and elected local officials as a credible, powerful and nonpartisan organization.

Summary Statement

The Senior Legislative Representative (located in our Washington, DC National Office) provides strategic leadership, direction, and support for advocacy efforts in the states on a wide range of health and long term services and supports (LTSS) issues including supports for family caregivers, Medicaid, pharmaceuticals, telehealth, health care access, coverage, financing, quality and home and community-based services.

Coordinates and leverages AARP relationships with state policy leaders; providing issue expertise, advising and counseling Association leadership on public policy development by identifying emerging issues, recommending policy changes or course corrections.

Serves as a spokesperson with state and national press and with legislative and non-legislative audiences to position AARP as a credible source of information on state health and LTSS issues. In an appropriately coordinated fashion, advises state offices on key policy, advocacy and communications approaches.


1. Provides issue leadership, coordination and support to AARP state offices and assists with strategy and analysis of individual state initiatives.

2. Works with state offices to leverage AARP relationships with state policy leaders in an integrated, coordinated and effective manner to build deeper and more effective engagement in support of AARP policy goals.

3. Provides strategic support and technical resources, in coordination with Integrated Campaigns, to enable states to win issue campaigns by applying issue expertise, critical judgment and negotiation skills, advice and relevant issue advocacy experience.

4. Coordinates with Federal Affairs to address overlapping state/federal issues and to communicate federal or multi-state implications of issues.

5. Advises and counsels Association leadership on public policy development. Identifies emerging issues and recommends policy changes in AARP’s public policy agenda. Coordinates with the Office of Policy Integration, Legislative Counsel and the Public Policy Institute to provide policy guidance and interpretation to states.

6. Identifies designs, develops, and disseminates advocacy products, such as AARP-branded bills, model testimony, comparative law charts, fact sheets, legislative alerts, brochures and issue messages for use in states to support AARP’s state advocacy efforts.

7. Reviews Association communications, including litigation proposals, for accuracy and consistency with AARP policy.

8. Provides leadership and serves as a spokesperson to legislative and non-legislative audiences at forums around the country. Serves as a spokesperson with state and national press as needed.

9. Liaises, builds and strengthens AARP’s reputation and relationships with other organizations that focus on state health and/or LTSS issues, as well as with government officials and opinion-leaders, and promotes AARP’s public policy agenda to those audiences.

10. Positions the Association as a credible source of information regarding state health, LTSS and caregiving legislative issues.

11. Works with colleagues across the Association to frame AARP’s message.

12. Facilitates the implementation of AARP public policy positions through state staff and volunteer activities.

13. Demonstrates AARP values in all interactions.


1. Completion of a Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred) in Political Science, Public Policy, Health or Law and 8 years relevant and progressively responsible substantive legislative and regulatory experience in state government, the private sector, or a non-profit organization engaged in complex health and LTSS advocacy initiatives; or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of this position.

2. Excellent interpersonal, presentation and relationship development skills.

3. Extensive state-level advocacy expertise in a state governmental agency, state legislative or state or intergovernmental advocacy organization environment.

4. Extensive issue expertise in Medicaid, LTSS, health care delivery, financing and quality, and ACA implementation issues.

5. Extensive experience in the preparation and presentation of policy positions (issues briefs, testimony, etc.).

6. Ability to analyze legislation and regulations thoroughly and effectively and to apply research results to justify or support Association policies and positions.

7. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment, including building strategic and solid partnerships with colleagues in our state offices to advance AARP’s state advocacy goals. Must have extensive issue knowledge of relevant advocacy issues and demonstrate same through strong written and verbal communications.

8. Demonstrated ability to adhere to specific guidelines for developing and implementing integrated issue campaigns to achieve organizational goals, emphasizing teamwork throughout.

9. Must be able to work in a rapidly changing environment, depending on prioritization of AARP issue campaigns, staffing assignments, and/or other resources.

10. Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

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

AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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Job posted: 2020-01-22