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Director of U.S. Government Relations

Washington DC


General Summary:

The Director of U.S. Government Relations develops and implements, in close coordination with FIA senior policy staff, the organization’s political and Congressional engagement strategy with federal elected officials, U.S. regulatory agencies and other key policymakers.  The position represents the organization in front of key U.S. government officials and policymakers.  The Director also advises organization executives on the impact of proposed legislation and determines an appropriate response. 

The Director of U.S. Government Relations works with FIA to:

  • evaluate pending legislation;
  • survey legislations’ impact on the members of FIA;
  • develop the organization’s response to legislation;
  • build relationships with federal authorities and key policymakers;
  • develop relations with other strategic trade associations and government affairs departments;
  • develop government affairs strategies;
  • enhance the organization’s image among authorities; and
  • write testimony, speeches and talking points for President and representatives of FIA. 

The Director will help coordinate the selection, hiring and managing of FIA’s outside lobbying consultants. The Director of U.S. Government Affairs reports to the SVP of Global Policy.

This role may also include working with staff and other organizations to obtain media coverage and develop effective public awareness campaigns. This role will work with the FIA communications team to develop content and information for distribution to FIA membership and on its website.  This position may be asked to travel to, attend and participate in industry conferences and events, including FIA conferences.  This role will present to the FIA board written and oral updates on the U.S. Government Relations strategy.

This role will also be expected to be involved with the regulatory strategy of the organization and will coordinate closely with the President, SVP of Global Advocacy and General Counsel’s office on the FIA’s regulatory strategy and its implementation. 

This role will be expected to be a registered lobbyist and will be the primary liaison with running the Futures Industry Association Political Action Committee, including formulating a PAC strategy and determining which candidates receive donations.

Qualifications:

  • In-depth knowledge and experience with Congress, including specific knowledge of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, Banking Committees and other relevant committees.
  • Understanding of the Commodity Exchange Act, Dodd-Frank, CFTC regulations and other laws and regulations affecting FIA’s membership.
  • Familiarity of Political Action Committees and the laws and regulations surrounding their implementation.
  • Familiarity with the lobbying laws and regulations.
  • Strong writer and communication/information gathering skills—requires constant gathering, processing and synthesizing of information from a variety of sources and the ability to communicate the information orally or written in a concise and understandable manner.
  • Must be a team player with a proven record of collaboration and consensus building.
  • Minimum of 5 years of government relations related work experience, or related industry experience.
  • Strong attention to detail and self-starter.
  • Excellent organizational, oral and written communication and analytical skills. 
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks and projects and to meet deadlines.

Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individual with Disabilities

Interested?

For further information and a full job description, please contact: jobs@fia.org

About FIA

FIA is the leading global trade organization for the futures, options and centrally cleared derivatives markets, with offices in London, Singapore and Washington, D.C. FIA’s membership includes clearing firms, exchanges, clearinghouses, trading firms and commodities specialists from more than 48 countries as well as technology vendors, lawyers and other professionals serving the industry. FIA’s mission is to support open, transparent and competitive markets, protect and enhance the integrity of the financial system and promote high standards of professional conduct. 

Posted August 10, 2018


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