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Zurich NA Director, Crop Insurance in Olympia, District Of Columbia

Director, Crop Insurance


Zurich is currently seeking a Director, Crop Insurance, to join the Government and Industry Affairs team out of our Washington, DC location.

Zurich’s North America Government & Industry Affairs unit is an integral component of the Group effort to implement Zurich's strategic and tactical public policy objectives consistently across the enterprise and seeks to anticipate emerging trends, define and prioritize public policy issues and establish Zurich as a thought leader on identified issues.

At direction of the VP, Federal Affairs, the candidate will be tasked with overseeing strategic and tactical objectives for our Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS), a leading crop insurer provider, as they relate to Zurich's public policy and political agenda at the U.S. Federal level while also representing Zurich’s efforts in following and influencing proposed legislation and working with relevant trade associations (e.g. the American Property Casualty Insurance Association, Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau, Inc, and others). The successful candidate will also work with the impacted business units in determining Zurich’s public policy positions.

Additional responsibilities may include:

  • Initiation and implementation of global best practice regarding stakeholder engagement strategies

  • Interacting and coordinating advocacy efforts with internal stakeholders, global colleagues, Federal legislators and regulators, and trade association staff

  • Developing and executing presentations on key issues and emerging trends to internal audiences

  • Engage and align with Zurich’s Business Units to provide information on key issues and emerging trends

  • Complying with all laws, regulations, and disclosure rules, particularly with regards to federal lobbying activities and political financial contributions and collaborating with Zurich’s state affairs team in setting advocacy strategy

  • Analyze legislation and provide policy advice for impact on Zurich

  • Creating and managing federal PAC campaign growth and disbursements working with PAC Director including growing political footprint from grassroots/grasstops standpoint including use of social media

  • Engage Zurich executives on execution of strategy including strategic and proactive stakeholder engagement with key executives

  • Work with outside consultants on development and execution of federal strategy

  • Assist other members of team and Business Units on public policy development and execution

Other responsibilities will include attending political functions to advance Zurich’s visibility among lawmakers and making recommendations on outside consultant support, while overseeing cross-team initiatives as needed.

Up to 25% of travel will be required for this role.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in Law or Political Science and 7 or more years of experience in the Legislative Advocacy and Policy Development areaOR

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 9 or more years of experience in the Legislative Advocacy and Policy Development areaAND

  • Experience working in government or political operation and/or corporate government affairs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters Degree in Law or Juris Doctor

  • Experience synthesizing, summarizing, and presenting complex information in a way that provides clarity and interest

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentations

  • Demonstrated experience in building collaborative relationships with staff and peers

  • Demonstrated experience successfully applying independent discretion in a fast-paced environment


A future with Zurich

Now is the time to move forward and make a difference. At Zurich, we want you to share your unique perspectives, experiences and ideas so we can grow and drive sustainable change together. As part of a leading global organization, Zurich North America has over 148 years of experience managing risk and supporting resilience. We are a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and a wide range of risk management products and services for businesses and individuals. Today, we serve more than 25 industries, from agriculture to technology and insure 90% of the Fortune 500®. Our growth strategy is not limited to our business. As an employer, Zurich strives to provide ongoing career development opportunities and foster an environment where voices are diverse, behaviors are inclusive, actions drive equity, and our people feel a sense of belonging. Be a part of the next evolution of the insurance industry. Join us in building a brighter future for our people, our customers and the communities we serve. Zurich maintains a comprehensive employee benefits package for employees as well as eligible dependents and competitive compensation. Please clickhere (https://www.zurichna.com/careers) to learn more.

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Primary Location: Washington, DC

Remote working: No

Schedule: Full Time