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AARP Mississippi Seeks State President

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Are you a leader who is driven by helping others? AARP Mississippi is looking for a State President, the organization's highest volunteer position. The State President works closely with the State Director, volunteers and staff as they help the 50-plus population live their best lives. Everyday we seek to demonstrate the motto of our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus: To serve, not to be served.

Position Function

In partnership with the State Director and in collaboration with other appropriate volunteers and staff, the State President positions AARP in the state to achieve the AARP vision, mission, and strategic priorities. The State President will be governed by the policies and procedures of the Association.


  • Serves as the principal AARP volunteer spokesperson in the state, communicating AARP messages statewide.
  • Maintains a positive working relationship and partnership with the State Director.
  • In partnership with the State Director provides vision and leadership to AARP activities.
  • Chairs the state Executive Council.
  • In partnership with the State Director and the Executive Council, develops the framework for state strategic planning and the coordination of AARP activities.
  • Develops a strong working knowledge of the state demographics, organizational structures, political environment and key players.
  • In partnership with the State Director builds networks and community partnerships across the state with other organizations and key decision makers to further AARP goals.
  • Seeks input for planning from AARP volunteers and external organizations.
  • Interprets and communicates AARP policy.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to engage diverse populations in all activities in the state.
  • Assists in recruitment of other volunteers.
  • Appoints volunteers.
  • Conducts annual progress reviews based on an established work plan for Executive Council leadership volunteers.
  • Informs Regional Volunteer Director of activities on a regular basis.


  • AARP membership required.
  • Committed to the goals and priorities of AARP.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and planning abilities.
  • Leadership and team building ability.
  • Ability to engage and work well with diverse populations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills-understanding of group dynamics and skill in facilitating groups.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Human Resource Management Skills- interviewing, selection, coaching, and conflict management.

Term of Service

Two (2) years with option by supervisor to renew twice, not to exceed six (6) years.

Training Required

Orientation to AARP

Other skills training and issue briefings as necessary

Travel Required

Travel as necessary throughout the state, or to meetings or trainings out of state.

Appointed By

State Director


Works under the direction of the State Director


Scope of Authority

Supervises volunteer Executive Council members

Progress Review

The performance of the State President will be monitored on an ongoing basis by the State Director according to policy guidelines. Annually, the State Director and the State President will assess progress and identify opportunities to strengthen the state work with volunteers and the State Director/State President partnership.

Available Resources

AARP will provide volunteer travel accident insurance and commercial general liability insurance while performing volunteer responsibilities. Travel expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with existing AARP policies. AARP will provide a phone and/or iPad for AARP business and other resources as needed to support the State President in his/her role.


If you are interested, please email a letter and resume to by Dec. 15, 2017.


It is the policy of the Association that all AARP volunteers will receive equal opportunity and treatment throughout recruitment, appointment, training, and service. There will be no discrimination based on age, economic status, sex, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental abilities, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion.

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