Director, Public Affairs

14 Jun, 2022


Director, Public Affairs

Investment Co. Institute
Washington, D.C.

As the leading global association of mutual funds, ETFs, and other regulated funds, the mission of the Investment Company Institute (ICI) is to strengthen the foundation of the asset management industry for the ultimate benefit of the long-term individual investor.

As a member of the Strategic Communications department reporting to the Senior Director, Public Affairs, the Director, Public Affairs is responsible for serving as spokesperson and media point of contact and specialist on ICI proactive media outreach; drafting materials, such as talking points, op-eds, letters to the editor, and blog posts; and assisting in developing and executing media campaigns. The incumbent also supports ICI policy initiatives by promoting the regulated investment fund industry and its viewpoints on relevant policy, industry and regulatory issues.

Essential functions of this role include:

Media Relations:

  • While working closely with the Senior Director, Public Affairs, leads daily proactive media efforts, establishes relationships with reporters, raises issues, and corrects reports where needed.
  • Monitors media coverage for new contacts, trends, and corrections, as well as initiates outreach efforts.
  • Condenses and effectively conveys messages to the media, both proactively and reactively.
  • Cultivates and maintains national, trade and international media relationships.
  • Serves as on the record media spokesperson when directed.
  • Handles interview preparation for principals, including message development and coaching.
  • Coordinates with Government Affairs team on a regular basis.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Drafts internal and external talking points, letters to the editor, ICI blog posts, and opinion pieces.
  • Collaborates closely with Editorial team to draft and pitch editorial content advocating policy positions through resource pages, FAQs, backgrounders, and social media.


  • Assists in developing and implementing media relations strategies that advance Institute policy goals.
  • Participates in the formulation of Institute communications goals and objectives.
  • Works constructively with other Institute departments in the furtherance of ICI policy objectives.

If you have the following credentials, we encourage you to apply:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and minimum of 5 – 7 years of experience in policy communication or related field.
  • Knowledge of financial industry and retirement policy issues strongly preferred.
  • Previous media, communications, or executive branch/Capitol Hill experience.
  • Strong writing and editing skills with quick turn-around times and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Self-starter who can take initiative while working closely with the Senior Director, Public Affairs.
  • Experience managing external vendors.
  • Knowledge of financial and retirement issues and the ability to rapidly develop in-depth understanding of key issues.
  • Experience in interview preparation for principals.
  • Familiarity with financial and trade media.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks on deadline.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the Strategic Communications team and across other departments within ICI.
  • Sound judgment.

ICI offers a competitive compensation and benefits package to include a comprehensive medical plan, generous 401(k) retirement savings plan, paid leave, commuting subsidies, and tuition reimbursement as well as training and development opportunities. Based in Washington, DC, ICI is conveniently located next to McPherson Square Metro station. This is a hybrid position with three days in the office and two days working from home.

To be considered for the position, please provide your cover letter and resume.  Learn more here

ICI is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Job posted: 2022-06-14