Government Relations Advisor/PAC Manager

26 Feb, 2019


Government Relations Advisor/PAC Manager

John Hancock
Boston, MA

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Job Description

Job Summary:

Government Relations is a small, diverse team of professionals responsible for the advancement of John Hancock business strategies through federal, state and local governments, industry and other key partner groups. The group works in a dynamic legislative and regulatory environment with regular interaction with senior management and the company’s business units.

Reporting to the VP, External Affairs, this role provides a full range of operational support to the group, runs the John Hancock Political Action Committee (PAC), and participates in strategic initiatives. In addition, this position will support the Corporate Responsibility function, as opportunities are identified by senior management.

Key Accountabilities:

Individual Accountabilities:

John Hancock Political Action Committee (35%)

  • Coordinate and handle the daily functions of the PAC, including check processing. Duties include Federal Lobbyist filing and reporting compliance, and Federal PAC compliance and administration.
  • Administer and implement PAC education and growth plan (including: solicitations member correspondence, database management, reporting, and communications, etc.)
  • Propose, implement and review all strategies for internal PAC solicitation programs to increase employee participation and contributions to the PAC.
  • Work with PAC Committee to compile and review candidate requests for support and develop strategies for giving.
  • Coordinate all logistics for fundraisers and serve as PAC contact and information source for external lobbyists, fundraisers and others.
  • Coordinate all elected official visits to John Hancock HQ and satellite offices including event logistics, briefing materials, and follow up.
  • Present to USLT annually on the status and importance of JHPAC
  • Production of Annual JHPAC Report

Operations (10%)

  • Responsible for all External Affairs operations ensuring the most efficient work flow, including providing support to senior management and outside counsel
  • Manage student interns and co-op students throughout the process including selecting candidates, performing interviews, and leading students throughout their time on the team
  • Onboarding and training new hires to the Government Relations team
  • Coordinate flow of information to the Salesforce Org, as well as oversee all aspects of all vendors to the Government Relations team
  • Business Continuity Manager for Government Relations & Corporate Responsibility

Government Relations (35%)

  • Support and track all matters pertaining to regulatory developments, legislative proposals, and stakeholder interactions
  • Research, monitor and track industry policy developments and issues; and work with Government Relations team to assess their impact on the company and develop policy positions
  • Participate on industry conference calls with trade associations and interested parties and provide analysis, briefs and throughput to internal business units
  • Design and prepare briefing materials and correspondence to communicate with all levels of business and government and regulatory officials
  • Manage a speaker series of elected officials and other external influences to address John Hancock employees
  • Oversee trade association relationships including committee assignments, reporting, and PAC Support

Corporate Responsibility Engagement (10%)

  • Support the Corporate Responsibility team on special projects and initiatives
  • Work collaboratively to seek to build consensus to effect policy changes on social issues that impact John Hancock’s customers or business
  • Emcee role in the MLK Scholar program’s forums

Key Shared Accountabilities:

  • Engagement of key stakeholders in PAC and Government Relations activities including USLT, ELT, trade associations, and more. (5%)
  • Support the company’s grass roots advocacy efforts to help mobilize employees and agents to take action on key legislative issues (5%)

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 2-3 years of relevant experience
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Knowledge of PAC compliance and management


  • Ability to interact professionally with a wide range of elected officials, senior executives, and other stakeholders
  • Understanding of both the industry and political process
  • Management skills and the ability to instruct and manage interns

If you are ready to unleash your potential it’s time to start your career with Manulife/John Hancock.

About Manulife 

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people achieve their dreams and aspirations by putting customers’ needs first and providing the right advice and solutions. We operate as John Hancock in the United States and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2016, we had approximately 35,000 employees, 70,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving more than 22 million customers. At the end of 2016, we had $977 billion (US$728 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made almost $26 billion in payments to our customers.

Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 100 years. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as ‘MFC’ on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under ‘945’ in Hong Kong.

Manulife is committed to supporting a culture of diversity and accessibility across the organization.   It is our priority to remove barriers to provide equal access to employment.  A Human Resources representative will consult with applicants contacted to participate at any stage of the recruitment process who request an accommodation. Information received regarding the accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.

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Job posted: 2019-02-26