VP – Corporate Affairs
Posted on 2/1/2023
Financial services for emerging markets
Company Overview
Tala's mission is to improve the financial lives of millions of people in developing markets by creating new, accessible financial services that are most relevant to their needs.
Remote • United States
Experience Level
  • Minimum of 12 years in public affairs, strategic communications, government affairs, or a related field
  • Minimum of 4 years leading a public relations/public affairs or government affairs function in-house
  • Substantive experience in policy and regulatory issue areas affecting the technology or financial sectors, including experience working through trade associations and lobbying efforts, and/or overseeing government and public relations for a national or global organization
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to establish credibility and build trusted relationships across a diverse network of external stakeholders including policymakers, regulators, industry leaders and NGOs
  • Demonstrated record of excellence in strategic communications, crisis management, and media relations, with an ability to design high-leverage strategies across the evolving global media landscape
  • Experience managing and developing diverse, high-performing teams and enabling people to reach their fullest potential
  • Ability to manage complex relationships diplomatically and consultatively
  • Ability to think innovatively; develop creative solutions and new programs
  • Ability to lead through influence and work as part of a collaborative team across geographies
  • In-house experience preferred
  • Global and/or emerging markets experience preferred
  • Experience in finance, technology, or another highly regulated industry preferred
  • Lead the corporate communications team in the development and execution of strategies that continue to position Tala as a trusted, mission-driven fintech and support business growth and expansion
  • Build external relations and communications programs to address key risks impacting Tala's brand reputation and business objectives
  • Oversee external relations programs for key corporate stakeholders including investors, government officials, partners and key global influencers to ensure consistency and alignment globally
  • Working closely with the global external affairs team, provide strategic direction for communications, advocacy and other activities with policymakers, legislators, regulators, industry trade associations and peer companies
  • Ensure consistency and execution across Tala's communications, regulatory affairs, and government relations efforts
  • Foster an ecosystem where Tala's mission and business interests can flourish
  • Build strong relationships to enhance Tala's reputation and image as a trusted resource with key external parties such as government entities, industry associations, multilateral organizations, advocacy groups, academic institutions, etc
  • Develop and manage a strategic plan for successfully achieving specific results which support and enable Tala's business and product strategies to succeed
  • Ensure organizational alignment on Tala's issue priorities
  • Collaborate with key global business leaders in order to advise on risks and opportunities concerning Tala's reputation and operations
  • Provide insights to aid Tala's senior leaders in making informed investment decisions that mitigate near-term risks and build a long-term advantage in a rapidly changing global environment
  • Lead through influence as much as through formal authority in a complex, matrixed organization
  • Develop advocacy materials, position papers, and briefing documents as appropriate to aid in external affairs strategies and ensure consistency and alignment with Tala's global objectives
  • Partner with internal leaders across the legal, finance, compliance and people teams on matters related to corporate governance and sustainability
  • Develop research and scholarship with internal teams and external partners to enable Tala's external affairs strategies and contribute more broadly to emerging literature on technology, financial inclusion and global development