Assistant Vice President for Policy, Community Development and Center for Indian Country Development

262266 Requisition #


Community Development and the Center for Indian Country Development (CD/CICD) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis promote the economic strength of low-income individuals and communities across the 9th District and to tribal communities nationally 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.  CD/CICD’s work is currently focused on three areas: early childhood development, housing and homeownership, and expanding access to credit. The Policy team in CD/CICD is responsible for advancing the work of these focal areas by working with the Applied Research team to influence and inform policy that promote better outcomes for low and moderate income members of our community.  


The AVP is a senior member of the leadership team working in partnership with the Applied Research Director, the CICD Director and the Senior Vice President to develop the department’s policy and research agenda.  The AVP will manage the work of the Policy team, contribute to the overall strategic direction of the department, inform senior bank leadership on economic and community development issues, and build external networks and partnerships, particularly with community members.  We are looking for an individual committed to making a difference in reducing economic inequality and believes in the importance of sound, objective research and has an understanding of how public and administrative policy work to make that happen. 


The AVP will need to collaborate effectively across functional areas within CD/CICD, and other Bank departments for which there are strategic areas of connection, and with a broad array of external organizations from community-based groups to governmental agencies. 


Principal Accountabilities:

Policy, Engagement and Outcomes: Oversee the policy team working with partners to elevate to scope and engagement of our underlying research and advance the goals under our strategic focal areas.  Contribute their own content on topics relevant to tribal and low-income residents/communities.  Work with team to advance public policy solutions on challenges facing low and moderate-income members of our community.  This includes engaging and partnering with relevant stakeholders.  Provide critical review to our written publications.  Work with our public affairs and communications teams in identifying and supporting a department communications strategy that set priority initiatives for engaging target audiences with our work and amplifies community voices. Foster a creative, innovative, and adaptive team approach.

Strategic Vision: Direct or participate in the successful planning and execution of research projects and other types of department initiatives aimed at addressing the root causes of poverty and inequality in the district and nationally. Participate in the development of department focal areas and focal area goals, as well as department management policies. Provide occasional briefings to senior bank leadership on emerging issues and current policy discussion pertinent to lower-income communities. Develop broad-based knowledge pertaining to our focal areas and affected environmental factors to inform the above strategic work.

Team Management and Development:  Excel in participating on a team of other AVP leaders overseeing the CD and CICD functions.  Identify what skills/expertise are needed for open positions and manage recruiting.  Effectively leverage the broad set of knowledge and skills across the team when identifying projects and roles while fostering a team environment. Incentivize and support creative and innovative ideas and risk-taking that promote positive outcomes. Manage staff work, provide direct constructive feedback to help team members achieve their professional potential, and work with team members to identify growth opportunities and professional development plans.

Collaboration and Partnerships: Foster strong collaboration across the division, the Bank and the Fed System. This includes working with other leads across the department to identify how research, policy and communication experts can contribute their skills and knowledge to inform the development of strategies for department initiatives and best provide support to the work of the department’s engagement groups.  Identify and develop relationships and/or partnerships to spur change or to take on research questions related how we collectively understand and respond to issues faced by low-income populations—particularly through analytical work.

Serve as an ambassador of CD and CICD participating on external committees, workgroups, and task forces.  Conduct internal and external presentations on department research and other work to large and small audiences. 


This position is required to supervise senior staff.


Master or doctorate degree in public policy, planning, economic development, urban or rural studies or other related field and minimum of 10 years of job related experience including a minimum of 3-5 years of management experience.  


Proven track-record in producing strategies and policy change. Exceptional skills managing complex projects with a multi-disciplinary team.  Familiarity with research on housing, early childhood development, Indian Country specific topics and/ or racial wealth inequality.


Proven leadership and strategic vision skills, including forward-thinking orientation, ability to overcome resistance, supporting and motivating professional staff, and influencing positive outcomes aligned with an organization’s vision, values, and goals.


Demonstrated ability to convey complex topic findings in an array of accessible formats to reach a broad audience of stakeholders effectively a plus. Experience developing and/or overseeing a communications strategy (publications, website, social media) a plus.


Demonstrated ability to foster a creative and innovative environment. Excellent skills developing and motivating team members. Ability to support staff with innovation in a larger department and institution. 


Demonstrated ability to foster a team and collaborative approach required. Demonstrated ability to build research partnerships across organizations and a broad network a plus.


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