Director of Government Relations
Positions SpecificationsJob Function: Director
Company: Structured Finance Industry Group
Company Website: www.sfindustry.org
Position Location: Washington, D.C.
Job Description:General Overview
Structured Finance Industry Group, Inc. (“SFIG”) is a member-based, trade industry advocacy group focused on improving and strengthening the broader structured finance and securitization market. SFIG provides an inclusive network for securitization professionals to collaborate and, as industry leaders, drive necessary changes, be an advocate for the securitization community, share best practices and innovative ideas, and educate industry members through conferences and other programs. Members of SFIG represent all sectors of the securitization market including issuers, investors, financial intermediaries, law firms, accounting firms, technology firms, rating agencies, servicers, and trustees. Further information can be found nd at www.sfindustry.org.
Formed in March 2013, our institutional membership totals approximately 350 members, represented by a Board of Directors totaling 40 members selected from all membership constituencies. Additional leadership is provided by an executive committee, including Officers of the Board of Directors, select Board members and the Executive Director.
While the Membership of SFIG is geographically diverse, with a concentration in New York, the operational headquarters are based in Washington, D.C. – close to the majority of SFIG’s regulatory and legislative audiences.
SFIG’s culture is one of broad inclusion. SFIG prides itself in ensuring that it represents all aspects of the structured finance industry and extensive governance exists to ensure strict adherence to this principle.
To facilitate broad inclusion of its Membership, SFIG encourages its Members to assume an active role in SFIG advocacy efforts by joining member committees and task forces, which are designed to cover a wide variety of topics relevant to the securitization industry. Members drive the agenda of the organization.
Reporting to the Head of Government Relations, the Director will be an integral member of the SFIG staff, acting as second-in-command for the association’s government relations and advocacy efforts. The successful candidate will design and execute advocacy strategies for SFIG’s policy priorities. The Director will also support SFIG’s advocacy efforts through development and growth of its political action committee (“PAC”).
- Lead the development and execution of assigned advocacy strategies for a number of SFIG policy priorities.
- Develop, maintain and grow key relationships on Capitol Hill and with relevant departments and agencies.
- Monitor and track legislative issues affecting the structured finance industry.
- Work with SFIG policy staff and membership to develop responses to legislative proposals affecting the securitization and structured finance industry.
- Effectively communicate, influence, and negotiate with policymakers and opinion leaders with regard to SFIG’s policy positions to drive legislative and regulatory outcomes.
- Develop and manage the association’s PAC; support SFIG’s grassroots advocacy efforts.
- Attend Congressional hearings and report back to executive staff and members.
- Prepare advocacy materials for presentation to policymakers, executive staff, members and the Board of Directors.
- Facilitate committee meetings, manage contact lists and ensure smooth logistics for calls and legislative meetings.
- Provide general support for conference preparation and related activities.
The successful candidate will be expected to have a “roll your sleeves up” attitude and support various additional operational needs.
Qualifications and RequirementsProfessional & Educational Requirements
- Recent tenure (within the last 3 years) as a Congressional staffer.
- At least 5 years of relevant federal advocacy experience as a Congressional staffer or federal government relations professional (e.g trade association, in-house corporate, etc.).
- Preferred experience within the finance industry or within a finance-related trade organization.
- Comprehensive understanding of the Federal legislative process.
- Strong communication skills – both writing and presenting.
- Strong computer skills – MS Office Suite required, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Strong multi-tasking and organizational skills.
An undergraduate degree is required, with courses in finance or economics preferred.
Remuneration and Benefits
We offer attractive, competitive compensation and benefits including, medical, dental, vision, life, Short-Term Disability, paid vacation and 401k.