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Director, U.S. Government Affairs and Public Policy – State Affairs

Director, U.S. Government Affairs and Public Policy – State Affairs
Organization: Black Rock
Location: Atlanta, GA
Date Posted: 04/26/2024


About this role

We are recruiting four regional Directors of State Affairs to lead BlackRock’s advocacy at the state and local level in the United States. Each individual will be responsible for developing, prioritizing, tracking, and communicating BlackRock’s public policy priorities at the state and local level for their region.

This job posting is for four regional Directors, with exact locations flexible:

  • Regional South – Austin or other
  • Regional West – San Francisco or other
  • Regional Midwest – Chicago or other
  • Regional Southeast – Atlanta or other

About the Government Affairs & Public Policy Group

BlackRock has a long history of service as a trusted, expert resource to governments and policymakers around the world. Since the Government Affairs & Public Policy team was created in 2009, it has steadily grown, transformed, and established BlackRock as a respected advocate for investors and the millions of retirees we serve. In recent years, that work has extended to long-term challenges such as the retirement crisis, energy security, and investment in critical infrastructure.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead state-level advocacy and engagement with policymakers and regulators.
  • Build and maintain networks of contacts both within BlackRock and externally with state-level policy makers.
  • Identify and monitor key U.S. public policy issues that impact investors at the state and local level; shape BlackRock’s position on these issues.
  • Provide technical recommendations legislative and regulatory proposals, collaborating closely with Legal & Compliance and other teams to ensure alignment of views across the firm.
  • Take initiative to define and implement response strategies across states.
  • Work closely with internal stakeholders to understand the interests of BlackRock and our clients as they relate to state-level government affairs developments; involve subject matter experts as appropriate; assist with the development and management of internal working groups.
  • Provide expert level information on priority issues with key stakeholders across the firm.
  • Represent BlackRock’s views with trade associations, consultants, and clients.
  • Prepare briefing and presentation materials for engagements with policymakers, regulators, and clients.
  • Write comment letters to policy makers and contribute to thought leadership publications on relevant policy topics.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Grassroots organization and campaign experience preferred.
  • 7-10+ years of work experience in state lobbying; financial services expertise preferred.
  • Exceptional communication skills. Must be able to present complex concepts in a concise and understandable way.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written communication.
  • Strong political acumen, thorough understanding of state-level public policy, and ability to be effective with members of both political parties.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple ongoing deliverables and tight deadlines.
  • Proficiency in PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.
  • Strong research and writing skills; strategic and creative thinking aptitude.
  • Ability to clearly articulate ideas to senior internal and external audiences, including leaders within the firm, outside counsel, clients, and third-party organizations.
  • Excellent collaboration and teambuilding skills.
  • Good judgment and impeccable ethics; desire to succeed in a demanding, innovative, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and keen attention to detail.
  • Willingness to travel frequently within the U.S.

For California only the salary range for this position is $190,000 – $240,000. Additionally, employees are eligible for an annual discretionary bonus, and benefits including heath care, leave benefits, and retirement benefits. BlackRock operates a pay-for-performance compensation philosophy and your total compensation may vary based on role, location, and firm, department and individual performance.

Our benefits

To help you stay energized, engaged and inspired, we offer a wide range of benefits including a strong retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, comprehensive healthcare, support for working parents and Flexible Time Off (FTO) so you can relax, recharge and be there for the people you care about.

Our hybrid work model

BlackRock’s hybrid work model is designed to enable a culture of collaboration and apprenticeship that enriches the experience of our employees, while supporting flexibility for all. Employees are currently required to work at least 4 days in the office per week, with the flexibility to work from home 1 day a week. Some business groups may require more time in the office due to their roles and responsibilities. We remain focused on increasing the impactful moments that arise when we work together in person – aligned with our commitment to performance and innovation. As a new joiner, you can count on this hybrid model to accelerate your learning and onboarding experience here at BlackRock.

About BlackRock

At BlackRock, we are all connected by one mission: to help more and more people experience financial well-being. Our clients, and the people they serve, are saving for retirement, paying for their children’s educations, buying homes and starting businesses. Their investments also help to strengthen the global economy: support businesses small and large; finance infrastructure projects that connect and power cities; and facilitate innovations that drive progress.

This mission would not be possible without our smartest investment – the one we make in our employees. It’s why we’re dedicated to creating an environment where our colleagues feel welcomed, valued and supported with networks, benefits and development opportunities to help them thrive.

For additional information on BlackRock, please visit @blackrock | Twitter: @blackrock

BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, and other statuses protected by law.

BlackRock will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest or conviction records in a manner consistent with the requirements of the law, including any applicable fair chance law.

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