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VP Government Relations more...
Location:Washington, DC
Company:Pacific Life
First posted:May 19, 2017

About Pacific Life:

At Pacific Life, you are given the opportunities and challenges to embrace your potential and achieve your personal best, every day. What you find here is something special - it's purposeful work done with a shared set of values that brings us all together.


Pacific Life offers life insurance, annuities, and mutual funds, along with a variety of investment products and services, all of which provide The Power to Help You Succeed. Headquartered in Newport Beach, CA, Pacific Life is a Fortune 500 company with approximately 2800 employees. We pride ourselves in providing a work environment that is challenging, inclusive, collaborative and results-oriented. We firmly believe each employee plays a part in our continued growth and success.

Job Description:
The VP, Government Relations will play a key role in overseeing Government Relations functions for Pacific Life and its subsidiaries, with the VP, Government Relations on State issues and the Director for both State and Federal issues reporting into the position.  This individual will provide leadership to motivate department staff in achievement of established goals. Current staffing projections assume, at a minimum, 3 staff members (2 in Newport Beach and one either in Newport Beach or Washington, D.C.).  Additional responsibilities include:

  • Represent the organization to internal and external constituencies both at the federal and state level.
  • Oversee regular communication on emerging issues to communicate issues internally within PL.  Also responsible for staying abreast of Federal, State and International issues affecting PL and its subsidiary businesses.
  • Direct Pacific Life's involvement in federal legislative issues by incorporating public policy development, advocacy (lobbying), grassroots, and a political action committee. 
  • Provide insight into the current political environment, while identifying some of the potential opportunities and threats Pacific Life and its subsidiaries confront in the nation's Capitol. 
  • Responsible for internal company coordination and communication when addressing federal issues. 
  • Serve as a liaison with national trade associations and other Washington coalitions and affiliations. 
  • Manage and coordinate Pacific Life's Washington, D.C. lobbying presence. 
  • Develop working relationships with selected members of Congress  and the Administration and their staff to further Pacific Life's legislative goals. 
  • Oversee the political action committee and make recommendations to the PLPAC Board of Directors for contributions to our congressional allies.  
  • Actively promote Pacific Life's positive image in the Federal political environment. 
  • Develop & oversee the formation of a grassroots network at Pacific Life.
  • Ensure a method for compliance with the Lobby Disclosure Act (LDA) and Ethics Reform Law.


  • 10+ years' experience with combination of working in DC on the Hill and as a lobbyist. Preferably within the financial services industry.
  • Bachelors' degree in related field, advanced degree is preferred
  • Ability to influence and persuade using compelling arguments to gain the support and commitment of others
  • Ability to think strategically and create new and better ways for the organization to be successful
  • Makes good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward; combines analysis, wisdom, experience and judgment in decision quality
  • Ability to prioritize, negotiate and work with a variety of external and internal stakeholders; ability to interface with all levels of management
  • Creates a climate where people are motivated to their best to help the organization achieve its objectives
  • Builds strong teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals
  • Position will be based in DC and will require travel approximately 25% to the home office in Newport Beach, CA


    Join the Pacific Life team and watch your career grow! We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive salary and bonus program
  • Medical, dental, and vision as part our commitment in investing in the health and wellbeing of our employees
  • Two retirement savings plans: 401k savings plan with company match and Company Retirement Contribution (company-paid)
  • Generous vacation time and holiday pay
  • And much more!

    EEO Statement:
    Pacific Life Insurance Company is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action Employer, M/F/D/V. If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact a Human Resources Representative at Pacific Life Insurance Company.

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