Sr. Strategist, Government and Civic Relations

Expired on: Nov 30, 2023
Job Categories: Communication
Job Types: Full Time
Job Locations: San Fransisco

We are the San Francisco Fed, public servants with a congressionally mandated mission to promote a sound and stable economy to support the lives of all Americans. We are a community-engaged bank, and we are committed to understanding and serving the vibrant, diverse people of the Twelfth District. That means we seek and appreciate new perspectives. We respect people for what they do and for who they are. We build opportunities to learn and grow. When you join the SF Fed, you become part of a team united in its purpose to promote an economy that works for everyone.

At our Bank, we have always supported telecommuting, and we shifted from our “work from home posture”, to a hybrid model, allowing for generous telecommuting options. We know flexibility is important to our employees.

The Government and Civic Relations group has a fantastic opportunity to add an experienced Senior Strategist to our team! We are charged with building confidence and trust in the SF Fed and our people by elevating the work of the Bank to build opportunities for conversation and education, informing policymakers and engaging stakeholders, including federal, state, local, and tribal government, and civic leaders. We help provide counsel to internal leaders through a lens of current events, news and emerging issues, to make business decisions, pinpoint reputational risk, and surface opportunities. We work collaboratively, both internally and externally, to support a healthy and inclusive economy.

If being part of a mission driven organization that is helping our local community is appealing to you, read on!

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Vice President of Government and Civic Relations to build and complete near and long-term goals, strategies, and tactics for engagement with key external stakeholders including federal, state, and local partners
  • Provide strategic and solution-oriented counseling and advice to the Government Relations Vice President, Reserve Bank President and other senior leaders, in support of business area objectives
  • Oversee and lead the team’s federal government relations work, including developing an annual engagement plan, leading various projects and work streams, and collaborating with other team members for support
  • Develop and maintain strong, collaborative relationships and serve as a champion for the Bank with external stakeholders, with a particular focus on relationships with Congressional staff
  • Monitor the external environment and be an internal advisor for the Bank, briefing key leaders on issues and proposals that could impact the FRBSF/FRS’s ability to carry out its public service mission.
  • Develop messaging strategy, with a focus on internal advising around landscape, strategic approach and risk assessment; act as a thought and strategy partner within the organization.
  • Develop and participate in routines and processes that streamline information flows and improve understanding of landscape, with ability to quickly adapt and lead others through change

Additional Responsibilities

  • Lead the tracking and reporting of principal- and staff-level engagements to ensure diverse and geographically representative outreach across the District.
  • Support the recruitment, onboarding, training, supervision, and evaluation of interns assigned to the department.
  • Engage with key partners across the Public Engagement team, including Regional Executives and Community Development, as well as other leaders and teams across the bank
  • Participate in the FRS Government Relations Working Group and other committees and cross-functional teams as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in Political Science, Public Policy, Government, Communications or a related field or equivalent experience.
  • Typically requires ten+ or more years of related experience in government relations and/or public affairs, preferably with experience working for or with members of Congress, a government agency, or other elected office. Experience in Washington, D.C. and/or with the Federal Reserve System required.
  • Ability to quickly and succinctly synthesize complex streams of information and interpret sophisticated reputational issues.
  • Outstanding attention to detail and project management skills; some events experience preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, and presentation).
  • Outstanding judgement, able to work in a non-partisan manner, and maintain confidentiality.
  • Willing and able to travel up to 30%.

Technical Proficiencies:

  • Government Affairs Regulatory Environment
  • Governmental Affairs Management
  • Organizational Communications
  • Brand Management
  • Government Affairs Development Issues and Practice

Hiring Salary Range: San Francisco: Min: $183,100 Mid: $240,900 Max: $296,500

Final salary and offer will be determined by the applicant’s background, experience, skills, internal equity, and alignment with market data.


We offer a generous benefits package which includes several medical plans, a 401k with up to 7% match, and a fully funded defined benefit pension plan. Learn more about San Francisco Fed Benefits here!


We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.



Full time


Job Exempt (Yes / No)


Job Category

Communications/Public Relations

Work Shift

First (United States of America)

The Federal Reserve Banks believe that diversity and inclusion among our employees is critical to our success as an organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. The Federal Reserve Banks are committed to equal employment opportunity for employees and job applicants in compliance with applicable law and to an environment where employees are valued for their differences.

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