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Director of Advocacy and Counsel

  • Washington, DC
  • Direct Hire - Full Time
  • AE257057217
  • Competitive
  • Legal
  • 2/17/2023

Credit Union National Association is recruiting for a Director of Advocacy and Counsel via

The QTI Group.

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 Director of Advocacy and Counsel. This role is responsible for removing barriers for credit unions to fully serve their members as a top priority for CUNA and a key component of the credit union system vision. The Director of Advocacy and Counsel plays a significant role in the achievement of this priority by working with the Deputy 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.

This position will be considered a hybrid with a blend of remote and in-office at CUNA’s Washington, D.C. office


Analyze Regulatory, Legislative, and Legal Issues

  • Develop and maintain subject matter expertise in issues related to credit unions, especially consumer protection and housing policy.
  • Analyze regulatory, legislative, and legal issues with a goal of developing consensus positions and communicating them effectively to regulators, CUNA members, and other stakeholders.
  • Take the lead legal and regulatory role in managing assigned subject matters and the regulatory processes.
  • Manage CUNA’s participation in legal matters by working with outside counsel on the preparation of amicus briefs.
  • Draft regulatory comment letters, congressional letters, member updates, press releases, blog posts, position papers, and other communications related to public policy matters affecting credit unions.
  • Draft and/or coordinate the development of comment letters to Federal agencies and industry groups, such as the NCUA, CFPB, FTC, FHFA, HUD, and FHA, and legislative letters and bill text on matters of importance to credit unions.

Contribute to the Advocacy Team

  • Participate in issue-based teams as assigned.
  • Support the Advocacy Team efforts related to legislative affairs and state governmental affairs.
  • Collaborate with other CUNA staff and look for opportunities to provide support within and outside of the Advocacy Team.
  • Liaison to CUNA credit union subcommittees, as assigned.
  • Assist the Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer with duties, as assigned.

Represent Credit Unions before Policymakers and other Stakeholders

  • Develop contacts with policymakers and staff at relevant regulatory agencies and industry groups with the goal of advancing the credit union agenda.
  • Develop contacts with consumer advocate groups, industry trade associations, and other stakeholders with a goal of raising the positive profile of credit unions within these groups.

Provide Member Services

  • Serve as staff liaison to CUNA credit union committees and subcommittees, as assigned.
  • Represent CUNA at Administration, congressional meetings, and agency meetings, and state league and credit union functions including oral presentations at conferences and participation on expert panel discussions.
  • Respond to credit union and state league inquiries and feedback.


  • B.A. and Law Degree required as well as admission to a state bar.
  • 2+ years of experience working within a financial institution, regulatory agency, trade association, law firm, or similar entity.
  • Knowledge and expertise with laws and regulations specific to housing finance, mortgage lending, and/or credit union operations a plus.
  • Requires the ability to acquire and retain comprehensive knowledge of ever-changing rules, laws, legislative history, guidelines, and interpretive rulings to which credit unions are subjected or affected, as well as the ability to persuade others of the merits of CUNA’s positions and to handle several complex issues while dealing with a variety of personalities who affect the regulatory process.
  • Requires the ability to make well-reasoned judgments, foresee possible outcomes and communicate, through written and oral communications, complicated issues to credit union members, regulators, legislators, and others in an informative and easily understood manner.
  • Ability to lead the regulatory advocacy role on a range of housing finance and mortgage related issues.
  • Ability to travel up to 10 days annually.

CUNA is an equal opportunity employer. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. At CUNA, we believe our differences are our strength, and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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

Internal job grade: 13