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Assistant Vice President —
Center for Indian Country Development-261662

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Primary Location MN-Minneapolis
Full-time / Part-time Full-time
Employee Status Regular
Overtime Status Exempt
Travel Yes, 15 % of the Time
Shift Day Job
Job Sensitivity Tier II – No Credit Check

The Center for Indian Country Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis supports the economic strength of Native communities across the country by informing public policy and economic and community development practice through conducting applied research, identifying and sharing what works, and building effective external engagement efforts. The Center for Indian Country’s work is focused on providing actionable research to support improved outcomes for native populations across the country.

The Director/AVP for CICD is a senior member of the leadership team leading the development of the department’s portfolio of policy work and research agenda in Indian country, contributing to the overall strategic direction of the department, informing senior bank leadership on economic and tribal development issues, and building external networks and partnerships, particularly with tribal community members and researchers.

We are looking for an individual committed to making a difference in reducing economic inequality and that believes in the importance of good policy backed by objective research–with findings that are clearly communicated in a variety of formats to a broad audience of stakeholders–to making that happen. We are looking for a big-picture thinker balanced with experience conducting and overseeing programs to inform policy and/or programs. The Director/ AVP will need to collaborate effectively across functional areas in the Bank (including the Public affairs and Research Departments, separate departments for which there are strategic areas of connection), and with a broad array of tribal and other governments, external organizations from academic centers to community-based groups.

The position represents the district and Federal Reserve System (FRS) in public forums to share and advance Indian Country initiatives. The leader will be responsible to lead all aspects of the Indian Country projects and initiatives and to plan and prioritize objectives and initiatives making recommendations and decisions regarding the Bank’s work in this area.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated, progressive, and relevant leadership experience in a complex business environment, as evidenced by an established record of achievement. The candidate will also have a proven ability to think and act strategically and critically while interacting with a diverse group of executives, managers, and professionals. They must have the ability to communicate clearly, partner effectively (both internally and externally), meet critical deadlines, manage ambiguity, and deal with difficult situations as routine. The ability to conduct oneself, at all times, with integrity, honesty, and respect for every employee is paramount.

Overview of Responsibilities:

  • Provides strategic leadership and cooperatively develops the design of programs and initiatives related to Indian Country community and economic development in the district and nationally. Represents the district and the FRS in public forums to share and advance Indian Country initiatives.
  • Oversees and leads all aspects of large-scale and complex Indian Country projects and/or initiatives ensuring timely completion and adherence to quality standards. Plans and prioritizes objectives and initiatives and makes recommendations and decisions regarding the Bank’s work in this area.
  • Frequently interacts with external organizations, including tribal or American Indian organizations and federal agencies, to develop on joint plans.
  • Directs or co-directs, in varying capacities, internal and external efforts to identify, develop, implement, and/or evaluate initiatives that promote economic development in Indian Country, which may include new policies, procedures, automation systems and/or products.
  • Serves as a high level consultant and analytic advisor to senior leaders. Cultivates and builds relationships with key constituents (e.g., business and community leaders, financial institutions, educators, etc.) to stay informed of emerging and timely issues related to the Indian Country community and economic development programs.
  • Leads Bank and FRS task forces/work groups and assumes a leadership role in Indian Country projects and programs. Manages communications, facilitates meetings and conference calls, and coordinates work activities.
  • Maintains a high level of knowledge related to the technical, operational, and policy issues affecting economic development in Indian Country. Provides technical assistance on community and economic development issues in Indian Country.
  • Ensures management and teams understand and meet financial, productivity, and quality goals. Develops overall plans for reporting departments that are comprehensive, realistic and effective in meeting relevant FRS and Bank goals.
  • Supports team/staff development with leadership and management potential. Provides a direct communication channel between senior management and department management.
  • The officer is also responsible for other specific duties and responsibilities that may be assigned from time to time.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required. Graduate degree in related field preferred. Advanced course work or certification(s) in fields related to economic and community development preferred.
  • Ten or more years of relevant leadership experience in a complex business environment, as evidenced by an established record of achievement. Significant program and/or project management experience for economic and community development programs dealing with Indian Country, to include at least 2 years of successful leadership or productive high level leadership support on projects involving multiple organizations, governmental bodies, or reservations. Proven leadership and strategic vision skills that link between applied research and public policy, including forward-thinking orientation, ability to overcome resistance and work collaboratively, supporting and motivating professional staff, and influencing positive outcomes aligned with an organization’s vision, values, and goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to convey policy and research findings in an array of accessible formats to reach a broad audience of stakeholders effectively critical. Experience developing and/or overseeing a communications strategy (publications, website, social media) a plus.
  • Experience participating in public outreach programs and building trust relevant to the Bank’s work on Indian Country economic development.
  • Demonstrated analytical, communication (written and oral), and interpersonal skills; outstanding persuasive capabilities; and proven success in collaboration and relationship and consensus building among diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Organizational knowledge of and specialized expertise in Indian Country development issues and trends.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to identify priorities, drive performance, and execute plans on schedule.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral), as well as dynamic presentation and persuasion capabilities, and management presence that elicits confidence and credibility. Demonstrated experience in public speaking to a wide variety of audiences.

For more info or to apply online, see: https://frb.taleo.net/careersection/09i_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=261662

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