AARP New Jersey is looking for our next State President – the top volunteer position in New Jersey that helps provide high-level strategic advice, oversees the Executive Council and diverse volunteer corps, and advocates on behalf of people ages 50 and older.
The State President is a leader with experience recruiting, building and managing strong teams. The State President is central to AARP's efforts and is on the ground representing AARP at public events, with the media, and at the state legislature. Learn more about the position below, and if it sounds like a good fit, apply here before September 30, 2022.
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 is 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.
- Supports and abides by AARP policies, including political activity guidelines that protect the Association’s non-partisan status. As a Designated volunteer, the State President is asked to abide by AARP’s higher level of political activity policy.*
- Understands, supports and reflect AARP’s values (Impact, Innovation, Humanity, Empowerment and Honesty).
- 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.
- Recommends and appoints volunteers in consultation with State Director.
- 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.
- Orientation to AARP
- Other skills training and issue briefings as necessary
- Assigned trainings as requested by AARP including, but not limited to, Ethics, and Workplace Safety.
Travel as necessary throughout the state and to meetings or trainings out of state.
Works under the direction of the State Director
Scope of Authority
Supervises volunteer Executive Council members
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.
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 (or other device) for AARP business and other resources as needed to support the State President in his/her role.
Does this position sound like a good fit for you? Apply here before September 30, 2022.
*Designated volunteer: Because some employee and volunteer positions have heightened visibility or sensitivity and the risk that their activity will be attributed to AARP is heightened, separate rules apply to those roles. Please see the AARP’s Policy on Personal Political Activity
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.