• Public Affairs Assistant - Bank Policy Institute

    Location US-DC-Washington, D.C.
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    Public Affairs Assistant - BPI

    As the Public Affairs Assistant for The Bank Policy Institute (BPI), your success is all about managing priorities, creating and maintaining relationships, and being attentive to all stakeholders. While primarily supporting the Executive Vice President & Head of Public Affairs, you will also be an integral part of our Public Affairs team, which includes government affairs and public relations. Your success will be defined by your strong administrative experience as well as your ability to understand the policy issues we address and the members we serve. While we all work hard and expect you to do the same, this role is an outstanding springboard for your career where you will learn from the best and build an elite network of contacts.


    In this newly created role, your excellent communication and collaboration are paramount. You will facilitate meetings and phone calls with advocacy and public affairs working groups, senior staff, members, media, and congressional staff. Demonstrating poise through your professionalism and unflappability, even in the face of conflicting deadlines and priorities, you will be known for your outstanding service. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is able to look around the corner and stay ahead of important milestones, as we will rely on you to keep everyone informed and on track.


    You will play a role in supporting prudent regulation of banking. With expanding Washington involvement in our industry, forming relationships and engaging with public officials and policymakers is critical to helping our members understand policies and regulations.


    The Bank Policy Institute (BPI) is a nonpartisan public policy, research, and advocacy group, representing the nation’s leading banks. Banking is a central pillar of economic activity and prudential regulation of this industry affects not only the safety and soundness and financial stability, but also innovation and credit availability. BPI’s members make 72 percent of all loans and 44 percent of the nation’s small business loans.


    Our staff includes economists, researchers, financial analysts, and attorneys, all focused on using data and analysis to shape sound policy. We distribute our research and analysis to U.S. and global regulators, members of Congress, academics, and media through academic-quality research papers, blog posts, white papers, comment letters, and Congressional testimony.


    Our members are financing the American economy – creating jobs, expanding businesses, securing homes, businesses, and retirement, ensuring growth, and building consumer confidence.


    Responsibilities of the Public Affairs Assistant

    Administrative Support

    • Exercise discretion in organizing and maintaining the electronic calendar including managing telephone calls and emails; arranging and coordinating appointments, meetings, and functions; and preparing and providing appropriate documentation to assist with meetings. Resolve conflicting demands on staff time.
    • Collect documents and data for the Public Affairs team, following up on deliverables from both internal and external stakeholders.
    • Oversee internal staff calendar and reservations for conference rooms and other office spaces. Manage logistical arrangements, including virtual/conference calls, food and beverage, room set-up/clean-up, and other needs for meetings held in the office.
    • Coordinate travel arrangements, developing complete and comprehensive itineraries, booking flights and accommodation, and arranging meetings and visits.
    • Independently compose, prepare, and follow up on various internal and external correspondence.
    • Create, implement, and coordinate office procedures and systems.
    • Prepare expense claims.
    • Proofread and format documents to ensure impeccable quality and readability.
    • Create, implement, and coordinate office procedures and systems.

    Meeting Support

    • Research background material and prepare agendas and presentation material for public affairs and working group meetings. Create PowerPoint presentations, charts, and special reports as needed.
    • Manage logistics for executive meetings and social receptions.
    • Attend meetings and draft and distribute meeting minutes; prepare and distribute other post-meeting documents and correspondence as necessary, including follow-up action where required.
    • Build relationships with the assistants of members, senior staff, public officials, policymakers, and other stakeholders.

    Qualifications of the Public Affairs Assistant

    • 2-4 years of experience in fast-paced, deadline-driven support roles.
    • Bachelor’s degree.
    • Capitol Hill experience preferable.
    • Interest in the financial industry is a plus, but not required.
    • Excellent Microsoft Office skills, especially Word and PowerPoint.
    • Strong written and oral communications; must be able to communicate with poise with people at all levels of a financial institution.
    • Strong organizational abilities – must be able to track multiple tasks with ease.
    • Ability to travel on occasion.

    Attributes of the Public Affairs Assistant

    • Accountable
    • Collaborative
    • Detail oriented
    • Great communicator
    • Team player
    • Curious
    • Project manager
    • Reliable and dependable 

    What’s Attractive to the Right Candidate?

    • You will have visibility and access to a network of contacts, forming connections with talented individuals in the financial services industry.
    • You will see how public policy is shaped and have access to a unique perspective on current global economic events.
    • We offer competitive benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending account; life and disability insurances; employer matched 401(k) and supplemental retirement plans; and transportation benefits.


    To Apply for the position of the Public Affairs Assistant

    Use the Apply button on this page, or simply email your resume to Ellen Greenwood at resumes@staffingadvisors.com with “BPI – Public Affairs Assistant / 2018-2379 SA” as the subject of the email.


    Staffing Advisors has been engaged to find the right candidate and is committed to helping create a diverse work environment for our client. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. This position may require pre-employment screening potentially including a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and/or verification of work history.



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