Vice President, Government Affairs & Advocacy

30 May, 2021


Vice President, Government Affairs & Advocacy

Washington, DC

Job Details
Reach Your Peak with ICMA-RC, a FINANCIAL SERVICES LEADER in public sector employee retirement products and services. Headquartered in Washington, DC, our Financial Services corporation administers over $50 billion in retirement plan assets for more than one million participant accounts. We are constantly looking for ways to create new opportunities to serve our participants. We have an extraordinary talent base and invite you to consider joining ICMA-RC’s Executive Team.

The VP, Government Affairs and Advocacy directs company strategies and relationships with, federal, state, and local government and legislative agencies. Establishes strategic plan and direction for achieving advocacy and corporate social responsibility strategy and goals. Provides leadership and direction for all aspects of related strategic advocacy activity, including developing effective government relations and public affairs plans. Oversees and leads public policy engagement, including the planning, development, and implementation of legislative and regulatory initiatives. Ensures that the company’s views are known to legislators and government regulators and constituencies are educated about legislative issues and developments. Manages analysis of critical regulatory issues impacting the company, advocating and focus on advancing the company’s competitive business interests.

Works closely with Chief Legal and External Affairs Officer to create and implement an enterprise wide CSR strategy.

Essential Functions for this role include:

Set strategic direction and develops proactive, effective, and best-practice driven approaches to achieving MissionSquare Retirement’s advocacy priorities.
Direct government relations strategy and advocacy on issues of strategic importance to MissionSquare Retirement at the federal, state, and local levels.
Lead all aspects of MissionSquare Retirement’s government affairs strategy, including evaluating risks and opportunities, setting short and long-term priorities, and using diverse tactics such as, earned media, seller activation, thought leadership, and external partnerships to shift the public debate and advance the company’s goals.
Conduct and coordinate ongoing environmental scanning to ensure that MissionSquare Retirement is proactively addressing current and emerging public policy issues that impact the MissionSquare Retirement strategy.
Serves as MissionSquare Retirement’s top government relations professional and representative.
Use contemporary technology, data, and performance metrics to drive successful advocacy outcomes.
Possess and cultivate trusting and enduring relationships with elected officials and their staff, political appointees, senior civil servants, and key individuals in relevant private sector organizations.
Responsible for the development of corporate social responsibility business policies, practices and reporting.
Work in coordination with other stakeholders for strategic community and industry partnerships and alliances.
Educate and advise operating committee and senior leadership on policy issues that could impact MissionSquare Retirement and the community in our core markets, keeping other relevant internal partners informed and involved as needed.
Manage Community Partnerships and Volunteer efforts.
Support identification of strategic targets and oversee efforts to build strong and long-lasting relationships with policymakers.
Support and represent company engagement with government officials, trade associations, coalitions, and lobbying firms as needed.
Create and lead policymaker and policy influencer outreach programs to educate stakeholders on the industry best practices, operational excellence, and promote a positive image of the company.
If you have the following credentials, we encourage you to apply:

10+ years’ of experience with government, or government relations role within a company
Experience in a corporate social responsibility or community engagement role. Financial services industry experience is strongly preferred
Social impact/CSR experience
Thorough knowledge of government and legislative processes
Excellent written, interpersonal and oral communication skills with the ability to negotiate and influence
Ability to operate effectively in a fast-paced, intense and highly-matrixed environment
Ability to work within diverse internal and external groups
Proven Coalition builder
MS Office proficiency (PowerPoint, Excel)
Social Media Management skills – social experience with in-depth expertise across multiple platforms

For your well-being, we offer a solid compensation and benefits package that features a competitive salary, a straight-forward incentive plan that rewards results, and a 401(k) Plan. For your career, we offer tuition reimbursement, professional development courses, seminars, career enrichment assignments, mentoring programs and a record of enterprise growth that creates continuing opportunities for career advancement. Consider ICMA-RC, and respond in strictest confidence. ICMA-RC is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity in the workplace. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. We look forward to hearing from you.


Masters Degree or better.


Masters Degree or better in Public Administration or related field.

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Job posted: 2021-05-30