American Bankers Association
Washington, DC

Want to work for a great Organization? The American Bankers Association is the banking industry’s champion. Joining ABA makes you part of a team that:

  • has Extraordinary People – ABA experts are the “go to” sources for bankers, policy makers and the media for credible information and insights for the banking industry.
  • has Unmatched Scope and Scale – ABA’s unparalleled information and services keep members current, knowledgeable and prepared.
  • is Impact-Driven – ABA has a proven record of bringing about positive change for our members and the industry. We take action and achieve results.

Plus competitive pay, an outstanding benefits package, a convenient DC location, a professional collegial work environment and an opportunity to work on issues of national significance equals a winning combination!

 

ABA is currently seeking a Senior Director of International Policy. This position is the primary strategist and leader of BAFT global policy advocacy efforts. This is a critical senior leadership position in BAFT reporting to the CEO, with high industry visibility, and is an essential contributor to the success of the Association. The VP, International Policy will directly engage in policy advocacy in N. America, Europe, MENA and Asia. The incumbent will also engage in S. America and Africa on a periodic basis, and build industry coalitions with local organizations to support engagement in various geographies.

 

The incumbent will develop regulatory and legislative policy positions in conjunction with members, organize and participate in cross-industry coalitions, and effectively engage as a lobbyist to drive initiatives. Incumbent will need to understand and adapt to diverse regulatory and legislative processes to facilitate international engagement, and will be the primary resource for building and maintaining senior public sector relationships. The incumbent is responsible for delivering white papers that can be leveraged for BAFT initiatives, by partner industry organizations, as well as by BAFT members for their own engagement with local regulators.

 

This role will require the individual to develop subject matter expertise that will facilitate policy dialogue with regards to issues that affect transaction banking including: trade finance, cross-border payments, liquidity, AML/KYC, and emerging technology. Public speaking is required.

 

Responsibilities Include:

 

  1. International Policy / Government Relations
  • Develop strategy, lead and execute international government relations in coordination with the Board, Regional Councils, members and relevant stakeholders
  • Lead global advocacy campaigns affecting positive changes to regulatory/legislative issues impacting the transaction banking industry (e.g. Basel III, BRRD, Ex-Im Bank, Financial Crime, Emerging Technology, cybersecurity, etc.)
  • Serve as industry expert for transaction banking policy issues
  • Build network of relationships with international regulators, policy makers, other trade associations, diplomatic corps, agency staff, and key stakeholders for the benefit of facilitating dialogue on policy
  • Formulate public policy positions, draft position papers, enact coalition campaigns and engage/direct meetings with regulatory, legislative, and agency staff
  • Direct and prepare written testimony for legislative and regulatory hearings, and prepare BAFT witnesses for testimony before international government bodies
  • Actively track and monitor legislation and proposed regulations that affect BAFT members and initiate appropriate response

 

  1. BAFT Committee Support
  • Serve as primary BAFT liaison to various member committees including (but not limited to): Global Regulatory Committee, Legal Advisory committee, Government Relations Committee, advocacy issue Working Groups, etc.
  • Work with BAFT staff members responsible for Trade, Payments and Innovation work streams, to champion advocacy initiatives that may originate from those member groups
  • Work with BAFT consultants supporting Regional Council work streams to champion advocacy initiatives originating from those member groups
  • Direct collaboration, partnerships and alliances connecting committees and advocacy-related bodies
  • Ensure Committee/Council rosters and meeting schedules remain current, adding and updating members as needed

 

  1. Industry Representation
  • Ensure visibility of BAFT in appropriate industry issues discussions
  • Represent BAFT through various speaking engagements and conference panels
  • Contribute articles, papers and interviews on BAFT industry advocacy initiatives
  • Serve as industry expert for global policy issues impacting the transaction banking industry
  • Represent BAFT through participation on industry panels and working groups (e.g. Engage China, US Export-Import Bank, WTO, etc.)

 

  1. Support BAFT Organizational Goals
  • Ensure visibility of BAFT in appropriate industry issues discussions
  • Represent BAFT through various speaking engagements and conference panels
  • Contribute articles, papers and interviews on BAFT industry advocacy initiatives
  • Serve as industry expert for global policy issues impacting the transaction banking industry
  • Represent BAFT through participation on industry panels and working groups (e.g. Engage China, US Export-Import Bank, WTO, etc.)
  • Work with conference planning groups to ensure regulatory topics are properly addressed, and ensure appropriate speakers can be secured
  • Work with Membership Director to ensure members are aware of BAFT policy activity and engage regularly

Requirements   Minimum 6-8 years of relevant work experience in international policy development and advocacy, preferably related to international finance, payments and trade. (Degree and work experience may be used to meet minimum requirement.) J.D. or MBA or equivalent required. Background areas such as anti-money-laundering and other regulatory compliance, Ex-Im bank operations, and international trade finance, international trade agreements, cross-border payments, cybersecurity, US, Asian and European public policy. International or multi-cultural experience is required, and multi-lingual capabilities preferred.

 

  • Experience with policy development, and knowledge of policy process
  • Ability to formulate government relations strategy and forge relationships cross-border in the regulatory and legislative arena is crucial
  • Ability to work independently while properly engaging subject matter experts from BAFT members, BAFT team members, and senior executives in member organizations
  • Thorough understanding of international financial organizations and their products and services
  • Expert knowledge of international capital and liquidity regimes required
  • Detailed and intensive knowledge is required of the legislative and regulatory processes and functioning of various international organizations such as:

o Global (BCBS, FSB, FATF) and jurisdictional (US, UK, EU, Singapore, HK) regulatory bodies

o US Congress and US Agencies

o European Commission, European Parliament, European Member State governments

o UK Parliament

o World Trade Organization

o APEC

o Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

o World Bank / International Monetary Fund

o Central Bank Governors, Trade Ministries

  • Exceptional writing, editing, speaking and presentation skills and the capability to perform in a global environment with sensitivity to local customs and practices
  • Ability to analyze and interpret legislative and regulatory materials internationally
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage in a multi-cultural environment

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

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The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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Job Posted: April 9, 2017
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