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Senior Vice President & Executive Director, Card Policy Council

Washington, DC, USA | American Bankers Association

  • Industry:
    Banking / Investment Banking
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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Want to work for a great Organization? The American Bankers Association is the banking industry's champion. Joining ABA makes you part of a team that: • has Extraordinary People - ABA experts are the "go to" sources for bankers, policy makers and the media for credible information and insights for the banking industry. • has Unmatched Scope and Scale - ABA's unparalleled information and services keep members current, knowledgeable and prepared. • is Impact-Driven - ABA has a proven record of bringing about positive change for our members and the industry. We take action and achieve results. Plus competitive pay, an outstanding benefits package, a convenient DC location, a professional collegial work environment and an opportunity to work on issues of national significance equals a winning combination!


ABA is seeking a Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the American Bankers Association Card Policy Council (CPC) that will work with member companies (in collaboration with ABA colleagues) to execute public policy strategies to advance the legislative and regulatory interests of the electronic payments industry.


The ABA Card Policy Council (CPC) membership consists of the largest consumer banks and payment services brands in the United States. As the leading advocate for electronic payments innovation, CPC communicates the value of the electronic payments system to policymakers and other audiences. CPC is designed and resourced to take a 360-degree approach to its work: conducting research, earning media, educating regulators and legislators, and otherwise engaging in strategic initiatives that promote innovation in the marketplace. 


CPC draws upon the expertise of numerous ABA staff from the regulatory, legislative, communications, economics, and grassroots divisions in support of legislative, regulatory and communications initiatives important to ABA membership. 


Key Responsibilities:


Implement consensus-based decision-making processes and then execute identified priorities, working collaboratively with other ABA GR, regulatory, and communications staff. This includes directing consultants and managing multiple, complex advocacy projects.

Ensure CPC’s strategic priorities remain aligned with evolving member needs, market developments, and public policy demands, working in collaboration with CPC companies and ABA GR, Regulatory, and Communications teams.

Facilitate communication between industry, legislative, and regulatory officials (and their staffs) working in concert with other ABA GR and regulatory staff.

Advise ABA executive leadership on legislative and regulatory issues on payments matters and present, upon request, briefings for ABA member banks, officers, the Board, and state bankers associations.

Coordinate with associations and partners to advance the priorities outlined in the CPC strategic plan and direct coalition building activities.

Build alliances that advance industry objectives.

Lead enterprise response to CPC issues raised in the media.

Direct and manage all aspects of the CPC budget.

Required Skills:


A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in advocacy at the Congressional and Administration level. 


4- year degree.

Must have a proven record of accomplishment in leading and executing strategic, comprehensive, and proactive public policy initiatives.

A working understanding of the payments industry legislative and regulatory issues with superior management and coalition building skills is essential to success.

Ability to use payments-related knowledge to anticipate, understand, and prioritize policy issues in a rapidly-changing and technically-intensive market segment.

Ability to use consensus-based processes to obtain strategic direction from CPC members companies on short- and long-term objectives.

Ability to collaborate effectively with CPC member companies and ABA employees.

Ability to understand complex financial services information and synthesize information for general audiences.

Understanding of contemporary issues, stakeholders, nongovernmental organizations (standards-setting etc), and related dynamics in electronic payments policy.

Superior project management skills, and ability to delegate responsibilities to ensure continued focus on core member priorities.

Knowledge of the Dodd-Frank Act’s impact on the payments industry.

Understanding of the role of CFPB, Federal Reserve, Federal Trade Commission, and other regulatory authorities in the electronic payments.

Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to persuade others, oral, written, and presentation skills.

Ability to develop and manage departmental budget.

Excellent analytical and organizational skills.

Ability to manage multiple projects at one time and willingness to participate directly in the production and editing of policy materials.

A clear reputation for ethical conduct.

Ability to work in an action-oriented, decision-making environment and to be decisive.

Energetic, bright, hardworking, and enthusiastic.

Willing to offer opinions and judgments.

Proven to be a self-starter and results-oriented.


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