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AARP Maine seeks new volunteer state president

From AARP Maine

PORTLAND – AARP Maine is looking for a new state president, a lead volunteer position that works closely with AARP staff and volunteers on a range of key issues that impact Mainers 50-plus.

Applications for the position will be accepted through Oct. 15 on the AARP website at http://bitly.ws/gWIX

“The central pillar of AARP Maine’s mission is to help Mainers 50-plus and their families age with dignity and respect,” said Noël Bonam, AARP Maine State Director. “The role of the Volunteer State President is an integral part our work to advance AARP’s social change agenda in Maine. We seek a passionate, strategic thinker with outstanding leadership qualities and the ability to collaborate, motivate and inspire others as we work together towards this mission.”

The State President works closely with hundreds of AARP Maine volunteers supporting important advocacy issues at the state and federal level. Advocacy activities include testifying on bills at the state legislature, bringing concerns and issues to Maine’s Congressional Delegation, representing AARP Maine in local media, hosting and speaking at local events, and providing inspiration and guidance to a growing body of volunteer advocates in the Pine Tree State.

Responsibilities of this volunteer role also include the sharing of information and resources on topics such as caregiving, fraud prevention, Social Security and Medicare. The Volunteer State President will lead events, and work with local officials to bolster efforts to make Maine communities more age-friendly.

“This leadership volunteer position offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to utilize one’s skills and experiences to make a positive difference in the lives of all older Mainers and their families,” Bonam says. “The successful candidate will serve as a pivotal member of the AARP Maine team and our work on behalf of our more than 200,000 members in the state.”

The Volunteer Maine State President will:

– Serve as Chair of the Executive Council, an all-volunteer panel made up of leaders from across the state, and the AARP State Director.

– Support the work of the State Director, staff and volunteers to help achieve AARP’s vision, mission and strategic priorities within Maine.

– Act as the primary volunteer spokesperson for AARP Maine, communicating AARP’s messages statewide.

– Have the opportunity to build networks and partnerships with organizations and key Maine decision-makers that will endure long after their term in office.

Applicants must be AARP members, and have a commitment to the goals and priorities of AARP, a strictly non-partisan organization. An applicant should have an ability to lead in a collaborative manner, and a proven track-record in strategic thinking and planning abilities. The successful applicant will be an inspiring team player with strong interpersonal skills, particularly in understanding group dynamics and facilitation, as well as being an excellent public speaker with strong oral and written communication skills.

To see a full list of responsibilities and qualifications or to apply by Oct. 15, visit http://bitly.ws/gWIX.

To learn more about AARP and its work in Maine, visit www.aarp.org/me and follow AARP on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @aarpmaine.

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