Federal Reserve Bank Assistant Vice President, Helena Branch in Helena, Montana

General Description

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (the Bank) is looking for an assistant vice president for its Helena Branch. This position oversees the Branch’s outreach and community development initiatives and supports the functioning of the Helena Branch’s Board of Directors. In addition, the position supports the Bank’s recently established Center for Indian Country Development in designing and implementing programs, initiatives, and resources that further Indian Country community and economic development in the Ninth District and nationally.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of demonstrated, progressive, and relevant leadership experience in a complex business environment, as evidenced by an established record of achievement. The candidate also will have a proven ability to think and act strategically and critically while interacting with a diverse group of executives, managers, and professionals. The successful candidate must have the ability to 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.

This position is located in Helena, MT.

Overview of Responsibilities

Serves as high level project management and support for the Center for Indian Country Development by providing thought leadership in the design of programs and initiatives related to Indian Country community and economic development in the district and nationally. Identifies and implements internal and external efforts that promote economic development in Indian Country, which may include research, systems design, and/or community engagement in the Center’s strategic areas of focus.

Cultivates and builds relationships with key constituents (e.g., business and community leaders, financial institutions, educators, etc.), maintains a high level of knowledge related to the technical, operational, and policy issues affecting economic development in Indian Country, manages communications, facilitates meetings and conference calls, and coordinates work activities.

Represents the district and the FRS in public forums to share and advance Indian Country initiatives. Frequently interacts with external organizations, including tribal or American Indian organizations and federal agencies, to develop and implement collaborative initiatives. Leverages resources and partnerships to expand and enhance this work.

Leads, develops and maintains a visible community relations and outreach program in Montana that includes presentations to and two-way conversations with business and community representatives about local economic conditions and the Fed’s role. Provides outreach to Montana banking organizations, business and community organizations, and school and college groups. Fosters financial and economic education by participating and providing leadership in relevant tribal, state, and national organizations.

Supports the functioning of the Branch Board of Directors including meeting planning and execution; new director recruitment, appointment and orientation; and coordinating with Minneapolis staff on economic and primary credit rate discussions. Handles all other aspects supporting the administrative needs of directors and board leadership.

Leads coordination efforts among the various divisions of the Branch, including those that functionally report to Minneapolis management, to ensure a strong Branch identity, community presence and collective purpose.

Develops budgets and presents them to senior management for consideration and approval. Ensures that overall budget guidance is achieved.

Plans, directs, and implements policies and procedures to ensure an effective and efficient operation. Identifies and acts on opportunities to improve efficiency and quality of daily operations and services. Ensures department preparedness for contingency situations.

Ensures compliance with all applicable department, Bank, and System policies, standards, service and quality measures, procedures, and controls to ensure the highest level of public confidence and operational integrity.

Assumes leadership positions at the System level, including developing, recommending and implementing department related initiatives. Influences decisions and strategic initiatives through this participation and translates relevant activities into concrete action plans for the department.

Identifies and develops staff with leadership and management potential. Recruit, retain and foster development of staff with an appropriate mix of management, interpersonal, and technical skills. Provides a direct communication channel between senior management and department management.

Understands all authorities established by Bank policy and by the Bank’s Delegation of Authority Schedule and acts accordingly. Reviews Bank policies for areas of responsibility to ensure they remain current; seeks interpretation and clarification where necessary. Understands and reinforces with reporting officers and staff the Bank’s control environment and the importance of compliance.

Models and develops an organizational culture that promotes strong employee engagement, fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and reduces barriers to productive work.

The officer is also responsible for other specific duties and responsibilities that may be assigned from time to time.


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.

Experience participating in public outreach programs relevant to the Bank’s work on Indian Country economic development. Organizational knowledge of and specialized expertise in Indian Country development issues and trends.

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.

Excellent interpersonal, leadership and negotiation skills. Proven direct supervisory experience including financial responsibility. Excellent judgment when deciding which issues to resolve directly and which require senior management attention.

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.

Organization: *Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Title: Assistant Vice President, Helena Branch

Location: MT-Helena

Requisition ID: 248445