Senior Vice President & Executive Director, Card Policy Council

01 Apr, 2019


Senior Vice President & Executive Director, Card Policy Council

American Bankers Association
Washington, DC

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ABA is seeking a Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Card Policy Council (CPC) that will work with member companies (in collaboration with ABA senior staff) to develop and implement public policy strategies to advance the legislative and regulatory interests of the payment card industry.

Overview of the Card Policy Council:

The ABA Card Policy Council (CPC) membership consists of the largest credit card banks and card networks in the United States.  As the leading voice for the card industry, the CPC seeks to communicate the value of the electronic payments system from a public relations and public policy standpoint.  The CPC is designed and resourced to take a 360-degree approach to its work:  commissioning research and polling, addressing the media, interacting with regulators and legislators, and otherwise engaging in strategic initiatives that best position the industry in policy debates.

The CPC draws upon the expertise of numerous ABA staff from the regulatory, legislative, communications, economics, grassroots and litigation divisions in support of legislative, regulatory and communications initiatives important to ABA membership. The CPC is part of the Office of Strategic Engagement, a division of ABA’s policy operation responsible for managing a portfolio of high-priority, member-driven advocacy campaigns in key areas.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and periodic updating of a comprehensive strategic public policy plan for card industry issues in collaboration with CPC companies and ABA GR, Regulatory, Communications and Center staff.  These plans will be founded upon market data, an understanding of political and public policy trends impacting the payments industry, a mapping of the relevant stakeholders, a review of important financial and business trends, and the identification of the public policy proposals and programs for the CPC to develop and/or facilitate.
  • Implement the strategic plan for the CPC, working collaboratively with other ABA GR, regulatory, and communications staff. This includes directing the resources of consultants to accomplish the goals.
  • Engage with members of Congress, the Administration, and key regulatory officials (and their staffs) on a frequent and regular basis, working in concert with other ABA GR and regulatory staff.
  • Act as an ABA spokesperson for media on CPC issues.
  • Advise ABA executive leadership on legislative and regulatory issues on payments matters and present, upon request, briefings for ABA member banks, officers and the Board, and state bankers associations.
  • Work in partnership across ABA functions and issue areas.
  • Coordinate with other US-based associations and partners to advance the priorities outlined in the CPC strategic plan and direct coalition building activities. Build alliances that advance industry objectives.
  • Direct and manage all aspects of the CPC budget.
  • Manage a team of external consultants.
  • Responsible for membership in recruitment and retention of payment member companies.

Required Skills:

A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience.  Advocacy experience at the Congressional and Administration level is critical.  Experience working in the payments industry or related industry is a plus.

College degree required.

Must have a proven record of accomplishment in leading strategic, comprehensive, and proactive public policy initiatives. A working understanding of the payments industry legislative and regulatory issues with superior management and coalition building skills is essential to success.

Ability to collaborate effectively with CPC member companies and ABA employees at all levels of the organization.

Ability to understand complex financial services information and synthesize information for general audiences.

Ability to develop and implement strategic plans for accomplishing the priorities of the ABA Card Policy Council.

Significant knowledge of the Dodd-Frank Act and its impact on the payments industry.

Understanding of the CFPB, Federal Reserve, Federal Trade Commission, and other regulatory authorities as it relates to payment cards and payments.

Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to persuade others.

Exceptional teambuilding and leadership skills.

Outstanding oral, written, and presentation skills.

Ability to develop and manage departmental budget.

Excellent analytical and organizational skills.

Ability to manage multiple projects at one time.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

A keen attention to detail.

Strong people skills and a reputation for being a team player; a sharp sense of protocol.

A clear reputation for ethical conduct.

Ability to work in an action-oriented, decision-making environment and to be decisive.

Reputation for being energetic, bright, hardworking, enthusiastic; willing to offer opinions and judgments.

Acute political sensitivity. Proactive—able to develop new and creative ideas.

Proven to be a self-starter and results-oriented.

Preferred Experience:

An extensive understanding of public policy development and advocacy with expertise in the banking, credit cards, payments and broader financial services industry.

Advanced degree in public policy, business, law or a related field.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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Job posted: 2019-04-01