Associate/Senior Associate, Federal Government Affairs

02 Dec, 2019


Associate/Senior Associate, Federal Government Affairs

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)
Washington, DC

SIFMA is the leading trade association for broker-dealers, investment banks and asset managers operating in the U.S. and global capital markets. On behalf of our industry’s nearly 1 million employees, we advocate on legislation, regulation and business policy, affecting retail and institutional investors, equity and fixed income markets and related products and services. We serve as an industry coordinating body to promote fair and orderly markets, informed regulatory compliance, and efficient market operations and resiliency. We also provide a forum for industry policy and professional development. SIFMA, with offices in New York and Washington, D.C., is the U.S. regional member of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA). For more information, visit


SIFMA is looking for a Washington D.C. based Associate/Senior Associate, Federal Government Affairs. As a member of the advocacy team, this position will assist with delivering on the policy objectives set forth by the Board of Directors, monitor legislative and regulatory proposals in assigned issue areas and prepare written communication for internal and external SIFMA stakeholders.



  • Identify, monitor, analyze and write summary reports on public policy proposals, congressional hearings, regulatory meetings and other relevant events;
  • Work with SIFMA Managing Directors, Staff Advisors and VPs – and SIFMA member firm government relations representatives – to develop SIFMA positions on key issue areas;
  • Contribute to and develop Advocacy communications for senior staff internally and at member firms, including but not limited to newsletters, prospective schedules, press coverage and regulatory tracking tools;
  • Collaborate with the Federal, International and State lobbyists to make sure that assigned issues are properly represented in SIFMA’s advocacy;
  • Coordinate with marketing and communications to develop educational materials, as well as targeted content for social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Twitter which are designed to amplify and promote SIFMA publications and advocacy positions;
  • Liaise with senior advocacy staff and staff advisors to write testimony and letters for Congress on key issue areas;
  • Participate in political engagement at the guidance and direction of senior advocacy staff;
  • Participate in meetings with federally elected officials and their staff at the direction of relevant Managing Directors, Staff Advisors and VPs on key issue areas below.
  • Issue Responsibilities (serve as co-lead alongside MD on ESG and as the support for legislative staff on all other assigned issues):
    • ESG (co-lead alongside MD)
    • Consolidated Audit Trail
    • Cybersecurity
    • FinTech
    • International Policy (cross-border regulatory coordination, immigration, investment treaties and trade)
    • Reg SCI
    • Sanctions
    • TRACE Reporting
    • Volcker Rule/Foreign Funds


  •  Bachelor’s degree;
  • Knowledge of (and preferably a minimum of 2 years’ experience in) regulation, capital markets, or public policy areas;
  • Analytic skills necessary to understand the legal and regulatory issues affecting the industry as well as to summarize complex documents or presentations;
  • An interest in regulatory and other public policy issues, such as tax policy and capital markets
  • Sharp attention to detail, organization and an ability to multi-task;
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills suitable for business and advocacy purposes;
  • An ability to anticipate needs and work proactively to support Advocacy team members and staff advisors to the Board of Directors Subcommittees;
  • An ability to proactively acquire knowledge and understanding of important financial concepts, policy issues, and stakeholders;
  • Exceptional research, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word skills;
  • A flexible work schedule is important, and the candidate may be required to occasionally work beyond regular close-of-business hours if necessary.

SIFMA offers salary commensurate with experience and an excellent benefits package.  Please send your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to and indicate “Associate/Senior Associate, Federal Government Affairs” in the subject line of your email. EOE.

Job posted: 2019-12-02