Head of US Government Relations

Chicago, Illinois
Apr 16, 2024
Jun 15, 2024
Full Time

We’re building a relationship-oriented bank for the modern world. We need talented, passionate professionals who are dedicated to doing what’s right for our clients.

At CIBC, we embrace your strengths and your ambitions, so you are empowered at work. Our team members have what they need to make a meaningful impact and are truly valued for who they are and what they contribute.

To learn more about CIBC, please visit CIBC.com

What you’ll be doing

You will be joining the Administration team comprised of Legal, Corporate Secretary, Customer Complaint Handling, ESG and Government Relations. Collectively, this group enables CIBC’s core purpose: to help make our clients’ ambitions a reality.  As the Head of US Government Relations, you will work closely with our business lines to manage legislative and political activities in a manner consistent with good corporate governance practices and in compliance with all legal requirements. In this capacity the Head of US Government Relations will oversee all US government relations activities and public advocacy policies and programs, and management of political and lobbying activities, including payments made by CIBC to associations.

At CIBC we enable the work environment most optimal for you to thrive in your role. You’ll have the flexibility to manage your work activities within a hybrid work arrangement where you’ll spend 1-3 days per week on-site, while other days will be remote.

How you'll succeed

Strong leadership - Build, lead and maintain the US Government Relations department to ensure a fair and appropriate regulatory environment in which CIBC can operate and grow its businesses. 

Strategic development & execution - Develop an annual strategic plan for US government relations activities for CIBC. Manage CIBC’s activities in all areas of US government relations (federal, state and local engagement as required). Recommend and implement strategies and develop programs or initiatives to address key regulatory and public policy issues.

Communications - Oversee the compilation of and submissions to US government or documents as required. Ensure representation of CIBC on external committees, task forces, advisory groups etc. You have the ability to make public appearances, speak on behalf of the sector at conferences and present to the board of directors.

Relationship management - Foster and enhance relationships with legislators, regulators, key staff, industry trade associations and partner organizations as well as with various leaders, departments and partners across the Bank. You negotiate with and influence partners to ensure alignment between priorities and deliverables across dependent initiatives.

People Leadership - Advance and promote the agenda of putting our people first, providing opportunities for US Government Relations team members to collectively and individually succeed. Lead development and execution of initiatives to build culture, partnering with teams to deliver appropriate communications, events, and content.

Project Management - You leverage a broad and deep understanding of best practices and approaches within Project Management in the delivery of initiatives and to influence/refine the practice within the broader team. You have a minimum of 10 years of government relations experience.

Creative Problem Solving – You have a demonstrated ability to thrive in ambiguity, understand business context quickly and connect the dots. Must be comfortable operating at a strategic level and also driving into detail as needed, and back. Continuous improvement is part of your DNA.


Who you are

You can demonstrate experience with:

  • Capitol Hill experience required
  • Public policy development and communications
  • Knowledge of applicable banking laws and regulations and federal/state banking industry regulators
  • Excellent client management skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including presentation of views to corporate executives, Members of Congress, congressional staff, executive agencies
    You embrace and champion change. You'll continuously evolve your thinking and the way you work in order to deliver your best.
  • Your influence makes an impact. Ability to apply thought leadership and complex concepts to effectively contribute to the continuous refinement of strategic objectives. You know that relationships and networks are essential to success.  You inspire outcomes by making yourself heard.
  • You’re digitally savvy. You seek out innovative solutions and embrace evolving technologies. You can easily adapt to new tools and trends.
  • You're driven by collective success. You know that collaboration can transform a good idea into a great one. You understand the power of an inclusive team that enjoys working together to create a shared vision

What CIBC Offers

At CIBC, your goals are a priority. We start with your strengths and ambitions as an employee and strive to create opportunities to tap into your potential. We aspire to give you a career, rather than just a paycheck.

  • We work to recognize you in meaningful, personalized ways including a competitive salary, incentive pay, banking benefits, a benefits program*, a vacation offering, wellbeing support, and MomentMakers, our social, points-based recognition program.
  • Our spaces and technological toolkit will make it simple to bring together great minds to create innovative solutions that make a difference for our clients.
  • We cultivate a culture where you can express your ambition through initiatives like Purpose Day; a paid day off dedicated for you to use to invest in your growth and development.

*Subject to plan and program terms and conditions

What you need to know

CIBC is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all team members and clients feel like they belong. We seek applicants with a wide range of abilities and we provide an accessible candidate experience. If you need accommodation, please contact Mailbox.careers-carrieres@cibc.com

You need to be legally eligible to work at the location(s) specified above and, where applicable, must have a valid work or study permit.

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