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Government Affairs Officer




United States-California-San Francisco



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At Bank of the West, our people are having a positive impact on the world. We’re investing where we feel we can make the most impact, like advancing diversity and women entrepreneurship programs, financing for more small businesses, and promoting programs for sustainable energy. From our locations across the U.S., Bank of the West is taking action to help protect the planet, improve people’s lives, and strengthen communities. We are part of BNP Paribas, a global leader supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yes, we’re a bank, but as the bank for a changing world, we are continually seeking to improve the ways we help our customers, while contributing to more sustainable and equitable growth.


Position Summary

The Government Affairs Officer is a new position for Bank of the West which will report directly to the General Counsel, Head of the Legal and Regulatory team.  The Officer will also have a matrix reporting line into the BNP Paribas U.S. Head of Government Affairs in Washington which is a part of the U.S. Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs (“PPRA”) team.  BNP Paribas through PPRA is developing a U.S. strategy for government/regulatory affairs in the U.S. and the Officer will play a pivotal role  working closely with PPRA in the development and implementation of a consolidated U.S. strategy.  Job responsibilities may include the monitoring and management of issues, collaborating with internal stakeholders to develop policy positions, representing the retail bank’s views in various forums, and coordinating the retail bank’s engagement with external stakeholders on state/local levels.   This position’s duties are expected to focus largely on issues related to retail banking and do not include responsibilities at the federal level except as may be requested by BNPP to support the firm’s national focus.  It is critical that the officer support BNP Paribas Group in the overall policy development and political strategy in the U.S. by working closely with Bank of the West Executive Management and BNP Paribas.  BNP Paribas is committed to speaking with one voice in the U.S. and this position must work collaboratively and transversally across the U.S. operations.  The position will also work on various special projects as needed.  


Essential Functions

  • Develop relationships and maintain regular communications with partners and stakeholders at the state/local government levels (policymakers, trade associations, industry participants,)
  • Provide retail bank input to PPRA on research, monitoring, analysis, and recommendations to develop policy positions related to new federal, state, and local regulation and legislation applicable to the activities of the bank.  
  • Attend meetings with state/local government representatives, regulators, and bank officers to discuss, understand and influence legislative matters and proceedings of strategic importance to the bank.
  • Advises executive and senior management on strategic direction and themes regarding government affairs activities, including potential risks, political issues, and themes.


Responsibilities in close collaboration with BNP Paribas to effect U.S. strategy:

  • Serve as primary point of contact for requests from and providing information to the rest of BNP Paribas.
  • Participate in U.S. and global meetings, as requested, regarding U.S. strategy.
  • Coordinate Retail Bank positions and policy strategies on regulatory topics involving all relevant experts from business lines and functions.
  • Work with designated trade associations and industry coalitions.
  • Work with cross-functional corporate teams to gather data and help develop policy positions that support reputation and business model.
  • Interact frequently with the Bank’s senior officers to identify and coordinate regulatory affairs matters affecting business operations and/or strategy.
  • Other duties as directed.


Required Education or Equivalent Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in applicable and related field, e.g., Public Policy, Economics, Finance, Business Administration
  • Master of Public Policy or Law Degree preferred


Required Experience

  • 10+ years’ experience, including with government affairs establishing relationships with state/local and federal government agencies, with demonstrable public policy experience
  • Extensive knowledge of banking laws, regulations, and policy (e.g., FDIC, CFPB and Federal Reserve)
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, self-starting, and highly motivated to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work effectively with the Executive Management at the highest levels and other stakeholders, preferably in a subsidiary of a complex organization. .
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and presentation skills, including prior experience presenting to Executive Management.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, coordinate with cross-functional teams, and to work as part of a team across legal entities and disciplines.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills; demonstrating ability to advance projects and drive results in a dynamic, fast-paced, and complex environment.
  • Self-starter and team player who has proven track record of working collaboratively and effectively with all levels of an organization; proven ability to build and leverage relationships.
  • High level of professionalism and ability to interact with officers and external constituencies;
  • Integrity and compliance with high ethical standards.
  • Ability to work well with personnel at all levels of the organization and inspire confidence at all levels of the organization.
  • Adaptable and flexible work-style with proven ability to handle competitive demands and priorities.
  • Excellent personal computer skills necessary for formatting documents, reports, presentations and spreadsheets using the Microsoft Office suite of applications.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Bilingual English French preferred


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.


Equal Employment Opportunity Policy


Bank of the West is an Equal Opportunity employer and proud to provide equal employment opportunity to all job seekers without regard to any status protected by applicable law.   Bank of the West is also an Affirmative Action employer - Minority / Female / Disabled / Veteran.  Bank of the West will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance subject to the requirements of all state and federal laws and regulations.



Primary Location: United States-California-San Francisco Job Type: Full-time Job: Legal