- Senior Vice President/North America Head of Government and Industry Affairs, USA

Senior Vice President/North America Head of Government and Industry Affairs - 180000OQ

Zurich North America


Zurich North America is currently looking for a Senior Vice President/North America Head of Government and Industry Affairs. This is an executive position and has a dual reporting structure to the Chief Legal Officer and Group Head of Communications & Public Affairs. This role develops and implements strategic and tactical objectives in the US and Canada, and has accountability at both the state and federal level. They will focus on both state and federal platforms to further the corporations' public policy agenda within those jurisdictions, including substantive policy analysis, political visibility campaigns, internal communication functions and legislative advocacy activities. This individual serves as primary spokesperson on government affairs activities within the aforementioned context, provides input to senior management on public policy matters, and coordinates corporate policy development process. This position supports our Commercial Insurance, Alternative Markets and our Global Life business in public policy affairs. 


This position will also have responsibility for managing Zurich's public policy process on a regional level including the development of roles and public policy positions for general insurance issues. Position works closely with Group Public Affairs and other functions to align regional and global positioning. Make policy recommendations, based on in-depth issue analysis and identifies economic impact of various policy options. Must be able to manage the relationships of key internal stakeholders (technical and business experts,) and external stakeholders including government, regulatory and trade officials on Zurich's behalf. Lobby government agencies and regulators on issues impacting Zurich's interests, including writing position statements on proposed legislation or regulation. Attend organization and industry meetings' presenting the company’s position and developing coalitions and consensus approaches to problems. Applicant should be considered a lobbyist as well as a thought leader. Should be able to see the direction of the industry and stay ahead of the curve, positioning Zurich's goals as the industry's goals. 


Basic Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s Degree in Law or Political Science and 10 or more years of experience in the Government Affairs area 


Experience in legislative advocacy and policy development

3 or more years of managing people and/or key stakeholder relationships

Supervisory or management experience

Preferred Qualifications: 

Advanced degree in political science, law or related field 

Experience with both State and Federal platforms

Progressive experience in legislative advocacy and policy development

Ability to monitor legislative and regulatory developments, and to identify and articulate public policy trends

Extensive knowledge of the legislative process 

Ability to develop and implement political visibility programs

Strong oral and written interpersonal communication skills, including public speaking

Excellent Management and Leadership skills with the ability to manage, develop, and motivate others 

Senior level, project or campaign management skills in previous positions particularly in the insurance sector

Experience in working with senior executives or government officials, building and managing strong relationships

Ability to work in fast paced environment, to synthesize complex issues

Demonstrated deep ethical standards

Ability to work in team environment

International experience and Insurance or Financial Services Industry experience preferred

Imagine working for a company that truly cares about their employees, customers, stakeholders, and communities they serve. 


Imagine working for a values-driven organization that has the ambition and desire to be the best global insurance provider in the world. 


Zurich is that place where 55,000 employees across approximately 200 countries and territories are all focused on helping people and helping companies protect what is truly most important to them. We are a values-driven organization that takes pride in the work that we do every day and we have the ambition to be the best global insurer in the world. 


EOE disability/vets 


Zurich does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies. Any unsolicited resume will become the property of Zurich American Insurance. If you are a preferred vendor, please use our Recruiting Agency Portal for resume submission. 


Primary Location: United States-District of Columbia-Washington


Schedule: Full-time


Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time


Relocation Available: No


Job Posting: 02/27/18


Unposting Date: Ongoing



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Job posted on 1st March 2018

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