Director, Global Government Engagement

28 Jul, 2021


Director, Global Government Engagement

Washington, DC

Company Description

As the world’s leader in digital payments technology, Visa’s mission is to connect the world through the most creative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses, and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s dedication to innovation drives the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and fuels the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

At Visa, your individuality fits right in. Working here gives you an opportunity to impact the world, invest in your career growth, and be part of an inclusive and diverse workplace. We are a global team of disruptors, trailblazers, innovators and risk-takers who are helping drive economic growth in even the most remote parts of the world, creatively moving the industry forward, and doing meaningful work that brings financial literacy and digital commerce to millions of unbanked and underserved consumers.

You’re an Individual. We’re the team for you. Together, let’s transform the way the world pays.

Job Description

Position Summary                                                                                                

Based in Washington, DC, the Director, Global Government Engagement, will play a leading role in devising and executing strategies to build and leverage Visa’s relationships with a wide range of stakeholders in order to advance the company’s business priorities in international markets.  S/he will independently manage and monitor a large portfolio of issues and markets while also making significant contributions to team efforts on the company’s most pressing global business priorities.

The Director will be responsible for representing Visa before the U.S. government and foreign governments as well as in trade associations and other stakeholder groups.  S/he will be a subject matter expert and go-to resource for colleagues on international affairs, trade, and sanctions issues.  The Director will also work closely with Visa executives and colleagues in other functions to develop coordinated approaches to complex problems with a strong focus on business and client impacts.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter with extraordinary organizational and writing skills, comfortable covering multiple assignments at once, and capable of quickly and efficiently producing high-quality deliverables on a daily basis. S/he should have experience working in government or the private sector on international issues as well as with or in the financial services and/or technology sectors.  Specific knowledge of the payments industry and challenges facing U.S. payments companies in international markets is a plus.  Regional expertise in Asia Pacific is preferred.


This dynamic role offers a unique opportunity for someone with special talents to contribute, grow, and excel.  The successful candidate will have:


  • 10 or more years of work experience with a Bachelor’s Degree or at least 8 years of work experience with an Advanced Degree (e.g. Masters/ MBA/JD/MD) or at least 3 years of work experience with a PhD


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree a plus
  • 10+ years of relevant experience with – and a keen understanding of – the U.S. Congress, executive branch, foreign governments, and international organizations; lobbying experience on international trade and sanctions issues highly preferred
  • Extensive network of professional contacts in the U.S. government and internationally
  • Strong working knowledge of the global payments industry preferred
  • Significant experience preparing and staffing senior business executives to interact in public and private settings with high-level policymakers
  • Outstanding written, oral, and interpersonal communications skills, including public speaking roles on behalf of a company/government/organization
  • Experience managing and working with external consultants and legal counsel on sensitive business matters
  • Superior time-management skills with respect to setting priorities and managing multiple workflows against tight deadlines
  • Outstanding professional poise and maturity when interacting with internal or external colleagues at every level, all of the time
  • History of good judgment regarding information, which may be confidential or material, non-public
  • Strong appreciation for nuance and demonstrated political acumen
  • Proven track record of consistently productive collaboration with diverse colleagues in a highly-matrixed work environment
  • Ability and willingness to work across multiple time zones, countries and culture

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

This position will be performed in an office setting.  The position will require the incumbent to sit and stand at a desk, communicate in person and by telephone, frequently operate standard office equipment, such as telephones and computers, and reach with hands and arms.

This position requires the incumbent to be available during core business hours

This position requires the incumbent to travel for work 0-30%  of the time.

Work Authorization: Authorization to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment for this position. Visa will not sponsor applicants for work visas in connection with this position.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Job posted: 2021-07-28