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Government Relations Director- Southwest Region

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Let’s do something that really matters.

At USAA, we have an important mission: facilitating the financial security of millions of U.S. military members and their families. Not all of our employees served in our nation’s military, but we all share in the mission to give back to those who did. We’re working as one to build a great experience and make a real impact for our members.

We believe in our core values of honesty, integrity, loyalty and service. They’re what guides everything we do – from how we treat our members to how we treat each other. Come be a part of what makes us so special!

The Opportunity

As a dedicated Government Relations Director, you will identify and analyze proposed legislation and regulations that could impact USAA's operations. Acts as USAA's representative in legislative and regulatory matters and in industry organizations concerned with legislation, regulations, and public policy. Plays a key role in developing political strategies. Will lobby legislators, interface with regulators, and may testify on bills of special interest to USAA and its membership. Maintains information resources and reports on status of legislation and regulations to USAA internal clients. Serves as consulting liaison for regional legislative and regulatory officers and their staff.

This position can work remotely in the Western U.S. and is responsible for working in California, Oregon, and Washington. Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

What you'll do:

  • Analyzes proposed legislation for early identification of issues relevant to USAA and coordinates strategies to achieve USAA's legislative objectives.
  • Works with other company and trade association's representatives to ensure appropriate discussion and analysis are considered and the requisite coordinated action is executed.
  • Creates strategy for legislative advocacy and manages implementation of lobbying strategy.
  • Directs information resources in relation to active legislation.
  • Responds internally to questions on a variety of legislative issues that affect the company and frequently interacts with senior management on matters requiring inter and intracompany coordination.
  • Understands the political environment and utilizes newspapers, websites, professional contacts and trade associations to identify key issues, political figures and races that might affect USAA's operations.
  • Provides interpretation and explanation of the more complex legislative enactments.
  • Advises management on prudent political strategy and the potential reaction.
  • Maintains knowledge of USAA's current operations and the financial services industry.
  • Stays abreast of issues in the financial services industry and actively seeks to link those issues to ongoing or emerging legislative opportunities.
  • Maintains relationships both within and outside USAA to facilitate information gathering and dissemination.
  • Represents USAA before Federal and/or State Legislatures and Regulatory Agencies, where appropriate.
  • Ensures risks associated with business activities are effectively identified, measured, monitored, and controlled in accordance with risk and compliance policies and procedures.

What you have:

  • Bachelor’s degree; OR 4 years of related experience (in addition to the minimum years of experience required) may be substituted in lieu of degree.
  • 8 years of experience in government relations or law.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to communicate complicated and technical points related to political strategy clearly.
  • Experience working with Federal and/or State Legislatures and Regulatory Agencies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of legislative processes and procedures.
  • Advanced understanding of federal, state, and local political landscape and issues.
  • Experience advocating on behalf of an organization or issue.
  • Subject matter expert in Microsoft office and applicable web tools.

What sets you apart:

  • Working knowledge of state legislative and regulatory structures in California, Oregon, and Washington.
  • Law Degree or Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Significant government affairs experience working for a financial services company, trade association, or government entity in California, Oregon, and Washington
  • Previous public or private sector employment working with state government entities
  • Experience in building partnerships and strategic alliances to leverage Enterprise advocacy goals and objectives

The above description reflects the details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be performed in the job.

What we offer:

Compensation: USAA has an effective process for assessing market data and establishing ranges to ensure we remain competitive. You are paid within the salary range based on your experience and market data of the position. The actual salary for this role may vary by location. The salary range for this position is: $132,500 - $253,220.

Employees may be eligible for pay incentives based on overall corporate and individual performance and at the discretion of the USAA Board of Directors.

Benefits: At USAA our employees enjoy best-in-class benefits to support their physical, financial, and emotional wellness. These benefits include comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, 401(k), pension, life insurance, parental benefits, adoption assistance, paid time off program with paid holidays plus 16 paid volunteer hours, and various wellness programs. Additionally, our career path planning and continuing education assists employees with their professional goals.

For more details on our outstanding benefits, please visit our benefits page on

Applications for this position are accepted on an ongoing basis, this posting will remain open until the position is filled. Thus, interested candidates are encouraged to apply the same day they view this posting.

USAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.