Lobbyist, Federal Government Relations

  • Washington D.C., DC, United States
  • Aug 07, 2017
Full time Government Affairs / Relations Lobbyist

Job Description

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policy owners. MassMutual offers a wide range of financial products and services, including life insurance, disability income insurance, long-term care insurance, annuities, retirement plans and other employee benefits. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, MA and its major subsidiaries include OppenheimerFunds and Barings.

Founded in 1851, MassMutual is committed to its purpose: We help people secure their future and protect the ones they love. Ranked No. 76 in the annual FORTUNE® 500 ranking (FORTUNE® Magazine, 6/15/16), MassMutual continues its long history of financial strength and maintains some of the highest financial strength ratings in any industry. We invite you to bring your bright, innovative ideas to MassMutual as we continue to help millions of Americans achieve their financial goals.

We continue to be recognized for our efforts to create a diverse and inclusive workplace! MassMutual is one of DiversityInc’s 2016 Top 50 Companies for Diversity and ranked a 2016 Top 10 Company for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives. In 2015, after more than 15 years of earning a place on the Working Mother Top 100 Best Companies list, MassMutual was inducted into the Working Mother Hall of Fame.  MassMutual also scored 100 percent on The Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index (CEI) to earn a spot on the CEI Best Places to Work List (2016).  In addition, MassMutual has been recognized as a World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute and 2016 Military Friendly Employer by Military Friendly.

For more information, visit www.massmutual.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+ and Pinterest. 

MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Lobbyist, Federal Government Relations will represent the Company on federal legislative and regulatory issues, serving as a liaison in advocating favorable federal legislative and regulatory positions for the Company and the industry. He/she will play a key role on a host of issues that impact the insurance and financial services industries including assisting and coordinating the development of public policy positions.

The position offers a unique opportunity to benefit from the Company’s competitive benefits, participate in legislative and regulatory activity in Washington, D.C. and function in an entrepreneurial environment.

KEY RELATIONSHIPS

Reports to: Vice President, Federal Government Relations          

Other Relationships: MassMutual Law Division, Government Relations, Lobbying, Campaign and Public Policy Contacts

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide depth and expertise in support of Washington DC based legislative and regulatory affairs efforts by building and maintaining relationships on behalf of the Company with key members of Congress, congressional staff, regulators and administration.
  • Educate Congress on the importance of life insurance products in providing financial security while preserving the marketability of life insurance products.
  • Attend Congressional hearings, briefings and meetings and prepare summaries of legislative, regulatory and political developments of interest to the Company.
  • Develop positions on, and responses to, anticipated legislative and regulatory actions, which disrupt the distribution of the Company’s products and services, operations, revenues and business models or product development and approvals.
  • Identify and implement innovative solutions to challenging legislative and political issues. Identify, support and promote insurance and financial services reforms that are favorable to the Company.
  • Actively build and manage relationships with consultants and trade associations to improve service and reduce costs; while identifying areas of operational risk which can be minimized and maximizing the benefit and positive exposure for the Company.
  • Provide recommendations related to developing and managing political activities consistent with emerging election trends in advance of each election cycle to best serve the organization’s business objectives.
  • Establish and maintain a professional network of political, lobbying, campaign and public policy contacts to maintain the profile of the Company with federal legislators, congressional staff and trade associations. Work with the entire Government Relations team to cultivate employees and sales force to act on the Company’s behalf on critical legislative issues; Circulate periodic legislative updates, participate in panel discussions, and conduct WebEx presentations to keep Government Relations clients and company sales force informed and engaged in the legislative process.
  • Manage internal task forces as appropriate to analyze and respond to legislative proposals based on agreed to company principles and business objectives. Provide guidance to business lines on industry issues, relationship building and legislative and regulatory developments. Partner with business lines, attorneys and consultants to develop and implement successful political strategy.
  • Represent the Company at all times in a professional manner and in accordance with all corporate policies and all applicable ethics, lobbying, gift and campaign finance rules, laws and regulations.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 8 – 10 years of relevant experience in political, public policy, campaign, or lobbying areas or combination with a focus on insurance, banking, financial services industry or related field.
  • Law degree, M.B.A. or relevant graduate degree preferred.
  • Must have a thorough understanding of the Congressional legislative and regulatory processes.
  • Must be able to recommend positions on issues and suggest changes in strategies as legislative and regulatory processes unfold – Acute political and public perception sensitivity.
  • Demonstrate strong decision making skills with a solid foundation of analytical and strategic thinking.
  • Must have a clear reputation for ethical conduct.
  • Proven self-starter, results oriented with a keen attention to detail.
  • Strong communication skills in written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills a must.
  • Authorized to work in the US without sponsorship.

MassMutual Financial Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer Minority/Female/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Individual with Disability/Protected Veteran. We welcome all persons to apply.

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Organization

MassMutual Financial Group