Sr. Policy Advisor, Rx Policy

  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 25

Position 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. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

Policy, Research and International Affairs (PRI) serves AARP by leading the development and articulation of AARP’s public policies, research and insights on the 50+ and issues that matter to them, importing best global practices, and strengthening AARP's reputation for world class expertise and thought leadership. 


The Senior Policy Advisor works with the AARP Public Policy Institute’s health team and across the Enterprise on prescription drug policy-related issues. The position involves identifying and communicating key policy challenges and potential solutions that will help AARP advocate and promote transformational social changes in line with AARP’s enterprise priorities. These key policy areas cover a broad and deep range of diverse issues affecting Americans age 50+ and their families, including prescription drug pricing, utilization, and coverage. 


  • Identifies major policy challenges related to prescription drugs, including pricing, utilization, and coverage. 
  • Develops prescription drug-related policy options and reform strategies to enable AARP to advocate and promote transformational social changes in line with AARP’s enterprise priorities. 
  • Conducts and oversees the conduct of original research projects on high visibility and potentially controversial prescription drug-related policy issues of importance to AARP.
  • Independently analyzes data and produces timely, well-written fact sheets, policy briefs, and research reports.  
  • Analyzes federal and state legislative and regulatory proposals and legislation, provides objective policy analysis to inform AARP’s public outreach and advocacy efforts, represents AARP in important public policy forums, and serves as an expert resource to AARP staff and volunteer leaders, as well as to opinion leaders and policymakers outside AARP.  
  • Supports AARP’s strategic efforts in collaboration with other members of the Health team and the larger enterprise.
  • Provides objective policy analysis and expert guidance for timely use by key internal clients. Evaluates current policy positions and provides extensive input for the drafting of The Policy Book:  AARP’s Public Policies.
  • Develops policy options and forward-looking strategies to enable AARP to promote changes in public policy and the general marketplace that make it possible for 50+ Americans to live a better life. 
  • Serves as focal point within AARP for issue expertise, participating in and influencing strategic planning and decision-making by actively serving on committees, teams, and working groups.  
  • Demonstrates AARP leadership behaviors in all interactions.


  • Completion of an advanced degree in Pharmacy, Public Health, or a related discipline, and a minimum of 4 years of experience related to the position.  Completion of a Doctorate degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of prescription drug policy and related issues including working knowledge of Medicare and Medicaid coverage and reimbursement, state and federal regulation, pharmaceutical supply chain, and current policy solutions.
  • Strong data analytical skills, including ability to independently analyze data; ability to write data-driven fact sheets, policy briefs, and research reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment, including building strategic and solid partnerships with colleagues across AARP, such as AARP state offices to advance AARP's policy goals.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Ability to present subject matter and data for all types of audiences.
  • Familiarity with different forms of communication (e.g. written, oral, print/broadcast media, and digital/social media).
  • Excellent interpersonal and partnership development skills.

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