Business Unit Description
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment.
The Office of General Counsel strives to actively and effectively represent the Association and its affiliates' legal interests and to facilitate the efforts of staff and volunteers in fulfilling AARP's mission. We provides legal guidance to the AARP Board of Directors and its committees and staff, the AARP Foundation Board of Directors and staff, AARP Services Board of Directors and staff, and the trustees of the AARP Group Health Insurance Program.
Reporting to the SVP, Ethics and Compliance, Employment Law and Litigation, the Associate General Counsel of Advocacy, Employment Law and Litigation provides a full array of legal counsel and advice on various matters. These matters include: overseeing complex lobbying and political law rules at both the federal and state levels, ensuring AARP, one of the largest lobbying organizations in the country, complies not only with federal law but with the patchwork of state and local laws that affect lobbying and gifts to legislators and staff, filing accurate federal, state, and local lobbying reports that are often open to the public, providing advice to HR and management, responding to administrative charges and employment litigation, and managing non-employment related litigation matters, while helping determine defense strategy and working closely with outside counsel on pleadings, arguments, and case analysis. This role also reviews contracts from various departments and provides support for AARP state offices, as needed, as well as takes on special projects and works on larger projects with teams of other lawyers as they arise.
- Researches state and federal laws on lobbying disclosure, ethics, governmental gift laws, and campaign finance and drafts written guidance and training materials for organization staff.
- Manages regulatory filings related to state laws governing lobbying and campaign finance, with focus on accuracy and on the impact of information being made public.
- Analyzes lawsuits brought against AARP and demand letters sent to AARP to determine best course of action. Assists with or manages litigation matters, including marshalling our defense and retaining and overseeing outside counsel.
- Reviews, negotiates, and approves agreements, particularly for state offices.
- Works on a wide variety of projects, including trainings, research, analysis, drafting documents and memoranda, and otherwise addressing a variety of legal problems as they arise.
- Contributes as an active and engaged member of the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) team, helping to build camaraderie and to increase the team's effectiveness.
- Analyzes lawsuits brought and against AARP and demand letters sent to AARP to determine best course of action, including national class action suits, breach of contract, personal injury.
- Makes recommendations on defense strategy and marshals resources for defense, both internally and externally.
- Selects and retains outside counsel in consultation with the general counsel and manages outside counsel litigation billings.
- Issues litigation holds, manages discovery, including e-discovery, and has expertise in use of AARP e-discovery tools. Negotiates resolution of claims with opposing counsel where appropriate.
- Works closely with outside counsel with and oversees them in representing AARP throughout the matter, reviewing pleadings, considering options for strategies and tactics as things develop, and making settlement recommendations where appropriate.
- Supports the Employment Law function across the enterprise providing legal counsel and advice on employment law issues, including representation of AARP and its affiliates in employment litigation matters.
- In consultation with the SVP, Ethics & Compliance, Employment Law and Litigation, determines our defense strategy; negotiates with opposing counsel to settle matters early if appropriate; retains outside counsel; handles litigation holds and e-discovery; preps and accompanies AARP staff who are subpoenaed on behalf of AARP, marshals teams of lawyers within OGC where needed, and works closely with outside counsel on pleadings, arguments, and case analysis in cases that go forward.
- Represents AARP in administrative proceedings with the EEOC and state agencies. Works closely with HR staff to advise on personnel matters, employee relations issues and internal investigations. Advises on employee benefits issues, together with outside counsel.
- J.D. degree from an accredited law school plus a minimum of 6 years directly related specialized experience in the areas of advocacy, employment law and litigation.
- Must be, or be able to become, a member in good standing with the District of Columbia bar or other state bar.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills. Comfortable public speaker with ability to make formal presentations to management and to provide engaging, clear, training for new managers and other staff who may have minimal legal background.
- Good judgment, sensitivity to people and what motivates them, good negotiator and mediator.
- Ability to function independently with limited guidance.
- Must function with the highest degree of integrity and ethical standards. Passion for our nonprofit mission a definite positive.
- Ability to handle multiple, high-level complex projects at one time and high volumes of work on an ongoing basis, with strong attention to detail.
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate within OGC, as well as with colleagues across the enterprise in an extremely complex organization. Ability to gain internal respect and build consensus with all levels of staff.
- Must be customer-oriented, approachable, responsive, and engaging.
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 careers.aarp.org/benefits 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.