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Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer

  • Washington, DC
  • Direct Hire - Full Time
  • JR54040176
  • Competitive
  • Legal
  • 7/6/2021
Credit Union National Association is recruiting for a Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer via
QTI Executive & Professional Search.

Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the most influential financial services trade association and the only national association that advocates on behalf of all of America's credit unions. We’ve been named a Top Workplace for two years in a row by the Wisconsin State Journal (WSJ).


Credit Union National Association is excited to announce an opening for a Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer for Congressional Relations. This integral role will work with removing barriers so that credit unions can more fully serve their members as a top priority for CUNA, and a key component of the credit union system vision. The Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer, Congressional Relations, plays a significant role in the achievement of this priority by working with the Chief Advocacy Officer and other Advocacy Team members to ensure that the statutory and regulatory environment under which credit unions operate is as favorable as possible.

Develop and Implement Legislative Strategy
  • Working with the Chief Advocacy Officer and other team members and stakeholders, establish and implement an advocacy agenda that removes barriers so that credit unions can better serve their members, and that influences public policy so that credit unions can better compete with both traditional and non-traditional financial institutions.
  • Identify emerging public policy trends or issues that could impact how credit unions serve their members and develop and execute strategies to achieve statutory improvements.
  • Direct the activities of Congressional Relations staff.
  • Coordinate the efforts of CUNA’s outside consultants as it relates to supporting the advocacy agenda.
  • Work with credit unions and their state leagues to effectively interact with policymakers at the Federal level.
  • Advise the Chief Advocacy Officer on the strategic and tactical aspects of legislative proposals and outline possible courses of action to pursue.
  • Coordinate testimony from various sources for legislative hearings and work with the Communications Department to effectively educate members on hearings and priority issues.
Represent Credit Unions on Capitol Hill:
  • Engage in direct legislative advocacy with members of Congress and staff on Capitol Hill on all issues of concern to credit unions, in coordination with the department leadership.
  • Serve as a principal lobbyist and spokesperson before Members of Congress and their staff.
  • Negotiate CUNA positions on legislation with Members of Congress and congressional staff.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with legislative aides on both sides of Capitol Hill and within the administration. Use extensive member and staff network to convey CUNAs concerns on issues affecting credit unions.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with other industry representatives.
Provide Department Leadership
  • Recruit, train and supervise CUNA Congressional Relations staff and ensure quality representation of members on all issues that the department covers.
  • Provide leadership and support to the Advocacy team.
  • Lead at least one issue-based team and provide counsel to others as assigned.
  • Collaborate with other CUNA staff; look for opportunities to provide support within and outside of the Advocacy Team.
  • Liaison to CUNA committees, as assigned.
  • Represent CUNA with coalition partners, as necessary
  • Assist the Chief Advocacy Officer with duties, as assigned.
Provide Policy Analysis:
  • Analyze legislative issues and their potential impact on credit unions.
  • Identify and monitor legislative issues as assigned. Anticipate their course through Congress and advise the Chief Advocacy Officer.
  • Analyze problems/issues in coordination with appropriate technical staff and provide political expertise in addressing legislation, regulations, member communications, CUNA committee action, etc.
  • Maintain Subject Matter Expertise on all legislative issues.
  • Manage the development of legislative updates, reports, and Hill letters; as well as written materials describing legislative impact and considerations for CUNA meetings and committees. Draft and/or coordinate the development of letters to the Capitol Hill and Congressional testimony on matters of importance to credit unions.
  • Prepare written material for CUNA meetings and committees describing legislative impact and considerations.
Engage in Political Advocacy:
  • In coordination with the Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer for Political Action, influence CUNA political strategy
  • Attend fundraisers on Capitol Hill, as assigned.
  • Interact with key lawmakers and staff, and underscore CUNA’s political commitments.
Provide Member Services:
  • Serve as staff liaison to CUNA committees and subcommittees, as assigned.
  • Support CUNA member meetings on Capitol Hill.
  • Represent CUNA at Congressional meetings, league, and credit union functions, including oral presentations at conference.
  • Respond to member inquiries and feedback.
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science or related field; advanced studies in government or legal degree preferred.
  • More than 15 years of experience working with a financial services organization in the areas of communications, legal, legislative, or regulatory affairs; or similar length and depth of service working on matters related to credit unions or similar financial institutions.
  • Experience managing multiple direct reports preferred.
  • A history of outstanding performance in relevant areas, including a pattern of promotion and recognition for the quality of work effort.
  • Demonstrated expertise in subject matter critical to the success of credit union advocacy.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the laws under which credit unions operate and the legislative and political process. It also requires the ability to persuade others of the merits of CUNA’s positions and to handle a number of complex issues at the same time, while dealing with a variety of personalities who affect the regulatory process.
  • The person in this position must have established contacts with Members and staff on Capitol Hill, other federal government policymakers, professional and trade organizations, and the financial services community, and must maintain a good rapport with persons on both sides of the aisle.
  • The position further requires the ability to make well-reasoned judgments, foresee possible outcomes and communicate, through written and oral communications, complicated issues to members, regulators, and others in an informative and easily understood manner.
  • The Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer must be able to initiate and see to completion projects that further CUNA’s advocacy goals and place legislative issues into context, prioritizing pending proposals as well as final rules.
  • This position is responsible for managing the activities of several direct reports and working in collaboration with Advocacy Team members performing different functions. The Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer must be a manager but also a mentor, a leader, and a teammate. This position also collaborates closely with members of other departments at CUNA.
  • In addition, the position serves as a staff liaison for several key CUNA Committees and Subcommittees and must be able to advance and coordinate the work of those groups, including the development of reports, action items, recommendations, and the organization of meetings and conference calls.
  • Ability to travel up to 20 days annually to locations across the U.S.

Passionate / Collaborative / Inclusive / Authentic / Accountable (our Values)

Internal job grade: 16