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Associate Counsel - Legislative and Regulatory Affairs The candidate will be responsible for becoming a subject matter expert in the statutes, regulations and policies affecting each of the companies. Represent and promote the company’s legislative program and interests before federal, state and local governmental entities, agencies and policy makers. Represent and promote the company’s interests and positions to industry associations, public interest and community organizations. Provide leadership, insight and concepts in public and community relations activities; serve as liaison to internal and external stakeholders with respect to legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Monitor, on an ongoing basis, legislative and regulatory initiatives and advise the company’s business units promptly and comprehensively. Serve as Legislative Director of the American Fair Credit Council, the trade association representing the debt settlement industry. Prepare and present status reports and briefs on legislative activities, strategies and other projects to the company’s Board of Directors and the company’s management team. Respond to information requests and provide responses about the company’s programs, policies and processes, including researching and preparing documents for presentation and publication. Assist in the development of long and short-term legislative and policy goals, objectives and deliverables, including budgets and projections. A JD and admission to practice in at least one jurisdiction required. 4-7 years of experience, at least a portion of which has been within the financial services industry required. Knowledge of legislative and government processes, including state and federal agencies required. Excellent: research and comprehension skills, including the ability to read, digest, analyze and summarize complex state and federal laws and regulations; time management, organization and prioritization skills required. Exceptional written communication skills required. Ability: to handle conflict and uncertainty when negotiating with diverse constituencies; self-confidence and good judgment are critical to success in this role; and willingness to forge and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external communities, particularly with the FTC, CFPB and state Attorneys General offices required. Prior experience in governmental relations, including having developed existing networks and contacts in some or all of the FTC, CFPB, OCC and FDIC, would be a strong plus.
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