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AARP Virginia Begins Presidential Search

AARP Virginia is conducting a statewide search for the position of State President. This is a high-level volunteer position that offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to utilize your considerable skills and experience to make a positive difference in the lives of Virginia residents age 50+.

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AARP believes that volunteer service is a unique and valuable contribution which benefits both the volunteer and society. The Virginia State President serves as AARP’s chief volunteer in the Commonwealth.

What is the State President and Executive Council?

The State President leads the Executive Council. The Executive Council works with staff and volunteers to establish strategic goals and objectives on a local level consistent with AARP’s national strategic framework. The Executive Council is not a Board of Directors. AARP has a separate group of national volunteers that serve as the Board of Directors that set policy.

Who is on the Executive Council?

In addition to the State President the Executive Council consists of the State Director, at least three but no more than six additional members.

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.

Term of Service

Two years, with option by supervisor to renew twice, not to exceed six years.

How much time does being State President require?

The duties of the State President require a significant on-going time commitment. Week to week there can be a wide variation in the amount of time a State President spends with AARP, based on workflow and the interest and new opportunities they (in partnership with the State Director) identify. However, a State President must effectively partner with staff, serve as a spokesperson for AARP, chair Executive Council meetings, lead and support AARP volunteers and network with policy makers and partners. Additional opportunities for the State President include representing Virginia at national meetings and conferences, as well as representing AARP on various statewide taskforces and commissions. The President also attends AARP events across the state to speak, provide support and interact with members and the 50+ population generally. The active involvement of the state president is vital to the success of AARP in Virginia.

Training Required

Orientation to AARP – Staff and Executive Council member will orient the New State President. Additionally, throughout the year, the State President will have the opportunity for additional training including a national orientation.

Travel Required

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

For more information about the requirements and qualifications for the position, as well as an application, email Stephanie Gossett at sgossett@aarp.org.

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