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AVP, State Government Relations

Date Posted: Aug 24, 2021

Location: New York, NY, US, 10166

Company: MetLife

Job Location:  New York, NY


Department: 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, the work of State Government Relations obtaining timely product approvals, rate increase approvals, corporate regulatory approvals, and reasonable compliance resolutions, among others, impact MetLife’s earnings.


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


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 MetLife’s interests or concerns with respect to impact on the company’s 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


Key Relationships:

  • Reports to: VP, State Government Relations
  • Direct reports/team: n/a
  • 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).


Candidate Qualifications:


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



      MetLife Success Principles

  • Experiment with Confidence – Courageously learn and test new ideas without fear of failure
  • Act with Urgency – Demonstrate speed to action with agility and determination
  • Seek Diverse Perspectives – Source ideas and feedback to expand thinking and make informed decisions
  • Seize Opportunity – Drive responsible growth and identify areas for continuous improvement
  • Champion Inclusion – Foster an environment where everyone is valued, heard, and can speak up
  • Create Alignment – Partner with others across the organization with candor and transparency
  • Take Responsibility – Be accountable and act in pursuit of the right outcomes
  • Enable Solutions – Anticipate and address obstacles while managing risk
  • Deliver What Matters – Execute meaningful priorities and follow through on commitments



MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s 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 $642.4 billion of total assets under management as of March 31, 2021. We are ranked #46 on the Fortune 500 list for 2021. In 2020, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies. We are proud to have been named to Fortune magazine's 2021 list of the "World's Most Admired Companies." 


MetLife is committed to building a purpose-driven and inclusive culture that energizes our people. Our employees work every day to help build a more confident future for people around the world.  Visit us at to learn more about our brand, history, and values. 


We want to make it simple for all interested and qualified candidates to apply for employment opportunities with MetLife.  If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to or call our Employee Relations Department at 1-877-843-3711.


MetLife is a proud Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer dedicated to attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment at MetLife without regards to 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.


Requisition #: 118978


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