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Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer

AARP Foundation
District of Columbia, United States
$270,000.00 - $283,000.00
Closing date
Dec 14, 2023

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with AARP Foundation in the search for a Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer.

Reporting to the President, the Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer will lead all development and fundraising efforts on behalf of the AARP enterprise, including AARP, AARP Foundation, and all other charitable affiliates. The Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer will develop a vision for, and ensure the organization executes, strategies that increase the organization’s sustainability including growth from contributions, sponsorships, grants both public and private, life income gifts, and other planned or deferred commitments. The Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer will oversee organization-wide development and fundraising goals to advance the mission and work of the organization, AARP Foundation, and the organization’s other charitable affiliates. The Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer will establish investment strategies that support organizational objectives and growth and oversee a team of development professionals that lead key strategies and manage pipelines of existing and potential donors, including direct response, major gifts, gift planning, and institutional support including corporate, foundation, and government agencies. The Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer will work with each organization and affiliate to advance their mission through revenue growth and work with respective boards to establish, set, and comply with board policies as they relate to solicitation and gift acceptance.

For more than 60 years, AARP Foundation has helped older adults with low income increase their economic opportunity. As AARP’s charitable affiliate, it serves AARP members and nonmembers alike. Its focus is to tackle senior poverty by sparking bold, innovative solutions that help vulnerable older adults increase their economic opportunity—fostering resilience, strengthening communities, and restoring hope. AARP Foundation addresses these goals by helping older adults with low income secure the essentials, including good jobs, eligible benefits, crucial refunds, and sustained social connections.

AARP Foundation empowers older adults by providing skills and resources to increase their financial stability and help them overcome the challenges of today and tomorrow. It also recognizes that humans need connection. AARP Foundation explores creative ways to help older adults connect and stay connected—to each other and to their communities.

All of this is accomplished through collaboration, innovation, legal advocacy, and grantmaking. Collaboration allows AARP Foundation to build on existing programs and infrastructure, avoid duplicating effort, and maximize the impact of every dollar donated. At the heart of the work of AARP Foundation is a drive to find fresh ways of solving problems and meeting needs. AARP Foundation is passionate about innovation and believes that good ideas can come from anywhere. AARP Foundation also advocates in courts nationwide for the rights of people aged 50 and older, working to challenge discrimination, and protect seniors from injustice. AARP Foundation support enables grantees to help more people, work more efficiently, bring proven new approaches to scale, and make resources go further.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to AARP Foundation’s vision of a country free of poverty where no older person feels vulnerable. Its commitment to advancing equity, which is highlighted in its strategic plan, includes attracting exceptionally talented staff with the breadth of background and experience critical to foster a vibrant community. Supported by an enterprise-wide Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI), AARP Foundation strives to uphold equity by giving a voice to everyone, including staff, volunteers, members, and partners. Its commitment to inclusion means sustaining a culture in which each individual’s humanity and dignity is acknowledged and accorded the full respect of their colleagues, and in which each individual’s equal standing as a member of the community is assured.  

A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred for this position as is at least ten years of fundraising experience including successfully building and managing fundraising teams that meet and exceed fundraising goals. AARP Foundation will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and feel that you can contribute to AARP Foundation, but your experience does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we encourage you to apply. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of AARP Foundation as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $270,000 to $283,000 annually with a generous bonus package.

AARP Foundation is committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Kim Farr at

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