External Affairs Representative

Other Chicago, Illinois

Join the FHLBC team!

 At the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, employees come first.  That’s why we offer a highly competitive compensation and bonus package, and access to a comprehensive benefits program designed to meet the needs of our employees.

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Retirement program (401k and Pension)
  • Generous PTO plan
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Work from home options
  • Casual dress code

POSITION SUMMARY
The External Affairs Representative assists in handling government relations and industry relations for the Bank. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Assist in cultivating and maintaining strong relationships with Congressional staffers (particularly with district staff of Illinois and Wisconsin Members of Congress).
  • Coordinate, plan and execute in-district Congressional events (roundtable meetings, ground-breakings and ribbon cuttings) with Members of Congress.
  • Serve as the FHLBC internal point-of-contact for our Illinois and Wisconsin member trade association partners and other industry partners.
  • Represent the Bank at various meetings and events.
  • Prepare briefing materials and other presentations for various external audiences.
  • Assist in the External Affairs department’s writing, researching and editing workload.
  • Organize and maintain department’s reference materials, including key media articles, business statistics and slide presentations.
  • Maintain and update database of FHLBC AHP (Affordable Housing Program) projects sorted by Congressional district.
  • Assist in the preparation of briefing materials for the FHLBC Public Policy Committee and other presentations to various external audiences.

EXPERIENCE & EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum 2-5 years of government relations and/or industry relations experience.
  • Experience involving Congressional staff highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with financial services, housing finance and/or community development issues is a plus.

SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS
  • High level of proficiency with MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES & BEHAVIORS REQUIRED
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and messaging skills.
  • Proven ability to plan and execute events and meetings of varying size and complexity, occasionally on short notice.
  • Experience creating clear and compelling presentations, issue briefs and summaries synthesizing and simplifying complex information for audiences of varying sophistication.
  • Exacting attention to detail and proofreading skills.
  • Pro-active self-starter with the ability to work with intermittent supervision.
  • Great interpersonal skills, and the ability to cultivate strong relationships and open lines of communications with legislative staff, trade association partners and internal departments.
  • Strong research and organization skills.
  • Flexibility to successfully juggle multiple priorities with competing deadlines.
  • A polished and professional demeanor to represent the Bank in front of small or large groups.
  • Must be a team player, but able to take initiative when needed.
  • Occasional travel (approximately 20%) in and out of state (driving and flying) required.  Some overnight stays will be required.