State Director

AARP Maine

Business Unit Description

State & Community Engagement (SCE) enables AARP to be a nationwide organization, which strengthens our capacity to carry out our mission. The SCE team includes: 53 states and territories across 6 regions with regional management, the Office of Volunteer Engagement, the Office of Community Engagement (including the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA): AARP’s Educator Community), and the Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE).


As the State Director of Maine, you will be a trusted voice for people 50-plus with the media and the public and a driving force and tireless advocate for those 50-plus. You will help the 50-plus and their families to live their best lives and ensure that AARP is the “go-to resource” and leader across the state on issues important to the 50-plus population.


As State Director of Maine, you will:

SET THE STRATEGIC VISION: Articulate the overall strategic vision and set organizational context for volunteer Executive Council members and State Office staff to develop a comprehensive state plan that reflects defined goals.

BUILD AND LEAD STRONG MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE: Position the state for maximum performance.

EXECUTE FOR RESULTS: Achieve social impact through Advocacy, Volunteer Engagement, Media/Communications, and Enhanced Community Engagement.

LEVERAGE ENTERPRISE CAPACITIES:  Employ a matrix management approach to maximize AARP enterprise assets for the state.

CULTIVATE STRATEGIC NETWORKS: Establish and maintain strategic networks, act as a convener to address the needs of members and the 50-plus members and stakeholders.


BA degree in Public Administration, Management, Political Science, Community Organization, Gerontology or related discipline. Advanced degree a plus.

10 years of directly related experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position.

A minimum of 4 years of executive management/leadership is strongly preferred.

Strong understanding of public policy issues facing the state and AARP membership.  And, strong understanding of the political environment and other dynamics impacting AARP’s work in the state.

Ability to travel up to 50% of the time is required.

Compensation and Benefits

AARP offers competitive benefits with a 401(k); 100% company-funded pension plan; health, dental, and vision plans; life insurance paid time off to include company and individual holidays, vacation, sick, caregiving, and parental leave; performance-based and peer-based recognition; tuition reimbursement; among others. Visit for more information.

As a result of the COVID pandemic, all interviews will be held virtually and all non-essential employees will continue to work remotely until further notice.

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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