Associate, Corporate – External Affairs

08 Nov, 2021


Associate, Corporate – External Affairs

Black Rock Group
New York, NY

DescriptionAbout this role

The External Affairs team brings together BlackRock’s approach to public policy, philanthropy, corporate sustainability, and our broader societal engagement. This Associate will work closely with the External Affairs COO, Director of External Affairs, External Affairs Chief of Staff, and Head of External Affairs, serving as a central coordinator of projects across the External Affairs team and the broader firm. This Associate will direct and/or support project management, implementation, coordination, and research for strategic initiatives. They will report into the External Affairs COO and help drive day-to-day-operations for the team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Supporting the External Affairs COO, Director of External Affairs, External Affairs Chief of Staff, and Head of External Affairs to lead initiatives and process improvements across External Affairs
  • Assisting in the development, implementation, and tracking of projects in support of the COO and ensuring that all are moving in a timely and effective fashion
  • Monitoring and tracking engagement with external organizations, including trade associations
  • Helping set agendas and prepare materials for External Affairs Committee meetings and External Affairs town halls
  • Creating content for External Affairs newsletters and other communications
  • Drafting executive-level presentations, briefing materials, and talking points on relevant subject matter for use with internal and external audiences including the Board, GEC, ExCos, clients, policy makers, media, and the public
  • Leading document management and contacts management processes
  • Delivering ad hoc assignments initiated by External Affairs leadership
  • Working closely with the Global Public Policy Group, Social Impact team, Corporate Sustainability team, and Stakeholder Capitalism team
  • Working with the External Affairs COO on cross-functional opportunities to achieve BlackRock’s objectives, increase operational efficiencies, and deliver against talent priorities
  • Taking a strategic mindset and connecting the dots across multiple initiatives
  • Navigating the organization to obtain necessary fact-checking and insights
  • Working closely with L&C, HR, and other teams across the firm to drive operational excellence
  • Driving a strong culture by bringing principles of inclusion and diversity to the team


  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree with strong record of academic achievement
  • 3-5+ years of experience in asset management or financial services
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Creativity and the ability to put structure around “big-picture” questions
  • Keen attention to detail, especially under pressure
  • Ability to deliver in a fast-paced environment, responding to tight deadlines and multiple demands
  • High-energy, positive “can-do” attitude, and an ability to work as a team player
  • Ability to manage complex, interdepartmental projects in a professional and inclusive manner
  • Interest in global markets, investor needs, corporate sustainability, social impact, and public policy
  • Excellent writing and oral-communications skills, with the ability to present complex concepts in a concise and understandable way
  • Mastery in document creation (e.g., decks, talking points, memos, etc.)
  • Experience working with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, DOX, Salesforce, and Red Oak
  • Good judgment and impeccable ethics

Our benefits

To help you stay energized, engaged and inspired, we offer a wide range of benefits including a strong retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, comprehensive healthcare, support for working parents and Flexible Time Off (FTO) so you can relax, recharge and be there for the people you care about.

About BlackRock

At BlackRock, we are all connected by one mission: to help more and more people experience financial well-being. Our clients, and the people they serve, are saving for retirement, paying for their children’s educations, buying homes and starting businesses. Their investments also help to strengthen the global economy: support businesses small and large; finance infrastructure projects that connect and power cities; and facilitate innovations that drive progress.

This mission would not be possible without our smartest investment – the one we make in our employees. It’s why we’re dedicated to creating an environment where our colleagues feel welcomed, valued and supported with networks, benefits and development opportunities to help them thrive.

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BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, and other statuses protected by law.

BlackRock will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest or conviction records in a manner consistent with the requirements of the law, including any applicable fair chance law.

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Job posted: 2021-11-08