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Senior Director, State Government Engagement

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Non-practicing Attorney

Date Last Verified

Mar 29, 2021

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Jul 12, 2021

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Dec 30, 2020

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Min 10 yrs required


San Francisco, CA, United States

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Senior Director, State Government Engagement

The candidate will manage state and local legislative and regulatory issues in the State of California and the Western half of the United States. will help shape the company’s external engagement with third party organizations, policymakers, and influencers in support of the Company’s policy agenda. Will also work with North America business leadership to drive our community engagement with elected officials, third party groups and other external stakeholders. Require a deep understanding of state legislative and political affairs. Will have both multi-state government relations experience, as well as a background in the financial services, payments, or technology industries. Will work to achieve favorable legislative and regulatory outcomes in support of profitable business growth and fostering business opportunities across the United States. Will work with cross-divisional internal teams to drive advocacy efforts at the state and local level, with a particular emphasis on the State of California and the Bay Area. Able to work with internal team members to ensure seamless coordination in policy outreach across parties, organizations, and throughout the United States. Should likewise have strong collaboration skills. Will represent at political and industry functions and be responsible for building strategic and long-term relationships with state legislators, local officials, and state executive branch officials and their staff. Will regularly engage with third-party policy groups, trade associations, and political organizations as well as manage consultants in support of government relations agenda. Include significant travel commitments as part of its coverage of state legislative sessions, once travel resumes following the pandemic. Will be responsible for monitoring and tracking proposed legislation to determine possible effects relative to Firm priorities; planning and coordinating meetings between firm executives and elected officials to discuss legislative issues; and preparing briefing documents and collateral materials to support firm public policy engagement, among other responsibilities.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate must have 12 years of work experience with a Bachelor’s Degree; 10 years of work experience with an Advanced degree (e.g. Masters/MBA/JD/MD); or a minimum of 5 years of work experience with a PhD. At least 12 years of substantive experience in government relations, legislative affairs and advocacy as well as substantive, multi-state government relations, and financial services or technology background. Currently located in the Bay Area, or open to relocation there. Strong integrity, personal character and commitment to ethical conduct, as well as a deep understanding of state lobbying and ethics compliance. Proven experience developing and maintaining strategic relationships with legislative and executive branch officials as well as working with the local community. Ability to develop and execute strategic plans to advance policy objectives. Extensive working knowledge and experience with state legislative protocols and processes is essential. In-depth understanding of the legislative and regulatory processes and experience in analyzing complex legislation, regulation, and business planning documents is required. Skilled at drafting briefing documents, correspondence, presentations, and other written communications in support of Visa’s Government Engagement strategy and deliverables. Must possess superior oral and written communication skills. Must be goal driven, able to function independently and meet deadlines. Exercise good judgment in setting priorities and interacting with internal and external stakeholders. Strong collaborator, with the ability to work in partnership internally and with cross functional teams to achieve shared objectives. Self-starter with proven ability to achieve results. Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office and Teams (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) and SharePoint and demonstrated strength in developing complex PowerPoint presentations.

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Job Number: REF29848A

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Hiring Coordinator
P.O. Box 8999
Mailstop M1-11J
San Francisco, CA 94128-8999

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