1+ months

AVP, State Government Relations

New York, NY
**Position** : AVP, State Government Relations

**Job Location:** 200 Park Avenue

**Role Value Proposition** :

This position will be responsible for state government relations activities in several states, as well as managing the advocacy for various priority issues for MetLifes U.S. business. The incumbent will leverage expertise and relationships represent the companys interests before state governments, including state regulatory, legislative and executive officials and industry stakeholders to achieve MetLifes goals.

The bottom line success of the company is impacted directly by the state legislative and regulatory environment in which we do business. At the extreme, such legislative and regulatory changes can establish or eliminate profitable business opportunities. On an everyday basis, obtaining timely product approvals, rate increase approvals, corporate regulatory approvals, and reasonable compliance resolutions, among others, impact MetLifes earnings. The position involves managing important relationships with state legislative and executive officials and insurance regulators.

**Key Responsibilities:**

+ Engage in lobbying activities in states of responsibility on issues pending before state insurance departments, legislatures and executive officials, including key committees/members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).

+ Identify and advance company legislative and regulatory priorities in coordination with business partners and senior company executives. Provide guidance on the formulation of company positions, on policy direction, and on strategies for advocacy. This will entail building relationships with senior management and keeping interested parties within MetLife informed about ongoing developments on priority issues, both through participation in meetings ( _e.g,_ planning board) and contributing updates on state activities to the Global Government Relations communications distributed to key business partners.

+ Advise on and coordinate cross-jurisdictional Global Government Relations efforts.

+ Provide advice on state political matters to Global Government Relations and company leadership.

+ Cultivate and maintain high-level relationships with state government officials, industry leaders, and trade associations and other opinion leaders in furtherance of company goals. The incumbent will meet regularly with state insurance commissioners and their staffs, key state legislative and executive level leaders, representatives of national trades and industry associations, including ACLI, to develop the relationships necessary to ensure that MetLifes interests or concerns with respect to impact on the companys operations are heard.

+ Capitalize on internal company expertise as well as external resources (trades, coalitions, retained counsel) to lead advocacy on significant issues for MetLife or, where more effective, to influence outcomes indirectly through third party engagement.

**Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:**

+ 5 or more years of state government relations or related experience

+ State insurance department or similar regulatory experience strongly preferred

+ Proven success in legislative/regulatory advocacy

+ Knowledge of the legislative/regulatory process

+ Ability to effectively interact with business clients

+ Strong analytical ability and oral and written communications skills

+ Excellent academic credentials, J.D. a plus

+ Ability to handle multiple projects effectively

**Leadership Competencies:**

+ **Thinks Strategically** Sets direction aligned to the companys strategy, applying external and global perspective to meet local and global needs.

+ **Creates Partnerships** Authentically builds trusted relationships and collaborates across global, diverse and multi-functional teams to successfully drive business objectives.

+ **Seizes Opportunity** Seeks new opportunities and ways to create balanced business growth while improving operational capabilities.

+ **Drives Results** Sets aggressive goals and is accountable for continuously driving improved performance, leading change and ensuring high standards.

**Key Relationships** **:**

+ **Reports to:** VP, State Government Relations

+ **Direct reports/team** : No direct reports

+ **Key Stakeholders** : Internal clients, senior management, counterparts in other companies, and senior legislators and regulators and their staff including key committees/members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).


MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the worlds leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

We are one of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. with more than $500 billion in managed assets as of December 31, 2016. We are ranked #42 on the Fortune 500 list for 2017. In 2017, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the second year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies.

While we have tremendous respect for the past, we are a company firmly focused on the future. To adapt to a changing world, we are undergoing one of the most dramatic transformations in our history to reinvent how we do business so we can thrive in any environment. We are moving away from a traditional product-development model to one driven by customer insights. We are challenging historical norms by humanizing our industry and designing every customer experience to reflect the modern company were becoming. Our goal in everything we do is to offer customers truly differentiated value propositions that allow us to establish clear competitive advantages. We pride ourselves on being a trusted partner to our customers as they navigate lifes twists and turns.

At the center of our business strategy is a commitment to One MetLife collaborating, sharing best practices, and recruiting, developing and retaining the best talent in the industry. We live by our values: Put Customers First, Be the Best, Make Things Easier, and Succeed Together. They guide how we operate every day.

MetLife is a proud equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to attracting, retaining, and maximizing the performance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is MetLife's policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.

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