Director of Public Affairs & Industry Outreach, SVP

14 Nov, 2022


Director of Public Affairs & Industry Outreach, SVP

Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Job Description:


Overall responsibility in conjunction with and reporting to the Chief Legal Officer to develop, manage, and execute government relations strategies that achieve business, operating, regulatory, and community goals.  Responsibilities include managing engagement by the Bank including leadership, government relations staff, and outside consultants with all levels of government, civic, trade and industry associations, and civic leaders, other Federal Home Loan Banks and the Council of Federal Home Loan Banks.  Success will result in effective advocacy and implementation of priorities that support and protect the Bank’s mission and business, while broadening and strengthening support for the Bank and building goodwill.


Major Accountabilities:


  • Strategy: Principally responsible for the development of and execution on strategies to inform and influence public policy at the federal, state and local levels on issues and in areas of interest to the Bank, including legislative and regulatory matters, in conjunction with and reporting to the Chief Legal Officer.
  • Engagement: Serve as primary liaison with federal, state and local policymakers in the legislative and administrative branches. Establish relations with key federal, state and local officials and business and housing leaders whose policies and recommendations may relate to or impact the Bank or who can assist in promoting regulation and legislation in support of the Bank’s mission and business.  Proactively conduct outreach to these policymakers to educate them about the Bank and seek support of Bank’s policy priorities and positions.  Focus on the states in the Bank’s district of California, Nevada, and Arizona and engage with the other Federal Home Loan Banks and the Council of Federal Home Loan Banks in regards to national strategies and strategies involving other districts.
  • Positions: Develop recommendations for the Bank’s positions on legislative, regulatory and policy issues affecting the Bank and its business lines, and provide critical insights as to likelihood and possible timing of enactment.  Identify state, local, and trade association issues relevant to the Bank’s mission and business and develop proposed positions on these issues;
  • Budget and staff management: Manage the internal staff and external consultants, and prepare and manage the budget for the public affairs team, in full compliance with the Bank’s administrative requirements and with the high standards expected of a regulated financial institution with an important public mission.  Manage significant budget for outside lobbyists in support of the Bank’s public policy agenda.
  • Communications: In partnership with the head of Marketing and External Communications, develop communications plans that provide relevant Bank policy positions to various external stakeholder groups, think tanks, government policymakers, policy opinion leaders, trade media etc. Directly or through engagement with internal communications and business leads and external consultants, develop written materials, including one-pagers, opinion pieces, and articles, on current issues to use in educating and informing relevant stakeholders, including regulators and legislators.
  • Board: Manage the preparation of materials relating to legislative or external affairs for the Board of Directors and Committees of the Board, and engage with Board as directed.
  • Spokesperson: Serve as spokesperson at Congressional, state, and local events and with community groups and trade associations on legislation, public policy, regulatory proposals and other highly sensitive matters
  • Associations: Identify and participate in relevant industry associations, events and task forces and proactively build relationships and engage leadership of national, state and local public policy organizations.
  • Monitor and Evaluate: Continuously monitor, analyze, and evaluate legislative and regulatory proposals and state and local policies, regulations or legislation that could impact the Bank, its operations and services to its members; determine needs for action and develop strategies and recommend action to be taken




  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience is required.  An M.B.A., J.D., or Master’s in Public Policy is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of state and federal lobbying laws and regulations.
  • Seven or more years in government relations on behalf of a government agency, corporation or trade association or as a legislative or regulatory staff member.  Experience in working with senior staff and Boards of Directors is valued.
  • Three years of management and budget experience, including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage performance of a small high-performing team.  Additional years of government relations experience in senior roles may be substituted for management experience.
  • Budget and management experience for significant team of outside consultants retained at federal, state, and/or local level.
  • Expert knowledge of current and evolving political, legislative and regulatory trends that could impact the Bank, its members, and the Federal Home Loan Bank System on a federal or state level.
  • Strong strategy and planning skills; an ability to think ahead and plan over a 1-3 year time span.
  • Ability to thrive in a demanding, highly-regulated environment; flexible, able to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead coalitions in support of shared objectives.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills and experience.
  • Strong existing relationships with local, state and federal business, housing, community, and government leaders in the Bank’s Arizona, California and Nevada district.




  • This position is based within the Bank’s district but requires frequent travel within Arizona, California and Nevada, to Washington, DC, and to other cities and states.






Notice regarding COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: At the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, our top priority is the health and safety of our team members, our families, and the communities we serve.  As part of our commitment to health and safety, the Bank requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  New employees must be able to provide proof of vaccination on their first day of work.  A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or two weeks after a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine has been administered.

If you are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because of a sincerely held religious belief, medical condition, or disability, the Bank will consider requests for accommodation in accordance with applicable law.


The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. We value and actively seek to recruit, develop, and retain individuals with varied backgrounds and experiences reflecting the full diversity of the communities that we serve.  It is the policy of the Bank to comply with all applicable laws concerning the employment of persons with disabilities.

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Job posted: 2022-11-14