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The Vice President (VP) serves in a senior capacity, supporting ABA’s Congressional Relations effort. This position works closely with the Executive Vice President, and their peers, to foster relationships with members of congress, their staff and committees of importance to the banking industry. The VP is responsible for advocating and achieving favorable legislative outcomes for the banking industry in the United States Congress.
Advance the legislative agenda of the ABA by developing working relationships with assigned congressional offices, particularly Democratic members of Congress.
Establish fundraising budgets for assigned members and coordinate with ABA’s political engagement team and state bankers associations on the approval and distribution of PAC funds.
Develop working relationships with bankers, state association executives, government relations executives and national trade associations to coordinate and advance ABA’s federal legislative agenda.
Draft legislative memoranda and assist in preparing witnesses for testimony in the U.S. Congress.
Participate on internal association working groups and the development of ABA’s legislative agenda.
Host and attend congressional fundraising events with members of Congress on behalf of ABA’s political action committee.
Bachelor’s or advanced degree in public policy, government, communications, or related field.
At least 11 years of congressional experience. Experience working in a Democratic congressional office in a legislative capacity and/or a financial trade association or financial services-related industry strongly preferred.
Ability to work collegially and respectfully in an inclusive and bipartisan environment.
Thorough understanding of congressional legislative process and procedures.
Experience working on banking legislation or within the financial services industry strongly preferred.
Ability to advocate effectively on ABA legislative priorities.
Demonstrated ability to convey complex banking concepts into brief, easily understood concepts for Members of Congress and staff.
Strong decision-making and judgment paired with a solid foundation of analytical and strategic thinking.
Excellent presentation skills and the ability to influence others.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to have constructive dialogue with those in opposition to ABA’s positions.
Knowledge of political fundraising guidelines and practices.
Ability to travel.
American Bankers Association (ABA) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, protected Veteran status, personal appearance, political affiliation, family responsibilities, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
ABA encourages and celebrates diversity so if you are motivated, hardworking and want to make a difference, come as you are!
The American Bankers Association is the united voice of America’s hometown bankers—small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million women and men, hold nearly $17 trillion in assets, safeguard $12.8 trillion in deposits and extend more than $9 trillion in loans. ABA believes that government policies should recognize the industry’s diversity. Laws and regulations should be tailored to correspond to a bank’s charter, business model, hometown markets and risk profile. This policymaking approach avoids the negative economic consequences of burdensome, unsuitable and inefficient bank regulation. Through a broad array of information, training, staff expertise and other resources, ABA supports America’s hometown bankers as they perform their critical role as drivers of America’s economic growth and job creation.