Director, Federal Government Affairs

08 Sep, 2022


Director, Federal Government Affairs

American Express
Washington, D.C.

Director, Federal Government Affairs


General Counsel’s Organization:


Where great minds influence global business strategy.


Our mission is to protect and strengthen American Express through legal expertise and strategic advice that helps our business partners manage risk, identify opportunities, and deliver on the company’s promise of exceptional products and services. Given the dynamic nature of the global payments industry and the valued partnership between our team and the business, we see it as imperative to attract and develop talented people by:

•           Providing rich work experiences and opportunities for professional development

•           Recognizing and rewarding those who drive and deliver results

•           Respecting and valuing diversity, integrity, and personal accountability


Role & Responsibilities:  Director, Federal Government Affairs


Help propel your team and its business partners to success.


The Global Government Affairs team at American Express represents the Company’s perspective on public policy issues before legislative bodies, and executive and regulatory agencies around the world. This position is responsible for managing issues on behalf of the Company with federal government officials in the U.S.


This position is responsible for managing key public policy issue areas on behalf of the Company, with a particular focus on financial services and payments related issues. The role will coordinate internally with relevant business units and the General Counsel’s Organization (GCO) to analyze the impact of policy proposals and develop the strategy to advocate the Company’s position on those issues.  Externally, the individual in this position will be expected to articulate the Company’s position to a range of stakeholders including, but not limited to, Congress (particularly the House Financial Services and Senate Banking Committees), trade associations, regulatory agencies (such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Reserve), and consumer advocacy organizations.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5+ years of public policy experience with established ability to manage multiple priorities and demanding work environment
  • Effective policy professional with demonstrated experience in advocacy before Congress and regulatory agencies
  • Experience working in or with Congress and/or a federal regulatory agency, private sector experience as part of a government affairs team a plus
  • Ability to deliver effective counsel to senior leaders
  • Ability to thrive in a large, complex and matrix organizational structure
  • Ability to provide leadership and inspiration to other highly talented individuals
  • Team player adaptable to diverse group of colleagues, internal business clients, and external stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to identify and pursue strategic business objectives
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, take on new responsibilities and prioritize work in a dynamic, deadline intensive environment
  • Ability to interpret and apply law and regulation in a practical, hands-on, commonsense manner
  • Ability to gain credibility, manage expectations, and develop strong working relationships with colleagues and business clients; convey clear advice to clients
  • High energy, team-oriented, self-starter, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong communication skills in a business setting, both written and verbal
  • Additional Details:•           Location: Washington, DC

    Why American Express:

    There’s a difference between having a job and making a difference.

    American Express has been making a difference in people’s lives for over 160 years, backing them in moments big and small, granting access, tools, and resources to take on their biggest challenges and reap the greatest rewards.

    We’ve also made a difference in the lives of our people, providing a culture of learning and collaboration, and helping them with what they need to succeed and thrive. We have their backs as they grow their skills, conquer new challenges, or even take time to spend with their family or community. And when they’re ready to take on a new career path, we’re right there with them, giving them the guidance and momentum into the best future they envision.

    Because we believe that the best way to back our customers is to back our people.


    The powerful backing of American Express.

    Don’t make a difference without it.

    Don’t live life without it.

Employment eligibility to work with American Express in the U.S. is required as the company will not pursue visa sponsorship for these positions.

American Express is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability status, age, or any other status protected by law.

We back our colleagues with the support they need to thrive, professionally and personally. That’s why we have Amex Flex, our enterprise working model that provides greater flexibility to colleagues while ensuring we preserve the important aspects of our unique in-person culture. Depending on role and business needs, colleagues will either work onsite, in a hybrid model (combination of in-office and virtual days) or fully virtually.

If the role you are applying for is designated as hybrid or onsite, you will be required to demonstrate that you have completed your primary COVID-19 vaccination series (i.e. 2 doses for Moderna/Pfizer and 1 dose for J&J), in order to work in or visit any of our offices. This requirement is subject to legally required accommodations.

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Job posted: 2022-09-08